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Discover Courchevel’s Ski Jumping Pedigree

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 Desiree Michels (February 27, 2017)  There is one Alpine sport which even the most extreme skier would baulk at trying – the competition sport of ski jumping. But while this may be a sport for only the most daring, ski jumping in Courchevel has a long and proud tradition that is well worth exploring, even if you never plan to actually make the jump yourself. Ski jumping in Courchevel began back in the 1930s; by 1944 . (Travel)

Encounter the Snares Islands Penguin

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 Desiree Michels (February 23, 2017)  The Sub-Antarctic Snares group of islands lies around 200km south of mainland New Zealand's South Island. These remote islands are a designated marine sanctuary and about as far off the beaten track as you can get. But, surrounded by the nutrient-rich waters of the Southern Ocean and blessed with a moderate climate, they're a prime stop on the itinerary of bird holidays to Australia and . (Travel)

UK Bird Tours – Nature on the Doorstep

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 Desiree Michels (February 23, 2017)  For many nature lovers, bird tours to exotic “bucket-list" destinations like South America, Asia and Australia are high on the agenda; but for those who aren't able to venture quite so far, heading off on bird tours to discover the astounding avian life of the United Kingdom is certainly no second prize. According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), more than . (Travel)

The Resplendent Quetzal – A Bird to Remember

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 Desiree Michels (February 23, 2017)  South America is one of the most wildlife-rich continents on the planet; its incredibly diverse habitats support an abundance of plant and animal species, including more avian species than anywhere else in the world. Bird Tours to South America Specialised bird tours to any South American country provide an outstanding opportunity for amateur bird watchers, but for those who choose .. (Travel)

The Alps Come Alive With the Sound of Fête de la Musique

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 Desiree Michels (February 22, 2017)  Most people travel from Geneva to Chamonix for its renowned and world-famous slopes. Chamonix may be reputed as a brilliant skiing destination, but it is also a terrific place to explore in the summer. Not only are the stunning views, quirky boutiques and tasty restaurants still about, but Chamonix comes alive in the warmer months thanks to the brilliant Fête de la Musique .. (Travel)

Romance for Rent: Courchevel's Most Loved Up Accommodation

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 Desiree Michels (February 22, 2017)  With its elegant eateries, luxury boutiques and chocolate-box charm, the French resort of Courchevel is one of the most romantic ski resorts in the world. The perfect place to come for a special occasion or just to get away from it all with the one you love, this resort has everything you’ll need for a romantic ski break, including some of the Alps’ most dreamy .. (Travel)

Five Ways to Find Romance in Courchevel

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 Desiree Michels (February 22, 2017)  Courchevel is an elegant ski resort with beautiful chalet-style accommodation, great designer boutiques and elegant fine dining. It may not be cheap but it oozes romance from every snow-capped rooftop. Whether you decide to go all out and book helicopter rides for two and couples spa treatments at the exclusive five-star hotels or simply cuddle together next to your own roaring log .. (Travel)

Winter Sports Case Study: Choosing the Best Ski Case

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 Desiree Michels (February 20, 2017)  You’ve bought a set of premium skis, some fluorescent goggles, and a snazzy looking jacket – I bet you’re already thinking of touching down at your catered chalet and hitting the snowy peaks that you’ve been dreaming of. It’s quite easy to forget about one of the most important pieces of skiing equipment: the humble ski-case. Any serious skier can testify .. (Travel)

Toddler Taste Test: Top Family-Friendly Restaurants in Chamonix

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 Desiree Michels (February 15, 2017)  The beautiful French resort of Chamonix in the picturesque Haute-Savoie region is a wonderful place for a winter holiday with the little ones. I think that it is one of the most scenic areas in the entire world, plus it boasts fantastic skiing, plenty of culture and dozens of fun activities to keep the little ones happy. If you are anything like me, then food will be a very important .. (Travel)

Rock the Pistes in Morzine

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 Desiree Michels (February 15, 2017)  Spanning the mountainous range between two countries, complete with 286 ski slopes and 196 lifts, Portes du Soliel can easily be described as a skier’s paradise. The French and Swiss Alps play host to an amazing array of ski runs, snow parks, epic scenery and an equally epic après ski scene! For those who like to ‘party hearty’ after a day on the slopes, Morzine . (Travel)

Discover the Beauty of Lac Montriond, Morzine

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 Desiree Michels (February 15, 2017)  Lac Montriond is a year-round beauty spot just 15 minutes away from Morzine. After a short flight, and then an easy transfer from Geneva to Morzine, most travellers arrive fairly refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. Exploring Morzine and its surrounding beauty, is one of the most singularly pleasurable elements of this region. Lac Montriond is a unique experience that is .. (Travel)

The Most Idyllic African Island Escapes

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 Desiree Michels (February 13, 2017)  When envisaging a holiday in Africa the mind wonders towards busy metropoles, deep jungles and safari tours. Travel circles place such a high focus on the European and Caribbean, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are no “sunny beach holidays” in Africa! To rectify this injustice, I’ve listed some of the most unique and stunning island holidays in Africa that .. (Travel)

South America's Most Idyllic Beach Escapes

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 Desiree Michels (February 13, 2017)  Beauty spots of white sand, turquoise waters, and towering tropical palms. You really are spoilt for choice with the South American coast - whether it's the Atlantic, Pacific, or the Caribbean, you’ll be able to bask in the hot sun, cocktail in hand, and toes nestled in the golden sand. What makes South America stand out though is the characteristically friendly festivals which .. (Travel)

Discover Africa by Train: 4 Unforgettable Journeys

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 Desiree Michels (February 13, 2017)  There is a certain romanticism behind the train journey that makes it an exceedingly attractive way to travel and explore. For me, it’s the simple comfort of having a private suite, allowing me to spend time chatting and laughing with my loved ones, that makes it most worthwhile. Not having to worry about the logistics of travel, moreover, puts rail travel in a unique spot. It .. (Travel)

Michelin-Starred Dining, Sicilian Style

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 Desiree Michels (January 30, 2017)  I strongly believe that in order to truly understand the heart and soul of a region, you need to have an authentic dining experience. This is also a great opportunity to indulge in luxury on your vacation, so you should always look out for Michelin-starred restaurants where you will be able to enjoy tantalising dishes that use the freshest local ingredients and culinary techniques. .. (Travel)

Ruins and Relics: Discovering Sicily’s Ancient Past

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 Desiree Michels (January 30, 2017)  When discussing the classical temples, amphitheatres and forums from the legendary Greek Empire, the majority will believe that Athens is the best place to see these magnificent sites. Whilst there certainly are great classical treasures in this historic city, there are also many more gems waiting to be discovered in places around Europe where the Empire spread throughout the .. (Travel)

Onto the Slopes and Out of the Box

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 Desiree Michels (January 12, 2017)  After tackling, and then conquering, the ski slopes, many seasoned skiers eventually begin to yearn for more: more thrills, faster speeds and a stronger adrenaline rush. Although, it is possible to thoroughly research each and every ski resort for greater challenges, sometimes it’s the last minute ski deals that whisk you off to the unfamiliar that can surprise you with new and .. (Travel)

Amp up the Adrenaline – Next Level Skiing

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 Desiree Michels (January 12, 2017)  Skiing is a sport with endless opportunities. However, even the most devoted winter sports enthusiasts can sometimes feel that their skills have plateaued and that the thrill has become a bit stale. That is a perfect time to take advantage of the reduce prices associated with last minute ski holidays and jet off to the slopes. There, you can perfect some new techniques, sample the .. (Travel)

Make Sure You Get the Best Deal On Your Ski Rental

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 Desiree Michels (January 07, 2017)  Anyone who’s been on a ski holiday without their own equipment will have experienced the overcrowded, stress and hustle of a ski rental shop. A coach-load of you arrive, exhausted from your journey, and, before you even reach your catered chalet, you’re herded into a ski shop and from then on you’re on a convey-belt of boot fitting, ski selection and pole and helmet .. (Travel)

Go Pro, Go Snow Make Your Own Winter Sports Movie

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 Desiree Michels (January 07, 2017)  With the new generation of wearable video recording tech and new improved mountings you’ll never have to get home from a ski holiday and struggle to explain to your mates just how awesome it was - now you’ll be able to show them! Check out our guide to making the best on-piste ski movie so you can show off your last minute ski deals and make your mates green with envy. .. (Travel)

Ready, Set, Snow: Top Tips for a Hassle Free Family Ski Holiday

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 Desiree Michels (January 06, 2017)  You know you want to go skiing, you know you want to take the kids - but sometimes it can feel a little daunting, planning a ski holiday that will ensure that you get to enjoy yourself and that the kids will love it as much as you do. From making choices about which resort to choose from to whether you want to stay in a hotel or chalet, catered or self catered, there is a lot to .. (Travel)

Power Up, Powder Down: What to Expect From Heliskiing

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 Desiree Michels (January 06, 2017)  If you’ve always dreamed of skiing off the beaten track, through mountain landscapes in fresh white powder, then heliskiing could definitely be for you. While many people imagine that you need to be born on a ski slope to take part in heliskiing, or at least enjoy the kind of crazy, death-defying runs you see on YouTube, this is actually far from the truth. As long as you are a .. (Travel)

Discover What Makes Les Arcs Perfect For a Family Ski Holiday

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 Desiree Michels (January 06, 2017)  Les Arcs is an ideal resort for a family ski holiday with plenty of easy-to-intermediate runs, a great variety of catered chalets and lots to keep the kids entertained in the resort. Made up of four purpose-built resorts set across an expansive ski area, Les Arcs offers plenty of family friendly accommodation, mostly in the form of catered chalets. Because this is a purpose-built .. (Travel)

5 Hi-tech Ski Gadgets Your Mates Will Want

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 Desiree Michels (December 29, 2016)  So you’ve trawled through the last minute ski deals and bagged you and your mates a bargain, now with the extra cash you’ve saved why not splash out on some of the very latest high tech skiing gadgetry? Here are some of my top picks of skiing gadgets that are guaranteed to make your mates green with envy. 1. RideOn Goggles Turn every ski run into a high-octane video game .. (Travel)

Wise Up: Get Winter Sports Insurance

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 Desiree Michels (December 29, 2016)  As most skiing enthusiasts already know, winter sports offer a particularly unique thrill that can feel almost addictive. The rush of adrenaline brought on by swooping and swirling down a powder-fresh slope is simply like no other. However, with the unique ‘ups’ of the sport come some equally unique ‘downs’, which is where winter sports insurance comes in. .. (Travel)

Stress-Free Skiing with Toddlers

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 Desiree Michels (December 29, 2016)  Some parents may find the idea of taking their toddler on a skiing holiday simply horrifying. If you have ever had to dress a toddler for snowy conditions you may be familiar with all the techniques involved with the process, which can be likened to trying to stuff an angry octopus into a netted shopping bag. Needless to say, this ‘living hell’ for some parents can actually . (Travel)

Bargain Cruises for Canny Customers

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 Desiree Michels (December 22, 2016)  Historically, the idea of going on a cruise used to be reserved for the extremely wealthy and maybe-famous type of travellers. However, more and more bargain-holiday shoppers have become wise to the ways of travel companies and cruise operators. The most strategic planners are taking advantage of early-bird specials, last minute deals, or opting for ‘repositioning’ voyages .. (Travel)

Why Winter Sports Travel Insurance Matters

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 Desiree Michels (December 22, 2016)  Navigating the fine-print-filled world of travel and winter sports insurance is just about the last thing anyone wants to do when you are excitedly planning a skiing holiday. However, you will certainly agree that it was time well spent in the event that an accident or a travel problem hits. Winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, can be hazardous for beginners and experts .. (Travel)

A Cruise or an All-Inclusive Holiday

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 Desiree Michels (December 22, 2016)  Wouldn’t it be lovely if the most troubling decision you had to make in the near future was choosing between going on a cruise or an all-inclusive package holiday for your next trip? Indeed, such a hardship would certainly cause many a sleepless night! Joking aside, when dealing with a holiday with a significant price tag, making the final decision can be tough. All-inclusive .. (Travel)

The 3 Best Places to Travel Solo for Christmas

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2016)  Christmas is a lovely time of year. However if the dream, complete with visions of sugar plums dancing through your head, quickly turns to the reality of hordes of random relatives, whiny children and choking down dry fruitcake, then perhaps it is time to get out of town. Although you may be travelling solo, you will not be alone, as there are many like-minded people who flee the .. (Travel)

The World's Most Beautiful Rare Flowers

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2016)  Some of the world's most extraordinary flowers are, by their very nature, also the most elusive. While some are only found in hard to reach pockets of habitat, others are endangered species and others bloom so rarely the chance to see them comes around just once in a lifetime. Here are four of the most beautiful rare flowers that are native to different parts of the world. Ghost .. (Travel)

The Raptors – Nature's Birds of Prey

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 Desiree Michels (December 21, 2016)  Of all avians, the group known as the raptors, or birds of prey, is arguably the most impressive – in both their behaviours and physical appearance. For those lucky enough to see an eagle, hawk, falcon, osprey or even an owl in full flight on the hunt, it can be a thrilling experience. What Makes a Raptor? Birds of prey are carnivores and their name is derived from the Latin .. (Travel)

Renault Trucks – 100 Years of Production at Lyon

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 Desiree Michels (December 19, 2016)  Haulage companies have been using Renault trucks for decades, so they are no strangers to British roads. Today’s range of Renault trucks, the long-haul T series, the K and C construction truck series, the D and Master distribution trucks and vans are the latest in a long line of Renault trucks spreading back over 100 years. 100 Years of Truck Production 2016 marks the 100th .. (Travel)

Discover France’s Most Beautiful Villages on a Luxury River Cruise

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 Desiree Michels (December 19, 2016)  When you think about walking around quaint, sleepy French villages with their national heritage sites and leafy squares with petanque pitches, you might consider them the perfect location for holidays for the elderly. And while I wouldn’t disagree that those from older generations will enjoy the relaxing pace and gentle welcome you’ll receive, these villages have much that a . (Travel)

Celebrate an Anniversary by Chartering a River Cruise

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 Desiree Michels (December 19, 2016)  From landmark birthdays to special occasions and anniversaries, it can be difficult to plan something really special which will give you the opportunity to spend a good amount of quality time with the people you want to celebrate with. If you’ve been struggling to think of something to do to celebrate an important date that will include your friends or family and keep everyone .. (Travel)

3 Accessible Hotels in Toronto that Welcome Wheelchair Users

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 Desiree Michels (December 16, 2016)  Toronto is a great city to visit on a trip to Canada, with so much to see and do at any time of year. It is also a reassuringly inviting city for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues, thanks to its wide pavements and city-wide approach to accessibility. Many of Toronto’s main sights – including the CN Tower, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Harbourfront Centre . (Travel)

It’s Canada’s 150th Birthday! Celebrate on an Accessible Holiday

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 Desiree Michels (December 16, 2016)  Canada is a great country to visit, and a perfect destination for holidays for disabled travellers – its modern, forward-looking attitudes mean that equality of treatment and accessibility are part and parcel of its national character. But while a holiday in Canada is a great option for wheelchair users and those with other disabilities, this year is special: it’s the .. (Travel)

Adaptive Winter Sports Holidays for Disabled Skiers in Whistler

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 Desiree Michels (December 16, 2016)  Have you ever fancied becoming a downhill racer or slalom supremo but were unsure how difficult it might be organising high-octane ski holidays for disabled practitioners? Well, at the Whistler ski resort in Canada, it is not difficult at all. In fact Whistler, which was home to many of the events of the Winter Paralympics of 2010, has an Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program designed to .. (Travel)

Morzine or Méribel for Families?

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 Desiree Michels (December 15, 2016)  Choosing the perfect ski resort is a crucial decision, but also a difficult one when the French provide so many incredible choices. If it helps to narrow down your selection, why not look at Morzine and Méribel? These are both popular ski resorts that offer unforgettable skiing, distinct atmospheres and great après scenes. Both resorts have different perks, so let me give .. (Travel)

From London to Morzine: A Rail Adventure

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 Desiree Michels (December 15, 2016)  Your friends will love a live Snapchat story update of your train transfer from London to Geneva as you soak in the beautiful French countryside from your window. Flying from London to Geneva is quick and affordable but it’s time to try something new. You will not be disappointed when choosing this leisurely train journey to Geneva. It is a perfect opportunity to relax while being . (Travel)

The Only Dining Guide You’ll Need in Morzine

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 Desiree Michels (December 15, 2016)  Morzine is the home of good food and drink, a key element to an unforgettable holiday. With our mini guide, you will never find yourself wandering the streets wasting time searching for somewhere to eat. We’ve put together a handful of restaurants perfect for any occasion – date night, quick lunch or a casual après ski bite. L’Etale Beware of the huge puddings .. (Travel)

Birding Equipment: A Guide to Choosing Binoculars

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 Desiree Michels (December 14, 2016)  For bird watchers, the most important piece of birding equipment to invest in is a good quality pair of binoculars. While many species can, of course, be seen by the naked eye, using binoculars is the only way to achieve close up sightings and subsequent identification. It's important to note, however, that not all binoculars are created equal, and features that may be suitable for .. (Travel)

Meet the Hummingbird on Bird Holidays to South America

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 Desiree Michels (December 14, 2016)  Professionally organised bird holidays offer amateur bird watchers the opportunity to encounter a wide variety of species in a range of interesting destinations. Many participants on bird holidays are keen to see the endemic species, others are looking for rare ones, while others may be on the trail of a particular bird. For those travelling to South America, it is often any of the more . (Travel)

The Anatomy of a Bird

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 Desiree Michels (December 14, 2016)  Professional small group bird holidays make it easy for even novice bird watchers to enjoy a highly enriching wildlife experience. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable tour leader, dedicated bird holidays take participants to destinations that encompass a diverse range of habitats, allowing them access to a variety of avian species. While most of the skills are learnt out in the .. (Travel)

Snowshoeing in the beautiful snowscapes of Morzine

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2016)  Thrill-seeking is usually what motivates travellers to take their winter break in Morzine. The resort – which is only a short flight from London to Geneva, followed by an hour-long car ride through the scenic twist and turns of the Alps – is a firm favourite among skiing enthusiasts. The pretty towns and villages in the area cater to visitors all year round, offering a .. (Travel)

It’s Never Too Late for a Hotel Barge Cruise

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2016)  If you’re an older passenger who appreciates the finer things – whether you’re enjoying your retirement or just taking a few days away from work and family life – you may be interested in one of our themed hotel barge cruises. Whether you’re a lover of wine, whisky, opera, horticulture or something else, European Waterways offer a number of perfect holidays . (Travel)

All Aboard for an Anniversary Cruise

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 Desiree Michels (December 13, 2016)  So you’ve got a big anniversary coming up and it’s a great opportunity to bring the whole family together for a holiday. If you’re considering an anniversary getaway for all the family, you might find that a European river cruise aboard a luxurious hotel barge is just the ticket. Why a European River Cruise? A hotel barge is a fantastically relaxing way to experience .. (Travel)

A Wine Lover’s Dream Honeymoon: Barging in Burgundy

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 Desiree Michels (December 12, 2016)  What could be more romantic than a honeymoon cruise through the idyllic countryside of Burgundy, sampling the region’s famous vintages? If you’re a grape-fancying couple trying to choose between honeymoon cruises, we suggest one of our world-renowned tours of the Burgundy region. L’Art de Vivre This beauty started life as an English supply vessel, built in order to .. (Travel)

A Short History of Italian Wine

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 Desiree Michels (December 12, 2016)  Italian wine has a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts. Mostly famed for its reds, such as the legendary Amarone and the similarly famous Barolo, Italy’s winemakers have nonetheless brought a wide range of whites and other varieties, such as Vin Santo, to the table. Italian history has long been intertwined with the vine, and the country is frequently considered the .. (Travel)

French Wine Co-operatives Show Why it’s Better to Work Together

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 Desiree Michels (December 09, 2016)  More than half of the wine produced in France is the product of a wine co-operative or ‘cave coopératives’, and yet many wine lovers ignore this important part of the industry while taking a wine tour around the country. But to ignore this vital section of French wine production is to miss out on some excellent local wines, created by a coming together of .. (Travel)




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