Cooler weather and changing leaves makes for the perfect atmosphere for enjoying great libations. Here are some of the top wine festivals around the country this fall.
The Newport Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Food & Wine, features a two-day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines on the lawn of Marble House. The festival includes chef appearances and cooking demonstrations by national, regional and local chefs. Guests can also enjoy the Wine & Rosecliff Gala, a Sunday Jazz Brunch and Newport After Dark party. The festival is Sept. 21–24.
Food Network lovers won’t want to miss the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival, Oct. 12–15. In addition to the Grand Tasting, there are culinary demonstrations by notable chefs including Anne Burrell, Hannah Hart and Robert Irvine, as well as rooftop parties, dinners and brunches.
Texas Hill Country is becoming one of the newest recognized wine destinations in the country. Head to historic, downtown Fredericksburg for the annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest Oct. 28. The festival features 30 local wineries and more than 40 local food specialty shops.
The Denver International Wine Festival is the premier wine and food festival in the Rocky Mountains, showcasing more than 400 international wines from 18 countries. The event features food and wine pairings, local produce, gourmet food products, fine art and more in downtown Denver, Nov. 2–4.
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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.