Dear #WineTourist,

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#WineTourist #Marseille

We drove to the cute coastal town of Marseille in Southern France. 

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As our usual agenda, we ate, drank, walked and took photos (in that order)!

 Street Art 

Street Art 

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 We were served ice several times with our wine.  Which makes me think it's common practice.

We were served ice several times with our wine.  Which makes me think it's common practice.

 Fish and Chips of course!

Fish and Chips of course!

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Dear #WineTourist,

  Hello Philly...

Hello Philly...

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Honestly, for some weird reason, I’ve always thought that Philadelphia was “gritty.”  I’m not even sure what that word means, but I was very wrong.  I found it very charming, rich in history and very classy.

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#WineTourist #Philly

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We had to go to Reading Market.  What a colorful place—the smell, the sound, the people were just so vibrant and alive!

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Dear #WineTourist,

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Ah ... Southern France

Villa Du Sanglier is a bed and breakfast owned by our good friends, Herman and Nevenka, tucked in the romantic village of Saint Siffret, France.  We ate Nevenka's home cooked meals, drank some fine French wines, and simply had a wonderful time!

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 The star of the show-- Duck Confit paired with this wonderful  Côte-Rôtie  wine! Côte-Rôtie is a French wine AOC in the northern Rhone region of France, wherein the vineyards are unique because of their steep slopes facing the river.

The star of the show-- Duck Confit paired with this wonderful Côte-Rôtie wine! Côte-Rôtie is a French wine AOC in the northern Rhone region of France, wherein the vineyards are unique because of their steep slopes facing the river.

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 homemade apple pie with some homemade digestif!

homemade apple pie with some homemade digestif!

 Breakfast anyone?

Breakfast anyone?

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We met Some wonderful folks that we now call friends!   #Winetourist #SaintSiffret

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Dear #WineTourist,

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NYC 

 
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 After parking the car, we walked for blocks, just exploring the city.  We stumbled upon Broadway Bites just in time for lunch.

After parking the car, we walked for blocks, just exploring the city.  We stumbled upon Broadway Bites just in time for lunch.

 Why not?

Why not?

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The pretty lady took her mom to NYC on mother's day! #WineTourist #NewYork

 We met friends for some rooftop happy hour! First on the agenda--   rosé sangria!  @Haven Rooftop

We met friends for some rooftop happy hour! First on the agenda--  rosé sangria!  @Haven Rooftop

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 Love SOHO!

Love SOHO!

 After watching Beautiful, the girls posed at Times Square.

After watching Beautiful, the girls posed at Times Square.

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 Brunch meant chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, deviled eggs and a cup of my favorite mocha! @ Harold's

Brunch meant chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, deviled eggs and a cup of my favorite mocha! @Harold's

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Dear #WineTourist,

The 2018 Monticello Cup Awards

Charlottesville, Virginia

May 7, 2018 @ The Jefferson Theater

Wine Tourist Magazine is a proud media sponsor of the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival (MAY 7 - 12, 2018).  

The Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, an established spring tradition in Charlottesville, is a partnership between the Monticello Wine Trail, Sprint Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater, with presenting sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville.

Over the course of the week, guests will experience a taste of the dynamic wine culture that surrounds Charlottesville. From winemaker brunch, lunch and dinners to vineyard tours, an award show, and the grand tasting, the festival offers something for every wine lover.  It's not too late to get your tickets:  Monticello Wine Trail Festival 2018.

#WineTourist Charlottesville, Virginia

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Every year, we are fortunate to attend an exciting event for the #winetourist!  Last night, we tasted award-winning wines from the 2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition along side the winegrowers and winemakers who made them. The night ended with the competition results for the Top 6 wines and winner of the prestigious Monticello Cup for the overall highest scoring wine.

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Octagon 40th anniversary limited edition was present (Barboursville Vineyards) 

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The winner of the 2018 Monticello Cup is Veritas Vineyard & Winery's 2015 Petit Verdot "Paul Shaffer's 7th edition"!  Congratulations to Emily Pelton and the Veritas family!

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 The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville Virginia was packed with #WineTourists enjoying the hors d'oeuvres by The Local paired with Central Virginia wines.  

The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville Virginia was packed with #WineTourists enjoying the hors d'oeuvres by The Local paired with Central Virginia wines.  

  It's not too late to get your tickets:   Monticello Wine Trail Festival 2018 .

 It's not too late to get your tickets:  Monticello Wine Trail Festival 2018.

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Dear #WineTourist,

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Tournon-sur-Rhône

Tournon-sur-Rhône is a commune in southern France on the right bank of the Rhone river.  We drove through this beautiful town on our way to Uzès, France in September, 2018.  We stopped for lunch, tried the local Rosé, sat outsideand enjoyed the pleasant weather.  Cheers to road trips!

 The charming country side.  

The charming country side.  

 Who do you love traveling with?

Who do you love traveling with?

 It's not the picture, although I do have the tendency to take angled photos,  the vines are planted on a slope.  

It's not the picture, although I do have the tendency to take angled photos,  the vines are planted on a slope.  

 We wondered why we were the only ones in town.  @ Tournon-sur-Rhône

We wondered why we were the only ones in town.  @ Tournon-sur-Rhône

 Rosé for lunch.  We had bread too! 

Rosé for lunch.  We had bread too! 

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Tournon-sur-Rhône

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#WineTourist Tournon-sur-Rhône, France

 Love this bridge!

Love this bridge!

 
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 Tournon-sur-Rhône getting ready for the lunch crowd.

Tournon-sur-Rhône getting ready for the lunch crowd.

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Dear #WineTourist, 

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Old Town, Alexandria

Walked around Old Town Alexandria's harbor.  I observed some folks feeding the birds, admired the yachts, and people-watched. 

 In front of Alexandria, Virginia's city hall.  

In front of Alexandria, Virginia's city hall.  

 Intricate and very detailed--love it!

Intricate and very detailed--love it!

Of course, my walk  involved some sort of shopping.  

 White and red wine, plus our dear friend, Scotch.

White and red wine, plus our dear friend, Scotch.

 Spring flowers in full bloom!

Spring flowers in full bloom!

 We were so full, we didn't eat again until dinner the next day!

We were so full, we didn't eat again until dinner the next day!

 Brian and I danced the night away at the Carlyle Club, Alexandria.  

Brian and I danced the night away at the Carlyle Club, Alexandria.  

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Dear #WineTourist, 

  Welcome to my #WineTourist photo journal of Lyon, France   (092017) where we enjoyed its fabulous food, wine and sights!  Cheers! d

Welcome to my #WineTourist photo journal of Lyon, France (092017) where we enjoyed its fabulous food, wine and sights!  Cheers! d

  We traversed a great deal of steps to see this wonderful view! It was worth it!

We traversed a great deal of steps to see this wonderful view! It was worth it!

  Eating and people watching are two of my favorite pastimes. (Steak and frites in Vieux Lyon)

Eating and people watching are two of my favorite pastimes. (Steak and frites in Vieux Lyon)

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 Just some fun trivia!

Just some fun trivia!

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  We were quite tired on our first night in Lyon, but that did not stop us from tasting why Lyon is called the gastronomical capital of France.  @  Flair  

We were quite tired on our first night in Lyon, but that did not stop us from tasting why Lyon is called the gastronomical capital of France.  @ Flair 

  A perfect photo opportunity in front of the bridge to Old Town, Lyon.  

A perfect photo opportunity in front of the bridge to Old Town, Lyon.  

  This is what 21,008 steps will get you!  @ Fourvière, Lyon (west of old town)

This is what 21,008 steps will get you!  @ Fourvière, Lyon (west of old town)

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 Simply wonderful!

Simply wonderful!

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 Check out that cieling!

Check out that cieling!

 We walked all night!

We walked all night!

Watch out for my next photo diary! Follow my #WineTourist adventures on Instagram: @daxmiaralyost