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#305-"Exploring Oz"
Location: Australia-Lindemans/Penfolds/Wynns

They like to call Australia "Oz," and for me, it’s a fitting title because traveling its wine regions is like following the yellow brick road. Here, we’ll visit three regions and profile three awesome wineries. First, we tour the Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine area, and one of its first wineries, Lindemans. Next, it’s down to South Australia’s Barossa Valley for the wines of Penfolds, makers of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange. Penfolds’ portfolio is broader and better than ever. Last, but certainly not least, is the Coonawarra and Wynns. Known for classic Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz, winemaker Sue Hodder has quite the deft touch with Chardonnay as well. We’ll taste all three and end the day with an Aussie-style barbie right in the historic Wynns's cellars.
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
www.lindemans.com - www.penfolds.com - www.wynnswines.com - www.qantas/us

#306-"Salmon and Wine Anyone?"
Location: Sonoma County-Clos du Bois/San Francisco-Salmon Fishing/Aqua

What a trip! We start in the vineyards of the plush Alexander Valley in the heart of Sonoma County. The winery is Clos du Bois, one of the county’s best. Starting in the vineyards where microclimates can allow Chardonnay and Merlot to be harvested on the same day, we’ll next head to Charcuterie restaurant in downtown Healdsburg, where French heritage meets local wine each and every day. From Sonoma, we’ll head out on the water with superchef Michael Mina in search of salmon. Then Mina will cook up our catch at his own spectacular Aqua restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district.

Additional information can be found at the following websites:
www.closdubois.com - www.aqua-sf.com


#307-"Italy-Umbria, Tuscany, and the Veneto"
Location: Italy-Lungarotti-Tuscan Cooking School-Hotel Danielli & Villa Cipriatti

Travel across the Italian countryside, and get your fill of great wine, great cooking, and incredible history and hospitality along the way. We begin in Umbria, where Lungarotti is the unquestioned wine leader. In neighboring Tuscany, we’ll stop by a hands-on cooking school that gives participants more than just a good time. Then, it’s on to the Veneto for some time in Venice with the spectacular Hotel Danielli and in the countryside at the Villa Cipriatti. It’s enough Italian flavors and expressions to fill any appetite.
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
www.paternoimports.com - www.theinternationalkitchen.com
www.luxurycollection.com/danieli - www.sheraton.com/villacipriani

#308-"Island Hopping"
Location: U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas-if you had to pick just one, it would be a tough choice. Fortunately, we’ll give viewers some of all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ll begin on St. Thomas at the lovely and delicious Ritz-Carlton. On St. John, we focus on the tradition of "ole time baking" and modern-day great food. And, on St. Croix, our explorations take us from cattle, to rum, to pure cane juice. Three islands-one great time!
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
www.usvitourism.vi

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