In its quiet elegant way, Riesling is becoming the new Chardonnay, the white wine of popular favor. And for those who have always touted its racy acidity, floral aroma, delicious taste and absence of the oakiness that wood aging often gives to Chardonnay, it’s about time.
But while Chardonnay is ubiquitous, seeming to grow anywhere, fine Riesling shows its best only when planted in cool climates. Germany has long been the benchmark for Riesling. Austria and Alsace do wonders with it, too. In the United States, while Oregon and, to some degree, Washington State make very good Riesling, no American vineyards have equaled the Riesling produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
The man who first proved that this cold northern region could grow fine, cool climate grapes was Dr. Konstantin Frank. Two generations later, his grandson, Fred Frank, is carrying on that legacy, producing such gems as Dr. Frank Dry Riesling 2006. It is a steely, well-balanced wine of lovely Granny Smith apple and grapefruit flavors with a long, delicious finish.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars’ offers its 2006 Dry Riesling, clean, fresh and fruity; and its terrific 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling that is all fruits and flowers in the aroma, rich and round in the body with a citrus-like acidity that keeps the flavors in balance.
Located in New York’s Hudson Valley region, Rivendell specializes in Rieslings made from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region. It produces a clean, pure, near-perfect Dry Riesling in its Rivendell 2006 version; and in its semidry SoHo Cellars Johannisberg Riesling 2006, an exquisite, elegant wine.
Hermann Wiemer comes from the Mosel Valley of Germany where his family has been involved in winemaking for 300 years. So it is not surprising that at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, he produces Mosel-like Rieslings — a crisp dry; a harmonious semi-dry; and a rich late harvest.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ 2006 Homestead Reserve Riesling is tasty, semi-dry and has a round, silky body. Lakewood Vineyards too has a delightful semi-dry Riesling 2006 with a nose of delicate flowers.
These wines are not made in enormous quantities nor widely distributed, but they are well worth seeking out.
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
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The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
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