Château Brown and Château Couhins lie in the Péssac- Léognan area of Bordeaux, south of the city of Bordeaux. Both produce red and white wines from classic Bordeaux grapes, and the wines of both tend to age well and long. Unlike a number of Bordeaux châteaux, however, both offer excellent wines at reasonable prices.
At a recent tasting, I began with Château Brown White 2012, a classic blend of 65 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 35 percent Sémillon. While the meadow-fresh character of the Sauvignon dominated with its bright acidity, Sémillon gave a fleshy, round body to the wine which makes it a good companion with a rich fish dish. Price: approximately $27–35.
Château Brown Red 2010, a blend of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 percent Merlot and 5 percent Petit Verdot, emitted the aroma of ripe berries with a spicy undertone. It was well-structured, supple and, at 6 years of age, still young and vibrant with a promise of a long life ahead. Its price varies from about $30 to $41.
And how did a Bordeaux château get an Anglo-Saxon name like Brown? A Scot named John Lewis Brown founded it in the late 1700s. Over the centuries, owners have come and owners have gone, but the name remains.
Château Couhins White 2010 differs distinctly from the white of Château Brown in that it consists wholly of Sauvignon Blanc, producing a bright, pale, citrusy, refreshing wine with mineral notes and a concentrated intensity. Its price ranges from $23 to $35.
Deep-colored Château Couhins 2009 presents a nose that reminds me of dark fruits and spice with a whiff of tobacco. It is an ample wine in both body and flavor and beautifully balanced — overall, an elegant wine. The name Couhins, given to the château at its establishment in the 1600s, comes from an ancient Gascon word meaning borders or limits.
Few of us can make Bordeaux our everyday wine, but at these prices, we can afford to raise a toast of Château Brown and Château Couhins at any worthy occasion.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to celebrate the holidays at any of its properties in Riviera Maya, Mexico. There is no time like the present for you to experience a stay at one of these luxury resorts.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
After a two-year hiatus from in-person sporting and outdoor recreation events, the seaside, car-free town of Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recently announced the return of the annual Tri Las Catalinas, an off-road, multisport triathlon, Feb. 15–18.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Plan a célébration spéciale this holiday season with a stay at a historic French chateau in the Loire Valley. If pipers piping and dancers dancing are part of your dream holiday experience, set your compass for Château de Chambord, where 100 twinkling Christmas trees set a festive tone for Renaissance music and dancing, storytelling, performances, workshops, themed activities and more. Guests can sip mulled wine and nibble on sweet indulgences, or peruse the shops for authentic, artisanal Chambord products crafted from the estate’s own natural resources.
For the 12th consecutive year, Global Traveler recognizes the best of the best in the industry, naming 2022’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.