When Shakespeare wrote “Sweets to the sweet” in Hamlet, they were words delivered with flowers scattered in Ophelia’s grave. How the centuries have changed the meaning. Say “Sweets to the sweet” today, and we think of romance, love, sweets to eat and sweets to drink.
Sweets to drink are an especially intriguing group, and there is a charming new entry from California: Bee d’Vine, a honey wine. Honey has been used to make alcoholic drinks for millennia; and in keeping with its long history, Bee d’Vine is made traditionally: solely from honey, water and yeast. Its Demi Sec, softly sweet, is satin-smooth with a floral background, a hint of almond and, yes, an aroma and aftertaste of honey ($24/375ml bottle).
In Austria, in the town of Rust, about six miles from the Hungarian border, Heidi Schröck produces an outstanding naturally sweet wine called Ruster Ausbruch “On The Wings of Dawn” from a blend of grapes. It is a rich, savory wine with tones of peaches, a touch of cinnamon, a lively citrus quality and a marvelous creamy finish ($75/375ml bottle).
The cool climate of Canada is ideal for one of the most difficult wines to make: ice wine. Left on the vine long after the rest of the grapes have been harvested, frozen grapes yield just drops of the extraordinarily sweet juice that produces ice wine. Look for those from Inniskillin, Château des Charmes, Rockway Vineyards, Reif Estate Winery, Pillitteri Estates and Ziraldo Estate Winery — all wineries have consistently produced winning ice wines. Prices range from about $25 to $80 for a 375ml bottle.
New York State’s northern Finger Lakes District, also a cool region, is home to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, a producer of well-made sweet wines. From grapes that were left on the vine an extra five to six weeks comes Noble Select Chardonnay Magdalena Vineyard — sweet, rich and delicious ($37/375ml bottle). The winery’s Noble Select Riesling Magdalena Vineyard balances a luscious sweetness with clean acidity, apricot flavors and citrus fruits ($80/375ml bottle). And for the sweetest of all, try Noble Select Riesling Josef Vineyard, with the most intensely concentrated balance of fruit flavors, sweetness and refreshing acidity ($125/375ml bottle).
All promise sweets to the sweet.
As more travelers hit the road again, they tend to travel shorter distances. That includes LGBTQ+ globetrotters, who find a variety of great vacation options without leaving the continent. These five top destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers in North America offer lots of reasons to reignite wanderlust.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
There’s almost nothing like the magic of New York City during the holidays — and there’s almost nothing more quintessentially New York than the Empire State Building. Check both off your list at once this year in the Big Apple.
As our four-passenger plane prepared to land on a gravely shoreline in Lake Clark National Park, one of the most remote national parks in the United States, accessible only by plane or boat, my excitement grew. Though the flight was scenic and provided a terrific perspective of the vast expanse of this part of Southcentral Alaska, my fellow passengers and I had one thing on our mind — bears!
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Windstar Cruises boasts an Air + Hotel offer from Los Angeles International Airport, including a round-trip flight from LAX, pre-cruise accommodations and a post-cruise day room. The offer also includes ground transfers in Tahiti and a seven-, 10- or 11-night cruise in Tahiti. On cruise vacations including air and hotel booked through the end of this year, guests receive the promise of a free beverage package, with unlimited select spirits, wine, beer, cocktails and minibar items.
American Cruise Line successfully launched its American Melody riverboat last week at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. The new boat is the fourth in American’s Modern Series and will set off on its inaugural Mississippi River cruise season in summer 2021.