Friday, April 24, 2009

International Tipples: Traveling for Wines and More

A pretty tasting-sounding report got our attention: the Top 10 Destinations for Iconic Drinks has been making the rounds to kick off the weekend. From Becherovka liquor in Russia to a caipirinha in Rio de Janeiro, you can set up some excellent food and beverage themed vacations with stops at luxury hotels.

Let's say that you're the classic type looking to sip on something world-loved: Champagne straight out of France's region of the same name. Book a stay at Chateau Les Crayeres, located in Reims, and then soak up Exclusive Complementary Perks like a private tour of the stunning grounds and-- yes!-- a complimentary wine tasting as well. Later on during your stay, be sure to visit the Piper-Heidsieck cave, which offers three complimentary glasses of champagne with each VIP ticket purchase.

Not too far away by air is Portugal, another great stop for fine wine lovers. Staying in the capital city affords you cultural delights galore, and the Solar do Vinho do Porto, the Port Wine Institute's official bar, offers 400+ wine varieties to try. Luxe stops happen to be plentiful in Lisbon, and you can try out luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, which includes perks like a welcome amenity and Free Upgrade Upon Check-In, or the Lapa Palace, which actually gives you a bottle of port wine upon arrival as part of its Exclusive Complementary Perks system.

That's just the beginning, too. You'll find that booking luxury hotels leads you to all sorts of culinary treats, and you'll love every minute of it.

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