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02

A Short Wine Guide

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A Short Wine Guide

By: GlobusHistorically, Germany’s wine has suffered with an “inferiority complex” fueled by the reputation of wine powerhouses France and Italy. And in modern times, they’ve tacked of “how to compete with a Bordeaux or a Chianti” by improving quality, while keep prices reasonable. Finally, German vintners are starting to reap the rewards.

The world famous Riesling region, centered on the Rhine and its tributaries and in eastern Germany near Dresden, is the biggest success story to come out of Germany’s 13 wine growing regions. White grapes form 80 percent of the harvest, but reds are on the rise, as well as the general reputation of German wines. Here’s an overview of the major grapes:

  • Riesling: Known and loved across the globe, the Riesling is an elegant white wine that sometimes has an aroma of peaches or apricots. The mid-priced varieties are good with almost any meal. The best come from the Moselle and Rheingau tributaries.
  • Müller-Thurgau: This white grape produces plain wines with less character than the Riesling. Grown everywhere, Müller-Thurgau generally has a nuttier, riper taste than the Riesling.
  • Spätburgunder: Germany’s Pinot Noir, this grape yields the best German red wines and may be the next German export to hit the world’s palette. Excellent examples grow on the steep slopes of the Ahr River and in Wurttemberg. Silvaner. This dry white wine is a specialty in the vineyards of Franconia around Würzburg. It has a sour apple taste that is good with meals or mixed with mineral water as a Weinschorle.

 

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Jan
17

Places to Go in 2012

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Abercrombie & Kent
Experience the Arctic on a Luxury Expedition
A&K’s Best Destinations for 2012

See Abercrombie & Kent’s picks for 2012′s most exciting destinations and start planning your next extraordinary journey. Taken from The New York Times“The 45 Places to Go in 2012,” these 10 destinations offer the A&K experience at its finest – including mysterious Myanmar, recently opened to Western visitors, all the way down to Antarctica, which you can discover in luxury and style on board MV ‘Le Boreal.’ Jordan

The Top Five

Myanmar
Myanmar
Myanmar charms even the most seasoned traveller with its remoteness and unspoiled culture. Fall under its spell at the sight of thousands of stupas dotting the untouched fields of Bagan and monks going about their daily lives at ancient monasteries along the Ayeyarwady River.
Tanzania
Tanzania
Long coming in second to Kenya as East Africa’s safari destination, Tanzania offers exclusive reserves, increasingly luxe accommodations and, of course, the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and towering Mount Kilimanjaro. Visit in January to March for the start of the Great Migration across the fabled Serengeti.
Antarctica
Antarctica
Join the small number of people to have ever set foot on earth’s most remote corner on a luxury adventure of a lifetime. On board the stylish-yet-sturdy MV ‘Le Boreal,’ cruise through fjords unreachable by larger boats and enjoy top-notch service.
Uganda
Uganda
Seldom-visited Uganda enchants with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Experience the ultimate safari when you track these elusive, endangered creatures on foot.
Jordan
Jordan
Romantic Jordan teems with historical and natural treasures, from the magnificent “rose-red city” of Petra to the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum. Experience the timeless beauty of this unforgettable destination, immersing yourself in its rich, complex culture.
Jordan
A&K’s Top 10
from The New York Times

•  Myanmar • Tanzania •  Antarctica •  Uganda •  Jordan •  Tokyo • Patagonia •  Ha Long Bay, Vietnam •  Florence, Italy •  Kerala, India

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Jan
08

Best Ski Hotels in the World

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Tis the season to get your skis out - this is an interesting article - how about letting me know your favorites!!

stone hut IrelandPresident Obama isn’t the only American with ties to Ireland. It’s estimated that approximately 34 million of us can claim ties to the Emerald Isle.

But you don’t need family ties or any other reason to visit there. It’s a wonderful place to visit just because you want to go see a place rich in history, natural beauty, and friendly people.

Here’s a bit of information about a fun fair to add to your itinerary if you visit this summer.

For three days each year in August, more than 20,000 people converge on Killorglin in Kerry in Southwest Ireland for the coronation of a goat. But not just any goat. No sir. That is King Puck on the stage in the center of town overlooking the river Laune. It is best to be full of good spirit in the King’s presence, because everyone else is! A three-day event commences amidst traditional Irish music. Saturday is “Gathering Day” and the bars are filled with patrons all weekend. “Fair Day” follows and finally “Scattering Day”. But what is this about a goat?

In the McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland, wild goats take refuge. Each year the “Puck” is caught by the townspeople. On Gathering Day the town’s civic leaders lead the captured and somewhat confused goat through the town streets. When the procession reaches the town square, Puck is coronated “King Puck” and then spends the next three days on a raised platform 20 feet about the town, watching his mad subjects below.

OK…appears we have some pagan underpinnings here. Certainly there seem to be some links to pre-Christian celebrations of a harvest and that the male goat is well known as a pagan symbol of fertility. Some will tell you than the festival began in honor of the Celtic sun god in an ancient festival of Lughnasa. Another legend, however, dates the Puck’s role in the fair to 1650 when Oliver Cromwell advanced on Kerry. A herd of goats raised the alarm, with one brave male goat running directly into town bleating a call to arms, alerting the town’s people to the invading army of British soldiers. In his honor, the Puck Fair came into being. King James I in 1610 granted the livestock fair in Killorglin an official status, making the Puck Fair the oldest continual fair in Ireland.

During the Puck Fair, various livestock auctions and events are held. Horse traders gather from all over Europe and the United States to buy, sell and trade their mounts, while farmers from the local area trade out their cattle and sheep. The Guinness Music Trail Competition is held during the Puck Fair, with local pubs competing for the Guinness Cuchulainn Statuette. There are parades featuring bands from across Ireland, and music on every corner. The streets are filled with street entertainers and at night fireworks break out amidst the merriment.

But it is immediately apparent that it is the humans, not King Puck, who are having the best time. The pubs are open until 3 a.m. each day. After three days of music, livestock and Guinness, the crowds release King Puck back into the mountains, freeing him from his courtly duties.

Preferred Travel NJ has many excellent packages and air programs to Ireland during all months of the year. Shannon hosts the international airport closest to Kerry, but many fly directly into Dublin and travel from there. Your agent will likewise arrange car rental for you. Killorglin is located on the Ring of Kerry Road. From Killarney take the N72 and from Tralee take the N70. Some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery is along the way.

The Ring of Kerry is worth the visit in its own right. The circular drive runs the mountains of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula past stone walls, old castles and monasteries. These are some of the world’s most beautiful hills and vales harboring some of the world’s friendliest people. There are many places to stay during your visit: Killarney is popular, and for more remote and intimate accommodations, also consider Kenmare, Dingle Town or one of the surrounding communities. While you are there, be sure to also visit the Celtic ruins and early Christian monasteries and shrines in the Dingle Peninsula area.

Have a great time, and be sure to pay your respects to King Puck! Contact Preferred Travel NJ and get started.

 

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