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Jim is a former
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Jim regularly writes for leading industry magazines Food Service and Club Life. Click on articles to read more.

Travel

Jim with wine sommelier's aboard QE2 World Cruise 2006


Travel Tips


http://www.wotif.com
Hotels, accommodation, flights and other related leisure pursuits (worldwide).

www.ase.net
Hotels, flights, car hire etc (worldwide).

www.atc.net.au
Official website of the Australian Tourist Commission.

www.quickbeds.com

www.villageitalia.com This website contains a various selection of Italian vacation rentals from villas, farmhouses, castles etc. in Tuscany.

www.lastminute.com
Hotels, flights, car hire and other leisurely persuites (Australia only).

www.cia.gov /publications/factbook
The CIA's world fact book. Plenty of information on history, natural hazards, commercial facts, transport etc. This covers every country in the world.

www.embassyworld.com/embassy/directory Search for any embassy in any country. It includes addresses, telephone numbers, email, web addresses, together with local info including jobs
.

www.carigslist.org An excellent website which has apartments, houses, cottages etc for private hire throughout the world. Whether it is in the big city or a quite rural retreat this site has it all. Place under world and not any particular country.

www.seatguru.com Check out your airline seat before you travel. Place under world....

www.tripkick.com Hotel rooms from around the world. Ditto

www.holidayautos.com.au Car Hire in Australia




Jim aboard QE2/06




Private tasting at Schramsberg Winery - Napa Valley, California


Spain

www.acevin.org
Website for La Asociaci6n Espaliola de Ciudades del Vino
(Spanish Association of Wine Towns)
It features more than 45 towns linked by the common denominator of exceptional winegrowing, and its concomitant economic, cultural and other aspects. One of this organization's major achievements is the creation of the Rutas del Vino de Espalia brand (Wine Routes of Spain), which certifies tourist itineraries that take in wineries, gastronomy, hotels and local history and art. (Spanish)

www .rutadelvi nosomontano. com
Official website for La Ruta del Vino Somontano (Somontano Wine Route)
It provides information about the wineries along the route, plus restaurants, hotels and specialist travel agencies (with links to their own websites, opening times, telephone numbers and so on), and is also a good source on the area as a whole: Sierra de Guara Natural Park and its gorges, Vero River Cultural Park and the towns Alquezar and Barbastro. There is also a useful road map. (Spanish)
http://www .Iariojatu rismo .com/tu rismo -en 01 og i co La Rioja's tourist website
Good information about La Rioja's various wineries, themed museums, wine events and festivals, hotels and vinotherapy spas. It also gives addresses of companies offering wine tasting courses, sporting activities in a vineyard setting and gastronomic tourist events.
(English, German, Spanish)

www .rutadelvi noderiojaalavesa. com
Official website for La Ruta del Vino Rioja AJavesa (The Rioja Alavesa Wine Route)
This page offers addresses for the wineries, restaurants, specialist wine
shops and hotels along the route, links with their individual sites and other useful information. It also offers information about the area's different municipalities, mentioning outstanding buildings, traditional festivals, tourist offices and so on. (English, Spanish)

www.paseosdelvino.com
Website for Paseos del Vino (Wine Walks)
Paseos del Vino is an association comprised of nine bodegas in La Rioja including Amezola de la Mora, Bret6n, Marques de Vargas, Muga, Murua, Fern8.dez Remfrez de Ganuza, Roda, Luis Cafias and Valencisco, that is working to energize and strengthen wine tourism in the DOCa Rioja. It offers tourists different personalized travel packs that combine culture, nature, gastronomy and wine through visits to the bodegas within the association, tastings, vinotherapy sessions, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards, etc. (English, Spanish)

www .enotu rismealtpenedes. net
Official website for Las Rutas del Vino y del Cava Penedes (Wine and Cava Routes of the Penedes)
This page suggests possible itineraries grouped according to different criteria: routes that can be explored by train, by car, in town and so on. Each circuit includes a road map and information about the wineries, hotels, restaurants and other establishments it features. Complementary routes for walkers or modernist architecture enthusiasts, among others, are also suggested. (English, French, Spanish)

Designation of Origin (DO)
www.riberadelduero.es
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Ribera del Duero (English, Spanish)

www.riojawine.com
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Rioja (English, French, German, Spanish)

www.dopenedes.es
Website for DO Penedes (English, Spanish)

www.dosomontano.com
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Somontano (Spanish)

Rioja Marques de Riscal, Wine City
www.marquesderiscal.com

Bodega de Juan Alcorta Ysios

www.domecqbodegas.com
El Fabulista

www.bodegaelfabulista.com
Bodegas Carlos San Pedro perez de Viiiaspre

www .bodegascarlossampedro.com
Dinastfa Vivanco Wine Culture Museum

www.dinastiavivanco.com
Bodega Baigorri

www.bodegasbaigorri.com

www.spain.info – all your information needs can be found at this address

www.arzak.es – The best restaurant featuring Basque food situated in San Sebastian

www.elbulli.com – The best restaurant in the whole of Spain situated in Roses

www.axialvinos.com Covinca winery situated in Longares

www.bodegasysios.com – Spanish winery situated in Laguardia (Alva)

www.donjacobo.es – Spanish winery situated in La Rioja

www.bodegasfaustino.com – Spanish winery situated near Logrono

www.remirezdeganuza.com - Spanish winery situated in Rioja Alavesa

www.bodegasmuga – Spanish winery situated in Haro (La Rioja)

www.marquesdeulia.com – Spanish winery (Bodegas Senorio de Ulia) located in Labastida Alava

www.lacasadelcofrade.com – Spanish winery (La Casa del Cofrade) situated in Albelda de lregua (La Rioja)

www.elriojaylos5sentidos.com Spanish winery (Prorioja) situated in Logrono (La Rioja)

www.zortziko.es – A Bilbao based 2 star Michelin restaurant serving Basque food

www.luxurycollection.com/marquesderiscal - Situatel at the vineyards of Marques de Riscal in La Rioja

www.hotelcondeduque – Gran Hotel Conde Duque situated in Madrid

www.elbullihotel.com situated in the hills of Seville and an off-shoot of the world famous El Bulli restaurant in Roses northern Spain

www.hotelclaris.com situated in the Eixample district of Barcelona

www.hotelpalacepenalba.com A top notch hotel with magnificent gardens situated in the northern province of Asturias - Figueres

www.apluswines.com

www.krimart.com
One of the biggest makers of Sparkling wines in the Ukraine

www.tbilvino.ge
Wines of Georgia, featuring wines made from an established Georgian winery from indigenous Georgian grape varieties.

www.acorex.net
One of the biggest wine companies situated in the Republic of Moldova

www.moldovawineguild.md
This site provides you with all the information you ever wanted to know about the various wineries and wine regions of Moldova

www.abraudurso.ru
Established in 1870 this Russian Sparkling wine house is known as Abrau Durso

www.newyorkwines.org
All you ever wanted to know about the wine regions of NY State featuring the Lake Erie Region, Niagara Escarpment, Finger Lakes, Hudson River and Long Island Region.


Australia

www.sipyourstyle.com.au For those ladies about town or those ladies new in town who would like to know what’s going on where and when then ‘sip your style’ may be for you. With a strong wine focus you can check out the best bars, best eateries, best cocktails. Also lifestyle, events, drinks, people and places, it’s all here.


www.ukinaustralia.fco.gov.uk/en
A very informative website for people residing in Australia who wish to know more about renewing or gaining British passports. It’s packed with lots of other important and helpful information.

www.medicareaustralia.gov.au For those of you wanting to visit Australia and take advantage of reciprocal medical agreements between Australia and a number of other countries then this website can assist you when planning your trip, especially from a travel insurance point of view.

www.check-in.com.au Fast and secure last minute reservations service with over 50000 properties in Australia & New Zealand.

www.travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au For those passengers who have special medical needs when traveling. This is a very informative site, click on the ‘special needs’ link. Also check out www.traveldoctor.com.au

sydneyharbour@yhansw.org.au For the budget conscious who want to be in the heart of the city with fabulous views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, then look no further than the best youth hostel in town.

www.ubid4rooms.com ‘Make me an offer’ - that is how ubid4rooms works across a wide range of hotels in both Australia & NZ. Similar to ‘wotif’ and ‘last minute’.com, if you like the idea of an auction bidding war.

www.vaustralia.com.au V Australia is the newest long haul international airline serving LA/USA from Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne.

www.kununnurratourism.com
Rural tourism in the Kimberley in NE of Western Australia

www.australialiasnorthwest.org.au Rural tourism in the WS of Western Australia

www.kimberleytravel.com.au For travel around Broom and Roebuck Bay

www.cablebeachclub.com Considered the best resort north of Perth

www.lovebirds.com.au B&B type accommodation in the center of Broom

www.rendezvoushotels.com A resort within 5 minutes walking distance to Cable Beach

www.kimberleysafaris.com For those who like the great outdoors of the Kimberley

www.needtoescape.com


www.atn.com.au
This website is for countrywide tourism around Australia, which includes links to accommodation and car rental sites together with places to go and things to see and do.


www.travelaustralia.com.au
This website is more specific to regions of Australia.


www.oztravel.com.au A great site for links and recommendations for food, wine, travel and accommodation etc.

www.citysearch.com.au A terrific website devoted to each capital city in Australia, what's happening, what's on, where to go and what to do.


www.greatwinecapitals.com
This link gives you much information about the major wine capitals of the world and includes places to stay, things to do and how to get there. It also has many more pieces of information related to the area in question.

www.immi.gov.au – For all your visa (especially student working visas) enquiries

www.tasmanianwineroute.com.au – Wineries of Tasmania

www.greenpointwines.com.au – Domain Chandon Winery situated at Coldstream, Melbourne. Top rated restaurant and winery.

www.balgowniewestate.com.au – Accommodation, winery and restaurant situated in Yarra Valley, Melbourne.

www.tabilk.com.au – A winery with wetlands and wildlife reserve situated at Tabilk in Melbourne

www.tarrawarra.com.au - Tarrawarra Estate situated in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Complete with wine bar and café

www.hermitagelodge.com.au – Lodge accommodation situated at Pokolbin in the NSW Hunter Valley

www.greymasts.com.au – A guest house situated in Robe, SE of Adelaide

www.robe.com.au – Robe Visitor Information Centre

www.robe.sa.gov.au/robelifestyle - Properties available in Robe, SE of Adelaide

www.draytonswines.com.au – NSW based Hunter Valley Winery

www.zema.com.au – South Australia, Coonawarra based winery

www.kiolavineyard.com.au – NSW winery situated in the Hilltops region

www.sheppartonfestival.net.au - A festival based on the NSW/VIC border

www.suncountryonthemurray.com.au – All you wanted to know about this NSW/VIC border region

www.visitmildura.com.au – Mildura is situated on the NSW/VIC border

www.swanhillonline.com - What to do, where to go in and around Swan Hill situated on the NSW/VIC border

www.echucamoama.com – All you wanted to know about Echuca Riverboat, Wine & Food Jazz Festival which is situated along the River Murray at Echuca

www.greatshepparton.com.au – Shepparton region of NSW

www.visitvictoria.com – Information about all regions of Victoria

www.winestream.com.au – All your Australian Wine ‘PR’ needs can be found here

www.songlinesestate.com.au – McLaren Vale based winery

www.discovertasmania.com.au – Check this site out before you travel to Tasmania

www.qualia.com.au – One of the newest resorts on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays

www.ozonehotel.com – This hotel is situated on Kangaroo Island off South Australia

www.puretasmania.com.au – A real wilderness tour of outback Tasmania

www.alyanaretreat.com.au – A retreat away from it all situated in Denmark, Western Australia

www.bluespiritretreats.com.au – An eco retreat situated in Margaret River, Western Australia

www.australiasoutback.com/aboriginalart - Buy Aboriginal art direct from Aboriginal communities in outback, Northern Territory

www.kakaduculturecamp.com – Traditional Aboriginal owners show you Kakadu Park and their surrounds

www.byronbaynow.com/surfing - This is a good site to visit should you plan a surfing holiday on the mid north coast of New South Wales

www.parks.sa.gov/simpson_cp. - For those of you who like the great outdoors of The Simpson Desert, South Australia & Northern Territory

www.mthotham.com – For those adventure seeking snow skiers

www.fallscreek.com.au – Australian adventure skiing

www.margaretriver.com – Plenty of information can be found here from the M/R Visitors Centre

www.canberraballoons.com.au – Hot Air Ballooning over the Nation’s Capital

www.lizardisland.com.au – Scuba dive around the coral reefs of Lizard Island

www.divincairns.com.au – Great Barrier Reef Diving

www.exmouthwa.com.au – Exmouth Visitors Centre, Western Australia

www.tiwiart.com/tours.asp. - Explore the Tiwi Islands situated north of Darwin

www.rottnestisland.com – An island situated of the coast of Perth, Western Australia

www.tourkangarooisland.com.au – An island situated off South Australia not far from Adelaide

www.wilsonisland.com – An island situated on the Gt Barrier Reef not far from Heron Island

www.lordhowisland.info – Snorkelling, bushwalking, scuba diving and much more

www.bestresataurants.com.au – The Best Restaurants of Australia can be found here

http://www.eatanddrink.com.au - A more serious food and wine guide to Australia combined with critiques

www.yourresataurants.com.au – Top restaurants with verve, style and panache

www.barossatours.com.au – An Epicurean delight around the World Famous Barossa Valley in South Australia

www.fairwaysresort.com.au – Fairways Resort is situated on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula SW of Melbourne

www.allseasonshouseboats.com.au – Cruising the Murray River around Mildura, Victoria

www.paravion.com.au – Fly tour of the SW wilderness of Tasmania

www.freycinetseacruises.com – Enjoy a boat tour of the magical Wineglass Bay in Tasmania

www.cablebeachclub.com – Cable Beach Resort situated in Broom in North Western Australia

www.visitcanberra.com.au – All the information you require about the Capital of Australia

www.visitnsw.com.au – All the information you require when visiting New South Wales

www.goldcoastwinecountry.com.au – Wineries situated on the Hinterland on Queensland’s Gold Coast, south of Brisbane

www.freightercruises.com.au – A less salubrious but more interesting way of cruising from Australia to UK

www.broomehelicopters.com For your next helicopter flight over Broome

www.newnorsica.com A monastic mission situated 132km north of Perth

www.nigalooreefretreat.com Cape Range National Park in Learmonth, WA

www.novotelningaloo.com Exmouth

www.potshotresort.com Potshot Hotel Resort is a motel in Exmouth

www.exmouthwa.com.au All your information needs for this area.

www.ronroozen.com.au A beach house overlooking the beach in Margaret River, WA

www.8nicholson.com.au A boutique B&B in the Perth suburb of Subiaco

www.empirerestreat.com Set amongst a bush setting in Yallingup south of Margaret River

www.therichardson.com.au Top accommodation for the industry executive, West Perth

www.kimberleycostalcamp.com.au Admiralty Gulf north Kimberley

www.capelodge.com.au Top end luxury accommodation in Yallingup, south of Margaret River

www.frangipani.com.au Located near Cable Beach in Broome, WA

www.transperth.wa.gov.au All your transport needs in Perth

www.ehf.com.au Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle

www.fremantlecolonialaccommodation.com.au Cottages & ensuite rooms in Fremantle

www.terracecentral.com.au A small B&B Hotel in Fremantle

www.fremantlewa.com.au Fremantle Visitors Centre

www.margaretriver.com Margaret River Visitors Centre

www.holidayautos.com.au Car Hire in Australia

Hunter Valley (Australia) Restaurants:

Rock Restaurant, Pokolbin www.rockrestaurant.com.au

Terroir Restaurant, Pokolbin www.hungerfordhill.com.au/terroir

Esca at Bimbadgen Estate www.bimbadgen.com.au

Mojo’s on Wilderness, Lovedale www.mojos.net.au

Leaves & Fishes, Lovedale www.leavesandfishes.com

www.mountainwatch.com
All your up-to-date information on Australian/New Zealand ski fields.

The Australian Labor Government has recently (July 1 2012) appointed an Airline Customer Advocate who will represent the travelling public in disputes with Australian airlines. The public advocate will have the power to assist between the consumer and the airlines in such matters as: flight delays, cancellations, telephone or internet reservations, customer service at airport or in-flight, baggage services, fees & charges, safety and security issues, airport lounge facilities, frequent flyer programs (terms & conditions), discrimination and services for customers with specific needs and requests for refunds. For further info – visit

www.airlinecustomeradvocate.com.au

Argentina

www.norton.com.ar – One of the most well known wineries situated in Mendoza. A wine bar and BBQ area is also available.

www.familiazuccardi.ar – Winery, museum and restaurant available at Bodega Familia Zuccadi situated in Mendoza

www.tapaus.com.ar - Highend distillery making Grappas, Brandies, Spirits and Liqueurs situated in Mendoza

www.cavaswinelodge.com – Located amidst the snow capped Andes in Mendoza each lodge is dotted throughout the vineyards also features winery, restaurant and luxurious spa

www.mdzviajes.com.ar – Operadores Mendoza is a specialist operator in private tours of the wineries of Mendoza

Brazil
www.wineofbrazil.com
All the information you could possibly want on the wine regions of Brazil.

 
Canada

www.pelerisland.com
Pelee Island Winery is in the only winery situated on Pelee Island which is in the middle of Lake Erie in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. The winery and Island is noted for its Ice Wines.

www.visitor.calgary.ab.ca
– Calgary Visitors & Convention Bureau

www.wineroute.com/pillitteri/ - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.wineroute.com/strew/ - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.wineroute.com/marynissen - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.lachanmiere.com – An excellent European/Canadian twist in fusion situated in downtown Calgary.

www.andreaswines.com – A winery situated at Burlington (South of St. Catherine’s -Ontario).

www.hillebrandestates.com – A winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.tourismniagara.com/nfcvcb -Niagara Falls Visitors & Convention Bureau

www.colioestatewines.com – A winery situated outside Toronto in Mississauga.

www.cphotels.ca – Canadian Pacific Hotels. Hotels with old world charm of a bygone era

www.tourismwhistler.com – All you want to know about Whistler and skiing in Canada

www.bigwhite.com – A ski resort situated in BC -Canada

www.skisilverstar.com – A ski resort in BC-Canada

www.sunpeaksresort.com – A ski resort in BC-Canada

www.banffcanada.com.au – A ski resort situated in Banff – Alberta

www.skiingjasper.com – A very popular ski resort situated in Alberta

www.lickinghorseresort.com – A ski resorted situated in BC – Canada

www.canada.travel/ski - All you wanted to know about skiing in Canada

www.canada-alaska.com.au – Australian based travel to Canada

Chile
China




www.m-restaurantgroup.com
“ Australian Restaurateur Michelle Garnaut has three restaurants in Asia, M on the Fringe in Hong Kong (opened in 1989), M at the Fringe in Beijing (opened in 2009) and M on the Bund in Shanghai which opened in 1999. Not to mention the Glamour Bar above M-on-the Bund. All three restaurants offer a unique fusion of European & Middle Eastern and North African styles of cuisine with an Australian twist. Each restaurant is unique in its position and is patronized by the business and political elite not to mention royalty and other famous celebrities. Booking are essential at all three restaurants well in advance. Speaking from personal experience, they all come highly recommended.


www.visitor.calgary.ab.ca – Calgary Visitors & Convention Bureau

www.wineroute.com/pillitteri/ - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.wineroute.com/strew/ - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.wineroute.com/marynissen - Winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.lachanmiere.com – An excellent European/Canadian twist in fusion situated in downtown Calgary.

www.andreaswines.com – A winery situated at Burlington (South of St. Catherine’s -Ontario).

www.hillebrandestates.com – A winery situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake

www.tourismniagara.com/nfcvcb -Niagara Falls Visitors & Convention Bureau

www.colioestatewines.com – A winery situated outside Toronto in Mississauga.

www.cphotels.ca – Canadian Pacific Hotels. Hotels with old world charm of a bygone era

www.tourismwhistler.com – All you want to know about Whistler and skiing in Canada

www.bigwhite.com – A ski resort situated in BC -Canada

www.skisilverstar.com – A ski resort in BC-Canada

www.sunpeaksresort.com – A ski resort in BC-Canada

www.banffcanada.com.au – A ski resort situated in Banff – Alberta

www.skiingjasper.com – A very popular ski resort situated in Alberta


www.m-onthebund.com
– The top Aussie Restaurant in Shanghai. The best food, service, ambience and view of The Bund in exciting and exhilarating Shanghai.

www.m-theglamourbar.com – Part of M-On-The-Bund. This hip and futuristic bar is the place to go and be seen in Shanghai.

www.t8-shanghai.com – A great Western style Restaurant situated in the fashionable Xintiandi District of Shanghai

www.finewine.com.hk – Dickson KO is a HK based wine importer who also trades in China.

www.rubyred.com.cn – Simon Zhou is a wine importer based in Shanghai.

www.wineshanghai.com – Shanghai Huayu Exhibition Service which also includes Shanghai International Wine Challenge

www.great-wallmarathon.com – Provides information on competing in this marathon event.

France

“Accommodation in France and Paris, together with other good websites
- all things French:

The French Travel Connection here in Sydney has been voted the “Best French Travel Specialist in the World” by the French Ministry for Tourism and the French Government Tourist Office. The website is ‘Brilliant”. http://www.frenchtravel or contact – 02 9966 1177.

www.pelysees.com – A lovely little rustic style bistro situated off the Arc de’Triomphe, Paris

www.chateau-giscours – A magnificent chateaux situated in the Medoc region of Bordeaux catering for special events

www.agassac.com – Close to the City of Bordeaux a typical French chateau available for functions and all year round accommodation

www.lanessan.com – A chateau situated among the great wine estates of the Medoc with conference and restaurant facilities

www.pichon-lalande.com – Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande situated in Pauillac. Known as the ‘glass chateau’.

www.chateau-de-pressac.com – An impressive chateau overlooking the Dordogne Valley in Saint Etienne

www.chateau-de-la-riviera.com – Situated in Fronsac this chateau has been described as one of the most well preserved and impressive chateau in all of Bordeaux

www.millesima.com – This veritable temple of wine contains some 2,500,000 bottles including the most illustrious chateau in Bordeaux.

www.nicetourisme.com Nice Tourism

www.antibesjuanlespins.com Antibes Tourism

www.cheznous.com
Villas & apartments (check out villa 7913 in Cote d’ Azur) throughout France.

www.franceguide.com
French Tourist Bureau here in Sydney. Tel. 02 9231 5244/5243 or

www.vinea-recrutement.com
Vinea Recruitment (vinea plus sarl) - 650 rue Henri Becquerel, 34000 Montpellier, France
tel. : +33 (0)4 67 22 55 55 - fax : +33 (0)4 67 83 97 13 -

www.veuve-cliquote.com

www.champagne-agrapart.com

www.ployez-jacquemart.fr

www.champagne-mailly.com

www.domperignon.com

www.champagne.fr

www.lagrilladegourmande.com

- Caves Dietrich & Fils – www.alsace-robert-dietrich.com

- Dopff AU Moulin – www.dopff.com.fr

- Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace - The professional Dept of the Wineries of Alsace based in Colmar – www.vinsalsace.com

- Hugel & Fils – www.hugel.com

 

 

Greece

 

www.newwinesofgreece.com
Everything and anything to do with Greek wine & food can be found on this website – simply brilliant. You would be surprised with the quality and modern day take (on winemaking techniques) of Greek Wines.

www.visitgreece.gr
– Greece Tourism Organization

www.gnto.co.uk – UK based National Tourism Office

www.hatzmichalis.gr – One of the better wineries of Greece

Germany


www.germany-tourism.de
– Before visiting Germany, visit this website

www.wiesbaden.de – German town not far from Frankfurt

- Webhosting – if you interested in a webhosting site, especially one that specialises in all things wine, then look no further than this website based in Wiesbaden – www.jessen.de.com

- Weingut Anselmann – www.anselmann.com

- Weingut Weegmuller – www.weegmueller.de

India

www.mercurywinery.net
The HQ for this winery is situated in Mumbai and the winery itself is situated in Nasik (6hrs NE of Mumbai). Worth the trip to Nasik to see for yourself how Indian wines are produced but the wines themselves leave a lot to be desired.

www.incredableindia.org
– Tourism Government of India

www.tajhotels.com – Hotels, Resorts & Palaces

www.mumbai.regency.hyatt.com – Hyatt Regency Hotel

www.sulawines.com – One of the more progressive wineries of India

www.leroyalmeridien-mumbai.com – Royal Meridien Hotels

www.indagegroup.com – The first winery or wine company in India

www.faruyas.com – Hotel situated in Colaba, Mumbai

www.chateau-dori.com – A Mumbai based wine importer and winery.

www.aspri.org – A wine importer based in Mumbai

Eateries:

Kwality Restaurant (New Delhi) www.kwalitygroup.com

Rick’s Bar Taj Mahal Hotel www.tajhotels.com

Oberoi/Delhi www.oberoidelhi.com

The Imperial Hotel, Delhi www.theimperialindia.com

Italy



www.vecchioolivo.it
A magnificent villa (for hire) set in a rural setting in Trevino, Italy

www.santamargherita.com/ - An Italian winery situated in Foss Alta Di Portogruaro region.

www.sartorinet.com – An Italian winery situated in Valpolicella-Verona

www.vol.it/bolla - Bolla winery situated on the outskirts of Verona, Italy

www.ivponline.com – Villa rental in Umbria

www.primitaly.com – More accommodation in and around Umbria

www.san-vito.com – Situated between Florence & Siena this 126 hectare property offers wines, olive oils, farmhouse accommodation nestled in between olive groves and forests

www.coltibuono.com – A former Abbey, with the old monks’ cells now converted into luxurious rooms. Everything you could ever want for an away from it all escape situated in Chianti

www.castellodigabbiano.it – A quiet stay is assured at Castello di Gabbiano with all the mod cons of the 21 century mixed with medieval charm of centuries past. Situated in Chianti Classico

www.vinoturismo.it – Situated a few miles from Florence and nestled in between forests, olive groves and vineyards with 3 private apartments and 10 bedrooms complete with swimming pool and much more

www.verrazzano.com – Accommodation, winery, restaurant and landscaped parks and gardens are set in the most tranquil and idyllic setting. Situated in Chianti Classico

www.riservadifizzano.com – Apartment complex situated high in the hills of Tuscany with restaurants, gardens and parks, swimming pool, vineyards and olive orchards.

www.toscana-in-com - A group of farmhouses, holiday apartments, villas and B&B’s located in the centre of Tuscany, in the hills of Chianti region.

www.vinalo.com – Accommodation, restaurant with Italian cooking classes also available, winery situated in Florence

www.termedisirmione.com – The Grand Hotel Terme situated on Lake Garda at the old village, Sirmione

www.sicilyhotels.com – Offers a wide range of boutique accommodation in and around Sicily

www.italiantourism.com – The latest and most up to date website on Italy packed with lots of information on travel to Italy

Japan


www.redandwhite.net
– Wine importers based in Tokyo.

www.vwt.co.jp – Tokyo based Virtual Wine Tours

www.australianwine.jp – Australian Wine Bureau Tokyo.

www.lvino.com – A great wine bar and restaurant in the Roppongi District of Tokyo

www.tokyocook.ac.jp – Tokyo Cookery Academy.

www.12.big.or.jp/~nwe/ - Japan Sommelier Association

www.vinorum.co.jp/ - Wine importers based in Tokyo

www.lovestocook.net A Tokyo based Australian (HK/Chinese) owner of a Tokyo restaurant and outside catering business

 

Malaysia

 


www.southernvintages.com.my
– A Malaysian based wine importer.

New Zealand


www.nzwineonline.com.au - Buying NZ wine on line (including wineries you have never heard of) and finding out more about the wine regions of NZ is what this site is all about. It also includes events, gifts section and a monthly newsletter on all things NZ.

www.thegateslodge.co.nz – A magnificent Private Country Lodge situated in Waiau, North Canterbury. The view, food and service is unsurpassed at The Gates.

www.cjpaskwinery.co.nz – which is situated in the middle of the North Island-Hawke’s Bay

www.nzwine.com – The official site of NZ Wine. All the information you want about any NZ winery can be found here and much, much more.

www.newworldwine.co.nz – Information about this wine show held in Wellington, NZ sponsored by New World Supermarket chain



www.craggyrange.com
– One of the top wineries situated in Hawke’s Bay NZ.

www.paritua.com. - Hawke’s Bay based winery which is situated in the middle of the North Island.

www.atarangi.co.nz A Martinborough based winery situated at the bottom of the North Island.

www.MurdochJames.co.nz – A Martinborough based winery situated at the bottom of the North Island.

www.alana.co.nz – A Martinborough based winery situated at the bottom of the North Island.

www.villamaria.co.nz An Auckland based winery

www.cedarhouse-bb.co.nz – A B&B Lodge perched on a hill overlooking pine forests which is situated in Matakana, north of Auckland and comes highly recommended.

www.staetelandt.co.nz – A Marlborough based Winery situated on the tip of the South Island.

www.kemblefield.co.nz – A Magnificent winery and cellar door situated at Hastings, South of Napier in the North Island.

www.bilancia.co.nz – A Hawke’s Bay based winery situated in the middle of the North Island.

www.trintyhill.com – A Hawke’s Bay based winery situated in the Middle of the North Island.

www.artisanwines.co.nz – Situated about 30 minutes west of Auckland.

www.wellingtonNZ.com – Positively Wellington Tourism

www.airnzwineawards.co.nz – All you wanted to know about the Air New Zealand Wine Awards

www.wekariver.co.na Waipara (South Island) based winery situated about 60km north of Canterbury

www.mountcasswines.com Waipara based winery

www.www.pegasusbay.com Waipara based winery

www.mudhouse.co.nz Cellar doors and vineyards in Waipara & Marlborough.

www.seifried.co.nz Nelson (South Island) based winery

www.danielschusterwines.com Waipara based winery

www.waiparawines.co.nz A comprehensive website with lots of information on the wineries and other matters of interest for the Waipara region 60km north of Canterbury

www.prophetsrock.co.nz

www.quartzreef.co.nz

www.gibsonhighgate.co.nz

www.northburn.co.nz

www.ostlerwine.co.nz

www.centralotagopinot.co.nz This is the organisation which represents the growers and wineries in the Central Otago region of NZ.

www.pasquale.co.nz

www.mtdifficulty.co.nz

www.boardwalk.net.nz A great Seafood Restaurant (which comes highly recommended) situated on the first floor of the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown, NZ.

Cedar Guesthouse, Matakana, North of Auckland, NZ
Kemberfield Vineyards, Hawke’s Bay, NZ

 

Portugal

 

www.yeatman-hotel.com - The Yeatman Hotel in Oporto, Portugal commands a magnificent vista from nearly every room of the hotel. Situated on the opposite side of the Douro River facing the city of Oporto, this hotel is a must stay and must visit for the food & wine aficionado. I enjoyed a memorable visit in June 2011 and the food in the restaurant was simply fabulous. The magnificence of the dining room modelled on an English stately home was out of this world. You’re surrounded by all the big name Port houses.

www.arneiros.com - Hotel Monte dos Arneiros. A beautiful rustic hotel set in a rural setting, more like staying on a farm. Peace and tranquility are assured and the food (all local rustic fare) and local wines are par excellence. This hotel is situated about 2hrs north of Lisbon.

www.vilavitahotels.com - Herdade do Grous – Alberona - A magnificent up-market resort situated 17km south of Beja in the Alenjento about 2hrs north west of Lisbon. The wines are very well made and the restaurant (seated inside or out on the verandah) is first class with food and wine to match. Accommodation at the resort is beautiful and tranquil and comes highly recommended.

www.quintanova.com - Quinta Nova da Nossa Senhorta do Carmo is a beautiful and tranquil rural retreat in a very old/ rustic but up-market setting. Situated about 2hrs north of Oporto in the Upper Douro Valley this property is family run with plenty of room to hide from other guests. The view and setting is something to die for. A good book, a collection of CD’s (they already have these in the open lounge) is all that’s required. The food and local wines are sublime and the setting is like something out of a movie.


www.quintanova.com/hotel
- An up-market hotel situated in the Duoro Valley overlooking the vineyards and the River Duoro

www.quintadoprtal.pt – A guest house with 13 beautifully appointed bedrooms with panoramic views of the Duoro with all mod cons including a gourmet restaurant

www.qunits-das-aveleiras.com – A wine museum with restaurant and accommodation available and is situated in the historic centre of Torre de Moncorvo, in the Duoro Valley

www.adegademoncao.com/home.html Adega Cooperative de Moncao – A magnificent winery and lodgings in the Vinho Verde.

www.solardeserrade.pt A beautiful manor house of Serrade, an excellent B+B and much more set in a magnificent setting of gardens, vineyards and situated in Vinho Verde

www.quintapacos.com Another place of residence worthy of note should you find yourself in the Vihno Verde region.

www.hoteldoreguengo.pt Reguengo Estate situated in Vinho Verde with accommodation which is first rate.

www.soalheiro.com Soalheiro Estate situated in Vino Verde with excellent accommodation in a beautiful and tranquil vineyard setting


www.quintanova.com/hotel
- An up-market hotel situated in the Duoro Valley overlooking the vineyards and the River Duoro

www.quintadoprtal.pt – A guest house with 13 beautifully appointed bedrooms with panoramic views of the Duoro with all mod cons including a gourmet restaurant

www.qunits-das-aveleiras.com – A wine museum with restaurant and accommodation available and is situated in the historic centre of Torre de Moncorvo, in the Duoro Valley

www.adegademoncao.com/home.html Adega Cooperative de Moncao – A magnificent winery and lodgings in the Vinho Verde.

www.solardeserrade.pt A beautiful manor house of Serrade, an excellent B+B and much more set in a magnificent setting of gardens, vineyards and situated in Vinho Verde

www.quintapacos.com Another place of residence worthy of note should you find yourself in the Vihno Verde region.

www.hoteldoreguengo.pt Reguengo Estate situated in Vinho Verde with accommodation which is first rate.

www.soalheiro.com Soalheiro Estate situated in Vino Verde with excellent accommodation in a beautiful and tranquil vineyard setting

www.theyeatman.com A brilliant hotel situated on the banks of the River Douro in Oporto. A magnificent new building on the outside with old world charm of an English Country Manor on the inside. The food in the main dining room is simply exquisite and the view is something to die for as are the prices of the food served in the main dining room. Reviewed May 2011

www.arneiros.com A beautiful homestead situated in the middle of a cork forest about 1hr NE of Lisbon. The food is homemade and special as are the local wines. Comes very highly recommended if you want a rural retreat with peace, good food & wine and views of the countryside. Reviewed May 2011

www.cavesvinhodoporto.com A great website, all the information you could ever want about any of the Port houses situated in Oporto and the Douro.

www.amorimcork.com
The world’s biggest producer of cork. Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about cork or cork products can be found on this website.

www.viniportugal.pt A great website for checking out various wine routes in Portugal covering all wine regions.

Peru
 

Travel Machu Picchu
All Travel Machupicchu, guide complete about to Machupicchu.

www.allmachupicchutravel.com

Singapore
 

www.wineforasia.com – C/O Singex Exhibitions Pte Ltd which also includes Wine for Asia Exhibition

www.hollandseclub.org.sg – A Private Club for Dutch Ex Pats (but not exclusively so) based in Singapore.

Sabah/Borneo
 
 

www.shangri-la.com – Two excellent properties for couples and families (Tanjung Aru Resort) in Kota Kinabalu & (Rasa Ria Resort) Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club.

www.suteraharbour.com – A great family style resort with everything the name implies Inc golf, fishing, tennis and much more.

www.portview.com.my – A top seafood restaurant situated on the esplanade in Kota Kinabalu (KK).


South Africa


www.wine.co.za


www.sasev.org

www.african-terroir.com – A Cape Town based wine & Spirit importer.

www.uitsig.co.za – A Constantia (CT), based winery with an excellent restaurant attached which comes highly recommended.

www.meerlust.co.sa – One of the best noted wineries based in Cape Town.

www.kwvinternational.com – KWV are the biggest winery with individual boutique brands based in Paarl, Cape Town.

www.wandie’splace.com – Wandie’s Place is a surreal restaurant based in the middle of the shanty town of Soweto-Johannesburg. While it comes highly recommended, extreme caution should be taken in getting there. Once there, your car and personal security is guaranteed. A must on your next visit!

www.vineyardventures.co.za – If you’re looking for a personalized visit of the vineyards of Cape Town and beyond then look no further than Vineyard Ventures. I used them on my last visit and would highly recommend them.

www.rustenvrede.com – One of the few wineries in South Africa (CT) to make red wines only. Well worth a visit!

www.spier.co.za – A magnificent resort based in Stellenbosch (CT). It has its own winery, horse riding in a rural tranquil setting and comes highly recommend.

www.southafrica.net – Tourism South Africa

www.vergelegen.co.za - A stunning homestead situated in Stellenbosch

www.devonvalleyhotel.com – A 28 room boutique hotel with breathtaking views of the Devon Valley & Helderberg mountains situated in Stellenbosch

www.lourensford.com – A 4,000 hectare wine estate with restaurant and conference facilities situated in Stellenbosch

www.kleinzalze.co.za – Complete with a golf course, winery, lodge and restaurant situated in Strellenbosch

www.zevenwacht.co.za – A beautiful homestead complete with lodge and restaurant and award winning wines situated in Stellenbosch

 

Spain

www.acevin.org
Website for La Asociaci6n Espaliola de Ciudades del Vino
(Spanish Association of Wine Towns)
It features more than 45 towns linked by the common denominator of exceptional winegrowing, and its concomitant economic, cultural and other aspects. One of this organization's major achievements is the creation of the Rutas del Vino de Espalia brand (Wine Routes of Spain), which certifies tourist itineraries that take in wineries, gastronomy, hotels and local history and art. (Spanish)

www .rutadelvi nosomontano. com
Official website for La Ruta del Vino Somontano (Somontano Wine Route)
It provides information about the wineries along the route, plus restaurants, hotels and specialist travel agencies (with links to their own websites, opening times, telephone numbers and so on), and is also a good source on the area as a whole: Sierra de Guara Natural Park and its gorges, Vero River Cultural Park and the towns Alquezar and Barbastro. There is also a useful road map. (Spanish)
http://www .Iariojatu rismo .com/tu rismo -en 01 og i co La Rioja's tourist website
Good information about La Rioja's various wineries, themed museums, wine events and festivals, hotels and vinotherapy spas. It also gives addresses of companies offering wine tasting courses, sporting activities in a vineyard setting and gastronomic tourist events.
(English, German, Spanish)

www .rutadelvi noderiojaalavesa. com
Official website for La Ruta del Vino Rioja AJavesa (The Rioja Alavesa Wine Route)
This page offers addresses for the wineries, restaurants, specialist wine
shops and hotels along the route, links with their individual sites and other useful information. It also offers information about the area's different municipalities, mentioning outstanding buildings, traditional festivals, tourist offices and so on. (English, Spanish)

www.paseosdelvino.com
Website for Paseos del Vino (Wine Walks)
Paseos del Vino is an association comprised of nine bodegas in La Rioja including Amezola de la Mora, Bret6n, Marques de Vargas, Muga, Murua, Fern8.dez Remfrez de Ganuza, Roda, Luis Cafias and Valencisco, that is working to energize and strengthen wine tourism in the DOCa Rioja. It offers tourists different personalized travel packs that combine culture, nature, gastronomy and wine through visits to the bodegas within the association, tastings, vinotherapy sessions, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards, etc. (English, Spanish)

www .enotu rismealtpenedes. net
Official website for Las Rutas del Vino y del Cava Penedes (Wine and Cava Routes of the Penedes)
This page suggests possible itineraries grouped according to different criteria: routes that can be explored by train, by car, in town and so on. Each circuit includes a road map and information about the wineries, hotels, restaurants and other establishments it features. Complementary routes for walkers or modernist architecture enthusiasts, among others, are also suggested. (English, French, Spanish)

Designation of Origin (DO)
www.riberadelduero.es
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Ribera del Duero (English, Spanish)

www.riojawine.com
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Rioja (English, French, German, Spanish)

www.dopenedes.es
Website for DO Penedes (English, Spanish)

www.dosomontano.com
Website for the Regulatory Council for DO Somontano (Spanish)

Rioja Marques de Riscal, Wine City
www.marquesderiscal.com

Bodega de Juan Alcorta Ysios

www.domecqbodegas.com
El Fabulista

www.bodegaelfabulista.com
Bodegas Carlos San Pedro perez de Viiiaspre

www .bodegascarlossampedro.com
Dinastfa Vivanco Wine Culture Museum

www.dinastiavivanco.com
Bodega Baigorri

www.bodegasbaigorri.com

www.spain.info – all your information needs can be found at this address

www.arzak.es – The best restaurant featuring Basque food situated in San Sebastian

www.elbulli.com – The best restaurant in the whole of Spain situated in Roses

www.axialvinos.com Covinca winery situated in Longares

www.bodegasysios.com – Spanish winery situated in Laguardia (Alva)

www.donjacobo.es – Spanish winery situated in La Rioja

www.bodegasfaustino.com – Spanish winery situated near Logrono

www.remirezdeganuza.com - Spanish winery situated in Rioja Alavesa

www.bodegasmuga – Spanish winery situated in Haro (La Rioja)

www.marquesdeulia.com – Spanish winery (Bodegas Senorio de Ulia) located in Labastida Alava

www.lacasadelcofrade.com – Spanish winery (La Casa del Cofrade) situated in Albelda de lregua (La Rioja)

www.elriojaylos5sentidos.com Spanish winery (Prorioja) situated in Logrono (La Rioja)

www.zortziko.es – A Bilbao based 2 star Michelin restaurant serving Basque food

www.luxurycollection.com/marquesderiscal - Situatel at the vineyards of Marques de Riscal in La Rioja

www.hotelcondeduque – Gran Hotel Conde Duque situated in Madrid

www.elbullihotel.com situated in the hills of Seville and an off-shoot of the world famous El Bulli restaurant in Roses northern Spain

www.hotelclaris.com situated in the Eixample district of Barcelona

www.hotelpalacepenalba.com A top notch hotel with magnificent gardens situated in the northern province of Asturias - Figueres

Thailand
Thailand – This Thai wine festival is held each year and runs from February to mid-March. Members of the Thai Wine Association including Alcindini, Grand Monte Family Vineyards, PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, Siam Winery, Silverlake Vineyards and Village Farm come together each year to show their wares to the public. It comes highly recommended and for more information visit –

www.thaiwineassociation.com

 

United Kingdom

www.matchingfoodandwine.com – Fiona Beckett is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on the subject of food & wine. A brilliant website if you want to know more on this topic.


Traveleyes UK is a Leeds based tour company specializing in tours for the blind or visually impaired. If you have a friend that may be interested, the website is www.traveleyes-international.com

www.cmccmotorhomes.com/4.html
Rather than hire a car while in the UK, buy one and sell it on departure. Check out this site.

www.bookingbuddy.co.uk
A great website for cheap flights from the UK to Europe

www.kayak.co.uk
A very worthwhile website for flights from UK to various ports in USA.

www.opodo.co.uk
A great website, one that is devoted to cheap flights from UK to the Eastern parts of Europe.

www.the-vineyard.co.uk
Special country boutique hotels for the wine hedonists which is situated at Newbury, Berkshire.

www.northcotemanor.com
A boutique hotel specializing in wines for the wine/food afficianado, situated at Blackburn, Lancashire

www.hotelduvin.com
Part of the Hotels du Vin group and its siter properties in the Malmaison Group.

www.hotelterravina.co.uk
situated in Netley Marsh, Southampton

www.manoir.com
A boutique hotel specializing in food/wine situated in Great Milton, Oxfordshire

www.hopestreethotel.co.uk
Boasts the most extensive wine list in the northwest. Situated in Liverpool.

www.waddesdon.org.uk/five_arrows
Stands at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

www.raddisonsas.com
Europe’s only Wine Tower situated at the Radisson Hotel at Stansted Airport

www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk
Summer Lodge Country House situated in Evershot, Dorset

www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk
Acountry house owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is situated in Yorkshire

www.chestergrovenor.com
Gourmet evening and wine dinners are the norm ar this hotel situated right in the heart of Chester

www.kinnardestate.com
A top country mansion with a flare for food and wine of the highest standard, situated in Perthshire, Scotland.


www.welcomehomes.co.uk
www.uptownres.co.uk
www.thisislondon.co.uk
www.visitbritain.com
www.londonpass.com
www.liverpoolworldheritage.com
www.visitliverpool.com
www.bbc.co.uk (British Broadcasting Corporation)
www.baa.com (British Airports Authority)
www.britishairways.com
www.thompsonfly.com (Airline)
www.flybe.com (Airline)
www.thomascook.com
www. easyjet.com (Airline)
www.ryanair.com (Airline)
www.uk-air.net (Airline)
www.nationalrail.com (All UK Railways)
www.defra.gov.uk
www.direct.gov.uk (A-Z of Government Services)
www.dti.gov.uk

www.brightonpier.co.uk – The famous Brighton Pier in southern England

www.royalpavillion.org.uk – A Russian style building/pavilion situated in Brighton.

www.brighton.co.uk – All your tourism needs in Brighton can be found here

www.london-marathon.co.uk – Provides all the information you require to complete this marathon

www.camelvalley.com – English winery situated in Bodmin, Cornwall

www.biddendenvineyards.co.uk – English winery situated in Ashford, Kent

www.denbieswineestate.com – English winery situated in Dorking, Surrey

www.englishwinesgroup.com – English winery (Chapel Down) situated in Tenterden, Kent

www.threechoirs.com – English winery situated in Gloucestershire

www.fatduck.co.uk – The top restaurant in Berkshire and one of the best in the UK

www.londonwinefair.com – The London International Wine & Spirits Fair

www.englishwineproducers.com – A comprehensive website featuring the wineries of the UK

www.themerchanthotel.com The most opulent hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland

www.booking.com – All your hotels booking can be found here for city and regional towns across the UK

www.colchesterguide.co.uk – Up to date information on the town of Colchester

www.hotels-colchester.co.uk – A limited number of hotels situated in and around Colchester

www.travel.ciao.co.uk/ - All your travel and insurance needs for UK and the world.

www.owlpen.com The Grist Mill (Owlpen Manor), near Uley, Gloucestershire. So quintessentially English. A beautiful old manor set in magnificent grounds will transport you to another world.

www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/15265 Chapel House Penycwm, Pembrokeshire. A beautifully restored 18th century chapel overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast.

www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk Rose Castle Cottage is located in Coniston, Cumbria. One of the most picturesque locations in the Lakes District. Think of Beatrix Potter and you’ve got it in one.

www.bruern-holiday-cottages.co.uk Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Located in the grounds of the most famous Bruern Abbey, a typically English country house surrounded by natural beauty.

www.landmarktrust.org.uk A small selection of country cottages situated near Bude, Cornwall with many cottages overlooking the sea set high on the rocky outcrop.

www.holiday-rentals.co,uk/9050 Station House, Thuxton, Norfolk Close by the local railway line with only the odd train passing through carrying day trippers. A magnificent set-up in a beautiful part of the world.

www.alnwickcastlecottages.co.uk A beautifully restored cottage situated in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s estate.

www.scottscastles.com Perthshire, Scotland. Claypotts Cottage – Amid the beautiful Scottish highlands, surrounded by lochs and glens and the rugged moorlands. A truly magnificent setting to get away from it all.

www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk Over 400 properties to view in rural settings around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.landmarktrust.org.uk Holiday homes that have been totally renovated and lovingly restored.

www.english-country-cottages.co.uk Over 3,000 properties available throughout the UK from hideaway cottages, country homes, castles and much more.

www.marsdens.co.uk Holiday home specialists centred around the West Country

www.scottscastles.com Your choice of Scottish Castles throughout the whole of Scotland

www.holiday-rentals.co.uk Holiday properties world wide

USA:
 

HAWAII

For those of you who prefer private rental homes instead of hotels then look no further than the following websites. Homes are available and vary from $US350-$1200 a week depending on season and island – www.hawaiianbeachrentals.com
or Vacation Rentals by Owner www.vrbo.com.
Also www.vacationrentals.com
and www.homeaway.com


New York -
B&B & Boutique Hotels in NY and surrounding Boroughs;

www.athomeinbrooklyn.com
A great B&B situated on Prospect Park West right in the middle of Brooklyn

www.akwaaba.com
Situated in the historic part of Bedford-Stuvvesant, this Italian like villa comes highly recommended.

www.fortplace.com
Fort Place B&B, St George, Staten Island. An old Victorian charmer which is beautifully decorated and is close to Staten Island Ferry

www.ravelhotel.com
Long Island City which is now the in place to be. Comes with rooftop restaurant and some of the best views in Long Island .

www.jtbandb.wordpress.com
Jumel Terrace Books B&B Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. For those of you in the literature world then this could be the place for you.

www.victoriabedandbreakfast.net
Victoria B&B, new Brighton, Staten Island. This Italianate guest house is situated in a quiet part of Staten Island and serves a breakfast to die for.

www.micasatucasa150.com
Mi Casa Tu Casa Guesthouse, South Bronx. Don’t be put off the words “South Bronx”; parts of it are now gentrified.

www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com
Nu Hotel, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. A boutique hotel surrounded by many local family restarants.

www.bluemoon-nyc.com
The Blue Moon Hotel, Lower East Side, Manhattan. A fantastic location of this 22 room Lower East Side Hotel - within walking distance to East Broadway.

www.bblodges.com
A lovely townhouse in the now fashionable East Harlem, Manhattan.



www.vaustralia.com

V Australia is Australia’s number 2 long haul international airline serving Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne from LA -USA

www.sanfranciscosightseeing.com











The United States Dept of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service has information on world markets, trends and world agriculture production. Information and reports are available for nearly 130 countries prepared by this dept. Export/import data and WTO tariff schedules are available. Search by keyword, including country and commodity. This site is update daily.
 
www.greylinessanfrancisco.com
This coachline company takes tours of SF, Napa Valley, Alcatraz & Bay Cruises including Monterey and Carmel and much much more.
 www.sfvisitor.org.usa
SanFrancisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.
www.handlery.com
The Handlery Union Square Hotel is a Family run hotel located in downtown San Fransisco.
www.sfbhc.com
San Fransisco Bay Hotel Collection.
www.pier39.com
Premier Festival Market Place on the Bay is the No 1 attraction in San Fransisco.
www.kimtongroup.com
The Kimpton Group has a number of Boutique hotels and restaurants in Aspen, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Fransisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Tacoma, Vancouver BC & Whistler BC.
www.scenic.com
Scenic Airlines has flights over the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and much more.
www.seaworld.com
The famous San Diego Seaworld which includes the Haunted Lighthouse.
www.disneyworld.com
The world famous Disneyland Theme Park in Anaheim, California.
www.usda.gov
The United States Dept of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service has information on world markets, trends and world agriculture production. Information and reports are available for nearly 130 countries prepared by this dept. Export/import data and WTO tariff schedules are available. Search by keyword, including country and commodity. This site is update daily.
www.atf.treas.gov
The site of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has information on alcohol regulations in the US. Includes publications, pressroom and labeling laws.
www.wineinstitute.org
Industrial and statistical information, events, ATF regulations and regulations regarding direct interstate wine shipments in the USA with the individual state laws, as well as information on American viticultural areas.:
www.fao.org
The website of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Has a wide variety of information on agriculture as well as the Uruguay Round Agreements, economies, news and more. There is also access to statistical database that allows the user to search for statistics on wine production of wine and population by country including year.
www.wcoomd.org
The World Customs Organisation has 153 customs organisations around the world as members. Click on the region of your choice and find duties and regulations for importing wine into those countries. Choose the customs website option. If the customs organisation you are seeking has a website you will find the link here. This site is in both English and French.

www.justcalifornia.org

            California travel guide, Disneyland, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco,             PalmsSprings,beaches,mapas,hotelslakes,mountains and other tourism             information for the state of California USA.

www.e-winegifts.com

www.finewine@nycap.rr.com

.......These are retail and e-commerce wine stores in the state of New York".

www.calzonesf.com – Italian Restaurant/Wine Bar in San Francisco

www.sfwinecomp.com – San Francisco International Wine Competition

www.duckhorn.com – Duckhorn is a famed Napa Valley Winery

www.zunicafe.com – A great Restaurant/Café in San Francisco

www.vinarobles.com – A winery based in Paso Robles, CA

www.hornblower.com – If you want to take a cruise around the harbour in San Francisco Bay then I highly recommend Hornblower Cruises

www.eberlewinery.com – A famous winery situated in Paso Robles, CA

www.hotelcheval.com – A brilliant Boutique Hotel situated off the main square in Paso Robles, CA

www.aventurewine.com – Stephan Vineyards based in Paso Robles, CA

www.jlohr.com – J.LOHR Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA

www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com – SF Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.calwinexport – Wine Institute of California

www.supershuttle.com - A shuttle bus company situated at all major airports and cruise terminals throughout the USA

www.tropicoolmiami.com – Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.marmara-manhattan.com – Apartment living in New York situated on the Upper East Side

www.phillipsclub.com – The Phillips Club (apartment living) in New York, situated at Lincoln Square

www.sanmartinrest.baweb.com – A great (inexpensive) Mediterranean Restaurant situated on 49th St, Manhattan, NY City

www.danielnyc.com – A Frenchman in NY City showing them how to make the best burgers, situated on West 44th St

www.frenchlaundry.com – Situated in Yountville in California’s Napa Valley, considered the best restaurant in California

www.tfewines.com – Sutter Home Winery situated in St. Helena in Napa Valley, Cal

www.casanuestra.com – Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards situated in St. Helena in Napa Valley, Cal

www.peju.com – a family run boutique winery situated in Rutherford, Napa Valley – Cal

www.stsuprey.com – A winery situated in Rutherford, Napa Valley – Cal

www.sterlingvineyards.com Take a cable car ride to the top of the hill were this winery is situated in the Napa Valley

www.sceneontv.com – For those of you who loved the US hit TV show the Sopranos, this site gives you a guided tour of their hangouts in New Jersey

www.mgmgrand.com One of Las Vegas’s top restaurants situated in the MGM Grand Hotel.

www.venetian.com Bouchon Restaurant is situated at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas. Thomas Keller (French Laundry) is working the pans, do I need to say anymore?

www.venetian.com TAO, a mixture of Thai, Japanese, Chinese food. The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

www.sushiroku.com Sushi Roku is a top restaurant featuring the best of the best of Japanese cuisine, situated at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

www.carnevino.com Carnevino is an Italian Steak House situated at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.

www.visitlasvegas.com All you want to know to plan and make your trip a memorable one.

www.skyloftsmgmgrand.com Accommodation in Las Vegas

www.palms.com Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

www.redrocklasvegas.com Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

www.palazzolasvegas.com The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.

www.sebastiani.com Sonoma Valley winery

www.schramsberg.com Napa Valley winery specialising in top quality sparkling wines

www.duckhorn.com Napa Valley winery

www.cakebread.com Napa Valley winery

www.buenavistacaneros.com Sonoma Valley winery

www.silveroak.com Napa Valley winery

www.montelena.com Chateau Montelena Winery, Napa Valley

www.silveradovineyards.com Napa Valley winery

www.macarthurplace.com An excellent (high end) Country Inn & Spa in Sonoma Valley

www.beveragexperts.com Chicago based company specialising in beer, wine and spirits to the trade and consumer

www.winespokenhere.com Napa Valley based wine consultant and PR company

www.globalwineco.com A consultancy and PR company based in Sausalito, south of Sonoma & Napa Valleys and just across the bay from downtown SF.

www.pier39.com This is one of the most exciting places to visit whilst in San Francisco (situated on the wharf along the Embarcadero)

www.pinotreport.com All you ever wanted to know about the most ‘fickle’ of red wine grape varieties

www.larkcreeksteak.com A fantastic up-market steak house situated on the Fourth Floor of Westfield Nordstrom Shopping Centre in downtown San Francisco. Great food, service and vibe.

www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com For all your tourism needs when visiting San Francisco

www.amusebouchewine.com A top winery situated in the Napa Valley

www.montelena.com It got rave reviews for its wines in the now famous Paris Tasting of 1976 and made headlines again in 2009 in a new movie based on the same story called “Bottle Shock”

www.elbonita.com A motel situated in St Helena in the Napa Valley - not the best motel around, a throw back to the 1950’s, but it’s clean, comfortable and cheap for the Napa.

www.riverterraceinn.com A comfortable hotel ideally situated in the Napa Valley. It has position, position, position with its own wine bar. Comes highly recommended

www.thecarnerosinn.com Boon Fly Café at the Carneros Inn on the Sonoma Hwy, Napa Valley. Great food at very reasonable prices with many entrées (mains) at just over US$20.

www.bountyhunterwinebar.com A wine bar and bistro overlooking the river in downtown Napa Valley. Great food & wine at very good prices.

www.mustardgrill.com Situated at St. Helena Hwy, Yountville, Napa Valley. A dining institution in its own right. Comes highly recommended.

www.heitzcellar.com One of a select few wineries in the Napa Valley, St Helena to be precise, to offer ‘free’ wine tastings. A rarity in this part of the world.

www.thecaliforniaguide.com Packed with information covering Northern, Central and Southern California. For all your information on attractions, hotels, restaurants and affordable travel.

ESTA is short for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation to the USA. This is the official government website for all those applying for a US entry visa known as the Visa Waver Program (VWP). There are a number of scams for this purpose out there on the internet so make sure you visit the correct website which is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov As this went to print (on this website on 22/3/11) the cost was US$14 which includes US$10 for the VWP Application and US$4 Processing Fee. The official US Government travel website is DiscoverAmerica.com

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Vietnam
http://www.sheration.com/hanoi - Sheraton Hotels

http://www.sheraton.com/saigon - Sheraton Hotels

http://www.six-senses.com/ana-mandara - A top resort situated in Nha Tran

http://www.accorhotels.com/asia - Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi


The Rest of The World



www.matrix.itasoftware.com
One of the few websites that does what is known in the trade as “Open-Jaw” tickets. These type of tickets should cost less than a return ticket to the further of the two points (but may involve multiple airlines and stop-overs). You can fly say, into Paris and out of Manchester, although distance and landing charges are factors.


www.Mozo.com.au
Gives you a great comparison when looking for travel insurance.


‘Great Rail Journeys of the World”.


www.scotrail.co.uk
– The Caledonian sleeper leaves London 6 nights a week (except Sun) for Fort William in the western highlands of Scotland.

www.seat61.com/Spain.htm or www.raileurope.com.au This train leaves Paris every night for Madrid and Barcelona. The train is called the ‘Epsilos’ or “trainhotel”. You can select from the “gran” class sleeper with private toilet and shower, or the “turista” class which comprises of a four bed shared compartment.

www.raileurope.com.au The TGV is the very fast train from Lille, Paris to either Marseilles or Nice. The countryside is breathtaking especially when you reach the French Riviera. Trains in France are still under government control and not in the hands of private companies.

www.sbb.ch Take the train from Zurich to Innsbruck – the train travels through beautiful valleys, forests and the famed Arlberg Pass. The Alps are breathtaking no matter what time of year you travel.

www.pageandmoy.com This train (the Marrakesh Express) takes you on a sojourn through the Moroccan countryside from Casablanca, Meknes and on to Fez, Rabat and Marrakesh. I did part of the journey from Marrakesh to Casablanca which was brilliant.

www.rockymountaineer.com From Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise. The scenery (especially in winter) is spectacular.

www.danube-express.com Transylvania – The Danube express is a private train featuring the best of what train travel has to offer; not quite the Orient Express, but not far off it. Take your pick from Istanbul, Prague, Budapest and Vienna. There are many ways to vary your journey and arrival and departure cities for this train.

www.greatrail.com The Venice Simpson-Orient Express from Venice to Paris is the ultimate in luxury rail travel, although short, spending one full day and a night aboard this train in either direction.

www.mymr.co.uk This rail journey is a must for Harry Potter fans or the more grown up who remember the British show ‘Heartbeat’. The rain runs from Pickering in North Yorkshire to Grosmount via Goathsland or ‘Hogsmead’ station in the Harry Potter movie. The scenery through the Yorkshire Dales is beautiful and tranquil; the train line now stretches to Whitby.



www.ifly.com
For those transit airport travelers, it offers comprehensive airport guides, discount parking and information on shuttle buses. It also offers an up-to-date flight status (when at the airport), airport resources and traveler’s tips. A brilliant resource to check before departure.

www.goodnightandgodbless.com
For those who prefer a quieter life with time to reflect then this site is for you. An accommodation site like no other, for those people who would like to stay in a monastery or convent during their travels. It has quiet places to stay in UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.



www.worldexpeditions.com.au

A terrific site built around ‘volunteer tourism’. If you want to spend part of your holiday helping others less fortunate than yourself then visit this website.

www.wineintelligence.com
A website that is packed with factual information on what’s happening in the world of wine.

www.smtdc.com
If you wish to take a train (if you could call it that) from Shanghai International Airport to downtown Pudong (the CBD), Shanghai, then take the train journey of your life for the most exciting eight minute trip. I love it.

www.greatwinecapitals.com

Great wine capitals of the world featuring eight major global cities.

www.vrbo.com
Vacations Rentals By Owner – A brilliant site by dealing direct with the owners for houses and apartments from around the world.

www.carigslist.org An excellent website which has apartments, houses, cottages etc for private hire throughout the world. Whether it is in the big city or a quite rural retreat this site has it all.

www.seatguru.com Check out your airline seat before you travel. Place under world....

www.seatexpert.com – Another website for the same purpose

www.tripkick.com Hotel rooms from around the world.

www.flatsets.com/Global - Check out the seat pitch and configuration of partner airlines before you fly (not all have the same seat pitch, flat bed or level of comfort).




Internet Airfare Comparisons

www.fastcast.com – Fast Cast

www.farecompare.com – Fare Compare

www.flightstatus.com –Flight Status

www.flyspy.com – Fly Spy

www.skyscanner.co.uk – Fly Scanner

www.airfarewatchdog.com – Airfare Watchdog

www.alphaflightguru.com
Alpha Flight Guru –is a cheap discount flight operator that offers substantial discounts on business class air travel.

www.businessclassforless.com
Business Class for Less – is another similar operation to the one above.

Handy Contact List

Alaska Division of Tourism: http://www.alaskatia.org
Alsace Tourism: http://www.tourisme-alsace.com
Argentina Tourism: http://www.turismo.gov.ar
Austrian National Tourist Office: http://www.austria.info/au
Bahrain Tourism: http://www.bahraintourism.com
Bhutan Tourism: http://www.kingdomofbhutan.com
Botswana Tourism: http://www.botswana-tourism.gov.bw
Brazil Tourism: http://www.braziltourism.org
British Columbia Tourism: http://www.hellobc.com
Visit Britain: http://www.visitbritain.comlau
California Tourism: http://www.visitcalifornia.com
Canadian Tourism Commission: http://www.travelcanada.ca
Caribbean Tourism Organization: http://www.caribbean.com
Chile Tourism: http://www.visit-chile.or
China National Tourist Office: http://www.cnto.org.au
Cook Islands Tourism Corp: http://www.cook-islands.com
Costa Rica Tourism: http://www.visitcostarica.com
Croatia Tourism: http://www.croatia.hr
Cuba Tourism:http://www.cubatravel.cu
Denmark Tourism: http://www.visitdenmark.com
Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing: http://www.dubaitourism.ae
Egypt Tourism: http://www.egypttourism.org
Fiji Visitors Bureau: http://www.bulafijLcom
Finnish Tourist Board: http://www.finland-tourism.com
French Tourist Bureau: http://www.franceguide.com
German National Tourist Office: http://www.germany-tourism.de
Greek National Tourist Organization: http://www.gnto.gr
Greenland Tourism: http://www.greenland.com
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau: http://www.gohawaiLcom
Hong Kong Tourism Board: http://www.discoverhongkong.com
Hungary Tourism Office: http://www.hungary.com
Iceland Tourist Board: http://www.icetourist.is
India Tourist Office: http://www.tourismofindia.com
Irish Tourist Board: http://www.ireland.travel.ie
Italian Government Tourist Office: http://www.enit.it
Jamaica Tourist Board: http://www.visitjamaica.com
Japan National Tourist Org: http://www.jnto.go.jp
Jordan Tourism Board: http://www.see-jordan.com
Kenya Tourism: http://www.tourismkenya.com
Korea National Tourism Organization: http://www.tour2korea.com
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.lasvegasfreedom.com
Macau Government Tourist Office: http://www.macautourism.gov.mo
Tourism Malaysia: http://www.tourism.gov.my
Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority: http://www.mauritius.net
Morocco Tourism: http://www.tourism-in-morocco.com
New Caledonia Tourism: http://www.visitnewcaledonia.com
New Zealand Tourism Board: http://www.newzealand.com
Oman Tourism: http://www.omantourism.gov.om
Papua New Guinea Tourism: http://www.pngtourism.org.pg
Philippine Department of Tourism: http://www.tourism.gov.ph
Polish National Tourist Office: http://www.polandtour.org
Portugal Tourism: http://www.portugal.orgttourism
Russia Tourism: http://www.russia-tourism.ru
Samoa Tourism Authority: http://www.visitsamoa.ws
Singapore Tourism Board: http://www.visitsingapore.com
South African Tourism Board: http://www.southafrica.net
Spanish Tourism Board: http://www.tourspain.es
Tahiti Tourism: http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com.au
Taiwan Tourism Office: http://www.taiwan.net.tw
Tourism Authority of Thailand: http://www.tourismthailand.org
Turkish Information Office: http://www.turism.turkemb.se
Vanuatu National Tourist Office:http://www.vanuatutourism.com
Vietnam Tourism: http://www.vietnamtourism.com
Wyoming Tourism: http://www.wyomingtourism.org

Airline Websites

Aerolineas Argentinas http://www.aerolineas.com.ar
Air Caoad:f http://www.aircanada.com.au
Air China http://www.airchina.com.cn
Air France http://www.airfrance.comjau
Air Mauritius http://www.airmauritius.com
Air New Zealand http://www.airnz.com.au
Air Tahiti Nui http://www.airtahitinui.com
America West http://www.americawest.com
Asiana Airlines http://www.flyasiana.com
Australian Airlines http://www.australianairlines.com.au
Austrian Airlines http://www.austrianairlines.com.au
British Airways http://www.britishairways.com.au
Cathay Pacific http://www.cathaypadfic.com.au
China Airlines http://www.china-airlines.com
China Southern http://www.cs-air.com.au
Emirates http://www.emirates.com
Finnair http://www.finnair.com
Garuda Indonesia http://www.garuda-indonesia.com
Gulf Air http://www.gulfairco.com
Hawaiian Airlines http://www.hawaiianair.com.au
Japan Airlines http://www.jal.com
Kenya Airways http://www.kenya-airways.com
KlM http://www.klm.com.au
Korean Air http://www.koreanair.com.au
LAN http://www.lan.com
lOT Polish Airlines http://www.lot.com
lufthansa http://www.lufthansa-australia.com
Malaysia Airlines http://www.malaysiaairlines.com.au
Philippine Airlines http://www.philippineair.com
Qantas http://www.qantas.com
Royal Brunei Airlines http://www.bruneiair.com
Scandinavian Airlines http://www.scandinavian.net
Singapore Airlines http://www.singaporeair.com
South African Airways http://www.flysaa.com
Thai Airways International http://www.thaiairways.com.au
Ukraine International Airlines http://www.ukraine-international.com
United Airlines http://www.unitedairlines.com.au
Vietnam Airlines http://www.vietnamairlines.com.vn
Virgin Blue http://www.virginblue.com.au

Dedicated car rental search engines from around the world. Many will include the collision and loss damage waiver but make sure you book everything in advance to maximise your savings.

- www.VroomVroomVroom.com.au

- www.carhire.com.au

- www.carrentals.com.au

- www.webcarhire.com

- www.traveljigsaw.com.au

- www.carrentals.co.uk

Leading cruise companies in
Australia and around the world

P&O CRUISES
132469
www.pocruises.com.au

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
(02) 8296 7072
www.traveltheworld.com.au

ORlON EXPEDITION CRUISES
1300361012
www.orioncruises.com.au

SILVERSEA
Wiltrans 1800 251174
Cruise Brokers 1300 880 943
www.silversea.com

CUNARD LINE
13 24 41
www.cunardline.com.au

REGENT SEVEN SEAS
1800251174
www.wiltrans.com.au

STAR CRUISES
www.starcruises.com

PRINCESS CRUISES
132488
www.princess.com.au

CRYSTAL CRUISES
1800251174
www.wiltrans.corn.au

YACHTS OF SEABOURN
132402
www.seaboum.com

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB
www.seadreamyachtclub.com

COSTA CRUISES
132459
www.costacruises.com.au

OCEAN lA CRUISES
(02) 99661233
www.oceaniacruises.com

THE WORLD
(02)55758094
www.cruisetraveller.com.au

SWAN HELLENIC
(02) 9957 4511
www.maryrossitraveLcom.au

CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES
1800007357
www.captaincook.com.au

NORTH STAR CRUISES
(08) 91921829
www.northstarcruises.com.au

CORAL PRINCESS CRUISES
1800079545
www.coralprincess.com.au

MSC CRUISES
1800028502
www.msc.com.au/cruises

ROYAL CARIBBEAN UNE/
CELEBRITY CRUISES
(02) 9959 3696

www.royalcaribbean.com
www.celebrity.com

www.lonelyplanet.com – A top resource for the budget conscious traveler.

www.frommers.com - Historical and cultural information together with hotel/restaurant reviews from around the world.

www.fodors.com - Authoritative profiles of hotels/restaurants and sights from around the world.

www.journeywoman.com – For the female traveler, this sight offers an array of tips for females traveling alone.

www.cdc.gov/travel - This site from the US Centers for Disease Control offers all the medical advise when traveling, especially to/from third world countries.

www.nationalgeographic.com - A smaller version of the famous magazines, but still packed with heaps of information.

www.concierge.com/cntraveler - Taken from Conde Nast Traveler magazine, this ‘e’ version is for the upwardly mobile with plenty of money and time on their hands.

www.biodiversityhotspots.org – This site is for the those people who would like to visit some conservation hotspots around the world before they disappear off the human radar forever.

www.travel.com.au – A good site from which to compare hotels/airlines & car hire companies from around the globe.

www.tripadvisor.com – A great site that offers you a swag of information about your intended destination from travel articles, the main attractions and positive/negative feedback from you the traveling public.


For those of you who like cruising but perhaps can’t do the luxury cruise we all dream about then here are a few alternatives if you don’t mind using cargo ships. These ships call at many a varied port and travel the four corners of the globe. For further information check-out the following websites:

The Bank Line
The Royal Mail Ship St Helena
www.aws.co.uk

The Pearl String
www.freighter-travel.com

Aranui
www.aranui.com.

 



 

 

 





Jim McMahon travels and lectures widely in the area of food and wine. He was a member of the National Council of the Australian Society of Wine Education representing Queensland and then NSW from 1990-1999, and is sought after for writing/speaking and wine judging engagements worldwide.
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