3 alternative European wine destinations 0 39568

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Taking the road less traveled can be unnerving but it leads to discovering the unknown and is rewarding in many ways. Looking at wine with the same philosophy can lead us to discover flavors, aromas, and even history and places that are little known to the masses. Visiting obscure wine regions give the benefits of regions with fewer tourists and more affordable travel and tasting costs. Plus the wineries are typically more welcoming and spend more time with their guests than those of more famous wine regions. For your next wine holiday, branch out and take a look at some of the below destinations.

Slovenia instead of Northern Italy

Travel east from northern Italy just across the border into Slovenia to find one of the most forgotten wine countries in Europe. Wine lovers travel all over Italy to visit famous regions such as Tuscany, Barolo, and even as far east as Friuli Venezia Giulia, completely overlooking the wine of Italy’s neighbor, Slovenia. Simply cross the border to enter into epic wine regions with distinct wines for half the price. The wine regions of Slovenia are concentrated along the border of Italy and west of the country along the border of Croatia and Hungary. Visiting Slovenia is a great opportunity to visit the world famous Hiša Franko restaurant which has a comprehensive wine list of the most intriguing Slovenian wines in the country.

Wineries to visit:

Pasji Rep – Pasji Rep is located in Vipava Valley where the contrast of the valley and mountains makes for stunning landscape and an ideal grape growing climate. Pasji Rep practices organic viticulture and makes exceptional wines with native grape varietals like Zelen.

website: http://www.pasji-rep.si/

Pasji Rep Wine
Source: Pasji Rep Wines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kabaj – Kabaj has helped bring international fame to Slovenian wines outside of the country. They specialize in traditional wines with skin contact, otherwise known as “orange wines” made in a very clean and elegant style. The winery is located right along the border of Italy in Brda, yet the region’s wines and terrain are completely distinct.

website: https://www.kabaj.si/en/

Kabaj Winery
Credit: Kabaj Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Samos instead of Santorini

If you’re looking to get away from heavy tourism and looking for an island a bit less discovered, travel to the charming and colorful island of Samos. This hilly island is full of breathtaking views, intimate beaches, and almost 1,400 hectares of vines in this 43 km (27 mi) long island. Closer to Turkey than mainland Greece, Samos has an impressive wine heritage possibly dating back as far as 1200 BC. Greek mythology claims that Dionysus taught the people of Samos about viticulture and winemaking as a thank you to the people for their help in defeating the Amazons. The island mostly cultivates muscat and makes mainly sweet wines.

Wineries to visit:

Nopera – Nopera is a pioneer in Samos as the first winery on the island that broke off from the tradition of selling to the island’s cooperative to produce and bottle their own wines. Nopera practices organic viticulture and makes exquisite dessert wines made traditionally by drying muscat grapes under the Greek sun to concentrate sugar and flavors.

website: http://noperawine.com/en/about

Nopera Winery
Credit: Nopera Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Jura instead of Burgundy

The famous wines of Burgundy hold an incredibly high reputation, drawing in visitors regularly to witness the hills of its Grand Cru vineyards and magical cellars. Meanwhile, just a 30-minute drive east from Burgundy, wines are being made from the same grape varietals plus a few unique native varietals which are more distinct, more interesting, and most affordable. This is the mountainous region of Jura. The Jura sits at the foothills of the alps with vineyards lining the rigid terrain. The breathtaking vineyards of Chateau Chalon can be looked at as the Grand Cru of the Jura, which makes wines entirely from the indigenous varietal of Savagnin. This wines are marked by their unique aging process and must be aged for over 6 years in barrel. In comparison to Burgundy, these wines are a steal for the price.

Wineries to visit:

Domaine Berthet-Bondet – Located in the charming village of Chateau Chalon, this father-daughter team makes world-class wines. Enjoy traditional Jura wines plus some wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at a quarter of the price of Burgundy.

website: http://berthet-bondet.com/

Domaine Berthet-Bondet
Credit: Domaine Berthet-Bondet

 

 

 

 

Domain Baud – Domaine Baud is located south of Chateau Chalon and holds vineyards throughout the region making wines of various sub-appellations. The winery is run by the 9th generation, a pair of 20 somethings making sophisticated wines with traditional techniques and working certified sustainable in order to respect the biodiversity of the land.

website: http://www.domainebaud.fr/

Domain Baud
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Practice self-sacrifice: Things we can learn from Lent 0 10796

Lent, to be perfectly clear is a Christian practice. Although, anyone is welcome to try the tradition in honor of sacrifice. Lent is a tradition that involves fasting for forty days and nights in preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter celebration.

I remember growing up in the Catholic church, my parents really took Lent seriously and they passed that will onto me. They would leave their ashes on for the entire day just to prove that they were serious about penance. Lent or Lenten-fasting is a Christian practice that involves depriving oneself of the things that are dear to him or her. It’s kind of a symbol to represent the kind of suffering that Christ endured in the wilderness. Although Lent is not for everyone, depriving oneself of some form of comfort is a good thing. Lent doesn’t just involve waiting for the sweets or food that Easter comes with; it requires depriving yourself of something that you are basically addicted to; something that takes some priority in your daily life; that is why it’s so symbolic.

Here are a few things that people typically deprives themselves of for a short while.

Focusing on your needs and not your wants

When I say this, I mean you should chin up and stop buying all the things that you want but don’t really need. Things like new phones and devices shouldn’t be your priority, not when you don’t really need them. This Lent you should try saving some extra money for a change, you might end up saving more money than you think. This little practice should span across everything you spend money on. For example, you can’t buy all the little things you set your sight on this Lenten fast.

Donating every day of the Lenten fast

Regardless of whether you are religious or not, giving should hold a special place in your life. We are blessed to be where we find ourselves today and should never forget those that aren’t as fortunate. This Lent, try to give as much as you can daily. It might be just a plate of soup or some old clothes, but it might be enough to put a smile on a person’s face.

 Gossiping

I know that most gossips don’t think they gossip. They just see their conversations as innocent gist sessions. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you are a gossip but a sure tell sign would be the feeling that what you are doing and saying might hurt someone. This Lent we should try to fight those habits that seem hurtful to others. After all, Lent is about repentance and penance, we should see the days of the lent fast as an intense confession and repentance session and try to break away from old destructive habits.

Limiting meal time to just three times a day

I think more than anything, Lent is about the tribulations that Jesus faced and overcame in the desert. So, its only appropriate that we too subject ourselves to similar conditions. Technically, limiting meal time to the standard three times a day doesn’t really compare to the kind of suffering that he endured in the wilderness, but I think that it’s a safe compromise. We should try to get closer to the savior this Easter by devoting more time to knowing him and curbing our eating habits. This meal limiting plan should cover just more than the conventional meal. It should also go in to cover other things like limiting your soda intake and junk food consumption.

Give up TV

This might seem impossible for some with unbelievable line-up of coming this spring. People easily forget that these great series will still be there a month after Easter. Television is inherently distracting. It’s practically impossible to stay focused on the Messiah when you are shacked up in front of the TV every night. This lent, you should try to disconnect from it all. Try minimizing your TV time and pick up something that is less distracting and more productive like prayer.

Pray this Lent

One of the major characteristics of a fast is constant prayer, this Lenten shouldn’t be any different. Try to devote some time to praying to him every day – it’s the most important part of the fast. You should put all that excess time from not watching TV to good use and try to really commune with him.

Here are a few things that we can change about ourselves this Lent that could help us improve our relationship. Lent, above everything else is about Jesus Christ. This little suggestion list allows us to effectively share in his experience and strengthen our relationship.

Getting your kids to read this summer 0 64751

Summer means different things for different people. For twenty-year-old’s, it’s the time to work and party; for parents, it’s the time to hold neighborhood events and start saving up, and for kids, it’s the time to kick back and finally have some fun. School’s out! 😃 It’s that one time of the year when they can go to the beach and hang out with all their friends without worrying about some project or homework. For them, the entire summer is all about having fun, and as a parent, it’s your sacred duty to balance fun with continuing education. You might even be able to replace “fun” with something more rewarding – like reading!

Knowledge attained outside the classroom tends to stick around longer

You don’t want to be the “uncool” parent that forces your kid to do something school-related during the summer, but you don’t really have that much of choice, here’s why. The lessons that really stick with you long after you finish school are the ones that you learned when you didn’t really have to.

The knowledge that is acquired without some form of ultimatum or consequence always leaves a lasting impression. It also introduces you to a new side of knowledge that is not purely scholarly.

Reading is right for you regardless of what it is that you decide to read – obviously you will have to control your kids’ intake in your spare time. Reading strengthens the mind, and continual learning increases the speed at which you assimilate and process information. Just imagine the kind of impact a fantastic reading speed could have on your kid educational future. You could be adequately preparing them for a future in academia.

Exposure

The reward of “ruining” their obsessively fun summer will be some exposure to other subjects and topics that are unfamiliar to them. Recreational reading could be very instrumental in building up their overall personality. Plus, proper exposure ensures that they have enough information to make smarter and more informed decisions at a tender age.

It can teach them to research and ask questions

Summer reading could form the basis of a voracious reading habit that could beautifully complement their curiosity. It’s not every kid that thinks about something strange that eventually go on to investigate, summer reading could introduce them to the concept of research.

How to get your kids to read during the summer

It’s easy to talk about getting your kids to read during the summer, getting them to do it another issue entirely.

Kids can be especially stubborn or pigheaded when you are trying to force them to do what they simply have no interest in. The only way to have them do what you want the right way is to either introduce a reward system or trick them that it’s all their idea. Local library’s often offer summer reading lists per age group.

Reward system

Are you having a hard time getting your kid to do anything you want? Wait patiently, there is always something they’ll want, and you can use that to get what you want – in this case, it’s a healthy reading habit.

When they come to you with a ridiculous demand, you can propose a fair trade that will engage their mind and keep it focused on a book that you’ll recommend. You can even choose to deliver the reward after the completion of several books, that way, you are getting the most out of your deal.

You can also choose to limit or restrict play time, and the completion of a certain number of pages could be the requirement they must fulfill before they are allowed to play again.

Making them think it’s their idea

In my experience, people are always more motivated to complete a project that they believe to be totally theirs. When it’s your plan, you just tend to pay more attention to it, it’s like you want to prove something to yourself and others around you. Adults think this way, and so do kids. They can be pretty devoted to completing a book they just accidentally stumbled upon or saw you flip through.

Sometimes you don’t have to be so obvious or aggressive, you could give a rousing speech about reading and hand them a book that you know that they’ll enjoy and leave the rest to them.

The summertime doesn’t have to all about vacations and parties, it could also be an opportunity for your kid to develop a reasonably analytical mind.

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