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    • The Hunter Valley is Australia's first wine region, and here, you'll fine both established wineries and upstarts. Rosemount is among the former, a great operation with long, deep Hunter Valley roots. Tower Estate belongs to the latter, a boutique operation with wines from all over Australia's best wine regions and accommodations that are among the best in the country. From the Hunter, we'll travel to Adelaide, the capitol of South Australia, and one of my favorite Australian cities. We'll hit the Universal Wine Bar, a happening place to be sure, and Red Ocre restaurant, where indigenous Australian products get their day in the sun. It's two sides of Australia, and they're both delicious.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      Tucked in the middle of the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos is the perfect island getaway. With miles of pristine beaches and azure blue waters, Turks & Caicos is a dream come true. And, when it comes to the cuisine, it doesn't disappoint. We'll check out the best the island has to offer, starting with a visit to the local fish market. We'll also visit the world's only conch farm, and anchor our stay at the world-class Ocean Club with top-notch amenities and mouth-watering cuisine.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      So you don't think of Canada when it comes to great cuisine? Well, you will after this program. The destination is Toronto-as dynamic, diverse, and delicious as nearly any city in North America. Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert will take you inside Ontario's capitol for a look at the chefs, markets, and culinary creations that make Toronto one of my favorite destinations.moreless
    • Just an hour north of Milan is Ticino, part of the Italian speaking portion of Switzerland. On the wine side, there is Merlot. On the food front, there is grotto cuisine. And, all around there is beauty, sophistication, and history.
    • The Real Mexico
      Episode 138
      1/1/06
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      A trip to authentic, old-time Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, where the Sierra Madre Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. We'll head out on the water to try our hand at sport fishing, sample the best of Puerto Vallarta's thriving restaurant scene, and hook up with some local favorites, "The Candy Man" and "Il Gran Taco!"Then, we'll head to Tequila town to witness the age-old tradition of harvesting the blue Agave and making into the magical spirit that is Don Eduardo Tequila!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      Located about three hours south of Santiago, the Valle du Maule is home to Chile's only wholly American owned winery-Calina. From the vision of Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Jackson, Calina crafts top-notch wines including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a Chilean specialty, Carmenere. In Santiago, visit the downtown produce market and the Mercado Central, the oldest market in the city-one that specializes in seafood.moreless
    • Lodi-you might come for the "old vine" Zinfandel, stay for the hospitality, and come back to savor it all again. The wines from Lodi are getting a serious reputation for being seriously good, and they don't get any better than Phillips. Specializing in Zinfandel and Rhone Valley varietals, Phillips is a small winery scoring big points. Elsewhere in Lodi, we'll stop by the brand new wine visitors center, grab some baked goods at a terrific local bakery that's making the scene nationally as well, and discovery the first A & W Root Beer restaurant, which was right in the heart of Lodi.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      The very best tequila comes from the state of Jalisco, and perhaps the best tequila producer in Jalisco is El Tesoro. That's our stop for this week's show-the traditional and excellent tequilas of El Tesoro. Learn of the pride and passion, time and effort, it takes to make authentic tequila. We'll start in the blue agave fields and end in one of Guadalajara's best restaurants for some tequila and food matching.moreless
    • Part of the French-speaking area of Switzerland, the Lake Geneva Region has it all: great food, great wine, and great scenery. Come out on Lake Geneva with a local fisherman, sample some of his daily catch at one of the area's finest hotels, and match the stupendous seafood with some equally excellent local wine. In the city of Geneva, visit a traditional butcher, a world-class chocolatier, and the city's most famous fondue restaurant.moreless
    • Swiss Cheese
      Episode 133
      1/1/06
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      Make no bones about it, Switzerland produces from the best, most authentic, and flavorful cheese in the world. This show is dedicated to three of the most famous cheeses and cheese regions: Appenzeller, Emmental, and Gruyere. We'll visit a mountain dairy and watch as Gruyere is made over and open fire in a labor of love, strength, and tradition. In Emmental, we'll ascend into caves holding the precious wheels of the aromatic and flavorful Swiss beauty. And, in the remote area that produces Appenzeller, we'll head to the dairy and sample the different ages of one of the world's great cheeses.moreless
    • St. Louis Surprises
      St. Louis Surprises
      Episode 132
      1/1/06
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      You might not think of St. Louis as a dining destination, but then, you might want to think again. From marvelous, authentic Italian food on "The Hill," the outstanding steaks and seafood served by a St. Louis sports legend just blocks from Busch Stadium, to the opulence of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its culinary program, St. Louis has it all. And, that's just the beginning. We'll also profile a market-restaurant combination that utilizes some of the best products around and showcases it with an award-winning wine list. We'll visit the Ameristar Casino, which has some of the most exciting food venues in the entire metropolitan area. And, we'll go upscale at Plaza Frontenac's Cardwell's on the Plaza-a seafood emporium.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      Sydney and Melbourne might get most of the press, but if you want to see where most of Australia's goodies come from you've got to come to South Australia. The capitol is Adelaide, an attractive city with one of the best produce markets I've ever visited. We'll take a little tour there-sampling the wares and meeting the personalities along the way. Then, outside the city, in the Adelaide Hills, it's strawberries at a local farm, organic produce at a local market, and a gourmet lunch set among the woods by a woman who does that kind of thing for a living. As I said when I left, "I could live here."moreless
    • It's Kendall-Jackson's annual Heirloom Tomato Festival where tomatoes and K-J wines take center stage. Later, we'll head to the town of Sonoma for more great food at three terrific Sonoma restaurants, and one luxurious boutique hotel.
    • There's no doubt Sonoma County is home to some of the finest wineries in California. St. Francis is one of those wineries. From small and humble beginnings, St. Francis has built a Sonoma empire. Known as the "house of big reds," St. Francis produces one of the country's finest Merlots along with outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and breathtaking Zinfandel. Throw in some pretty darned good Chardonnay, and you've got one impressive lineup. Speaking of impressive, how about the organic lineup of herbs, vegetables, and fruit at the Oak Hill Farm, or the soothing springs and outstanding cuisine of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa? All in all, it's a show not to be missed.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      With some 200 wineries calling it home, and diversity unmatched the world over, Sonoma County is indeed a special place. This program focuses on two of the county's wine producing areas and two outstanding wineries: The Sonoma Valley's St. Francis and The Russian River Valley's Ropdney Strong Vineyards. Meet the winemakers, visit the vineyards, taste the wines, and of course, pair the products with outstanding Sonoma cuisine. After this show, a visit to Sonoma can't be far away.moreless
    • Shanghai Surprise
      Episode 127
      1/1/06
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      Who could have predicted Shanghai's meteoric culinary rise? Not me certainly, but I'm more than happy to partake. Hundreds of millions have been spent on Shanghai's development, and it is clearly one of the jewels of the Far East. We'll dive into the culinary scene here from the markets to the dinner tables, showing you what makes Shanghai one of a kind.moreless
    • Seductive Sonoma
      Episode 126
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      Just an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies one of my favorite wine country destinations in the world-Sonoma County. As diverse as it is delicious, Sonoma is home to spectacular scenery, world-class wine, and culinary gems. We'll put it all together at the Sonoma Showcase of Wine and Food. Stretching out over several days and featuring a host of great food and wine events, The Sonoma Showcase of Wine and Food offers you an inside track to some of the county's finest. We'll see the auction and the gourmet gala attached to it, visit with some of Sonoma's most famous winemakers, and of course, taste some fruits of their labor-all in the beautiful environs of Sonoma County.moreless
    • You've seen them in the movie "Sideways," now taste them from the wineries-the great Pinot Noirs of in Santa Barbara County. Foley and Lincourt are two of the county's best producers. Later, the luxury, grandeur, and great cuisine of the Fairmont Hotel-San Francisco.
    • At St. Supery, they've got a French owner, an Australian winemaker, and some of the best Napa Valley grapes to work with. It might seem an odd combination, but not when you taste the wine. Starting with shockingly good Sauvignon Blanc and ending with some serious Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Supery is making waves in the California wine scene, and we're along for the ride. Downstate, outside of Fresno, we turn our attention to a seriously nutty subject, pistachios. Even wonder how these tasty little guys make it from the trees to your table? Well, wonder no more. We've got the inside scoop, including some awesome pistachio-based recipes.moreless
    • The J.W. Marriott, Phuket Resort and Spa, plus a shrimp and cockle farm, the local fishermen's village, floating seafood restaurants, and the Phuket Town market.
    • While most of the attention is focused on the wines of California, especially the wines of Napa and Sonoma, the wineries of the Pacific Northwest have been making some pretty good products themselves. Here, we'll stop by two wineries, Covey Run in Washington State's Columbia Valley and Oregon's King Estate outside Eugene. Covey Run is perhaps best known for its Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which we'll match to the cuisine of Walter Pisano at Seattle's Tullio restaurant. King Estate shines with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and its operation includes its own chef and some pretty serious cuisine. Two great wineries and a bunch of great wine-it adds up to a darned good show.moreless
    • Outaouais
      Episode 121
      1/1/06
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      Located in Southern Quebec and right across the river from Canada's capitol of Ottawa, Outaouais has somuch to offer. I'll showcase the four star cuisine of Le Baccara, take a ride on an authentic steam train offering gourmet dining, and go inside a restored mill that features its own great food.moreless
    • The markets, foods, and spices of Cochin, India, the pepper capitol of the world. We'll visit the Peooer Exchange where pepper futures are bought and sold, show you the ancient Chinese fishing nets that line the shores, and visit some incredible resorts and hotels. Back in the U.S., it's Kikkoman Soy Sauce-now made in Southern Wisconsin. We're explore the history, tradition, and passion that makes Kikkoman Soy Sauce among the finest in the world.moreless
    • Northern Ontario
      Episode 119
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      If you're a fan of the outdoors, or if you just want to see a beautiful part of the world, then this is the show for you. About two hours north of Toronto lies Huntsville-the gateway to some of Ontario's most beautiful land. Here, we'll explore the bounty of the land and water. Area resorts offer visitors some of the finest recreation and freshest cuisine to be found. They'll be plenty of both with fresh local fish, farm-raised game, and in general, a sense of the special nature of this special place.moreless
    • Put on your travelling shoes because we've got some ground to cover. From the fabulous Meadowood Resort in Napa, to St. Helena's Martini House Restaurant, to the microbrews and first brew pub in Mendocino County, and into San Francisco where we'll dine at some terrific restaurants and shop at the one of a kind Ferry Terminal Marketplace!moreless
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      Canada's newest province, having joined the nation in 1949, Newfoundland and Labrador might also be Canada's most unique province. Newfoundland and Labrador starts with the ocean and the bounty it provides. We'll get a stomach full of that as I visit Petty Harbor-home to the local fishing industry. I'll anchor my stay at the St. John's Fairmont hotel, which natives simple call "the hotel." I'll sample some great restaurants, visit a real ole' fashioned neighborhood grocery store, and taste some of the best ice cream I've ever had at Moo Moo's, a local tradition. It's a maritime adventure as only Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert can do it!moreless
    • Head to the blue agave fields outside the town of Tequila, and witness the age-old process for making one of the world's finest tequilas-Don Eduardo. After, head over the mountains to the resort town of Puerto Vallarta for a tour of two of its most impressive resorts, Dreams and the Presidente Intercontinental.moreless
    • We start this week's show at the Rutherford Hill winery in the Napa Valley. While most of Napa's wineries have focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Hill has turned its attention to another of the Bordeaux classics, Merlot. Getting the Merlot from some of Napa's best vineyards, Rutherford Hill makes some of Napa's tastiest Merlot. And, speaking of taste treats, how about some walnuts with your wine? We'll crack the shell on these California treats, showing you how their grown, harvested, processed, and of course, used in great recipes from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts. Like the title says, Merlot and walnuts, it's a great combination!moreless
    • Many people think California wine country ends with Napa and Sonoma, but boy, are they wrong. Come with us as we explore the wines of Mendicino County at the Fetzer and Bonterra wineries. Fetzer's one of the most familiar wine names in the U.S. and with good reason. We'll show you a side of Fetzer you might not have seen before. Bonterra, meantime, is an organic operation turning out wines of stunning complexity. Now, if you like a little coffee after you have your wine, no problem, we've got just the ticket-Peet's Coffee and Tea in the East Bay. And, while in the East Bay, why not stop by one of the hippest cheese shops, bakeries, and delis around? It's a cooperative and it's been that way from the beginning, how totally Berkeley!moreless
    • Maui On The Move
      Episode 113
      1/1/06
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      Have you checked out Maui's culinary scene lately? Well, here's your chance. From the annual culinary classic "Maui Chefs Present," we'll see the best of the finest chefs on the island creating some of Maui's most memorable cuisine. It's a night a wining and dining like no other. Just for good measure, we'll also climb half way up a volcano to visit an organic farm run by a group of restaurants and worked by the waiters, cooks, and bartenders of those restaurants. Lastly, we'll sample some of the best ice cream in the world produced exclusively on the island with real Maui flair.moreless
    • Nowhere in Scotland will you find more distinctive whiskeys than on Islay, and nowhere on Islay will you find a more distinctive whiskey than Laphraoig. Love it or hate it, there's no middle ground with Laphraoig; nor is there any compromise in its production. We'll take you through that production, step by step, and sample some of the magic elixir along the way. Then, it's onto the mainland and into the town of Aberfeldie where you will find the Dewar's Aberfeldie distillery, its magical World of Whiskey display, and some of the country's most authentic products from beef, to baked goods, to smoked cheese. I'm afraid a wee dram might not be enough for this show.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      No wine region in Chile holds as much history and importance as the Maipo Valley, and no winery in the Maipo is more impressive than Santa Rita. From its award-winning park, to its historic restaurant, to its fabulous wines, Santa Rita is one of Chile's finest wineries. You'll hear the Santa Rita story, which began with a prayer to a saint known for helping with difficult ventures. Watching is easy.moreless
    • Located between San Jose and Stockton, the Livermore Valley is often overlooked in the California wine scene, till you taste the wines, of course. Here, we'll visit to of the longtime wineries, Concannon and Wente. Later, travel to Napa Valley to check in with one of California's best producers, Beringer.
    • Kansas City
      Episode 109
      1/1/06
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      Sure, it's where I live so I'm a little biased, but you won't believe what a great restaurant town Kansas City is, or maybe you will after this show. Visit eight of the best Kansas City has to offer, from the Italian offerings of Lidia's, the classic steaks of The Hereford House, the elegance, style, and class of The American, and much much more.moreless
    • Kansas
      Episode 108
      1/1/06
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      Travel with me to a Bison farm, a terrific winery (yes, a terrific Kansas winery!), and ole' fashioned café, a bakery where Kansas wheat is turned into magical taste treats, and wash it all down with a microbrew from one of the best brew pubs in the country. It's Kansas as you've never imagined!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      If you've come to the Veneto, you've probably visited Venice and perhaps Verona. To be sure, those are great cities, but in the Veneto, you've just scratched the surface. We'll dig a little deeper starting with the wine. Bolla has been producing wine in the Veneto for more than 100 years, and truth be told, its wines have never been better. We'll learn about Soave, Valpolicella, Amarone, and pair them all up with culinary delights. Then, on Lake Garda, we'll take you inside one of the most spectacular Villas around, Villa Feltrinelli. Stay, play, and by all means dine, at one of Europe's best!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      From Northern Italy, we explore Grana Padano cheese, a cheese with a thousand-year history. We're learn how the monks created Grana Padano and see how it's being produced in much the same artisinal methods today. We'll also pair Grana Padano with classic dishes from the region. Then, we'll head to Campania and the world-famous Amalfi Coast where we'll hit the seafood market and team with a local chef for some outstanding regional cuisine before wrapping up with a trip to Naples for some authentic Neapolitan pizza.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      The Highlands are a special place in Scotland and in the world-home to great single malt scotch whiskey and some of the world's best seafood. You'll experience both-the single malt scotches of The Dalmore and spectacular seafood ranging from smoked salmon to lobster.
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      Cantonese cuisine is one of the old, most revered in the world. Here, we take you to its roots. The city is Guangzhou in southern China, the capitol of the Guangdong provence and the home of Cantonese cuisine. We'll visit the rice and herb market, tour a regional vegetable farm, get some help from an herbalist, and cruise down the Pearl River. We'll also learn how the largest Chinese Airline, China Southern Airlines, handles the hundreds of thousands of authentic Chinese meals it serves every year through a visit to its Guangzhou catering center. It's the real China as only Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert can bring it to you.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      I've wanted to go to Tokyo for years, and this year I finally got the chance. All I can say is "wow." A visit to the Tokyo Seafood Market, the world's largest, is worth the trip in and of itself. But, diving into the local cuisine is more than an added bonus. From seafood, to street food, to the accompanying beverages, Tokyo is teeming with culinary treats sure to excite all of the senses.moreless
    • Learn of the history and sample the wines of three great California wineries: Buena Vista, William Hill, and Atlas Peak.
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      Experience one of the truly special places in the U.S.-The Chef's Garden, purveyors of Micro Green, Micro Herbs, and Specialty Heirloom Vegetables for the world's top chefs. Come along as a group of top U.S. chefs gets up close and personal with the people and the products of The Chef's Garden.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      At first glance, Charleston, with its historic homes and old-world feel, doesn't seem to be a place where you'd find exciting, cutting-edge cuisine. But, that first impression is definitely wrong. Utilizing top rate raw products from the land and sea, Charleston's top chefs are redefining Carolina Low Country cooking. We'll going inside some of the top kitchens in Charleston to explore their cuisine from haute to down home.moreless
    • The wines of Domaine Laroche, one of the finest producers of Chablis, and two Champagne and cuisine pairings in two excellent Chicago restaurants.
    • We start in Sonoma County with the wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards-a force in Sonoma for a quarter century. For Rodney Strong, it all starts with the vineyards, some of the best in the county and the state.We'll visit the vineyards, sample the wines, and match them to excellent Sonoma County cooking.After, we'll hit the road for a visit to some truly great hotels including: The Pierre in New York City, the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky, and the J.W. Marriot, Phuket Resort and Spa.moreless
    • You can't say enough about the picture perfect conditions for growing grapes and making wine in Napa, now can you adequately describe the beauty and culinary excellence found in Monterey. But, we can give you a healthy dose of both. We'll start in the vineyards with Napa's Villa Mount Eden, known for full-bodied yet extremely well-balanced wines. In Monterey, we'll stop mby one of my favorite restaurants, Stoke's Adobe, tour an exceptional organic garden, and anchor our stay at the exquisite Bernardus Lodge. It's a slice of California you won't want to miss.moreless
    • California Gold
      Episode 96
      1/1/06
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      We've had them as a kid, and probably feed them to our kids now, but have you ever seen what goes into producing a raisin? You will now. From the fields to the table, we'll take you inside one of California's most famous agricultural products. They start as grapes on the vines, then end up drying in the field, before being processed and sent around the world. In the home kitchen of a raisin growers' wife, we'll make fritters and cinnamon raisin rolls. Then, at Echo, one of the best restaurants in Central California, it's quail with a raisin stuffing. We'll even have an appearance from one of the famous Dancing Raisins. What can be better than that!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      You'll anchor your visit to Bankok at the phenominal J.W. Marriott, Bankok, and begin with an exploration of its many fine restaurants. Nowhere near full, you'll next cruise down to one of Thailand's floating markets, check out an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the city, and tour Chinatown at night-bursting with activity and loaded with flavor.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      Travel to Bermuda and unlock the secrets of the magnificent island. We'll take you inside the food, show you the accommodations, and, of course, capture the beaches that make Bermuda one of a kind.
    • Beaujolais
      Episode 93
      1/1/06
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      Come inside this wonderful region in the south of Burgundy and learn of the people, history, wines, and cuisine of Beaujolais. I'll show you the harvest, sample some of the wines, and of course, pair them up with great local food.
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      In the far southern end of the Caribbean, you'll find one of the more diverse and delicious islands around. Barbados, once a British Colony, maintains a British feel on parts of the island. For example, we'll do High Tea at a lovely historic house in the middle of the island. Elsewhere, we'll hit Barbados' version of the Friday Night Fish Fry, stop in at a rum shop, tour the Island's historic Mount Gay Rum plant, and visit some of the best restaurants, casual and gourmet, on Barbados.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      We saw a whole lot of Sydney during the Olympics not too long ago, but what we haven't seen is how this incredible city's culinary scene has continued to explode. From the Sydney Seafood Market and its plethora of world-class seafood, to a local gourmet shop packed with goodies and loaded with personality, to one of the finest restaurants in the entire country, Sydney is not to be missed. As a bonus, we'll then head to the Hunter Valley wine region north of Sydney for a little Hunter Valley wine history and unforgettable Hunter Valley cuisine.moreless
    • Where do you suppose the oldest plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne, two grapes from France's Rhone Valley, can be found? If you said Australia, you're right, and if you said at Chateau Tahbilk in the Nagambie Lakes region outside of Melbourne, well, then you should be hosting this show. Chateau Tahbilk is loaded with history and awesome wine and we'll sample both. It's neighbor, McPherson, is part of the new wave of Australian wine hitting our shores, chocked full of fruit and loaded with charm. Finally, there's Owen's Estate, the home of long-time Australian winemaking guru Geoff Merrill. The only thing bigger than Geoff's mustache is his reserve Shiraz. You'll get a chance to see both in action in this show featuring terrific Aussie wine.moreless
    • Come along on a romantic and delicious journey on the American Orient Express as we wind our way from Portland to Sacramento.
    • travel to Chile's first wine region, the historic Maipo Valley, and learn why some of the most famous wineries in the country are banding together to create a new wine producing appellation.
    • There is only one Champagne, and although the world has many sparkling wines, the finest will always come from Champagne. Visit the historic houses of Champagne Mumm and Champagne Perrier-Jouet.
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      Australian wine, Australian food, and Australian hospitality-what could beat that?
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      Come into the foothills of the Andres for a journey into one of the hottest winemaking regions the world over. We'll venture into the vineyards, the cellars, and the culture that makes Mendoza, Argentina one of my favorite places on earth! Winery visits include Psacal Toso, which will serve up a sumptuous feast, Bedegas Norton, where a foreign vision has deep roots, and Catena, where the search for quality has led them to new regions and heights.moreless
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      Back in Chile, my travels continue in Colchagua with visits to the always impressive Montes winery, which continues to improve and impress, and Estampa, an up and comer with an emphasis on blending. In the neighboring Cachapoal Valley, I'll tap into the history of Vina Larosa, which has been growing grapes in Cachapaol for more than a century.moreless
    • At Dona Paula, we'll see why growing grapes in the Argentina's Mendoza region can be a risky proposition. At San Telmo, we'll participate in an authentic Argentinian barbecue. And, at Veramonte, we'll learn why Chile's Casablanca Valley produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay around.
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      Mendoza, Argentina is the setting for this program, which will cover two very different wineries with two very different stories. Both are family operations. One, Familia Zuccardi, has been around for generations. Another, O.Fournier, is a new venture launched by a Spaniard looking for make the best wines in his native Spain, in Chile, and in Mendoza. There are gourmet restaurants, world-class artwork, and, of course, many beautiful wines to be sipped and savored.moreless
    • Crystal Clear
      Episode 80
      1/1/06
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      The tag line is "where imaginations run free," but I didn't imagine the great food, scenery, and people along North Carolina's Crystal Coast. I experienced it all first-hand.From the bounty of the Atlantic, to the people who make a living on the water, to the restaurants that put it all on the table, this is one destination, and one show, you won't want to miss!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      No doubt, Puerto Vallarta is one of my favorite Mexican cities. Situated at the heart of Bandaras Bay, Puerto Vallarta has the allure and charm of an old Mexican puebla and the amenities of a modern Mexican resort. Oh, and did I mention the cuisine? It's excellent. I'll highlight that cuisine during Vallarta's annual gourmet festival in visits to several restaurants and two resorts. After, don't be surprised if you hanker for Puerto Vallarta too.moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      Concha y Toro is the largest Chilean winery, and the most well-known. But, on this show, I'll tell you a story not many folks have heard, the story of the devil's cellar-Casillero del Diablo. Beyond the story, there are the wines, some of the best values from Chile or anywhere. Then, it's onto the Colchagua Valley and the biodynamic offerings of Emiliana. Hear, and see, the biodynamic story, and learn why Emiliana believes this is the only way grapes should be grown and wines made!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      I never tire of visiting Ontario, and this year, I've got a great new reason-Ice Wine!I'll introduce you to this elusive beverage, which is made in Ontario with increasing success. The backdrop is the annual Ice Wine Festival, which will feature dinners and tastings. I'll go beyond that and head into the vineyards where they harvest the precious crop in frigid nighttime temperatures! It's liquid gold, and Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert will be there to bring it to you.moreless
    • Chicago Gourmet
      Episode 76
      1/1/06
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      It's my hometown, so I'm not going to even try to be objective. Chicago is one of the truly great food cities of the world. Here, I'll return to my old stomping grounds for something old-Café Ba Ba Reeba and Bin 36, something new-Graham Elliot Restaurant and, The Witt Hotel, and something out of this world-Chicago's own gourmet festival. It's Chicago Gourmet, and trust me, it will leave your mouth watering.moreless
    • The Best of Banff
      Episode 75
      1/1/06
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      It's one of the most beautiful places on earth, high up in the Canadian Rockies, but did you know Banff is also home to some mouthwatering cuisine? Of course, it helped that I visited during the Festival of Food and Wine hosted by the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. But, even beyond the festival and the hotel, Banff is a collection of some amazing eateries. Don't worry, I'll do the dining homework for you!moreless
    • 1/1/06
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      I always knew Montreal had great food, but I didn't know how good till I finally got there this summer. Wow! Upscale eateries, bagel legends, poutine palaces, and one of the best markets in North America makes Montreal one of the most interesting and delicious destinations in Canada, North America, or anywhere in the world!moreless
    • One of the great things about a trip to Napa or Sonoma is all of the great places to stay and play. Of course, the wines are great, and we'll sample those too at Sonoma standout Benziger, but we've also got a couple of terrific resorts for you to check out. In Napa, it's the Silverado Resort-a haven for golfers and diners alike. On the Sonoma side is the classic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. Whether you're just in for a visit, in search of some spa pampering, or on the prowl for a world-class meal, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa has it all. And, should you choose to venture out in search of sustenance, and I encourage you to do so, one of your best choices in the Wolf House-a relatively new venture offering really excellent cuisine just up the road from the Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa in the tiny town of Glen Ellen. If you love to wine, dine, and recline, this is the program for you!moreless
    • Down on the Farm
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      Visit some great Kansas City restaurants, including authentic Italian, real Chicago deep dish pizza, and unbelievable barbecue. Then, head to Southern Missouri for a trip to the farm-the Newman Farm, a place where they do things the right way, for the animals and for the environment.
    • Magical Mendoza
      Episode 71
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      Witness the magic of three incredible Mendoza wineries, and learn what makes this part of the world so special when it comes to grape growing and winemaking. With Terrazas de los Andes, Kaiken, and Trivento, you'll find some of the best wines this region produces. Throw in a little tango in the wine cellar and a traditional Argentine barbecue, and you've got yourself the Mendoza experience.moreless
    • High on Jasper
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      Nestled in the heart of the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper, Alberta has been voted a top world destination. I can see why. Jasper features stunning scenery, pristine wilderness, and some wonderfully creative chefs who make every meal a dining experience! From Christmas in October at the Fairmont Jaspar Park Lodge, to the Jaspar Brewing Company, to the largest wine selection west of Edmonton, Jaspar is a city full of surprises and delights.moreless
    • Not much, in my opinion, beats a visit to The Napa Valley. This trip focuses on some terrific accommodations at the incomparable Auberge du Soleil, the lovely Solange Calistoga, and the unforgettable Carneros Inn. I'll focus on the cuisine at each, and let you choose the experience you'd like. Wining and dining in Napa Valley, what's better than that?moreless
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      It's Baltimore like you've never imagined-diverse, delicious, and amazing accessible. From a one-of-a-kind shrimp farm outside the city, to one of the main restaurants that features its incredible products, to a local micro-brewery turning out some sumptuous suds, and much more, this culinary trip will leave you licking your lips and making your travels plans.moreless
    • Maipo Valley is the heart of the Chilean wine industry. It's where things got started, and these days, several centuries later, it's still going strong. On this show, I'll introduce you to three outstanding Maipo wineries: Santa Ema, Undurraga, and Haras de Pirque. Here, you'll find history, innovation, and, of course, outstanding wine!moreless
    • You don't have to worry about saying it. All you have to do is experience it. Home to resort capitols like Saint Moritz and Davos, Graubunden is a winter paradise. But, what happens in the summer? Come along and find out as we showcase some traditional Swiss sweets, an outdoor fondue celebration, and the self-proclaimed "last beer stop before heaven."moreless
    • Sample some of the finest tequila on the planet-El Tesoro, then tour the produce market in Guadalajara, before visiting one of my favorite hotels-the Marriott Casa Magna Resort in Puerto Vallarta
    • There are no destinations I enjoy more anywhere in the world than Napa and Sonoma. This year, I'll hit both sides of the Mayacaymus Mountains with winery stops at Peju and Judd's Hill on the Napa side, and Ledson and others on the Sonoma side. Learn the history, meet the personalities, and of course, sample the product-you won't be disappointed!moreless
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      People conjure up all sorts of images when it comes to Australia: the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, Melbourne's exciting Australian Open tennis tournament, that strange beast that is Australian rules football. But, for me, when I think about Australia, I think about wine-great wine. That's what this show is all about-fantastic wine. Our hosts are the McWilliam's family as we visit two of their estates-Lovedale in the heart of the historic Hunter Valley north of Sydney, and Lillydale in the Yarra Valley outside Melbourne. From Semillion to Shiraz, and everything in between, learn what makes these regions, and these wines, so wonderful!moreless
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      I've only been to Japan once, and then, only Tokyo, and only for a few days. This trip was different. I got out of the city and into the Ehime prefecture, the least populated of this densely populated country. In Ehime, the emphasis was on seafood-in particular, farm-raised yellowtail. I'll head to the market, the yellowtail farm, and the processing plant. Along the way, we'll get some advice on how to prepare and best appreciate yellowtail from both sides of the Pacific. It promises to be delicious.moreless
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      Owners of some of the most spectacular vineyards in the world, La Palma is making its mark in the United States. Tour the vineyards, sample the wines, and match them to the exciting cuisine of Santiago's Aqua restaurant.
    • Come into the vineyards for the harvest in The Veneto, one of Italy's great wine producing regions at one of the region's great wineries, Bertani. Then, head to Chianti Classico in the heart of Tuscany for the vineyards and wines of Rocca della Macie.
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      Quebec City celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2008, and Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert was there to soak it all in and bring it back to you. Culinary delights abound in the upper and lower parts of the city with outstanding restaurants, great local and regional products, and a bevy of talented chefs. Count on Culinary Travels to whet your appetite for all things Quebec!moreless
    • Visit four wineries across North and South America. Montes and Los Vascos turn out memorable wines from Chile's remarkable Colghagua Valley, and Fetzer and Bonterra are two of Mendocino County's leading wineries. Different settings, different stories, classic wines!
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      They like to say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but not on this trip. Nope. I'm putting it on all high definition videotape and bringing it back to you. On this show, I'll go behind the scenes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, two of the most renowned casinos/hotels/resorts on The Strip. Find out what it takes to operate 30-restaurants, room service, private functions, and more! After, visit some of the finest restaurants these establishments have to offer, and learn what makes them so good. Top it off with one very special wine bar and this is one trip to Vegas where you can't possibly lose.moreless
    • Journey to the Bio Bio Valley-the southernmost edge of Chile's wine producing region, for a visit to Canata-one of Chile's up and coming wineries. After, tour Santiago's main produce and seafood market, and see how the locals shop and what they eat.
    • The product is American lamb, and the setting couldn't be more beautiful-a mountain pasture high up in the Rockies. Later, hitch a ride on the Blue Tooth Tour, a special train trip promoting Petite Syrah, one of the most unique grapes on the planet.
    • Mendocino County's Anderson Valley might just be the best place in American for sparkling wine. Don't believe me. Just try some of the offerings from Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger. Then, from the heart of the Sonoma Valley, experience the "house of big reds," St. Francis.
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      I didn't know much about sake before this trip, but I can't say that anymore. Although only using three ingredients: water, rice, and yeast, sake is extremely complex. Come along on this show as I introduce you to some of the people responsible for crafting this time honored beverage. You'll meet a rice farmer, a sake brewmaster, and two owners of sake companies. All will share their passion for sake, which will put to the test with a variety of cuisine.moreless
    • The Dazzling Duoro
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      Portugal's Duoro Valley is perhaps the most striking wine region in the world. The slopes of the vineyards are unmatched. In fact, it's hard to imagine how they were ever first planted. But, how lucky we are that they were because it's from those vineyards that we derive perhaps the finest dessert wine in the world-port. As concentrated and long-lived as any wine produced, port has many styles and expressions. We'll visit the bodegas in the Duoro Valley and the huge cellars in the coastal city of Oporto. We'll also show you how wonderful port can be with a wide range of cuisine. Don't miss it as we dive into the Duoro.moreless
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      I've wanted to go to this part of Spain forever, and this year, I finally got my chance. In the very south of Spain, just a ferry ride from Africa, comes a product known the world over-Sherry! A fortified wine produced in a myriad of styles, Sherry, real Sherry, can only come from Jerez. We'll explore the history and tradition of this remarkable beverage, visit the bodegas, both large and small, and sip and savor some of the finest sherries around.moreless
    • Great cuisine and great accommodations don't always run hand in hand, but they sure do on this show. You'd better be pretty good at both if you're in the heart of wine country, which is where you'll find the Hotel Healdsburg and the Carneros Inn. The Hotel Healdsburg is where celebrity chef Charlie Palmer has set up shop. We'll visit with him as he crafts some memorable dishes. It's no less serious cuisine at the Carneros Inn with three restaurants from which to chose. Then, head down to Mexico, just south of Cancun, for one of the most relaxing and tasty stays you will find at the Azul Beach Hotel and Resort.moreless
    • Magnificent Mexico
      Episode 49
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      There's little I enjoy more than a trip south of the border. And, what better destination in Mexico than Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila? Partida tequila is one of my favorites. Here, we'll watch the agave harvest, witness the tequila making process, and of course, taste some of the best expressions around. Later, we'll head over the mountains to Puerto Vallarta and a stay at the Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa. Learn what this boutique property has to offer with regards to location, accommodations, and, of course, great cuisine!moreless
    • Napa Revisited
      Episode 48
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      These are new stops for me in Napa, but then, with some 400-labels now calling the Napa Valley home, there's always something new. At Signorello, it's all about estate wines and allowing the grapes to best express their terroir. At Domaine Chandon, the theme is sparkling wines and stupendous cuisine to go with them. And, at Don Sebastiani & Sons, the motivation is providing the consumer the best value around in an entertaining and innovative package. Three very different producers with three very interesting stories.moreless
    • Climb aboard a 19th century schooner and spend five days sailing Maine's coast on a gourmet food and wine adventure. That's what you'll get on this episode, and what could be wrong with that? Highlights include a lobster boil on the beach, nightly wine tastings featuring different countries, and gourmet cuisine crafted in the belly of the boat in a space so tiny you'll be amazed. Add in some unbelievable scenery and picture perfect weather and you've got the makings of something special.moreless
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      You don't have to go to San Francisco or New York to find authentic, homegrown restaurants producing outstanding cuisine. If you've never been, Austin is a hidden gem-attractive, diverse, and delicious! I'll shine the spotlight on everything from barbecue to Italian, Chinese to international, and everything in between. We'll also hook up with Damian Mandola of Carrabba's fame for a visit to his unbelievable Italian market, and we'll visit the Chinatown Center, which is bringing a whole lot of China to a little slice of Austin. I think you'll find that dining is delicious deep in the heart of Texas.moreless
    • Come along to Northern Italy and explore two of the region's most prized possessions: Speck Alto-Adige and Asiago. Speck Alto-Adige, a cured ham produced only in the Alto-Adige region of Italy, dates back thousands of years. From the family farmhouse to the modern factory, you'll see how Speck Alto-Adige is made and consumed, and learn of its enduring role in the history and culture of the region. Not far away, in the pre-Alps, we'll visit the home of another Italian classic-Asiago cheese. Learn how this cheese was created centuries ago, and how quality cheesemakers continue the tradition today.moreless
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      I've wanted to travel to South Africa for as long as I can remember. I've known for a long time how good their wines were, and in recent tastings, I've seen them get even better. But, this trip wasn't about wine-it was about a discovery-the discovery of a magical elixir called Amarula Cream Liquor. Created from the indigenous Marula fruit, and harvested by native tribesmen, Amarula Cream Liquor is like no other spirit I've ever tasted. See the elephants who eat the Marula and spread the seeds, meet the natives who gather and sell the precious fruit, and see the process that turns the fruit into something I can only describe as "otherworldly." From the sophistication of Capetown to the unforgettable experience of a real African safari, this show has a little something for everyone.moreless
    • Sonoma County and The Napa Valley-are there any two areas more synonymous with American wine?And, if you love Californian wine, then you can't miss this program. We'll start in Sonoma at one of the county's most prominent wine estates-Gallo Family Estate. Led by brother and sister team, Matt and Gina Gallo, Gallo Family Estates launched the Gallo family into the fine winemaking business. These days, the terroir-driven wines from Gallo's Frei Ranch have never been better! On the Napa side, my attention turns to the wines of Louis Martini-a venerable estate turning out stunning world-class wines. Led by longtime winemaker Mike Martini, the wines of Louis Martini cover both Napa and Sonoma, and they do so beautifully. Come inside the making of some of the best wines in Northern California, and in fact, all of the world!moreless
    • Tuscan Travels
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      I can't think of many places I enjoy visiting more than Tuscany. With incredible wines, fantastic cuisine, and a history so rich you can cut it with a knife, Tuscany is the perfect place for a show like mine. Come along as I explore the great Tuscan wines of DaVinci. Produced by a collection of growers featuring their finest vineyards and grapes, DaVinci's wines are efforts with real Tuscan soul. I'll pair them with cuisine, show you where they come from and how they're made, and of course, do my share of tasting. Whether you've been to Tuscany or not, this show will make you feel as though you have.moreless
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      The setting is the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in the great city of Toronto, and our theme is local, sustainable, and delicious. From the best cheese, meat, apples, and vegetables you will find to the restaurants that put the products on their diner's plates, this show will give you a whole new perspective on going green, touring green, and eating green. In fact, green never tasted so good!moreless
    • It's been awhile since I've been back to the Pacific Northwest, and after this trip I was wondering what the heck took me so long. Beautiful and delicious, this is a great part of the country. In Oregon, I had the good fortune of sampling the wines of King Estate, some of the finest in the state. From Pinot Noir to Pinot Gris, the wines of King Estate are true expressions of terroir. Up in Washington State, my focus turns to pears. The best pears in the world come from this part of the country, and I'll take you inside the harvest, and give you some ideas for creating culinary classics with these Northwest beauties. Pinot and Pears-quite the combination!moreless
    • The wines of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy are among my favorites in the world. On this show, I get the honor of introducing viewers to two great producers: Gancia and Batasiolo. At Gancia, the focus is on Asti Spumante. This is my first visit to an Asti producer, so it will be fascinating to taste the grapes, and witness the process, responsible for making this sparkling Italian treat. At Batasiolo, the grape is Nebiolo, and the wines the classic Barolo's and Barbaresco's. Smooth like velvet, rich like chocolate, these are some of the greatest wines of Italy and the world! Start with an Asti Spumante and finish with a Barolo? There's nothing wrong with that.moreless
    • So, what does the manager of The Doobie Brothers do for a hobby? Well, how about starting a winery? That's what Bruce Cohn did, and these days, the offerings of B.R. Cohn winery are some of Sonoma's finest. If you love Zinfandel, then you're already a fan of Ravenswood. If not, you've got to check out this eclectic producer. Over in Napa, meantime, I'll introduce you to wines like Petite Syrah and Viognier from Stags' Leap Wine Cellars. I'll also visit The Carneros Inn in the southern part of The Napa Valley, and The Hotel Healdsburg on the square in Healdsburg over in Sonoma. I don't know how I'm going to squeeze it all in, but then, that's my problem. All you have to do is watch and enjoy!moreless
    • Visit three outstanding Napa Valley wineries, and learn what makes them and the Napa Valley so special.
    • Ottawa
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      It's winter in Ottawa, and that means pastry treats known as "beaver tails," skating on the canal, ice carving, and the famed cuilinary delights of the Cordon Bleu culinary school.
    • Jamaica
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      Jamaica is one interesting place: the history, the culture, and of course, the food! We'll capture all of that and then some as we travel around the island. My stops include the annual Portland Jerk Festival, where I will uncover the secrets of jerk goat. I'll camp out at the four star Grand Lido Braco Resort, where I will soak up the sun and sample some great cuisine. And, you'll be treated to signature drinks at Margaritaville, and wonderful food at Blue Runnings and Toscanini Restaurants. Food, fun, and fantastic scenery as Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert takes on Jamaica!moreless
    • Sample great sparkling wine at J and Domaine Carneros, fabulous Chardonnay at Sonoma Cutrer, and memorable reds at Rodney Strong Vineyards.
    • Discover Belgium
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      It's the home of fantastic beer, the inventor of French Fries, and a place where cuisine from the land and the sea meet to provide diners a lifetime of memories. We'll explore all of that, excluding the French Fries, as we cover Belgium from the coast to the capitol to the glorious south. First, we'll tag along on a father's visit to the seafood market on the Belgium coast, and be there as he delivers the fresh goods to his chef-son in Brussels. Has this country got sole. In Brussels, we'll also visit an historic brewery with a several hundred-year track record and some of the finest Belgium Lambic Ales I've ever sampled. Throughout, we'll learn of the culture, see the beauty, and meet the personalities that make Belgium so unique.moreless
    • Memorable Mexico
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      The town is Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. But, unlike many of the other tourist Mecca's in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta has the real feel of the country. Puerto Vallarta also has some of the best restaurants in Mexico, and we'll dive right in. From the ethereal Café des Artistes, to the new and hip El Arrayan, to the always excellent Dacquiri Dicks, PV's dining scene has never been better. Puerto Vallarta also offers some of the best hotels and resort destinations in the country. We're setting our sites on the El Presidente Intercontinental. Located a short 15 minutes from downtown, this recently upgraded gem offers everything you'd want in the way of accommodations, activities, and of course, cuisine!moreless
    • Travel across the Italian countryside, and get your fill of great wine, great cooking, and incredible history and hospitality along the way. We begin in Umbria, where Lungarotti is the unquestioned wine leader. In neighboring Tuscany, we'll stop by a hands-on cooking school that gives participants more than just a good time. Then, it's on to the Veneto for some time in Venice with the spectacular Hotel Danielli and in the countryside at the Villa Cipriatti. It's enough Italian flavors and expressions to fill any appetite.moreless
    • The Valais
      Episode 30
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      One of the most dramatic cantons of Switzerland, the Valais has it all-great scenery, fantastic wine, and wonderful food. We'll sample it all from the mountain resort towns of Verbier and Saas Fee to the valley communities of Sion and Sierre. We'll witness a local baking tradition that goes back generations, take a trip to the top of the mountain and see how the food gets there, and sip some wine from Europe's highest vineyard.moreless
    • A Chinese Pearl
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      Its growth has been phenomenal. Its attractions are many. And, its cuisine is some of the finest you will find in all of Asia. The destination this week is Shanghai. From the markets, to the restaurants, to the wondering Shanghai Renaissance Hotel, we'll explore this Chinese pearl and all that it has to offer from a culinary standpoint.moreless
    • Swiss Wine
      Episode 28
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      Wine certainly isn't the first thing you think of when you conjure up images of Switzerland, but after watching this show, that may change. The Swiss have been producing wine for hundreds of years, and these days, the quality has never been higher. We'll journey to some of Switzerland's best wine producing regions, including Geneva and The Valais. We'll see some of the steepest vineyards in the world, and taste elusive and exclusive wines made from grapes only found in Switzerland. Along the way, of course, we'll match the lovely Swiss elixirs with plenty of great Swiss cuisine.moreless
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      Our setting is Telluride, Colorado-world-famous for its ski slopes and dramatic scenery. Telluride is also home to some great cuisine, and we'll be exploring it all. Anchored at the historic New Sheridan Hotel, our visit includes a profile of its excellent restaurant The Chop House, along with three other of Telluride's best eateries.moreless
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      We all know Switzerland is beautiful and extremely efficient, but did you know how incredibly delicious it is? You will after this program, which takes you into the kitchens of four of the country's "Gourmet Palaces." And, we won't just see the creations of the young and talented chefs manning the kitchens-we'll visit the people responsible for the raw products from a Goat Cheese producer, to a winemaker, to the organic farmer right up the road. If exquisite cuisine in breathtaking environments sounds good to you, this is your program!moreless
    • Savor the wines of Cavit, the leading producer in Trentino, a northeastern province of Italy, then witness the majesty and elegance of some of the best hotels in The Veneto.
    • The J.W. Marriott, Phuket Resort and Spa, plus a shrimp and cockle farm, the local fishermen's village, floating seafood restaurants, and the Phuket Town market.
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      From the province of Trapini and the city of Marsala, our culinary adventures include authentic Marsala wine, Lombardo Marsala, an ancient salt works, exquisite olive oil, and Italian coffee.
    • Campania Italy
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      From the pizza of Naples, to the seafood of the Amalfi Coast, to the wines of Feudi di San Gregorio, this is a show packed with passion and personality. First, Feudi di San Gregorio, the best wine producer in the region. Using ancient grape varietals like Fiano di Avellino, Grecco di Tuffo, and Aglianico, Feudi crafts wines of pedigree and distinction. In Naples, sample traditional Neopolitan pizza. Farther down the coast, shop at a local seafood market, watch the production of fresh mottzarella cheese, and partake of the culinary excellence of a local Michelin one star restaurant.moreless
    • Charleston may be an historic city, and one of the old capitols of the south, but there's nothing old about its food scene. From the Charleston Place Hotel, one of the finest in the land, to a bevy of outstanding free-standing restaurants, Charleston is an exciting place to cook, and an even more exciting place to eat.We'll also show you some of the excellent products featured in the restaurants, including local shrimp and produce.moreless
    • The great wine of Montalcino, and one of the great wines of the world, is Brunello di Montalcino. Few can match it for power, opulence, and ageability. Among the finest producers of Brunello is Castello Banfi, an American owned estate impressive in both size and quality. Come inside Castello Banfi and learn what makes it so special, then visit Montalcino itself from the markets to a couple of awesome, authentic restaurants.moreless
    • There are few wine regions of the world I love more than France's Rhone Valley, and even fewer winemakers more talented than Michel Chapoutier. Practicing biodynamic grape growing and winemaking, Chapoutier is the authentic Rhone Ranger. We'll explore his vineyards and wines from Chateauneuf du Pape in the Southern Rhone to Hermitage and Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone.moreless
    • Chilean Wine
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      A look at some of the most exciting wines of Chile including: Caliterra, Arboleda, Sena, and Vina Errazuriz. Travel to many of Chile's most important wine regions, and learn what makes each special.Also, food and wine pairing at one of Santiago's best restaurants.
    • There's no other culinary city like San Francisco, and we've got the inside track to some of its best restaurants. We'll take you to some San Francisco classics. Meantime, in the neighboring Napa Valley, when you talk about classic wine estates, you have to talk about Beringer. The oldest continually operating winery in the U.S., Beringer has been producing great wine for more than 100-years. There's plenty of history at the Stags' Leap Winery too, along with stunning wine. We'll showcase both wineries and give you a sense of what makes Napa wine so wonderful and the Napa Valley such a special place.moreless
    • St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas-if you had to pick just one, it would be a tough choice. Fortunately, we'll give viewers some of all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We'll being on St. Thomas at the lovely and delicious Ritz-Carlton. On St. John, we focus on the tradition of "ole time baking" and modern-day great food. And, on St. Croix, our explorations take us from cattle, to rum, to pure cane juice. Three islands-one great time!moreless
    • What a trip! We start in the vineyards of the plush Alexander Valley in the heart of Sonoma County. The winery is Clos du Bois, one of the county's best. Starting in the vineyards where microclimates can allow Chardonnay and Merlot to be harvested on the same day, we'll next head to Charcuterie restaurant in downtown Healdsburg, where French heritage meets local wine each and every day. From Sonoma, we'll head out on the water with superchef Michael Mina in search of salmon. Then Mina will cook up our catch at his own spectacular Aqua restaurant in San Francisco's financial district.moreless
    • They like to call Australia "Oz," and for me, it's a fitting title because traveling its wine regions is like following the yellow brick road. Here, we'll visit three regions and profile three awesome wineries. First, we tour the Hunter Valley, Australia's first wine area, and one of its first wineries, Lindemans. Next, it's down to South Australia's Barossa Valley for the wines of Penfolds. Makers of Australia's most famous wine, Grange, Penfolds' portfolio is broader, and better, than ever. Last, but certainly not least, is the Coonawarra and Wynns. Known for classic Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz, winemaker sue Hodder had quite the deft touch with Chardonnay as well. We'll taste all three and end the day with an Aussie-style barbie right in the historic Wynns' cellars.moreless
    • We all know there's art in designing a wine label, though most people might be surprised just how much time, effort, and talent goes into a label. We'll take you to the studio of one the world's best label designers, San Francisco's Susan Pate. Then, we'll take you to two of the city's best restaurants, Farallon and Kokkari. Farther down the coast, we've got a multi-cultural wine venture for you-the Seven Peak winery with vineyards in Paso Robles and the Edna Valley. The wines are excellent, with roots in California, but a winemaker whose heart remains in South Australia. It's a powerful and winning combination!moreless
    • Sonoma County is one of the most beautiful, diverse, and bountiful counties in the country, and there's no better reflection of those traits than a visit to two of its premier wineries. First up is La Crema, one the key players in the rugged Sonoma Coast appellation. La Crema shines with its Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and shines even brighter when you match the wines up with some of Sonoma County's artisan food products. From La Crema, it's on to Kendall-Jackson, one of the most significant wine properties in the world, and a winery synonymous with Sonoma County. We'll get a lesson in the basics of wine tasting, visit KJ's incredible sensory garden, learn of the challenges of growing grapes, and match some of the rewards the grapes provide with the terrific cuisine of Santa Rosa's Café Lolo. It's a day in Sonoma not to be missed.moreless
    • Kentucky's Finest
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      When you talk about the finest Kentucky has to offer, most likely you're either talking about thoroughbred race horses or bourbon. In this case, it's bourbon. And, not just any bourbon, but the best the state has to offer-Jim Beam's small batch bourbon collection. Experience the history, passion, and commitment involved in producing the highest quality bourbon around. We'll visit with Booker Noe, a Jim Beam legend, and we'll match the fantastic bourbons with some awesome food. As the title suggests, it's the best Kentucky has to offer.moreless
    • Two historic regions of Italy-two incredible wineries representing the best of traditional Italian winemaking with all the promise of the future. At Pio Cesare, we'll tour the vineyards and sample the wines, includingsublime Barolos and Barbarescos, with the winery owner, Pio Boffa. In Southern Tuscany, we'll expore the region of Brunello di Montalcino where we find Il Poggione, one of the area's great estates. More nearly 100 years Il Poggione has been crafting its wines, some of the best expressions of the native Sangiovese grape anywhere. We'll sample those wines, learn of the history of the estate, and cap it all of with an incredible six-course luncheon pairing the wines of Il Poggione to the cuisine of the region.moreless
    • I always pictured Bali as an island paradise, and I was right. From the markets, to the rice paddies, to the spectacular Four Seasons-Sayan resort, we'll take you inside Bali as only Culinary Travels can. We'll go to a local village for an island feast, head to the sea to savor some one-of a-kind digs, and dig into the sumptuous cuisine at the Four Seasons-Sayan. Unbelievable scenery and unforgettable cuisine-that's Bali.moreless
    • The Stag's Leap Appellation in the southeastern part of Napa Valley is the smallest and most exclusive of all the wine producing areas in Napa, and Chimney Rock is among its finest wineries. Experts in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chimney Rock is class in a glass. We'll sample the wines, learn what makes Stag's Leap so special, and drop by Terra, one of Napa's best restaurants, for a lesson in bringing great wine and great food together. And, speaking of great food, our next stop takes us to Las Vegas and Napa Restaurant, Jean Louis Palladin's temple of gastronomy. Palladin is putting on a party and he's invited some of the best chefs in the country, and us, along for the ride. From one Napa to another, it's a memorable journey.moreless
    • Sydney gets most of the attention, but for my money, give me Melbourne, which is exactly what we're going to do for viewers. Melbourne's a great city with incredible restaurants and one of the best markets anywhere, the Queen Victory Market. We'll shine our culinary spotlight on some of Melbourne's finest eateries and take a tour through the memorable and mouthwatering Queen Vic Market. Meantime, hours from any city of size, in the heart of the Riverlands Region, you'll find Banrock Station winery, and what you'll find at Banrock Station is unforgettable. Housed in a restored wetlands area, Banrock Station is dedicated to the environment, donating proceeds from the sale of each bottle of wine to environmental causes throughout Australia. We'll highlight the winery, its wines, and do a little food and wine matching with one of the country's most talented chefs, Andrew Fielke.moreless
    • With nearly 300 wine labels now listing Napa Valley as their home, it's tough to keep track of them all. But, for some 20-years, one of the wineries you could always count on was Far Niente. Producers of some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in California and the world, Far Niente is a spectacular wine estate, housed in a restored 1800's stone winery and featuring some of the most breathtaking landscaping you will find. We'll highlight it all and even give you some food and wine pairing tips.Then, it's off to Meadowood, one of Napa Valley's finest resorts. From the accommodations, to the golfing, to the food and wine, Meadowood, is good at what it does, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Two of Napa Valley's finest in one great show.moreless
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      Much has been speculated about the demise of Hong Kong, now that it's under Chinese rule, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Hong Kong remains as vital as ever, and nowhere is that more evident than in its food scene. This show takes viewers right to the source of Hong Kong's cuisine-the seafood and produce markets. You've seen markets before, but believe me, you've never seen anything like this.We'll also start our day with the traditional Hong Kong Yum Cha breakfast, visit some of the city's best restaurants, and anchor our stay at one of Hong Kong's finest hotels, the J.W. Marriott. It's a culinary slice of Hong Kong you won't want to miss.moreless
    • Go behind the scenes of the opening of a five-star hotel. Done documentary-style, this episodes takes viewers from the concept, construction, staffing, food and beverage, and finally, grand opening of the Peninsula Group's latest hotel in downtown Chicago. Learn what it takes to design, build, and operate a hotel at the highest level imaginable.moreless
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      Glenfiddich was celebrating a special release during my visit, a 50-year old single malt-only the second in the distillery's history. But, that's just a small part of the spirit experience at Glenfiddich, which I will explore in detail. Next door, it's the beautiful single malt expressions of sister distillery Balvenie. Operating its own cooperage and malt floor, Balvenie does things the way they used to be, and that means some great single malt whiskeys! Scotland, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Culinary Travels-not that's a great combination.moreless
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      The islands are Molokai and Lunai, and they're both in Maui county. They're both remote, but packed with goodies. On Molokai, it's sweet potatoes, macadamia nuts, aquaculture, and coffee, and we've got it all. Then, it's a short hope to Lunai where luxury awaits you.
    • I love Chilean wine, and the great thing for me is that it keeps getting better every time I return. This trip brings me, for the first time, to the Maule Valley where I discover the family offerings of Balduzzi. Then, it's into the Curico Valley and San Pedro, and finally, the magnificent Colchagua Valley for the horses and wines of Casa Silva. Three very different stories and settings, but three terrific wineries!moreless