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  • Culinary Travels Swiss Wine

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    8/12/10

  • Wine Hunting in the Hunter Valley Hunter Valley, Australia-Rosemount Winery, Tower Estate Winery and Tower Lodge/Adeliade, South Australia-Universal Wine Bar, Red Ocre

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Turks & Caicos-Island Paradise

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Toronto-Diverse and Delicious

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Ticino-Switzerland with an Italian accent

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    1/1/06

    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.moreless
  • The Real Mexico

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    1/1/06

    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
  • The Markets and Wines of Chile

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    1/1/06

    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
  • The Lowdown on Lodi Lodi-Phillips Winery/Bed and Breakfast/Lodi Wine Visitors Center/Bakery/A & W

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Tequila Tales Jalisco, Mexico

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Switzerland-The Lake Geneva Region

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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
  • South Australia Cornucopia

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Sonoma-Kendall-Jackson Tomato Festival, Ledson Hotel and restaurant-Great Sonoma Restaurants-Dry Creek Vineyards

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    1/1/06

    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.moreless
  • Sonoma Standouts Sonoma County, California

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Sonoma A Special Place

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Santa Barbara and Beyond-Foley, Lincourt, Foppiano, & The Fairmont-San Francisco

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    1/1/06

    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.moreless
  • Saintly wines-Divine nuts Napa Valley-St. Supery Winery/Fresno-Pistachios

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Phuket-An Island Paradise Thailand

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    1/1/10

    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.
  • Pacific Northwest Wine Washington-Covey Run Winery/Oregon-King Estate Winery

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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
  • On the Spice Trail Southern India-Kikkoman Soy Sauce

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Northern California Gems-Meadowood, Martini House, Mendocino Brewing Company, Phoenix Bakery & Barbecue, Great San Francisco Restaurants, Ferry Terminal Marketplace

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Mexico-Don Eduardo Tequila-Guadalajara Markets, Dreams-Puerto Vallarta

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Merlot and Walnuts-a great combination Napa Valley-Rutherford Hill winery/Sacramento-Walnuts

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    1/1/06

    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
  • Mendicino Memories and East Bay Delights Mendicino County-Fetzer/Bonterra wineries/East Bay-Peet's Coffee and Tea/Cheese Cooperative

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    1/1/06

    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

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    1/1/06

    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
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