Wine Tasting


Touring Alsace Wineries

Alsace is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. We visited seven wineries there, each of which has something unique to offer the oenophile.

10 Favorite Wine Bars in New York City

New York City is teeming with excellent bars a vin. From tiny, dimly lit spaces to chic lounges, these are our 10 favorite wine bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Most Memorable Wine and Spirit Tastings

As well as finding unusual wines in unexpected places on our travels this year, we tasted notable gins in Belgium and a range of remarkable sakes in Japan.

The 5 Best Wine Bars in Tbilisi

Wine-making began 8,000 years ago in Georgia. To this day, the country has a robust wine scene. Here are five wine bars we loved in Tbilisi.

The Best Dalmatian Wine Bars

I highly recommend trying some of Croatia's inviting wine bars. I found five immensely enjoyable ones along the Dalmatian Coast.

Most Memorable Wine Tastings of the Year

The wide variety of high-quality wines produced nowadays continues to amaze me. This year I found several in unexpected places.

Favorite Anderson Valley Wineries

The Anderson Valley reminds me of what Napa Valley was like 30 years ago. The wineries are simple, accessible and low-key. Here are seven we recommend visiting.

Welcoming Wineries: 12 Best Wine-Tasting Tours

The pleasure of a journey to any wine region is the opportunity to visit the vineyards of the wines you love. Here are 12 where you'll receive a warm welcome.

The Joys of Wine Tasting in Saint-Emilion

Here, on Bordeaux's Right Bank in Saint-Emilion, welcoming wineries produce exquisite reds that stand toe-to-toe with the best wines in the world.

Web Exclusive: Wine Tasting in Tokaj

Though Tokaj had a difficult 20th century, today it again ranks as one of the world's great wine regions. The area now has a handful of large, slick tasting rooms that wouldn't feel out of place in Napa or Chianti or Mendoza, but the great pleasure of touring this out-of-the-way region is the opportunity to visit some of its charming family-owned wineries.

Four Unexpected Wine Regions Around The World

The more we travel, the more we have found surpassingly pleasing wines originating from areas outside of the typical areas of California, France, South Africa and Australia.

Viticulture: Colorado Wine

Colorado may seem an unlikely place to grow wine grapes, but Sutcliffe Vineyards now produces serious wines.

Favorite Wine Country Itineraries

Sample itineraries from The Andrew Harper Travel Office that showcase Napa, Tuscany, Provence and South Africa’s Cape Winelands at their best, with plenty of unusual and exclusive experiences included. Any of the following journeys would truly be unforgettable.

Venetian Bacari

Venetians often break their day for a snack of cicchetti (hors d’oeuvres) in one of the city’s bacari, or distinctive wine bars. Here are four of my favorites.

Local Wines

It comes as a surprise to many that delicious wines are being produced in New Mexico these days.

Excursions: Tasting Rooms

My preference is to taste wines where they are made, but in the case of smaller producers, this may not always be possible.

The Undiscovered Wine Country of Virginia

When most people think of great American wine regions, the West Coast usually tops the list. But one of the loveliest wine countries hides in the east, in Virginia, where world-class wineries ply their craft in a rolling landscape rich in colonial history.

A World-Class Winery

Grapes are not a new crop in the Okanagan. In 1860, Father Charles Pandosy founded a Catholic mission in Kelowna, midway along the lake, and planted the province’s first vineyard. Over time, a wine industry evolved—much maligned, and deservedly so —sustained by protectionist trade policies. But when new agreements opened Canada to imports of good, modestly priced California wine in the mid-1980s, the homegrown stuff stopped selling.

Bardessono: A Notable Addition to the Napa Valley

Despite its setting in the heart of Yountville, the clean, spare construction of Bardessono reminds me of Southern California. One could easily picture its artfully rusted steel columns, planks of salvaged lumber and vertical basalt fountains set to use in Palm Springs. The 62-room property opened in February 2009 as one of only three LEED Platinum-certified (a rigorous environmental designation) hotels in the country, but while its design may be sleek, its attitude is happily old-fashioned.

From The Travel Office: Winemaker for a Day

It’s great fun to visit Tuscan wineries and do some tastings, but it’s another experience entirely to blend your own wine with the help of a local oenolog

From the Travel Office: Wine Tasting in Bordeaux

We arrived in the graceful, relaxed city of Bordeaux at the end of our French tour feeling happy but exhausted from a week of heavy-duty sightseeing. As wine lo

Wines the World Over

In the signature line of his emails, Andrew Harper's wine concierge, Hal Oates, includes a short blurb from the Bible: "Wine to gladden the heart of man." That sentiment is shared not only by Oates, but also by the growing number of travelers who head off in search of great wine destinations year after year.

Rhode Island Wineries

My recent visit to Rhode Island included a day trip to the picturesque Little Compton area, where the coastal climate, warmed by summer and fall Gulf Stream waters, is favorable for growing grapes.