Bourbon 2016Bourbon & Culinary Tour of Kentucky | 2016

The tour will start and end in Louisville, Kentucky. Downtown Louisville is going through a major gentrification with tons of new hotels, restaurants, bars, specialty shops and micro distilleries popping up on every corner. It’s definitely a food and Bourbon lover’s paradise that I know everyone will enjoy immensely. We’re staying at the 18-storey, just-renovated downtown Hyatt all three nights …Continue Reading…
 

Spain 2016Wine & Culinary Tour of Northern Spain | 2016

The tour starts on Sunday night in Madrid and ends on Saturday morning in Zaragoza. Zaragoza is midway between Barcelona and Madrid, and is served by a blazing fast (300 km/hr) high speed train that will get you back to either city in about an hour and a half. Many of you will want to extend your visit before and/or after our tour, so keep in mind that pretty much all of Europe is easily, quickly and …Continue Reading…
 

Valle-2015Wine & Culinary Tour of Valle de Guadalupe | 2015

Everyone will meet at Wine Vault & Bistro Sunday morning for our legendary Bloody Mediterraneans and Mexican Coffees. After checking in and socializing a bit with your soon-to-become new best friends, we’ll board the bus out front with to-go drinks in hand. Depending upon the border wait (usually about 15 minutes), we should arrive at Hotel Coral y Marina in just under two hours. …Continue Reading…
 

New Orleans 2015Cocktail, Culinary, & Jazz Tour of New Orleans | 2015

We’ve reserved a block of interior courtyard rooms at the beautiful Royal Sonesta Hotel right in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. This is hands down our favorite hotel in the Quarter and the interior courtyard rooms are quiet even though the hotel is right on Bourbon Street. Leave San Diego any time you want just so long as you’re in the French Quarter by late afternoon Sunday …Continue Reading…
 

2014-OregonOregon Wine, Cocktail & Culinary Tour | 2014

After several “research” trips we are happy to report that we’ve put together another fantastic wine and cocktail tour with insider visits to some great wineries and vineyards in Willamette Valley (Oregon) and Columbia Gorge (both Oregon and Washington). We’ll fly up to Portland on Sunday afternoon where we’ll meet for a cocktail reception on a high rise roof deck with spectacular views …Continue Reading…
 

2014-FranceBarcelona & France Wine & Culinary Tour | 2014

Everyone will meet in Barcelona at Hotel Lleo on Sunday night. Hotel Lleo is only two blocks from La Rambla so it’s got the best of both worlds: it’s centrally located and it’s quiet. You are more than welcome to arrive a day or two early to get over jet lag and acclimate to the local time, and yes, we have made arrangements with the hotel for a discounted group rate for anyone wishing to check in a day or …Continue Reading…
 

Tequila & Culinary Tour of Jalisco | 2014

We’ll meet in downtown San Diego on Saturday morning at the America Plaza Trolley Station (1050 India Street) and take the trolley ($2.50) to the border where we’ll exchange currency. You’ll need about 1,400-1,500 pesos (about $125 based on current exchange rates) for taxis and breakfasts that are not included in the tour price plus your visa (which you’ll purchase at the airport) …Continue Reading…
 

Valle de Guadalupe Wine & Culinary Tour | 2013

Everyone will meet at Wine Vault & Bistro Sunday morning for our legendary Bloody Mediterraneans and Mexican Coffees. After checking in and socializing a bit with your soon-to-become new best friends, we’ll board the bus out front with to-go drinks in hand. Depending upon the border wait (usually about 15 minutes), we should arrive at Hotel Coral y Marina in just under two hours …Continue Reading…
 

Sonoma / Napa Wine Tour | 2013

After several “research” trips we are happy to report that we’ve put together another fantastic wine tour with insider visits to some great wineries and vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Valley. We’ll fly up to the Sacramento airport Sunday morning where our bus driver will be waiting for us in a luxury motor coach. We’ll spend the next four days touring vineyards and wineries in both of these famous …Continue Reading…
 

Oregon Pinot Harvest Tour | 2012

After several “research” trips we are happy to report that we’ve put together a fantastic harvest tour with insider visits to some great wineries and vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. While it’s impossible to pinpoint with 100% accuracy, harvest should just be getting underway by mid September and usually goes three to four weeks depending upon the varietal, the weather and a host of …Continue Reading…
 

Cocktail, Culinary & Jazz Tour of New Orleans | 2012

We’ve reserved a block of interior courtyard rooms at the beautiful Royal Sonesta Hotel right in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. This is hands down our favorite hotel in the Quarter and the interior courtyard rooms are quiet even though the hotel is right on Bourbon Street. We’ll leave San Diego Sunday morning and arrive New Orleans early afternoon. If you want to arrive early …Continue Reading…
 

2011-ValleValle de Guadalupe Wine & Culinary Tour | 2011

Everyone will meet at Wine Vault & Bistro for Bloody Mediterraneans and Mexican Coffees. Then we’ll board the bus and head south of the border. We’re taking over virtually all of Hotel La Fonda, an old oceanfront hotel/resort/spa perched on the cliffs of La Mision overlooking the Pacific Ocean between Rosarito Beach and Ensenada. Mary and I have been going there for almost thirty years, and …Continue Reading…
 

2011-MendocinoMendocino & Sonoma Wine Tour | 2011

After several “research” trips we are happy to report that we’ve put together a fantastic tour with insider visits to some great wineries and vineyards in the Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Hopland and Sonoma wine regions. We’ll meet at Lindbergh Field Sunday morning and fly up to Oakland where our favorite bus driver Eric will be waiting for us in his half million dollar luxury motor coach. We’ll …Continue Reading…
 

2010-Central CoastCentral Coast Wine Harvest Tour | 2010

After several “research” trips, we are happy to report that we’ve put together a fantastic harvest tour with insider visits to some great wineries and vineyards. If you’ve never experienced the actual harvest process, this will be a great opportunity to see firsthand how grapes go from vine to barrel to bottle. The wineries should be in a state of “controlled panic” with a flurry of activity in every …Continue Reading…
 

2010-RoadtripCAVineyards of California Road Trip | 2010

After three separate “research” trips, we are happy to report that we’ve finally put together a fantastic package with insider visits to some incredible wineries. We’ll fly out of San Diego Sunday morning to Sacramento, where our favorite bus driver Eric will be waiting for us in his half million dollar luxury motorcoach with onboard restroom. From there we’ll work our way back down …Continue Reading…
 

2009-ValleValle de Guadalupe Wine & Culinary Tour | 2009

Everyone will meet at Wine Vault & Bistro for Bloody Mediterraneans and Mexican Coffees. Then we’ll board the bus and head south of the border. Our group will be taking over virtually all of Hotel La Fonda, an old oceanfront hotel/resort/spa perched on the cliffs of La Mision overlooking the Pacific between Rosarito Beach and Ensenada. Mary and I have been going there for over a quarter …Continue Reading…
 

2009-SonomaSonoma/Napa Wine Tour | 2009

Our favorite bus driver Eric will pick everyone up at the Oakland airport Sunday morning. Peter Thompson of Andrew Geoffrey will pour a three-year vertical (’03, ’04 and ’05) of his amazing Cabs. We’ll meet him at the base of Diamond Mountain and view his vineyard from afar as there’s no way a bus can navigate the steep windy road to the top. Lynmar is putting together a tasting of their incredible …Continue Reading…