Friday, April 17, 2015

Touring Maison Ruinart

During a recent Mother/Daughter trip to Europe, we made a point to visit one of my favorite Champagne houses, Maison Ruinart. I have written about Ruinart on numerous occassions, both here and in magazine articles; I was very excited to take this tour.

I also thought it appropriate that my daughter's first visit to the Champagne region should begin with the first established House in Champagne. It is a truly informative tour followed by an equally informative tasting. I would highly recommend this if you will be vacationing in Paris.

Things to know if you want to enjoy this tour as well:
  1. Visit the website at least a month prior to your trip to set up your touring time.
  2. Be on time, not early, you will wait outside (in the rain, in our case) until the exact time that you were told and if you are late, you will be left behind and not allowed to tour.
  3. Dress for cold weather, it is chilly down in the Crayeres.

Maison Ruinart

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What to Bring...

As originally seen in the February 2015 edition of 

*Picture error- Chinon was inadvertently not pictured and Chablis was duplicated.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Crush Wine Lounge - Wine in The Woodlands

By night, it's the most popular bar in the Woodlands, famous for the rooftop party where the cocktails and music flow.
In the late afternoon, the vibe at Crush Wine Lounge is totally different, it is a great place to enjoy quiet conversations over bottles of wine. Their extensive wine list has multiple options in every category. I most recently enjoyed their cheese plate while watching the sun set on a late Sunday afternoon with a great bottle of Burgundy Pinot Noir, the 2010 Domaine Bouchard Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru. Dry, fresh, medium+ body with a black berry/cherry character, touch of spice and a long mineral-laced finish; it was a beautiful wine to end a beautiful day.
When the weather is nice, take in the view from the rooftop at Crush or take a stroll along the waterway after your bottle of wine. When the weather is less than inviting, the view from the inside of Crush always remains enjoyable. 

Crush Wine Lounge

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Olympia the Grill at Pier 21 - Wining and Dining on Galveston Island

One of my favorite places to eat on the east end of the Island is at Olympia the Grill at Pier 21.This local favorite serves up fresh seafood with a Greek twist and an array of wines. I typically opt for the Kouros Patras which is available by the bottle or glass. It is not only affordable, it tastes great with all the salad and seafood dishes!

Olympia the Grill at Pier 21

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant - Travel Dining in Kauai

Fresh local seafood prepared sushi style or simply grilled with a glass of Champagne while you wait. The full bar provides all your local beer and Hawaiian cocktails but also has a good list of sparkling wine that really complements the menu, you can't go wrong at this hopping restaurant and seafood market. By day, check out the great food and the view. In the evening, this place is packed and there are no reservations so be prepared to wait. It is well worth it, highly recommended! Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

St Regis Hotel Bar - Sunset Champagne Ritual - Travel Dining in Kauai

The bar is the place to be at sunset at the St Regis Hotel in Princeville which located on Kauai's north shore, the nightly Champagne ritual brings a day at the beach to a close and sets the tone for a nice evening out. Tim is around to discuss Champagne, sparkling wine or all things Kauai. There is a great sushi menu to complement the bubbles. It is not to be missed, highly recommended! St Regis Bar -Champagne Ritual

Lighthouse Bistro - Travel Dining in Kauai

Fresh, local fare in an open air bistro with a cool glass of Terlan Pinot Grigio, that's how I enjoyed it! This is the perfect place to stop when whale watching or visiting the lighthouse or bird sanctuary. This casual dining restaurant offers several wines by the glass as well as all the Hawaiian classic cocktails and local beer. It is a fantastic place to refresh when site-seeing on the North Shore. Lighthouse Bistro