San Diego Brewery Tours

Brewery Tours of San Diego minibus
Brewery Tours of San Diego minibus

by Barnaby Hughes


When you think of where American beers are made, your thoughts may go to Milwaukee, but San Diego? This Southern California city has more than 30 craft breweries, as well as multiple tour operators whose mission it is to provide safe and convenient access to them.


My friends and I joined Brewery Tours of San Diego for a Saturday excursion which included nearly unlimited beer samples and a pub lunch. Once we caught up with the minibus at 10:30 a.m. — they offer multiple pick-up points including downtown San Diego and Mission Bay — we were quickly delivered to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a brewery tour. We saw the mashing tuns, fermenting tanks and kegs waiting to be shipped to a pub near you. Our bus driver and tour guide, Mae, gave us a brief lesson in how beer is made and then escorted us back into the tasting room.

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Two-Century-Old Bottle of Wine Sold at Auction – Wine News

A 1986 Arbois Vin Jaune, showing the wine's golden color and distinctive bottle shape (Photo: PRA)
A 1986 Arbois Vin Jaune, showing the wine's golden color and distinctive bottle shape (Photo: PRA)

Most wines are intended for consumption within the first year or two after purchase. Few improve after more than a decade of aging. Yet, periodically wine collectors uncork bottles more than one hundred years old and discover that the contents are not only drinkable, but exquisite. Although the market for old wines is small, wealthy collectors are willing to part with large sums of cash in order to acquire them.


Last month at Christie’s in Geneva, an anonymous bidder purchased a 1774 Arbois Vin Jaune for 46,000 Swiss francs. That’s nearly $50,000 American for a bottle older than the US. This might seem like a high price to pay for a bottle that could very well have passed its prime before the buyer was born, but a bottle of the same vintage and collection sold for much more at auction last year — $77,270.

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Discover Bachelorette Bliss at The May Fair in London – Travel Special

A bedroom at The May Fair Hotel
A bedroom at The May Fair Hotel


During the fifteenth season of the hit ABC-TV series “The Bachelorette,” Emily Maynard and her suitors encamped for an episode in a set of signature suites at The May Fair, one of London’s most iconic lodgings. Inspired by their adventures, the hotel has created the Bachelorette Bliss Package.


For couples in search of their own celebrity-worthy getaway, the Bachelorette Bliss Package offers a memorable overnight escape. Along with luxurious accommodations, this romantic special includes:

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From Gayot to The New York Times

Fresh-picked garden peas
Fresh-picked garden peas

by Jeff Hoyt


We are very pleased with our international team of reviewers who write about restaurants, hotels and more from Sydney to the Galapagos. We are especially proud of one of our Paris correspondents, Jean-Claude Ribaut, who is the food critic for the French newspaper Le Monde.


Mr. Ribaut recently worked with Elaine Sciolino, a Paris correspondent for The New York Times, for an article on eating fresh peas. The two of them traveled to L’Oustau de Baumanière, a top restaurant in Provence where Queen Elizabeth has dined, to eat peas picked fresh that morning from the restaurant’s own vegetable garden.

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Wines of Chile Tasting Event

Award-winning wines of Chile
Award-winning wines of Chile

by Michelle Kwan


The diverse terroir of Chile makes the region ideal for winemaking, producing varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Carmenère. The “Tapestry of Terroir” comprised the theme of this year’s Wines of Chile Tasting Event held recently at the New York City Metropolitan Pavilion and refers to the natural adaptability of the Chilean landscape towards wine production. Yet, Chile has only recently seen a proliferation of wineries; the necessary investment of considerable time, capital and effort has impeded the development of winemaking in Chile in the past.


But the growing interest in New World wines has placed the country on the map among the world’s wine producers and drinkers alike. Many of Chile’s wineries are only a few decades old, but their present vintages attest to the quality of their wine production methods.

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