Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

We’re Back – Bigger & Better Than Ever

December 12, 2018 1:33 pm - Posted by Jody in Behind The Scenes

We’re excited to announce that Wine Portfolio will be available on Prime Video Direct with new episodes and a new attitude.

After years of building our worldwide following of food, wine and travel lovers with episodes in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America we’re taking our biggest step yet and moving to Amazon Prime Video.

“Wine Portfolio and Amazon Prime are a perfect pairing.” says Host Jody Ness. “ We’re really excited to introduce a whole new audience to our show.”

Wine Portfolio looks at the world of wine in both iconic wine regions and newer up and coming areas, and it explores wine love from a travel and food perspective. According to Ness, “Whether you’re a seasoned wine drinker or new to wine, Wine Portfolio offers a relatable and authentic look at the people and the products which make wine so popular.”

Wine Portfolio launched December 12, 2018 on Amazon Prime Video with two seasons covering destinations such as Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Japan, the Mediterranean, the Finger Lakes, Thailand and more.

To view or download Wine Portfolio on Prime Video follow these links to the TV Series’ Landing Page.

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The Ultimate Wine Cheat Sheet

November 28, 2016 3:55 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink



German Wines Threatened by Rain

August 16, 2016 9:02 am - Posted by Jody in Learn


Storms, torrential rain and heavy rain bring the German winemakers – especially in the southwest – in Existenznot. In Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, the rainfall of an entire year fell in the first half of 2016th For growers a disaster, because the wet summer leads to increased fungal infection of the vines and threatened the harvest. For weeks, therefore the vintners fighting in the wine producing regions already against attack of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola), to save her wine.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the state with the largest wine-growing area, the crop failure is so far estimated at approximately 20 percent; in individual layers even threatening a total failure. In particular, the 1300 Eco-wineries in the country have problems: The specific provisions for organic wine producers limit the selection and use of chemical pesticides. The use of copper, the most important crop protection active ingredient in organic farming, is reaching its limits. Copper is washed off by the rain again from the vine and does not penetrate, such as systemic pesticides into the plant itself. Therefore, the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate has now launched a large scale project with the active ingredient potassium phosphonate on the State Winery Bad Kreuznach, the organic winegrowers can join.

As the wine quality of the vintage 2016 will ultimately be, now depends on the weather the next few weeks. In the 13 German wine-growing regions, there are about 102,500 hectares of vineyards and approximately 43.3000 wine producers The largest German wine-growing area is located in Rhineland-Palatinate, with approximately 64,000 hectares, followed by Baden-Württemberg with around 27,000 hectares (details Federal Statistical Office 2015).


Five white wines from Ontario that are worth checking out

January 22, 2016 4:20 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Being a cool climate, lively white wine with electric acidity comes easily to Ontario. But wrapping that electricity with clean, nuanced, silky fruit and pricing around $15 a bottle? That’s a bit more difficult. Here are five local wines that do just that. 2013 Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Black Series Riesling Gewurztraminer, VQA Niagara Peninsula (Ontario), #357129,… read more


China will surpass US to become top consumer of Chilean wine

January 15, 2016 8:11 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


SANTIAGO – “China will soon surpass the US as the top consumer of Chilean wine,” Claudio Cilveti, general manager of Vinos de Chile, the country’s wine association, told Xinhua on Wednesday. According to Cilveti, the sales of Chilean wine have grown by 43 percent in the last five years in China and should grow by around… read more


Food, Wine and the Arts in the US on the Cheap

November 13, 2015 4:28 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel


Major cities like New York, Chicago and Miami are consistently named among the go-to travel destinations, but what about those places that are just waiting to be discovered? The ® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) has revealed up-and-coming destinations to fuel traveler wanderlust for less. From food and wine, to music and arts, is bringing those lesser-known destinations to the forefront for your next adventure.

Using the average price paid* for a hotel night by Americans in the first half of 2015, the travel experts recommend these cities:


Los Angeles ($175) and San Francisco ($217) are consistently mentioned as two of the best food cities in the U.S., but a number of more affordable cities have received national attention for being underrated foodie destinations.

Kansas City ($131) is renowned for its sweet and spicy BBQ style and restaurants serving some of the best BBQ in the country, but its up-and-coming restaurant scene offers innovative Latin American, Japanese and Southern food options. The city is also home to a number of craft breweries and new distilleries.

Other Food Cities Under $135: Sacramento, Calif. ($113); Houston ($129); Cleveland ($133)


While Napa ($255) is the best-known wine destination in the country – offering a combination of top-notch wineries and critically acclaimed restaurants – there are many under-the-radar wine destinations to be found around the country.

Grand Junction, Colo. ($88) offers the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Valley along the Colorado River for anyone visiting Colorado’s Wine Country. In addition to the region’s 20+ wineries, the city is also a gateway for hiking, mountain biking and rafting activities.

Other Wine Cities Under $135: Salem, Ore. ($101); Walla Walla, Wash. ($120); Petaluma, Calif. ($120)


New Orleans ($191) is the birthplace of jazz and home to some of the most vibrant music clubs in the country, but these destinations also boast a unique combination of music and nightlife.

Athens, GA ($111) may be best known for being one of the greatest college towns in the country, but it also packs a strong indie rock scene. With iconic venues like the 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theater and legendary bands that call the city home, Athens definitely holds its own.

Other Music Cities Under $135: Detroit ($121); Memphis, Tenn. ($123); Madison, Wisc. ($125)


New York ($245) is home to some of the best and most popular art and history museums in the world, but travelers looking to get their art fix on a budget can find it in these destinations.

Milwaukee, WI ($124) is a city full of great museums like the Milwaukee Public Museum – home to the iconic Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit, which features a three-quarter scale recreation of life in the city at the turn of the 20 th century. And the Milwaukee Art Museum is a work of art in itself, featuring a movable, wing-like brise soleil that opens up during the day and closes at night or during inclement weather.

Other Arts Cities Under $135: Tucson, Ariz. ($103); San Antonio ($131); Santa Fe, N.M. ($135)

Please visit for more information about average hotel prices and the most popular destinations from the first half of 2015. To find more travel ideas and tips, follow on Twitter at @hotelsdotcom and #HotelExperts.

*Average prices paid per night inclusive of taxes and fees and based on data from the first six months of 2015.


Arsenic found in American wines

November 2, 2015 3:45 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Lola Gayle, Wine is a big deal for a lot of people. In 2014 alone, Americans consumed almost 9 million gallons of wine. That accounts for about 2.80 gallons per person! But there’s something hiding in that lovely bottle. New research has found that all but one of 65 American wines tested contained arsenic in… read more


The right red wines to uncork with your barbecue

October 12, 2015 2:07 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Who doesn’t love barbecued ribs? When that craving hits, there’s nothing to do but give in to it. Object of desire: a massive slab of pork ribs suffused with smoke and char. So they wrap it up for you and you tuck the bag tenderly into the backseat of the car, careful not to spill any… read more


Celebrate These Emerging Wine Destination in the U.S.

October 9, 2015 2:00 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel

The U.S. is a big country with many wine growing regions outside of the better known Californian icons. While some areas such as Napa have long been known for their fine vintages, a growing number of destinations are appearing in states throughout the U.S., from Washington to Texas. Those looking to enjoy some of the fastest growing regions need to look no farther than one of these five wine destinations.

Finger Lakes – New York State

Already well-known for its award winning wines, the Finger Lakes region continues to grow and now offers over 80 wineries centered around Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka Lakes.

Walla Walla Valley – Oregon and Washington

While Oregon’s Willamette Valley has long been considered one of the best regions for wine in the U.S., a growing number of vineyards and wineries are popping up in Walla Walla Valley as well, making it one of the fastest growing wine regions not just in the U.S., but in the world.


Michigan may be small, but it more than makes up for its size in flavor. Not only is this Great Lakes State home to more than a few wineries and wine trails, but it is one of the top five grape producers in the country. From the urban centers of Southern Michigan to the more rural areas of Northern Michigan, this region has quickly become one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country.

Texas Hill Country

Wine can now be found in areas throughout the State of Texas, from El Paso to Houston, and while all these areas offer up their own appeal, the region which has become the most well-known and fastest growing is the Texas Hill Country. Located in the “Heart of Texas”, not far from Austin, this warm, dry climate is ideal for grapes and has become home to a growing number of wineries. Today, the area includes over 30 wineries featuring a variety of grape species from Spain, France and Italy.

Paso Robles – California

California may be old when it comes to wine in the U.S., but there are still regions that are just getting started. While Napa and Sonoma may still have a hold on the production, the Paso Robles region of California is quickly becoming a contender in terms of wine making in the country. Home to over 200+ wineries and vineyards, this region is fast becoming famous for its blends.


Tuscany of the East

August 24, 2015 8:34 am - Posted by Jody in Drink


From New York to Sao Paulo, epicureans have been reveling in a new generation of exciting wines from one of the least expected places – Slovenia, a vintner’s paradise in full renaissance. In fact, the small country has a viticultural tradition stretching back 2,400 years to the Celtic era, long before the Romans introduced winemaking to… read more