Divinum Wine Fair–a place to discover some of the wine world’s hidden gems

Divinum Wine Fair 2017True wine lovers are known to travel to the ends of the earth to taste something great. But we’ve found a wine fair that doesn’t require travel to the end of the earth, just Switzerland. The Divinum Wine Fair invites wine lovers from around the world to Lake Geneva to taste some of the best of artisan, European wines. The event will also feature gourmet artisans of edibles like Fromagerie Gourmande, who will be on hand to take visitors into the world of traditional Gruyere. This year’s fair will offer a special highlight on the wines and gourmet foods of Sardinia. Sardinian vintners will introduce participants to some of their region’s traditional grapes like Giro and Cannonau. And Sardinian food producers will showcase their traditional olive oils, pastas and more.

The fair, scheduled for April 5-10, 2017, will be held in the historic town of Morges, near Lausanne. The town is considered the capital of Vaud wines. (We think it makes for the perfect jumping off point for some romantic wine country exploration.)

For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit myswitzerland.com.

Wine Tasting in Bordeaux with a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Wine Tasting In BordeauxIf you’re a lover of wine, you might want to get yourself to Bordeaux this spring. The weekend of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux is coming up in May. This is an annual wine tasting event on the international wine world’s calendar. But what makes the event remarkable is that this year, the normally pros-only tasting is open to the public.

The Details

On May 20-21, wine lovers from around the world will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to taste two different vintages of unforgettable Bordeaux wines. Over 110 Chateaux are slated to pour. The festivities also include special Grands Cru dinners in the chateaux of such prestigious wineries as Les Carmes Haut-Brion and Chateau Smith Haut Lafite. The ticket price for each private dinner is 140 euros per person. In addition, vineyard tours and lunches are scheduled at more modest 99 euros per person. Lastly, one of the most fun sounding events of the weekend includes a tour of the Cité du Vin and a Grand Cru riverboat lunch (90 euros).

For Reservations

The weekend celebration is put on by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux in the city of Bordeaux. For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Union’s website. (And hurry, we noticed that events are starting to sell out!)

Experience Valentine’s Day 1950’s Style with this Special Exhibit

Experience Valentine's DayDo you ever long for a simpler time? Have you ever dreamed of the days when couples courted and chivalry was still alive? Well, the Park Forest Historical Society in Park Forest Illinois is recreating romance 1950’s style. The society has curated a special exhibit at the Park Forest House Museum. Their 1950’s-themed festivities allow visitors the chance to experience Valentine’s Day the way things were in a simpler, gentler time.

Opening today and running through March 4, the exhibit features a truly sweet depiction of Valentine’s Day. The entire museum is dressed up for the holiday with festive, period decorations. The exhibit even includes a display of antique Valentines dating all the way back to 1880.

One of the most charming displays is the recreation of an elementary classroom set up for a holiday party the way it would have been celebrated at the time. The decor even features a construction paper “mailbox” at every desk.

Hours and Admission

A truly romantic way to experience Valentine’s Day, this museum exhibit is open Wednesday-Saturday from 1-3:30pm or by appointment. The Park Forest House Museum is located at 227 Monee Rd. in Park Forest, (approximately 35 miles south of Chicago). Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit http://www.parkforesthistory.org/

 

Are You Ready for a Truffle Dinner? Vancouver B.C. prepares to celebrate this rare aphrodisiac

British Columbia Gala Truffle DinnerIf you’re in or anywhere near Vancouver, British Columbia on February 6, 2017, you need to put this dinner on your schedule. West restaurant in collaboration with the Truffle Association of British Columbia will present the British Columbia Truffle Festival Gala truffle dinner.

What sounds like a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early, this truffle gala dinner will present a “best of” British Columbian truffles. According to the restaurant, it will be the first multi-course dinner in British Columbia to showcase the many different kinds of local truffles. The menu will include dishes prepared with (all locally sourced) Perigord, Oregon Black and Winter White Truffles. The meal should be spectacular, particularly because, according to local truffle foraging dog Dexter, this has been one of the best truffle seasons to date. We only wish we could be there!

For Tickets

To reserve your tickets for this one-of-a-kind truffle dinner, visit the association’s Eventbrite page. And to learn more about the aphrodisiac attributes of truffles, check out Amy Reiley’s truffle information in our Foods of Love.

Dining in the Dark Las Vegas–experience the sensuality of dining out

dining in the darkDining in the dark? It’s a concept that gained popularity a few years ago. Some feel that by eliminating the sense of sight, the other senses have a better opportunity to focus on the sensuality of a meal. And we love the idea of focusing on the sensuality of a meal.

But Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is taking the concept and adding a new visual layer: the jewel-like glow of Las Vegas at night. The restaurant, located on the twenty-third floor of the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, will be turning out the lights. On February 8 and March 8, 2017, guests can reserve a table to experience dining in the dark Las Vegas style. The only light by which diners will have to gaze upon one another will come from the glow of glittering Strip, twenty-three floors below.

Without cell phones, neon and the eye-candy Vegas dining rooms tend to offer to distract, guests will have the chance to focus on Chef Gagnaire’s modern French cuisine in a whole new way.

For more information on Twist or to reserve your table for dining in the dark, visit the Mandarin Oriental website.