Dear Travel Agents/ Advisors,
I encourage travel agents to specialize in selling group travel or different segments of travel, and to become experts in whatever they choose. My love of good wine has influenced me and I am slowly becoming more interested in winery travel. Even though I sometimes still get tipsy, I am excited to learn about the wines in all different parts of the world.
I remember coming to northern California many years ago from our home in Los Angeles where we’ve lived over 35 years and tasting not so popular or tasty wines for free. Two years ago we decided to spend New Year’s in Napa Valley. What a difference a number of years can make! What a fun destination! There are over 500 wineries of all sizes, and all kinds of wines. Prices vary from $20 a bottle to much over $200 a bottle or more!
We have been going to Europe for over 25 years and drinking wine from France, Spain and Italy, where everyone assumes all wines are from. Port wine (not my favorite) is from Portugal and we have been there as well. In 2014, we went to South Africa and I was surprised to learn that they have good wines: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, from Stellenbosch and Paarl. We started to buy wine from South Africa when entertaining friends. It has been a very pleasant experience. In 2017 we went to Australia and New Zealand and learned about their Syrah and late harvest. They offer many other delicious wines that now we look forward to drinking. My husband is from Argentina, so we are very familiar with Malbec and the wineries from Mendoza (Argentina) and Maipo Valley in Chile, with Cabernet Sauvignon in a style like Bordeaux and Cabernet Franc. Even Brazil, where I am from, is producing wine now
Honestly, I love learning and I don’t feel that I need to become an expert in wines, nor in all the countries that produce good wines. I love the experience of learning about wines, and tasting them in their own countries instead of a cellar that sells international wines. I enjoy talking to people about these experiences, and am far from being a wine snob. I love sweet wines and get tipsy after my first glass (but let’s keep that a secret, since I can hold the same glass for hours! LOL!)
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