“We’ve had Malbec in Argentina for a century, so there’s been plenty of time to make careful selections and develop only the best vines,” said Jean-Jacques Bonnie of DiamAndes. That is one reason Malbec, once a bit player in Bordeaux, is now the starring red grape in Argentina. Argentina’s dry, temperate, sunny climate and vineyards 3,000 feet high on the slopes of the Andes Mountains — conditions that help the grape ripen fully — produce the finest expression of Malbec, probably in the world.
Jean-Jacques’ family owns DiamAndes in Argentina’s Valle de Uco. It also owns the Grand Cru Classé de Graves Château Malartic Lagravière in Bordeaux, where the soil and climate are different from Argentina’s and where Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Still, as satisfying as their Graves wine is, the promise of Malbec in Argentina lured the Bonnies.
They built an architecturally stunning winery and produced their first vintage in 2007, working to capture the essence of Argentine Malbec while introducing a bit of Bordeaux to it. How? “By refining its tannins, giving it a complex flavor and a long finish,” Jean-Jacques said, “and especially, imparting our Argentine wines with a touch of Bordeaux’s elegance.” Another Bordeaux influence is DiamAndes’ philosophy of producing a limited number of wines. They have three categories.
At the top of the order is DiamAndes Gran Reserva ($38), a blend primarily of Malbec with, depending on the vintage, about a quarter of Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. The 2007 vintage is dark-colored, supple, complex, intense and well-balanced, with a deep aroma of dark berries, plum and vanilla and a long, memorable finish.
The DiamAndes Varietal line includes a lively, lightly oaked Chardonnay with mild tropical fruit flavors; a fuller-bodied, round Viognier; and a rich, medium-bodied Malbec ($20) offering a nose reminiscent of coffee and chocolate.
Its Perlita line blends 80 percent Malbec and 20 percent Syrah, a bright, pleasurable fruit-driven choice for a casual quaff ($13). And DiamAndes’ older Bordeaux sibling? Château Malartic Lagravière 2009, still an infant, is a ripe wine of substance and lengthy finish that promises a long maturity. The 2008 Malartic is attractive, harmonious and aging beautifully. Both sell for about $70.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.