Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wine, Travel & Food News From Vino-Sphere: May 31, 2018


Velas Chocolate Clams

Cabo Resort to Feature Chocolate Clams

Luxury AAA Five Diamond resort Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico has been rolling out innovative culinary creations since opening in late 2016. The latest is a fresh take on Baja California’s “Candy of the Sea” courtesy of a new chocolate clam tasting menu.

Each of the signature five restaurants at the resort have prepared one version of the dish paired with a wine, including a few from Mexico’s wine region in the north of the peninsula. Highlights of the menu include a chocolate clam with white bean, lardo and piccalilli from Cocina de Autor’s two Michelin starred chef Sidney Schutte and, from its Velas 10 steak and seafood restaurant, Clam Au Gratin made with chocolate clams, creamy baby spinach, bacon and grated Grana Padano cheese.

Buy Dad Some Grapevines for Father’s Day

We just showered mom with love and it’s time to do the same for dad. This year, there is a new gift for wine-loving fathers: planting his very own grapevine! Through Wine on the Vine you can gift dad with his very own vine to be planted in a top Israeli winery. After the grapevine is planted, the majority of the donation goes to charities doing important work in Israel. Wine on the Vine works with elite wineries some of which include Carmel, Psagot, Tabor, Tulip, Yatir, Jezreel, and Gush Etzion as well as other Israeli non-profit organizations. The goal is to create a way for people to support and help build Israel’s wine industry in both a meaningful and enjoyable way.  

Costs range from $18 for one vine to $1,800 for 100 vines. For $90 and above you get one or more bottles of wine from the vines you planted – after a four-year wait for the grapes to grow.

Opry City InteriorGrand Ole Opry Comes to The Big Apple

New York City’s newest entertainment destination is a piece of Nashville in the heart of Times Square: Opry City Stage – the iconic Grand Ole Opry’s first and only satellite location outside of Tennessee. The four-floor venue features daily live country music and serves finger lickin’ Southern food.

This past weekend, in honor of Fleet Week New York 2018, Opry City Stage hosted the sailors, coastguardsmen and more for night after night of entertainment, food & drinks. They feature Two Step Tuesdays, Dueling Pianos Country Style, among other promotions and activities.

Hotel Package Features Vintage Baseball

The Hotel Saugatuck, an 18-room luxury bed and breakfast in Michigan with stunning views of Lake Kalamazoo, is offering a vintage baseball package. In June, this nostalgic getaway features an old-fashioned vintage baseball game at Beery Field with the Douglas Dutchers.  The Douglas Dutchers were fashioned after a local club, the Douglas Athletic League, which first played in 1905. After, return to the nearby Hotel Saugatuck, where a dimly lit room, split of champagne, and flutes will complement the complimentary in-room dessert.

Packages start at $848 and vary by room selection and length of stay. Built in 1865, The Hotel Saugatuck, formerly the Twin Gables Inn, is the only original mill in the area still standing from the busy lumbering era.

Would You Like Avocado Mayonnaise On That?

June is Avocado Month and, believe it or not, you can now celebrate with Avocado Mayonnaise a new product from Better Body Foods.  Flavors include regular, lime or chipotle lime!

Searching for An Italian Villa with a Basilica? Look No Further

Looking for an villa in Italian wine country? Concierge Auctions is to sell Villa Badia, a former Benedictine convent featuring its own basilica, incorporating monuments granted national heritage status, in Piedmont, Italy. Dating back to the 11th century, the villa and its adjacent historic abbey have been recently restored but retains unique period features including 14th century frescoes. Originally listed at €10million, the estate will sell without reserve to the highest bidder on 29 June. Bidding will open on 26 June. Piedmont is known as a culinary destination, attracting visitors keen to sample the gastronomy and Barolo wine for which the region is famous.

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