Early fall may be a popular time for a drive to wine country, but there is much to be said about traveling just a touch off season. Although fall foliage may be less vibrant, crowds have died down. This makes this time of year a particularly delightful time to visit producers known for late harvest wines. Just before the holiday season, grapes intended for late harvest wines are harvested because of the more concentrated sugar content.
Late harvest wines not only pair well with fruits, nuts, cheese and desserts, but may also make a great base for low-ABV cocktails and balance the palate when paired with spicy foods. Many late harvest wines also have a longer shelf life than others after the bottle is uncorked. Trips to various wineries and their tasting rooms, in turn, not only explain the process of late harvest wine making, but also provide practical advice on serving them and pairing them with food at home or ordering them when they go out to eat.
As one of the nation’s largest wine production areas, Sonoma County, California, is dotted with several wineries known for late harvest wines and other attributes. Some wineries, including Anaba Wines and La Crema Estate, have been recognized for their adherence to sustainable cultivation and renewable energy methods. Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves offers wine tastings on its lawn overlooking the vineyards or in its wine cave, as well as private guided hikes through the vineyards. Sonoma-Cutrer offers a variety of wine tour and tasting experiences including its novel Croquet Court Reservation and Heritage Tasting, where the fee is waived for every three bottles of wine purchased.
Brisk fall and winter conditions in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region yield grapes making potent and flavorful late harvest wines. In the largest wine-producing area east of California (130 wineries and counting), late harvest producers include Sheldrake Point Winery in Cayuga Lake; Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards; and Hunt Country Vineyards, noted for its late harvest vignoles varietal wines.
Wineries along Seneca Lake Wine Trail within the Finger Lakes region worth checking out include Boundary Breaks Winery, noted for its late harvest Riesling and Gewurztraminer Late Harvest wines and location on the shores of Seneca Lake, and Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, for its new tasting room, solar-powered electrical energy usage and award-winning 2021 Late-Harvest Vidal Ice Wine. Wagner Vineyards, which offers a 2021 Riesling Ice Wine, also has a brewery, restaurant and sweeping views of Seneca Lake.
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As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
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Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
London welcomes its newest boutique hotel just in time for the holiday season. The Chelsea Townhouse, located on Chelsea’s exclusive Cadogan Gardens, sits within proximity to its sister hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens, and joins the Iconic Luxury Hotels portfolio.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
The Tampa EDITION recently launched two new offerings this festive season. Book the Holiday in the Sun promotion and receive complimentary valet, $50 in food and beverage credit, $50 in spa credit, and a signature EDITION Le Labo amenity. This offer runs through Jan. 5. Book here.