Take Dalton Winery’s Estate Shiraz 2009 ($18). Blended with small amounts of Petite Sirah, Merlot and Mourvèdre, it is a deep-shaded and intense wine with peppery tones in the aroma followed by a round body. The winery’s Fumé Blanc 2009 ($15) echoes Sauvignon Blanc’s characteristic grassy aroma and lively taste.
Galil Mountain’s Yiron 2006 ($22) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah that is fruit-driven, balanced and smooth.
Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2007 ($75) lives up to its name. It is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine that is elegant, multiflavored and well integrated. It is one of the finest Bordeaux blends I tasted among Israeli wines.
Yarden Odem Chardonnay 2008 ($18) exemplifies Israel’s strides. Whereas a few years ago it was over-oaked and out of joint, today it is a nicely balanced, flavorful wine. I was also impressed with Yarden Syrah 2005 ($25). It is full-bodied and polished with a lengthy finish.
Flam Winery’s Superiore Syrah 2008 ($51) is also made entirely of the single varietal. It is finely structured, and with its peppery nose and satiny texture, it evokes the essence of Syrah.
Israel has one grape that is its own. The red Argaman was created there by crossing Carignan and Souzão. Barkan, which calls itself Artisans of Red Wine (never mind that it also produces a commendable Reserve Chardonnay for $18), uses it as half its Barkan Classic Merlot-Argaman. The 2009 ($12) blend is earthy and forward and offers a distinctly new and different taste experience.
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.
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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.
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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