Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cunca Wulang - Epic Trek in Flores

Read related posts: Komodo National ParkExploring Flores & Komodo National Park.
Kristin and I set off early Christmas morning from Labuan Bajo. As we drove east towards Ruteng, the Christmas spirit was certainly in the air. The small two-lane road was mostly empty, but the several churches we passed were so full that some parishioners were forced to listen from outside. As we ascended into the cool mountain air, we finally reached a small sign marking the turnoff to our destination: Cunca Wulang.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Komodo National Park

Read related posts: Exploring Flores & Komodo National Park.
Komodo National Park is an Indonesian national treasure that rightfully earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, joining only seven other locations in the country.

Located in the Nusa Tenggara region, Komodo National Park sits almost directly in the middle of the expansive archipelago of Indonesia. The park itself encompasses a portion of Flores' west coast, Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and 26 other small islands. This entire region is of volcanic origin, formed by the subduction of the Australian continental plate beneath the Asian continental plate. With annual precipitation only reaching 1,000 mm (39 inches), the area's arid climate contrasts the majority of Indonesia; very fitting for a true land of contrasts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Exploring Flores & Komodo National Park

Visiting Komodo National Park has been on Kristin's and my wishlist for a long time. Needless to say, we were pretty excited when we arrived in Flores a few days before Christmas.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gerard Bertrand 2009 Saint Chinian

Gerard Bertrand is a prominent figure in southern France's wine industry. With over twenty years of experience as a wine grower and winemaker, Gerard owns and manages seven vineyards in the region of Languedoc-Rousillon. His sprawling winemaking estate, Chateau L'Hospitalet, encompasses 1,000 hectares and welcomes guests to stay amongst their vineyards and winery for a unique experience. Their extensive wine offerings are produced for specific markets worldwide.

This wine is a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre that is produced from the Saint Chinian AOC, located within Languedoc-Rousillon.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bali Back Roads - Off the Beaten Path

'Off the beaten path' is a pretty popular term with travelers that refers to visiting places not often frequented by foreigners. Bali's tourism industry is booming, with the number of visitors arriving increasing around 10% from year to year since 2011. In fact, the official population of Bali is only 30% more than the recorded number of foreign visitors! With all these tourists, it's getting harder to avoid the crowds but not impossible.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Witch Creek 2011 Valle de Guadalupe Sangiovese

Witch Creek Winery is one of San Diego's oldest commercial wineries. They started off in the quaint countryside town of Ramona in the early 1990's. Shortly after, they relocated their facility to the vibrant coastal city of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. Like most of San Diego's urban wineries, Witch Creek sources their fruit from various appellations around California (Fallbrook, Clarksburg, El Dorado Hills, and Paso Robles), and also south of the border from Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.

I have always been intrigued by the Valle de Guadalupe region and their wines, though I must sadly admit that I have never visited the wineries there despite being born and raised in San Diego (only needed to drive about an hour or so to get there!). I was immediately attracted to this Sangiovese offering when I saw it in the Witch Creek tasting room and it didn't disappoint.

Thursday, October 30, 2014