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Jack Maxwell in Belize

Jack Maxwell in Belize

As Jack explores the many drinks Belize has to offer, he finds that the rugged Central American paradise has attracted people from all over the world. But no matter where you come from or why you’re there, Belize always welcomes you with a cocktail. During his journey across the beaches and through the jungles, to ancient Mayan ruins and back to the city to partake in Carnival, Jack tastes some of the wildest cocktails to date, including viper rum. It’s made when a live snake is stuffed into an empty bottle, which is then filled with rum and capped for a year until the snake meets its demise, leaving patrons with an odd but tasty snake-infused spirit.

While Belize may have tempted Jack with its bizarre drinks, chocolate wines and rum-filled seaweed smoothies, there is something much more intoxicating along the coast of Central America, luring people in with their pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters — the beaches. From amazing snorkeling just an hour off the coast of Dangriga to enjoying top-notch accommodations and cuisine on Placencia Peninsula — the country’s most popular sea and sand getaway — now is your chance to explore some of Belize’s best beaches.

Check out all of Jack’s Belizean adventures on an all-new episode of Booze Traveler tonight at 10|9c. And if you’re looking for a way to escape the cold, harsh reality of winter, don’t miss out on Travel Channel’s Beach Week, which will premiere brand-new episodes of paradise-themed programming, from SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015 to 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots.

Temecula Valley

Photography by Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

September is California Wine Month, and there’s no better time to plan a visit to one of the state’s 28 wine regions. Wineries will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.

With more than 4,000 wineries ranging from intimate, boutique wineries to larger, more recognizable brands, California is sure to provide visitors with one that appeals to them — and their taste buds.

There’s no doubt that Napa Valley is the state’s — and possibly the country’s — most recognized wine region. However, head to Southern California for a lesser-known area, where picturesque rolling hills and vineyards await. READ MORE

Photo by James Coletta

A DJ spins in the corner as neon lights reflect off hundreds of different wines. Young people dressed to the nines mingle in locations like the “Bubbly Bar” (which showcases 6 sparkling wines), a photo booth holding up signs like “I Spit” and “I Swallow,” and booths separated by regions pouring everything from Vinho Verde to shiraz; Sancerre to Carménère. If there’s one thing immediately apparent — this isn’t your average wine event.

The brainchild of Tyler Balliet, founder and president of Second Glass, Wine Riot’s mission is to make wine tasting as unpretentious and unintimidating as possible.

“I started Wine Riot because I was frustrated that there wasn’t a fun way to learn about wine,” Balliet says. “The books, the classes, and even other wine events were so academic and time-consuming. What about the people who just wanted a little bit of wine info? How do they learn?”

Unsurprisingly this relaxed attitude about a drink often associated with snobbery has been widely embraced by a younger demographic than one would normally see at a wine event. Now the event that started in the basement of a wine shop overtakes swank venues in cities like Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

While the red wine-stained teeth may hint that this is nothing more than a mere booze-fest, wine knowledge does floweth here. Every hour there are “Crash Courses” – 20-minute informative sit-downs with producers who talk about everything from Old World vs. New World wines, to South American wines and the way the terroir affects the grapes. While the crowd may become more boisterous as the night progresses, the dialogue remains on-point and all about the wine.

Popular with wineries that know that 21 to 35 year olds are the fastest growing consumers of wine, most of the tastings are of affordable, everyday drinking wines with labels that captivate the eye.

“The wine industry still operates in an older style,” Balliet says, “but we’re the generation that is going to push them forward, regardless of whether the industry comes along for the ride.”

Part of the push? The heavy implementation of social media and the utilization of apps. With the free Wine Riot app, guests can keep track of all the wines they tasted and mark the ones they especially loved — which makes buying a case of something that much easier … even if the night itself becomes a little hazy.

Don’t miss these upcoming Wine Riots:

Boston
When: Friday, Oct. 25| 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
Tickets: $60

Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov. 9 | 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
Tickets: $60

For tickets and information go to: www.secondglass.com/wineriot

 

– By Ashley Hardaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight on an all-new Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern travels to Northern California for wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma, and jelly bean sampling at Jelly Belly in Fairfield, CA (outside of San Francisco). Get a complete list of what Andrew gets into tonight in our Northern California Travel Guide, and go behind the scenes with Andrew in our Bizarre Foods America: Northern California slideshow.

Watch a Sneak Peek: Grape Picking in California

by Matthew Karsten,
ExpertVagabond.com

 

Delaire Vineyard in South Africa

When you think of great wine, does South Africa come to mind? I’m certainly no wine expert. But a recent visit to the winelands around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch outside of Cape Town gave me a renewed respect for this age-old alcoholic beverage. South Africa’s wine-making traditions are actually much older than those of Napa Valley in California. The fertile, rust-colored African soil has been producing delicious reds and whites for hundreds of years.

I decided to spend a whole afternoon tasting many varieties of South African wine at 2 different estates, both with surreal landscapes. Row upon row of vibrant green vines spread out in all directions, while majestic mountains off in the distance rose up to touch the sky. It’s hard to imagine a better wine-tasting setting than this! READ MORE

Port St. Charles Marina in Barbados

So, you've decided to take a break from all the schmoozing with celebrity chefs at the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, and you want to experience the best of Barbados. We have a few suggestions. Check out our slideshow of things to do while on the island and read our top 5 picks below.

1. Hit the beach. There are more than 70 miles of beach to explore in Barbados with no shortage of water sports. Snorkel with sea turtles, go jet-skiing or just drift in a small sail boat. The most pristine beaches are in the south, while surfers will find paradise in the east at Bathesheba.

2. Go to the Oistin’s Fish Fry. Everybody is there on Friday nights, so don’t be the only one to miss out on some of the best food the island has to offer. Stop by Pat’s for the fried or grilled flying fish platter for a mere $10. Have a Banks, the local beer, to wash it all down, then stroll around the open food and craft market and join in the dancing to reggae and soca beats. READ MORE

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