Friuli-Venezia Giulia is Italy’s foremost region for producing white wine.
A fabulous region to visit on all fronts.
Pronounced free-you-lee venn-eat-see-uh Julia, it is often referred to as simply Friuli for short. The region, located in the northeastern corner of the country is truly an undiscovered gem; a picturesque producer of world class wines sold at very fair prices and without the heavy tourism that seems to have taken over much of the wine world.
A glass of champagne to kick off a new AdVINEture…
In a ‘Wine High Club’ series first, we’re featuring an airline for the 3rd time. We boarded Lufthansa for a much anticipated AdVINEture to Italy and Croatia with lofty expectations given our previous experience. With the amount of time and effort that is put into the airline’s wine selections each year, it should come as no surprise that we were duly impressed not only by the current wines being served, but also by the fact that we have yet to come across a duplicate wine selection given our frequency flying with this airline.
BC wineries featuring live music
The combination of smooth, soulful melodies and the complex flavours of wine creates an ambiance that is simply unmatched. Add to that the warm sun, rolling vineyards, and fresh summer air, and you have a backdrop that elevates the experience to another level. Whether you’re a music lover or a wine connoisseur, there’s no denying that this pairing is a match made in heaven. Our latest article for the Daily Hive here features a list of BC wineries offering live music ranging from smaller venues with local artists to large amphitheatres with A-list performers this summer.
The 10 Most Beautiful Regions in the World.
We think most people will agree that wine regions offer up among the best views available anywhere in the world. While that claim isn’t very controversial, distilling those regions down to what we consider to be the 10 best, likely will be. Let us start by saying that we wanted to ensure our recommendations were based on personal experience to be as authentic as possible. We recognize that despite our varied travels, there are still many we have yet to visit so this list will remain a work in progress. Case in point, we have AdVINEtures lined up this year that include 3 regions we’ll be visiting for the first time: Fruili Venezia Giulia (Italy), Istria (Croatia), and Chablis (France). Click here for our latest Daily Hive article with our picks for the top 10 most beautiful wine regions to visit worldwide.
The Alsace gastronomic scene is deeply rooted in both its history and location, which have formed its cuisine with a mix of French and German influences. The region has been under the control of both France and Germany throughout its history, and this has resulted in a unique culinary fusion that is both diverse and flavorful.
No shortage of great restaurants in Alsace.
The region’s traditional dishes such as choucroute (sauerkraut cooked with meat), baeckeoffe (meat and potato stew), and flammekueche (a thin-crust pizza topped with bacon, onions and crème fraiche) are adopted from its German heritage, whereas the French impact is seen more in Alsace’s wine and cheeses.
In addition to these traditional dishes, the region has also embraced modern cuisine, with chefs experimenting with local ingredients to create new and innovative dishes. The region’s restaurants range from traditional Alsatian taverns to Michelin-starred restaurants and offer a wide variety of culinary experiences.
Olivier LeFlaive’s hotel & restaurants entrance.
Burgundy is renowned for producing among the best wines in the world, and Olivier Laflaive is a name that has become synonymous with both quality wine and fine dining. The Laflaive family has been producing wine in Burgundy since the 18th century, and today, Olivier Laflaive continues the family tradition with his eponymous winery and restaurant in the heart of the region.
Among Alsace’s very best producers.
Zind-Humbrecht is, in our opinion, (shared by many others among the wine cognoscenti) one of the top wineries in Alsace. And due to its powerful style and the endless energy of its current winemaker, Olivier Humbrecht, it’s also probably the most iconic Alsace winery.
10 Must-Visit Winery Restaurants in BC
One of the pleasures of visiting a wine region is that wine country is farm country. Farm-to-table eating is the norm, and there is always a good array of choices ready to provide the very best that the season has to offer. British Columbia is no different, and with options from high-end to casual, there’s something to please every palate. Our latest article for the Daily Hive here lists our 10 must-visit winery restaurants throughout the province.