As fall settles here on the East Coast, I swap out my white wine for red and plan menus around the season. Days are shorter, we are home more, and the family dinner table becomes a vital anchor to our busy days.
Food connects people. Dining is an experience we share. Farmers markets bring us into conversation with local growers. We share recipes and stories at potlucks and cook for sick or grieving friends.
Meanwhile, the Tuscans are celebrating the Porcini mushrooms arriving at market. Soon it will be the olive harvest, farm owners and field hands working elbow to elbow in the open air. Friends will hunt truffles together.
Beaujolais Nouveau will bring Parisians into the streets to toast, while winemakers in Provence evaluate their harvest. Local chefs are sharing their secrets with old and new friends. Visiting those kitchens and vineyards and festivals is a great reason to travel.
Here is some local knowledge to help you discover wine and food as an inroad to European culture, and some exciting
to help you connect with people and place.
Demand for Europe is strong for 2018. Book early for the best selection!