Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to Wanderlust Wining!

Written by one of the world’s foremost wine and travel experts, Wanderlust Wining is a fun delicious journey through many of America’s finest wine countries; exploring their outdoor activities and wine tasting specialties. It’s a one-stop-read to crafting active wine tasting trips in unique (and familiar) wine countries all over the United States.

Discover how to kick off mornings with action-packed activities and spend the remainder of the day sniffing, swirling and sipping through local wineries. Learn how to taste wine like a pro and be in the “local know” about the best hiking and mountain biking trails or places to paddle, surf and sail. Visit creameries, galleries or savor a sustainable wine dinner served in the middle of a vineyard.

Each fast-paced, easy-to-understand chapter offers light-handed wine education and historic facts about the area’s wines, local parks and sports outfitter, “must-go” restaurants, art galleries, markets, vineyards, and more.

Imagine stand-up paddle boarding or windsurfing on Oregon’s Hood River or hiking through lush wilderness and gushing waterfalls, and then drying out at nearby wineries, overflowing with quenching Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and savory Syrah.
In California, kayakers can paddle crystal blue sparkling water along Monterey Bay with harbor seals and surfers can rip the swells, before strolling through wineries sipping locally made sparkling wine and nibbling refreshing seafood. Cyclists will love pedaling the hills and dales around pristine Santa Barbara, and re-hydrating with ripe, rustic Pinot Noirs or an Oceanside picnic.

While Mt. Bikers can learn where to pedal twisty, lush trails of Washington State’s Yakima Valley - and cross-country ski in the winter - before chilling out over a glass of rich, ripe Syrah. Then there’s the wicked whitewater rafting nearby Colorado’s wine country and terrific road cycling in the Texas Hill Country wine region. Trot a horse, hike or Mt. bike to vineyards on a wine tasting tour - or find your “Om” with Vino and Vinyasa.

In upstate New York, snowshoe or cross-country ski thru snow-kissed lush wilderness and then warm up with freshly baked muffins and scones, followed by an afternoon winery hopping on the Finger Lakes wine trail recharging with crisp Rieslings and succulent Gewurztraminer. The next day, drop into a nearby creamery to learn how to make cheese and pair with wine. Those preferring to sail, swim and sip will enjoy exploring Long Island’s wine region and their savory Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Sweat, swirl, sniff and sip …with Wanderlust Wining, the possibilities are endless.

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