Are We There Yet? – Wine tours a go-go

We take a look at, Wine Tours.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

I'm a huge wine snob… I'm not ashamed to admit it. I really enjoy a great glass of chilled Chardonnay and some fantastic cheese to go with it (yep, that's how I roll). So you can imagine my sheer delight every time I receive a press release about a wine tour, and this week I received two! Here's a sum-up:

This past summer two American food and wine pioneers, top lifestyle television brand Food Network and world-class family-owned winery Wente Vineyards, collaborated to create entwine wines, a California portfolio of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Beginning in January, Wente Vineyards will offer visitors a special behind-the-scenes tour of its historic winery – located in California’s beautiful Livermore Valley – where entwine wines are produced, along with an exclusive tableside food and wine pairing experience. The hour-and-a-half tour will be held on the third week of each month beginning Thursday, January 19, 2012. Weekday tours occur twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with one tour on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Pricing is $25 per person and includes a tour of the winery and winemaking facilities, specialized entwine and food pairings, and a 20% discount on all entwine and Wente Family Estates wines purchased the week of the tour. Advance reservations are required, with tour groups limited to 25 people. For more information, including how to book a tour, please visit or call (925) 456-2306.


Food & Wine Trails of Santa Rosa, California announces its "Ultimate Divino Tuscany 4-night package" wine adventure May 13-17, 2012. This tour was designed to precede Divino Tuscany 2012, a four-day festival of Tuscan wine being held May 17-20, 2012 in Florence, Italy, but can be purchased independently or as a seamless addition to the event. The Ultimate Tuscany tour will visit three of Tuscany's most famous wine regions: the Super-Tuscan region of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast; Montalcino, a region famous for Brunello; and Chianti Classico. Some of the tour highlights will include professional escort services by an English-speaking Italian sommelier, two nights at the Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, two nights at the Hotel Fonte de Medici, winery-hosted meals, and multiple opportunities to taste 90 to 100 point wines, such as Tua Rita's Redigaffi 2007, Ornellaia 2008, Sassicaia's Sant Antimo 2007, Castello Banfi's Poggio all'Oro 2004, and Castello di Brolio's Chianti Classico 2008. All wineries were personally selected by James Suckling, the former long-time Senior International Editor of Wine Spectator Magazine. For more information, call toll-free 800-367-5348 to book.

Bon Voyage,



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