A Sommelier's wine secrets
Wine is inexorably linked to special, festive occasions, relaxation, and to a certain extent, decadence. The imagery and symbolism of sipping a glass of wine can elevate a simple travel narrative into a sensory experience. For this reason, travel writers should seriously consider slipping a mention, sidebar or descriptive paragraph about wine into their articles. There are numerous ways to approach this enhancement of your essays. Perhaps you might reflect on the wines of the region you’re exploring. Every destination on earth has some type of regional or desirable wine. We all know about the beautiful Tuscan wines surrounding Sienna or great Champagnes near Paris, but what about the wines in Andalusia or Dalmatia? Another consideration is to cater to the demographics of the people who typically visit your travel destination. For example, the majority of tourists who visit Fiji and Bora Bora are oenophiles from Australia and New Zealand, so of course the island resorts have a plethora of coveted Shiraz and Pinot Noir available. A particularly simple way to introduce wines to your readers is to identify any wine-related activities happening during your trip. Oenophiles love to discover unexpected wine tasting events or stumble upon vineyards. I once attended a wine tasting on a Cruise ship repositioning to Alaska. Including wine in your articles will not only provide additional opportunities for your readers to discover a sense of the location, but it provides your writing with a sense of indulgence and pleasure that makes your travel experience that much more enticing.
When visiting new locations, nothing is more rewarding or fascinating than exploring regions that may be off the beaten path or require a bit of travel time out of the city. There is just something alluring about losing oneself in the local landscape, people and culture and experiencing the country first hand. The challenge is formulating where to go and how to get there. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to both of those problems. Wineries tend to be found somewhat off the beaten path, in the heart of the countryside and often around picturesque winding rivers. If, instead of simply focusing on a mode of transportation that gets you from point A to point B, you consider incorporating wine as part of the peregrination, you just may add a whole new dimension to the journey.
Why just take a regular train from one city to the next when you can take a wine train? Instead of merely going horseback riding through the countryside, consider a trail ride between wineries. Not only do you get to experience the landscape close up, you get to immerse yourself in the local culture, wine and cuisine. Getting to know the topography from a hot air balloon is great, but even better if it starts and ends at a vineyard where you can literally taste the terroir that you just flew over. Mundane river cruises take you from one heavily visited site to the next, but a wine river cruise will take you to parts of the country that are rarely seen. The simple trick of considering wine transportation when contemplating travel arrangements not only provides easy options for getting around, it adds more opportunities for an extraordinary vacation.