Snooth Launches Food & Wine Pairings Application, Reaches More than 40 Million Monthly Visitors

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Snooth Launches Food & Wine Pairings Application, Reaches More than 40 Million Monthly Visitors

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 7, 2009

Snooth, the world’s largest wine site, today announced the launch of its Food & Wine pairings application for My Yahoo!, the most popular personalized start page with more than 40 million worldwide monthly visitors.

My Yahoo! users are now able to peruse thousands of recipes from leading publications such as Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Real Simple and Health, among others, and get automatically generated wine pairings based on each individual dish.

The app will also highlight the most popular recipes, pairings, and wines of the day, with links to purchase the corresponding bottle.

For example, for a Tomato-Chicken Pasta dish, Snooth’s digital sommelier recommended “Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2007″ with the rationale, “This mineraly white offers nice acidity with a medium bodied feel, allowing it to partner perfectly with this meal.”

The functionality was hand built using Snooth’s database of the world’s wines and the decades of accumulated wine knowledge among Snooth’s employees, particularly that of Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth’s Community Manager. Snooth’s expertise in systematically analyzing and categorizing wine data was transferred to analyzing and categorizing recipe data in order to create the complex pairing algorithm.

“This algorithm is an interesting combination of our backend tech functionality, as well as the human expertise of our resident wine guru Gregory Dal Piaz,” said Philip James, CEO of Snooth. “We’re trying to democratize the wine experience and make finding good wine easier, and now everyone has access to a top-tier sommelier with the click of button.”

Since its inception in June 2007, Snooth has grown to be the world’s largest wine site, with over 500,000 users per month, 1 million wines and prices from 11,000 merchants and wineries worldwide. The site currently handles over 2 million searches per month and has over 125,000 registered users.

About Snooth

Snooth is the world’s largest wine site with over 500,000 monthly users. Launched in June 2007, Snooth is a free, highly interactive, social database of the world’s wines, offering both casual and expert wine drinkers the ability to search, obtain personalized recommendations, interact with fellow wine lovers, as well as seamlessly buy from a global network of over 11,000 merchants.

Designed to be easy to use, users have the ability to search by their own personal preferences (bold, peppery, fruity, etc), by a specific meal-pairing, price, or by region or producer. Snooth’s recommendation engine also provides customized selections based on stated preferences and user feedback. The more information a user gives on wines they enjoy, the more personalized and detailed the recommendations become.

Snooth’s massive database of 1 million wines and 2 million reviews, powers many third-party wine applications and functions as a central repository of wine data. Snooth is available on-the-go using its iPhone application.

Snooth was awarded the Model of Excellence by Infocommerce in 2008, and is the recipient of multiple medals from the Wine 2.0 trade organization. Snooth has garnered much press within the tech, wine and food spaces from publications including Forbes, Oprah, Techcrunch, Mashable, the Guardian, and many others.

Snooth’s team is comprised of experts in data management, user experience, and wine. Snooth’s advisors and investors include past and current management of Blue Fly, Price Grabber, Experian, Quigo, Inertia Beverage Group, and Global Wines and Spirits amongst others.

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City Discovery and the Art of Wine Touring

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City Discovery and the Art of Wine Touring

 : tours, activities and things to do

Paris, France (PRWEB) September 28, 2009

With the grape harvest season in full swing for most wineries in Europe and North America, helps you discover the best vineyards for wine tasting and related activities.

To master the art of wine touring, City Discovery begins with the Paris Champagne Tasting Cruise, which involves cruising down the Seine River while sipping bubbly champagne. Also included in the agenda is an informative champagne presentation by a personal sommelier, who not only gives a detailed explanation of the champagne production process but also waxes poetic on Parisian monuments while serving Champagnes Brut, Demi-sec and Rosé Champagnes.

Next up is the Grand Seven Wine Tasting Experience in Paris, where participants can taste a wonderful variety of French wines from Alsace to Bordeaux and from Burgundy to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This unique wine-tasting experience also involves a wonderful introduction by a French sommelier to the great diversity of French vineyards, a discussion on wine techniques for appreciation and strategies for pairing food and wine, and a guide on how to observe and distinguish the unique characteristics of various wines from France’s many “terroirs.” Along with the tasting is a selection of delicious French breads, which rounds up the tasting to a T.

After France, City Discovery takes wine tourists to Italy with an Exclusive Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence. Featuring white and red wines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti colli Senesi DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino Tiezzi and SuperTuscan Noir, the tour promises an explosion of flavors and aromas, amid a pleasurable heightening of senses. An exceptional sommelier adds a colorful addition to the activity, treating guests to a special lecture on food and wine dominant to the Tuscan countryside. A tasting in one of Pisa’s famous wine and food shop concludes this day tour, a fitting end to an unforgettable experience.

On the other side of the Atlantic, City Discovery promotes the Wine Country Explorer Pass, a golden ticket to a complete Napa and Sonoma experience. The tour involves 11 great wine tastings at Simi Winery, Clos Pegase, Goosecross Cellars and so on, as well as free admissions to two museums: the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Napa Valley Museum. The ticket, which amounts to a savings of US$ 107 (compared to buying individual tickets), also provides VIP extras such as 15 percent savings at the Napa General store and 10 to 15 percent savings on selected wine purchases at various wine stores and outlets.

Concluding the American leg of the art of wine touring a la City Discovery is the Colchagua Valley Wine Route. Highlights include a chance to discover the whole process of wine production and wine tasting and a visit to the Colchagua Museum, a private museum that holds an interesting collection of insects trapped in amber, plus objects of pre-Colombine cultures. Colchagua Valley in the town of Santa Cruz features some of the best wineries in the world: Viu Manent, Santa Laura, Bisquert, Mont Gras and Montes among many others.

South of the hemisphere are world-acclaimed Australian wines from the vineyards of the Hunter region, which is Australia’s oldest commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. For a chance to thoroughly explore this region, check out City Discovery’s Hunter Valley Wineries tour, which features a visit to the world-renowned Lindemans for a private wine tasting, a complete wine appreciation course at the Hunter Valley Wine School, a visit to the Bluetongue Brewery, home of Bluetongue Beer and so much more. The wine list features favorites like Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs.

On to the lush wine lands of South Africa, City Discovery invites wine tourists to Cape Town’s most popular and well-known wine regions: Franschhoek, Paarl Valley and Stellenbosch. The Full Day Winelands Tour from Cape Town starts off with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley, where a cellar tour and a wine tasting await at one of the local estates. The wine touring continues northwest to the beautiful village of Franschhoek and then to Stellenbosch, the historic heart of Cape Town’s wine region.

Other options such as visits to the Xanadu winery in Perth; exclusive wine tasting in Rome, Pisa, Milan and Florence; trips to renowned wine regions like Adelaide’s Barossa Valley, Guia’s Adega do Cantor or Singer’s Winery and Montevideo’s Wine Roads (Montevideo); and Spanish Wine Tasting are part of City Discovery’s full spectrum of wine tour offers that sees repeat bookings year after year. (For a complete listing of City Discovery wine tours, please visit City Discovery).


City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wishbox, suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery sells directly to consumers through and a network of over 7,000 travel agencies and affiliates. City Discovery is available in 12 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.



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Tauck Names “World’s Top 10 Places For Ice Cream” In Time For National Ice Cream Month In July

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Tauck Names “World’s Top 10 Places For Ice Cream” In Time For National Ice Cream Month In July

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) June 19, 2008

Ice cream is enjoyed by a whopping 90% of all Americans and dates back to the fourth century B.C. in Italy and China.* To help celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July, luxury travel company Tauck World Discovery is unveiling a top 10 list of the world’s best places to enjoy the frozen treat. Tauck offers over 100 travel adventures in 63 countries on six continents, and compiled its list based on input from its global network of nearly 250 Tauck Directors, who collectively rack up over 30,000 days on the road each year.

“Our Tauck Directors have a real in-depth, local knowledge of the destinations where we travel,” explained Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Because they take our guests off-the-beaten-path to discover the hidden gems in each country we visit, it’s only natural that they’d know where to find the best ice cream.” Tauck’s list includes 10 varied locations, from an idyllic Hawaiian lodge high on the slope of a massive volcano, to an upscale Buenos Aires neighborhood, to a Paris landmark that has served handcrafted ice creams for over 70 years:

COWS (Canada)
Gelateria Perche No! (Italy)
Tip Top Ice Cream (New Zealand)
Kula Lodge & Restaurant (Hawaii)
Freddo (Argentina)
Gelateria di Piazza (Italy)
Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream (Alaska)
Glacier Berthillon (Paris)
Las Iguanas (Costa Rica)
Ben & Jerry’s (Vermont)
COWS (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Located on the waterfront in Charlottetown, COWS has been selling ice creams based on traditional family recipes for 25 years. The proprietors use high-quality ingredients and a lusciously high butterfat content (16%) to craft rich, whimsically-themed flavors including Gooey Mooey, Wowie Cowie and Moo York Cheesecake. Tauck Director Rob White suggests enjoying your COWS ice cream in a waffle cone – they’re baked fresh on the premises.

Gelateria Perche No! (near Piazza della Republica in Florence, Italy)

One of two gelaterias on the list, Perche No! translates into “Why Not!” The Via Tavolini shop dates back some 50 years, and also features sorbets (made with fresh in-season fruits) and granita. The shop’s gelatos include traditional flavors as well as unique varieties ranging from Pompelo (grapefruit) to Fiordilatte con Miele e Sesamo (chestnut, honey and sesame seeds).

Tip Top Ice Cream (locations throughout New Zealand)

Tip Top Ice Cream was started in 1936 by two partners in Wellington, and today it’s the Ben & Jerry’s of New Zealand – a premium quality ice cream that combines rich flavor and the freshest ingredients with the convenience of wide availability. According to Tauck Director Larry Newsome: “In a country where the number-one industry is dairy, you know that the number-one ice cream has to be good!” Larry’s top flavor recommendation: Hokey Pokey.

Kula Lodge & Restaurant (Maui, Hawaii)

One of Tauck Director Mike Ream’s favorite experiences is enjoying a frozen treat on the lush grounds at the Kula Lodge on Maui. “Kula is a beautiful lodge halfway up the slopes of the dormant Haleakala volcano, at about 4,000 feet,” says Mike. “The lodge has breathtaking views across Maui, and you can enjoy it all while eating the best Mango Sherbet I’ve ever tasted!”

Freddo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Located in the trendy Recoleta section of Buenos Aires, Freddo is known for its eight kinds of Dulce de Leche ice cream. Made by heating sweetened milk, Dulce de Leche is akin to caramel. Tauck Director Carla Weston’s favorite is Tentacion (“temptation”), which she enjoys while people-watching at one of Freddo’s outdoor tables. If you’re more ambitious, stroll to nearby Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried in her family’s ornate black marble mausoleum.

Gelateria di Piazza (San Gimignano, Italy)

Overlooking the beautiful Piazza della Cisterna in the picturesque Tuscan hilltop town of San Gimignano, Gelateria di Piazza boasts a rotating assortment of over 100 flavors, including five different types of chocolate. This award-winning gelateria also offers seasonal fruit flavors, a sorbet made with the local Vernaccia wine, and other uncommon choices like Saffron With Pine Nuts and Dolce Amaro (bittersweet vanilla cream with cloves, cocoa, coffee and cinnamon).

Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream (Fairbanks, AK)

Launched over 20 years ago by two brothers from Boston, Hot Licks offers locally inspired flavors including Aurora Borealis (local blueberry and cranberry purees swirled into vanilla ice cream), Alaska Birch Walnut (local birch syrup and California walnuts) and Nanook Nosh (vanilla, melted milk chocolate and caramel). “I’m an expert on this,” says Tauck Director Neil Zaer, who has also worked for Tauck in Hawaii, the American West, Australia and New Zealand. “I try the local ice cream everywhere I travel, and this is the real thing.”

Glacier Berthillon (Ile de St. Louis, Paris)

A Paris landmark, Berthillon has been serving up handcrafted ice creams – and winning devoted fans – since 1934. Flavors range from the conventional to the surprising, including Agelaise, made of Armagnac and prune. Of the 754 Paris attractions listed on the popular travel web site, Berthillon ranks an astounding #41. That doesn’t surprise Tauck Director Ron Wesner, who notes that, should he ever receive a terminal diagnosis, he’ll spend his remaining time at Berthillon: “I’ll move to Paris, bring my sleeping bag, and give them my credit card.”

Las Iguanas (Boca de Arenal, Costa Rica)

Enjoying the ice cream at Las Iguanas is an immersion into Costa Rica’s natural wonders. Set above the San Carlos River, Las Iguanas spins local flora into unique flavors including Cacto (cactus), Tamarindo (tamarind) and Maracuya (passion fruit). A visit to Las Iguanas offers the chance to spot the reptiles that give the shop its name, and view the 5,437-ft volcano Arenal. The world’s 10th most-active volcano, Arenal erupts an average of 22 times each day.

Ben & Jerry’s (Waterbury, VT)

You’ve had Ben & Jerry’s at home, but to really appreciate it you’ll want to make the pilgrimage to their factory in Vermont’s Green Mountains. You’ll enjoy a factory tour (and free samples!), as well as a short “moovie” telling the story of how childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield parlayed a $ 5 mail-order course on ice cream-making into fame and fortune. And be sure to visit the “flavor graveyard” immortalizing varieties that have passed their expiration date.

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The International Dairy Foods Association and May 19, 2008


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Vacation in Italy – Private Holiday Homes versus Hotels

Vacationing in Italy is a dream come true for so many Americans. Those who have Italian heritage often wish to see where their families originated. Those who have no Italian lineage still look upon Italy as one of the foundations of Western civilization. Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Umbria, Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Spleto and Montepulciano are all legendary to those of us raised in the “new world” and for many are simply places we’ve read about in our school books, or seen on television or in the movies. Many Americans, sadly, know little of the geography of Italy, but do appreciate the food. After all, pizza and spaghetti are considered as American to us as apple pie and hot dogs. But only on a trip to Italy can a person really appreciate this magnificent country, home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Christopher Columbus.

When you are ready for that once in a lifetime experience of an Italian vacation, consider a private home rental for your source of lodging. Hotels can be nice, but staying in a private home rented for the occasion can give you a chance to see the real Italy. Explore the countryside, walk into the village and visit with the residents, and see what it feels like to actually go home, to a cabin or villa at the end of the day, living as the Italians do. Or, try a beach house if that suits you or an apartment if you prefer a more urban setting. Getting to know the local people by living among them for an extended stay of a few weeks will give you a chance to learn some of the language, or if you already speak Italian to brush up on your skills. It will also give you a chance to learn local history in a very unique way, from the people themselves. You will appreciate all of the similarities of Italian culture with your own, and learn to appreciate the differences as well. The Italians are a wonderful, friendly people with a rich culture and history. Taking the time to live among them, getting to know them as friends and neighbors, is truly an experience you will always remember.

Private homes for rent to vacationers in Italy can be found in various price ranges. If you are looking for luxury, there are villas available. If something more rustic suits your taste and budget, then smaller homes and even old farmhouses are available to appeal to all tastes. Just as an example, one property includes two bedrooms, queen size beds, kitchen, laundry area, bathroom, central eat and the satellite television, telephone and VCR that most Americans are used to having. Imagine though the coziness and comfort of coming back to the house after a day of sight seeing to sit by the fire place, drinking a glass of a local wine, having a light dinner of pasta, and enjoying the peace and quiet of your surroundings. Staying in a hotel in a major city will certainly show you the tourist hot spots, but staying in a private home will show you the real Italy.

Rent holiday home or vacation rental in Italy and enjoy your stay!

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The Best Wine in Restaurants Newcastle

In such a limited space, I can indicate only a few general guidelines which, if not followed, could spoil even the most delicious of meals.

1. Wines should be drunk in the following order: first the light, delicately flavoured whites, then the more aromatic whites, rosés and lastly the reds, starting with the lighter and proceeding to more full-bodied.

2. Heavier and sweeter wines should never be served with red meats and game but with desserts and even well-matured, strongly-flavoured cheeses.

3. Drink some natural mineral water after tasting a wine in order to better appreciate the next one.

4. An entire meal can be based around one particularly rare or special wine.

5. The most important wines, such as Brunello or some of the Chianti Classico Riserva, must be served chambré at room temperature (20-22 degrees C.) – and opened at least an hour before serving. Very old wines should be decanted slowly and gently into a carafe or decanter.

To help you recognise the main varieties of wine produced in Tuscany, I have written brief, but hopefully adequate, descriptions of each major wine. I have also indicated the foods they best compliment. Do remember however, that such advice is not meant to be definitive as it can only be based on the overall, general characteristics of each kind of wine. For example, a particularly full-bodied Vernaccia from San Gimignano (several vintages come to mind) might be quite delicious with some of the spicier, Tuscan cured hams.

Tyneside boasts many restaurants but there is only one La Riviera. In the 1960s, Morecambe & Wise, made three feature films for the Rank Organisation. By far the best was their spoof crime caper That Riviera Touch, in which hapless tourists Eric and Ernie tangle with jewel thieves in the south of France. Without wishing to give away the ending, the various sub-plots come together in a chase scene that still has me in fits of laughter.

All right, I admit I am supposed to be writing about Gateshead Quayside¹s La Riviera restaurant and not cult comedy classics but there is method in my madness. Apart from the word Riviera appearing in both titles there is a distinct connection between the nation¹s best loved comedy double act and the unique epicurean evening out offered by this extraordinary restaurant – that connection is fun.

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