First Glass

A column devoted to wine and travel

We often travel with our stomachs as guides, sussing out regional cuisines and the best places to enjoy them. So why not do the same with wines? Some of our most pleasurable travel memories include fabulous meals we’ve eaten—in a trattoria or a bistro, on the street or under the stars. And just as food is a sensory souvenir, so is wine.

I’ve traveled to wine regions all over, meeting hundreds of passionate producers, and learning to appreciate the passage of wine from vineyard to table in many cultures. It’s my hope to share that discovery so that your travel itinerary will include some consideration of the grape. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy a good vintage, but you can enhance wine’s pleasures with a little knowledge.

Lana Bortolot
Lana Bortolot
Lana Bortolot is the East Coast editor for The Tasting Panel magazine, a leading trade magazine for the wine and spirits industry for whom she reports on country trends. She has covered wine in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Chile and Israel. She is a general assignment reporter and travel writer whose work has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, amNewYork, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. Lana has contributed to several guidebooks including Rome in Detail: A Guide for the Expert Traveler, and the City Secrets guidebooks for Italy and New York City. She writes frequently on culture and lifestyle, and is a contributing writer to elemente, an arts & design magazine. Closer to home in New York City, her reportage interests focus on community and historic preservation.

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