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December 2019

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About to Embark on a Wine-Tasting Tour? Here Are 6 Key Things to Remember

People have been making and drinking wine for thousands of years, and there are more great wines to enjoy today than at any time in history. Signing up for a guided tour is the single best way to sample the wines that make a given region special and distinctive. Naturally enough, tour participants who prepare appropriately and keep a few ideas in mind will always have the best, most enjoyable experiences.

Wine Tours are more popular than ever before, with some especially prolific wine-making regions now featuring many. It should be possible for any fan of wine to enjoy a day jam-packed with vineyards to visit and varietals and vintages to sample.

Experienced wine tasters know, though, that technique and preparation make a difference. Six tips that help make wine tasting even more satisfying and rewarding are:

1.Grab your glass by the stem

 

There are a number of different types of glasses that are traditionally used to serve wine, and almost all of them have elongated stems. The reason for this is that a lengthy stem allows someone to hold the glass without warming up the bowl and the wine within it. While simply touching the bowl will not hurt, keeping it in contact with warm flesh for any length of time is always best avoided. Simply pinch your glass’s stem between your fingers and your wine will remain fresh and at its best.

2· Swirl before you sip

· Most bottles of wine will be allowed to “breathe” after they get uncorked and before they are served. Some wines even benefit from vigorous decanting that adds oxygen, in addition to the primary purpose of removing sediment. You can do your part by swirling your wine around a bit before drinking any of it. That will help the wine’s flavors and aromas open up and become more recognisable and approachable.

3· Bouquet is for the nose

· Much of the flavor of wine comes from the aromas produced by the many volatile compounds within it. While their combined effect can be appreciated when wine is in the mouth, it will be clearer and better defined before that moment arrives. Before even letting a single drop of wine touch your tongue, put your nose to the glass’s opening and inhale. Let that bouquet set the stage for the sips to follow and you will appreciate your wine even more.

4  You’re tasting, not drinking

· It is quite common to have the option to sample a dozen or more wines in the course of a single tour. While there is nothing wrong with imbibing wine when circumstances permit, be sure to pace yourself. In most cases, it will be best to arrange for the majority of the wine that enters your mouth to exit by some means other than ingestion.

5 Your palate can get tired

Even when you start the day sharp, your palate will eventually become numb to the flavors and textures of wine. Bits of food enjoyed at intervals can help keep your tongue from tiring out, but it will eventually give in. As such, it can be best to pass on certain wines in order to remain ready to appreciate others.

6  You’re an authority

Wine critics can be intimidating with their jargon and apparent sophistication. Your experiences with and opinions about wine, though, are just as valid as anyone else’s. Listen to what others have to say and take their thoughts into consideration, but remember that your feelings about the wines you taste ultimately matter the most.

Keeping tips like these in mind can help make a tour of wine country even more rewarding. It will always be best to strive to enjoy the experience however suits you best, too, because that is really what makes wine so precious.

Lifestyle

A 7 days Thailand Travel Guide for Couples Travelling from India!

When it comes to unwinding at the exotic locales of Southeast Asia, there can be few compared to the country of Thailand. Southeast Asia has always been an attraction for backpackers around the world, with Thailand being its most visited region. With its pristine beaches, dense jungles, rich culture and food, it has a lot to offer to travellers. And, the best part about a 7-day trip to Thailand – it does not burn a hole in your pocket!

Through this travel guide, we will tell you about what to see (or avoid), the cost of commodities, what to eat and where to stay, we will attempt at putting down everything to the last detail.

So, without any further hum and haw, let us get down to business!

First things first – did you get your visa?

Since Thailand is one of the most travelled-to destinations from India, acquiring a visa for your travels will be a cakewalk. There are two types of visa that you can avail if you are travelling to Thailand – visa before you travel or a visa on arrival.

Thousands of sky lanterns were released into the night sky during the festival of light celebration in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The visa on arrival facility is beneficial if you plan to stay in the country for not more than 15 days. It can be availed from various international airports in Thailand like the Phuket International Airport, Samui Airport, Don Muang Airport, etc. and will cost you 2,000 baht (Rs. 4,700 approximately). If you need more information about Thailand Visa, check this Visa guide about Thailand Visa for Indians.

Further, make sure you keep the following documents handy –

  • Passport.
  • Airline boarding pass.
  • Visa application form.
  • Photograph.
  • Arrival-departure card.
  • 20,000 baht (THB) or $500.

The visa before you travel is applicable only if you plan on staying for more than 30 days in the country, thus making it redundant in this case.

Know the currency exchange rate and set your budget!

Currently, the currency rate for 1 Thai baht = Rs. 2.35.

When we break down the estimated expenses for a trip to Thailand, you will find that travelling to the country is quite reasonable when it comes to expenses.

For instance, the airfare to Thailand can range from somewhere around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 17,000, depending on where you are travelling from.

Suitable accommodations in cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, good guesthouses can be found at a range between Rs. 700 to Rs. 1,200 per night. But if you are looking for hotels, it will cost you around Rs. 2,000 – Rs. 3,000 for each night.

Next, when it comes to food, street food in Thailand costs as less as 20 THB. You can easily have a filling meal if you spend about 30-50 THB. This will amount to Rs. 200 – Rs. 400.

So going by the current exchange rate, your daily expense in Thailand can be pegged at Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000.

Places you must absolutely visit in the country

  1. Visit the Grand Palace at Wat Pho – the 18th-century royal palace surrounded by numerous temples.
  2. Spend a day nestled with nature at the Khao Sok National Park.
  3. History buff? Do not forego a trip to the three ancient capitals of Thailand – Lopburi, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
  4. Unwind on the numerous tropical islands like Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Ko Jum, Ko Tao, etc. around the country.
  5. Go scuba diving at the Similan Islands.
  6. Take the boat to the Golden Triangle, marked by the confluence of the Rivers Mekong and Ruak.
  7. Shop at the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak or the Taling Chan Weekend Floating market.

Can’t finish a travel guide without talking about food, can we?

Following are a few cheap and delicious meals you must absolutely not miss –

  1. Pad thai.
  2. Pad krapow moo saap – a dish prepared with pork and fried basil.
  3. Larb – a delicacy prepared from minced meat.
  4. The famous Thai red curry or Gaeng Daeng.
  5. Khao Soi – a curry-based noodle soup.
  6. Mango sticky rice – one of the more popular snacks and dessert in the country.

Don’t forget to get your travel insurance!

While we understand your excitement about your trip to Thailand, you must not forget about one of the essentials of the trip – travel insurance.

From medical emergencies to lost baggage, ticket cancellations to a thousand other liabilities, these incidents can hamper even the most carefully chalked out travel plans. A travel insurance policy acts as a safeguard to reduce your financial liabilities under such circumstances.

It helps you to safeguard yourself financially against –

  1. Loss or theft of baggage.
  2. Emergency medical expenses including hospitalisation.
  3. Accidental treatment and evacuation.
  4. Travel scams.
  5. Loss of important belongings like phone, licenses, passport, bank cards, etc.

Further, they also help you avail emergency cash in case the need arises. You can choose to avail a basic travel insurance policy, which usually covers common mishaps during trips, or opt for the more comprehensive option according to your needs.

So, with this travel guide at your disposal, all that you need to do is make the bookings, pack your bags and take off!

Happy journey!