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A few times a year, several VinConnect customers join us on a behind-the-scenes, wine industry trip. Let us know if you would like more information about joining us on an upcoming trip.

Customer Trip to Spain October 2023

It had been a few years since I had the pleasure of escorting a group of VinConnect customers on a tour of one of Europe’s major wine regions.  The global pandemic interrupted our plans, and while I personally have been traveling and visiting our estates in various countries over the past few years, coordinating a customer group had been more

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Fessina Vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna

Customer Trip to Sicily June 2019

These days wines from Sicily (and specifically Mt. Etna) are among those gathering the most interest among U.S. consumers, sommeliers and wine media. I know a bit about the region and have enjoyed the wines for several years, but do not have the kind of detailed knowledge of Mt. Etna’s grapes, soils and wines that I do of most of

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Haro Town Square

Spain Wine Tour November 2018

Given the recent rapid growth of VinConnect it has been several months since I have had the time to get away and visit a wine region. After some consideration Spain bubbled to the top of my destination list — it had been years since I had been to Spain, and the combination of our existing winery partners there along with

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Tasting with Chiara Boschis

Barolo and Barbaresco Wine Tasting and Tour 2017

Three of VinConnect’s top customers and I recently traveled to Italy for a wine tasting trip to Piemonte, the home of Barolo, Barbaresco and Alto Piemonte, as well as the legendary Nebbiolo grape that stars in all three.  As this was VinConnect’s third trip in the past 5 years, we leveraged our many existing relationships to have some memorable visits

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Hermitage Hill

Customer Trip to France Spring 2017

Three of VinConnect’s top customers and I recently traveled to France for a quick trip to three of its most venerable wine regions — Champagne, Burgundy and the Northern Rhône. That’s a lot of ground to cover in only six days, but we were overdue for a trip and looking forward to what the travel would bring. Monday — Champagne

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Wine tasting in Italy

What You Must Know When Planning Winery Visits in Europe

Visiting wineries in Europe can be a very different experience from visiting them in the U.S., for a variety of reasons. Largely these reasons all relate to the fact that wineries in Europe are more generally agricultural operations, not tourist attractions — the are typically small, family run operations, and few if any have the kind of public “tasting rooms”

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People at a Paris wine bar.

My Top 10 Wine Bars in Paris

On my recent trips through Paris, I have been compiling a list of the Top 10 Wine Bars there and wanted to share some information about them.  In addition to writing this post, I’ve also created a Google map of my Top 10 Wine Bars in Paris — if you’re in the city, feel free to use that as a

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Tuscan countryside

VinConnect Customer Tour to Tuscany — June 2015

Earlier this month we launched another VinConnect Customer Tour, this time to visit the region of Tuscany. I was accompanied by some of VinConnect’s customers, who joined me for tours and tastings at our winery partners, some wonderful meals and visits to many beautiful places. We were able to taste wines across several recent vintages, from 2010 Brunellos in bottle to

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Hillside vineyard

VinConnect Customer Trip to Barolo and Barbaresco

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Travel Day: Sunday-Monday This year’s VinConnect Customer Trip began for me in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, November 16th. Once I arrived at Dulles, I decided to indulge myself at the VinoVolo (website) outpost there to help set the mood while awaiting departure.  I really enjoy those VinoVolo locations that seem to be popping up more and more — they

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