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“I had a blast traveling to Alsace and Germany with this company.They introduced us to everything vino – from small family vineyards to huge automated operations with bottles rattling on conveyors. We ate delicious food paired with wines, and talked to the vintners about their craft. I got a sense of the miracle that is good wine. The itinerary was well thought out, with lots of activities interspersed with time to rest and explore independently.”

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From the ALPS to ALSACE : 2016

Spring 2016 : April 30 – May 7

From the ALPS to ALSACE

ADVENTURES IN WINE, FOOD AND CULTURE

GERMANY, AUSTRIA, FRANCE, LIECHTENSTEIN AND SWITZERLAND

EXPLORE THE FOOD, WINE AND CULTURE OF THIS FASCINATING SLICE OF THE WORLD

  • TASTE the Freshest Veggies and Fabulous Baked Goods
  • VISIT the Most Charming Markets and Talk to the Proud Purveyors
  • ENJOY the Most Glorious Cheese – made with hundred-years-old practices
  • SAVOR Wines You Never Knew Existed – for anyone who loves wine, its impossible to think of this rich area without tasting the astonishing variety of wine grapes.

Day One – Saturday We’ll meet you at the Stuttgart Airport and board our luxurious bus. (You’ll like our bus and wonderful driver – but we won’t let you get too comfortable. Our longest bus ride for the whole week will be just a little over 2 hours.)Today we’ll visit a weekly farmers market, a wine tasting and cellar tour in Bregenz, Austria, and end with dinner and wine pairing in Lindau – a city and an island on the eastern side of Lake Constance, a gorgeous freshwater lake in Germany.

Day Two – Sunday Lots of touring, tasting today – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! We’ll depart after a traditional German breakfast for the Abbey of Birnau, home of one of the loveliest Baroque churches in southern Germany, (did you know what an important role the church played in the wines we love today?) The city of Meersburg, and lunch awaits us and then off to the Baden Wuerttemberg State winery followed by a stroll thru the city and dinner.

Day Three – Monday Breathtaking Switzerland is next – home to some of our favorite foods like fondue, raclette and yes, chocolate! An awe-inspiring assent onto Swiss mountain peaks via gondola delivers us to lunch on top of the mountain. Mid afternoon will find us at a cheese factory and tasting of yes – REAL Swiss cheese! In the afternoon we’ll drive onto Liechtenstein for dinner and wine.

Day Four – Tuesday Vaduz awaits us today, the capital (and home of the Prince of Liechtenstein). In the morning, a tour and wine tasting. Then, a free afternoon and evening, to explore this walkable and charming city packed with medieval, Gothic, and Baroque structures. (We have some great ideas for you!)

Day Five – Wednesday We’ll share an authentic fondue lunch today before heading to Colmar, Alsace, checking into the hotel, and you’ll be free to tour the captivating city and have dinner on the town with new friends.

Day Six – Thursday Enjoying and learning about Alsatian wine is our goal today. We’ll visit a small family owned winery, a European-focused medium-size winery, and then have a personal tour at Trimbach – the world renowned winery, along with a city and vineyard walk.

Day Seven – Friday Strasbourg, France is our destination this morning.Wine, beer and eau de vie will accompany our lunch of regional specialties. (Alsace is the main beer-producing region of France.) In the afternoon, we’ll depart for Oppenau in Germany’s Black Forest region. After arrival we’ll head to the kitchen for our hands-on cooking class with one of our favorite German chefs, *Stephan, who will lead us through the preparation of authentic local cuisine. Of course, our dinner, (that we’ve make ourselves, will be served up to us with a selection of Stephan’s favorite local wines.
*Ever heard of Sea Island, Georgia? That was Chef Stephan’s last Chef gig in states before returning to Germany.

Day Eight – Saturday Its an early departure for Stuttgart Airport for our return flights – but don’t worry we’ll have lots good coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting for you before we share a final toast and head for home.

  • Seven Nights/Seven Days with a Small Group of Amazing Travelers
  • Seven Nights in Wonderful, Comfortable Hotels
  • Eight Delicious and Amazing Breakfasts
  • Six Fabulous Lunches, PAIRED WITH LOCAL WINES
  • Five Luscious Dinners paired with Local Wines
  • Personal Interaction with Winemakers, Locals, Hoteliers and Chefs
  • Wines, Beers and Eau de Vie with meals, Selected by US for YOU
  • Cooking Class with a Master Chef
  • All for $3,300 Double Occupancy (single supplement available)
BUBBLES, FIZZ AND BREWS : 2016

FALL 2016 : September 17 – September 24

BUBBLES, FIZZ AND BREWS

ADVENTURES ALONG THE TRAIL OF BUBBLES FROM BEER TO

CHAMPAGNE, CREMANT TO SEKT

A Sparkling Adventure of Wine, Beer, Food and Fun in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany

Breweries and Mussels in Brussels, Champagne in the Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne and the Cotes des Blancs. Sekt in the Mosel and Cremant from Luxembourg along with Beer in Bruge and Bitburg.

Day One – Saturday
We’ll meet you at the Brussels Airport and board our luxurious bus. (You’ll like our bus and wonderful driver – but wewon’t let you get too comfortable. Our longest bus ridefor the whole week will be just a little over 2 hours.) A guided tour of Belgian Chocolates is your first treat in this interesting capital. Lunch, and a fun brewery tour follows. An early dinner in an authentic Belgian Pub frequented by locals in-the-know closes our first day of adventure.

Day Two – Sunday
We’re off to the city of Bruges, to enjoy a city walk and a captivating canal tour via boat. Besides beer and chocolate, Belgium’s other famous culinary delights like waffles, mussels and frites are on the menu today. We’ll return to Brussels via the city of Ghent, a charming port city and cultural hub.

Days Three and Four – Monday and Tuesday
Off to France where Champagne will be the beverage of choice for the next two days! You’ll learn more about the fascinating story of this celebrated fizz by visiting historic sights, renowned champagne houses and talking to local growers, winemakers and bubbly advocates.

Day Five – Wednesday
The “Fruit Bowl” of France, Lorraine captures our attention today. Learning about Eau de Vie, (or the “water of life” in French), is our quest here. Mirabelle, created from plum trees is the specialty of this area; Lorraine is the only region in the world where there is such a high concentration of the juicy, delicious fruit trees. This eau de vie is so special; there is even a French Appellation, or guarantee of quality for it! After our special Eau de Vie tasting, we head to the Duchy of Luxembourg to experience traditional culinary treats like the incredible Ardennes salt-cured air-dried ham that is only made in Luxembourg. Of course we’ll share all the perfect accompanying beverages!

Day Six – Thursday
After an overnight in Trier, Germany we begin the day by tracing ancient Roman footsteps and sipping Sekt – the sparkling wine of Germany. Next, off to Bitburg, acclaimed for its exceptional brews and generous regional cuisine

Day Seven – Friday
A special visit awaits us today – Aachen, the home of King Charlemagne and the relics of his reign of the Holy Roman Empire. Along with fine wine and incredible food, we’ll have a special international sight/surprise waiting for you! Our last overnight will be back in Brussels, and we’ll celebrate our adventures with a fabulous farewell dinner.

Day Eight
We’ll send you off to the airport with good coffee and a wonderful breakfast, so you can head home in comfort, together with memories, new friends, and knowledge that will last forever.

PROOF that Bubbles taste GREAT anywhere, anytime and in anything!

Drink Spain, Eat Spain! : 2016

DRINK España, DEVORA España!

Drink Spain, Eat Spain!

A Culinary Adventure through the Wine, Food and Culture of Spain

2016 : September 28th – October 4th

From Madrid to Cuenca, Toledo to Segovia we’ll travel to some of the most unexplored areas of Spain for fabulous wine and food, museums and cultural experiences. Even if you’ve traveled to Spain before, don’t miss this opportunity to
eat, drink and learn like a local.

Day One – Wednesday, September 28th
We’ll meet you at Madrid’s Barajas Airport with our luxury bus and by noon we’ll be tasting wine at one of the area’s best wineries and enjoying lunch with some new favorite wines. Then we’re off to Cuenca for a city tour and a quick museum stop. We’ll have dinner early tonight, to give tired travelers a break before our big day on Thursday.

Day Two – Thursday, September 29th
The morning begins early with an optional morning hike to see the best views of Cuenca – followed by breakfast. A short ride in our bus will take us to the Utiel-Requna area and our first wine tasting of the day at the Art on the Barrel Museum, which up until now has only been on view at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM). After tasting, touring and lunch, we’ll head to Valencia to two interesting wineries, to appreciate a wide range of Spanish wines, from still to sparkling. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to Cuenca for a delicious dinner.

Day Three – Friday, September 30th
We’re heading to Toledo today, for a variety of activies and of course, wonderful food and wine. On the way we will visit Finca Loranque, the oldest winery in the region, an estate that celebrates the history of the area, the unique art and the delicious wine. For lunch today, we’ll visit a special restaurant specializing in tapas and small plates of the region. You’ll have the evening to yourself, (maybe with some new friends?), in this beautiful and easy-to-wander-through city

Day Four – Saturday, October 1st
A short ride to the region of Valdepeñas awaits us today. We’ll experience the flavors, colors, textures and sounds of this region in person as we enjoy an unforgettable day with the proud people from three wineries and the interesting cuisine native to this fascinating slice of Spain. After we return to the hotel, we’ll gather for a casual dinner.

Day Five – Sunday, October 2nd
The Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso awaits us today, and after a tour of the gardens and palace we’ll head to a leisurely lunch with wine pairing. We’ll pop on the bus, and before you know it, we’ll be in Segovia, where we’ll dine at El Bernardino, one of the first and most famous restaurants in Segovia. Some of its famous dishes include “Iberico” cured Ham, Octopus Galicia style and Grilled Sea Prawns and the mouth-watering Suckling Pig.

Day Six– Monday, October 3rd
The DO of Rueda awaits us today. Our first visit will be at a winery that specializes in white wines, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay await us. Lunch follows with two exceptional wine tours in the afternoon. The evening will be your own in Segovia, the city is ready to welcome you!

Day Seven– Tuesday, October 4th
We’ll have a morning ride to Madrid, check into our wonderful hotel and head out for a Spanish cooking class – we’ll make our own lunch! A brief tour of the Museo Del Prado will finish our afternoon and we’ll rendezvous back at the hotel for dinner and tapas. It’s our final night in Spain, and we don’t want to leave without experiencing an exciting Flamenco close-up in an authentic cellar.

Day Eight – Wednesday October 5th
We’ll say Adiós until our next visit to unforgettable Spain. We’ll meet early in the morning to share a final breakfast with all and get you off to the airport in time for flights back to the states.

Discover not only Madrid, but also the surrounding regions like Valencia, Toledo and Segovia. You’ll experience the exciting food and wine of the historic heartland of Spain. The climate ranges from continental to Mediterranean; the food comes on hoof, on wing, or by fin, and the incredible Spanish wine is
made the way Spaniards like it!

  • Travel with a Chef, Wine Expert and a Trilingual Globetrotter
  • Wine and Culinary Education with Carefully Curated Experiences to Remember Forever
  • A Small Select Group of Fellow Travelers
  • Eight Days, Seven Nights to Explore Spain
  • Respected Wineries and Authentic Cuisine that Celebrate Real Spain
  • Luxury Bus Travel for Short Distances
  • Wonderful Hotels, Faithful to the Culture and Region
  • Five Genuinely Delicious Dinners, Seven Luscious Lunches and Eight Indulgent Breakfasts
  • All for only $3400 per person

Interested in Learning MORE about the Trip and MORE about the Wonderful Wine and Foods of Spain?

Join Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck and Globetrotters and MOJO Entrepreneurs Kristina and Dan Limoges at a Hands On Spanish Tapas class at Cooks Warehouse Midtown on June 19th at 6:30 to 9 PM.

Spanish Tapas Hands On!

Tapas are Spain’s beautiful small plates, perfect for a dinner of grazing and socializing! Join Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck and Kristina and Dan Limoges, the owners of MOJO Villajos Spanish condiment. We’ll get hands on to create eight delicious and easy tapas with ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. You’ll discover an exciting new Latin cuisine – and take that knowledge home to your own kitchen. And of course, we’ll also pair the perfect luscious Spanish wines with all the mouthwatering tapas.

We’ll create:

  • Pan Catalán, Spain’s version of Bruschetta
  • Manchego Cheese and Quince Jam Toasts
  • Piquillo Pepper Dressing with Fresh Veggies
  • Smoked Spanish Almonds
  • Grilled Steak Skewers with Mojo Picón Sauce
  • Roasted Jumbo Shrimp with Almond Caper Sauce
  • Patatas Bravas – Angry Potatoes with Smoked Spanish Paprika
  • Dates with Stuffed with Cabrales Blue Cheese

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