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We’ll Fall for Pfalz, No Doubt!

The Crowning of the German Wine Queen, who could miss that?  We won’t.  ‘Cause we’ll celebrate the end of the growing season with vintners and locals at the Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt, Germany.  Think mugs of wine and local food specialties and parades and…  Yeah, Day 3 of our upcoming Food & Wine tour will be a doozy.

Grape Harvest Festival in Neusadt.

Grape Harvest Festival in Neusadt.

In fact, we’re spending two nights in the Pfalz, Germany’s second-largest wine growing region – and home to our partners at Vines to Wine Academy!  Annemarie has again worked her magic, and our group will visit another of her family’s vineyards for picking and cellar work.  We’ll also whip up a gourmet meal with a cooking class at one of the area’s finest restaurants, co-hosted by Chef Nancy of Taste and Savor.  AND we’ll sample the goods at a gourmet vinegar producer.  Whew!

House of Wine

House of Wine in Neustadt, where the local wineries present and sell their products.


Medieval Meanderings: Day Two is Too Much!

Day 2 of our upcoming tour – Medieval Meanderings is the theme of the day.

Enguisheim, Alsace.

The concentric rings of Enguisheim, Alsace.

Ranked one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, the medieval village of Eguisheim nestles into the heart of Alsatian wine country.  It’s narrow, concentric streets wrap tightly around the central castle.  We’ll visit the Emile Beyer winery there, followed by a gourmet lunch at an acclaimed local restaurant – also within a winery, of course!


Enguisheim, so beautifully preserved.

Smack on the Alsatian Wine Route, Riquewihr is another stunning, medieval village surrounded by vines.  With harvest in full-swing during our visit, we’re hoping to walk some of the “Grand Cru Wine Trails” – well-signed, educational footpaths connecting the villages of the wine route, and giving us an up-close look at harvest in progress – and epic views of the surrounding countryside.  Should be beautiful in the cool, fall weather!


Riquewihr, as seen from the Grand Cru hiking trails that connect the Alsatian wine villages.

Added bonus:  our amazing partner, Vines to Wine Academy, has arranged a visit to their family’s small winery, promising a unique and personal look at winemaking in Alsace.  It’s just too much!

Requiwir, Alsace

Requiwir, Alsace

Coming Up: Colmar!

Colmar, Alsace

Colmar, Alsace, is also nicknamed “Little Venice.”

We’re getting too excited about Vino Hound’s first international food & wine tour, Germany/Alsace! Day 1 is the impossibly quaint town of Colmar in Alsace, France – the “capital of Alsatian wine.”  With its impeccably preserved old town and notable architecture, Colmar is a feast for the eyes – and the stomach.  Alsace has been traded between France and Germany seven times, so its food and wine traditions are a delicious blend of both.  With our partners, Vines to Wine Academy and Taste and Savor, we’ll hit the cobblestone streets for a walking tour before settling into a farm-to-table feast  – with wine pairings, of course – prepared by a local husband/wife chef team focused on modern renditions of Alsatian favorites.  Our guests should look forward to Alsatian Cremant, Riesling and Pinot Noir with our first dinner – a delightful start to the week!


More cuteness in Colmar.

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