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Drink in the Birthplace of Wine (Kakheti, Georgia)

Who invented wine? We have a lot to thank them for. It is tempting to believe that this nectar of the gods was handed down to mankind from the heavens; perhaps Zeus gifted it to us from Mount Olympus. But the reality, at least as far as archeologists have been able to discern, is that […]

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Whiskey from the Queen of the Hebrides

Nothing shouts “Scotland” more than single malt whiskeys. And Islay, the southernmost island in the Inner Hebrides, is Scotland’s whiskey making heartland. Nine working distilleries produce world famous brands like Ardbeg and Laphroaig and have earned this wildly beautiful destination the appropriate title of “The Queen of the Hebrides”. By British standards, Islay is remote....

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North Macedonia

If you were an Ancient Roman or an Ancient Greek, what would you have drunk? New World wines were centuries away from their first vintages, and even the French wine industry was relatively new. If you had wanted something special to impress your guests, there is a good chance you would have looked to the […]

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Swanky Sips: The Pinot Coast – Victoria, Australia

On the hunt for an uncharted wine destination, I found myself drawn to the Pinot Coast – Victoria, Australia’s largest wine producing coastline acclaimed for its maritime pinot noir. Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, this region traces the state’s Southernmost edge of coastline for over 400 miles, making it a drawcard for wine aficionados, surfers and city day trippers in search of...

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Swanky Sips Rhum Room

Swanky Sips This winter we are warmed by the spirit of rum. The rarely sipped, often mixed, sometimes under-represented fermented sugarcane juice that can leave you with a hankering for more. The good stuff will rarely, if consumed in moderation, leave you with a hangover. However, chances of feeling the down side of the drink […]

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Swanky Sips: Bordeaux

Swanky Sips: Bordeaux   Bordeaux. It might as well be the first and the last word in French wine. From Château Lafite Rothschild to Château Latour, the world’s finest wines are produced in this famed region of southwest France. The UNESCO listed city which gives the area its name has the highest concentration of preserved […]

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Flights of Wine – Portugal

One of the rarest places to find a good bottle of wine may be 38,000 feet in the air. TAP Air Portugal has flipped the script on that notion and is elevating the inflight wine experience. By harvesting some of the best wines in the country, the airline has created an inflight wine experience that […]

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Palmaz Vineyards

From the first glimpse of the distinctive, handcrafted label, the wine lover begins to understand the Palmaz family ethos: “Love the land, know the grape and make wine that honors both.” To those familiar with the brand, a bottle of wine created by the Palmaz family evokes elegance, luxury, and the anticipation of pleasure on […]

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Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar

Lebua has partnered with Chivas Scotland to create an exclusive whisky bar, 800 feet in the air, at the Dome at lebua in Bangkok. It probably does not surprise you that a traveler finds himself in a bar while in Thailand, so here I am, perched atop the city in its hottest new bar. My […]

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Swanky Sips – Baker Street Social, Bali

Life is simply too glorious not to embrace the unusual. Meet our signature libations, each crafted with an equal amount of artistry and fervor. -Baker Street Social After spending a few weeks in Indonesia, I had had my fill of Bintang, the local pilsner style beer, and was desperate to find a good cocktail. While […]

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