Budapest Wine Festival was the absolute best surprise on our trip to Budapest in September and an event I definitely recommend booking your trip around.
It’s a huge wine festival taking place in the castle grounds overlooking the river and the city beyond. Just an amazing experience. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Wyken Vineyards.
There were lots of little lambs, blossom and wine. It was pretty idyllic! Continue reading
How are you so beautiful? Continue reading
Last month I headed over to Germany to fulfil my dream of visiting a traditional German Christmas market. I decided on Munich as my destination (there are so many markets throughout Germany) as it meant that I could also visit the gorgeous snow-topped Bavarian Alps whilst there.
When you’ve visited a city a few times, you accumulate favourite places that you just can’t wait to go back to every time you return.
For me this is Bistrot Victoires in Paris.
I was told that Wong‘s Expo Vino was the best wine tasting event in Latin America as fact by one of the people working for the event, and to be honest I absolutely believe it.
My birthday is my favourite day of the year aside from Christmas. I get to choose everything we do for the day and no one can tell me off for eating cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner….
I hope you all had a great Easter break, whether it was Thursday – Sunday, like in Peru, or Friday – Monday, like in the UK!
4 days is a nice little mini holiday and I spent the majority of mine eating. No surprise there then.
One of the places we visited was Naruto. It’s this great little Japanese restaurant that serves a damn fine ramen soup.
We’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, and holidays are always a good excuse to go out to eat! I also knew we would probably be eating a lot over the weekend so we thought a good soup would do the trick.
The front of the restaurant is plain black with their logo and gives nothing away.
But inside is a whole other story.
This event is but one of a million reasons why I love Wong.
Wong is one of the supermarkets here in Lima and to be honest it is by far the best. The staff, the food, their customer service, and the fact that I can buy and consume an ice cream while I shop, is what gives me such a high opinion of them.
Every year they put on an event to showcase the best wines in Latin America and also wines from the rest of the world that are available in Peru. This year it was from the 16th-18th October (last weekend) and there were over 800 wines and 200 kinds of pisco to try. Each vineyard or label has a stand showcasing the best of their wines and you are invited to taste a sample from whichever bottles tempt you in. Having lived in Lima for almost 2 years now I have tried a fair amount of South American wine and I was also lucky enough to attend the event last year too. Both of these things meant that this year I could really focus in on the wines I had yet to try, or wines that are perhaps not as widely available or normally too expensive to purchase by the bottle.
The selection of wines is enormous and it is absolutely impossible to be able to try everything, so it’s best to try and narrow them down. You would think that perhaps reducing your choices to some of the wines that had won medals would be a good place to start. However, we found that some of the bottles that had won the higher prizes were not for tasting (including one bottle that cost S/1000). Also, some of the popular wines only had display bottles, and none for us to actually taste, although they had been available in the previous days, perhaps suggesting that the vineyard had only provided a small selection of bottles for tasting.
We tasted a lot of wines (red, white, rose and sparkling), so in this article I am just going to talk about some of the wines that really stood out for us as being some of the best, and a sparkling wine that we thought would be perfect for summer. I will also mention some great options that have been tried and tested during my stay here and are also readily available in Wong.
I’d like to point out that these are my opinions and therefore just an idea of what to expect. After all, I am not a sommelier!