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Wine shopping-a vicarious form of traveling

It may seem a bit lame, but I enjoy going to the wine store for no other reason than to admire all the wines from around the world that line the shelves-California, Spain, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand. Although I’ve sampled cognac in France, Jameson Whiskey and Guinness beer in Ireland, sherry in Spain, I’ve only ever toured one vineyard and that happened just recently (the Biltmore Winery in Asheville, North Carolina). It’s probably due to the fact that unlike breweries, vineyards are generally located more in the countryside and while I’ve globe trotted around the world, I’ve for the most part always stuck with the mega metropolises. But that doesn’t mean I don’t hope to visit the
 Simonsig Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Image courtesy of allvineyards.com
or the Achaval-Ferrer vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. Aren’t the Andes utterly striking?

But for now my recent purchases from the local wine store:

Spain
Chile
Italy

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    ~Holly~
    June 30, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I share your secret wine shopping fetish! I love browsing different wines (esp. international ones). I actually visited a 2 wineries in Greece (one on Santorini and one on Crete). It was fun! While in France I visiting a wine shop in Paris and had the gal help me pick out some wine to take home. What fun!!

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    the red headed traveler
    June 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I can only imagine how gorgeous the vineyards on the Greek isles must have been! Sadly, I took no wine with me on my most recent trip to Paris, quel dommage πŸ™

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