Telegraph logo SmoothRed in the Telegraph’s world’s greatest wine tours - Our new Napa Valley wine tour has made the Telegraph’s world’s greatest wine tours list. So if you want to try some New World Cabernets and Pinot Noirs this is the holiday for YOU. Enjoy two days of escorted wine tours, with five star hotels and Michelin-star meals all for just £2,636pp. Find out more about our […]
castle banner Happy Birthday Your Majesty, some Chateaux for your perusal… - Happy Birthday your Majesty. Today marks the impressive ninetieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. So we felt it quite appropriate to announce that our château stays are now live! You don’t have to be royalty to stay in a castle so we’ve picked our top five châteaux for your perusal…. Avignon – Stay in a luxury 4* Château […]
puglia The best company with pasta? Primitivo in Puglia - The region of Puglia lies in the heel of Italy and is a wine and food lover’s paradise. Home to some of the world’s finest primitivo wines and an honest earth-to-table cuisine this is one of our favourite places to recommend for foodies, wine enthusiasts and sensualists – with one of the longest coastlines in […]
napa vineyard New Wine Tours for 2016 - Napa is ready for YOU… It’s been talked about over many bottles of red and now, after months of meticulous planning and immersing ourselves in the region (not the hardest part) we are delighted to announce that SmoothRed’s Californian wine tours are now LIVE!  California’s Sonoma and Napa Valleys are  arguably the world’s finest regions for New World wines; vast and beautiful, rustic […]
yeat 6 Wine cocktail, wine shaped pool, wine skincare, wine cellar, wine barrel bed – check - We’ve got something for wine lovers and wine fanatics!  Our Luxury Porto Wine Experience consists of two nights  relaxing at a five star hotel with a decanter shaped swimming pool, a wine list so long it’s a magazine, award winning grape seed spa treatments, a 25,000 bottle on-site wine cellar and a bed in a wine barrel, not to […]
wine case 3 Nice Wine Gadget… - How to travel safely with your beloved wine? Grab yourself a ‘VineGardeValise’ which, if you speak French, it does what it says on the tin – a ‘Wine Guard Case’.  These handy (and quite good looking) little suitcases are virtually indestructible with a hard shell and high density filling. Plus the ‘temperature-regulating foam’ ensures your wine is not […]
Castilla_Termal_Villa Ooooh this is nice – A thermal spa in a converted monastery - The ‘Castilla Thermal Monastery of Valbuena’ is a thermal spa in one of the best preserved and renovated Cistercian monasteries in Europe – located in the heart of the lush and unspoilt Ribera del Duero vineyards. You can relax in it’s minero-medicinal water and take a wine tour to taste the outstanding wines produced in […]
grotto 2 Wow! this is one restaurant I want to visit… - Restaurant Grotta Palazzese has got to be one of the top locations in the world to dine.  Situated on the cliffs of Polignano, this vaulted limestone cave has been converted into a magical shelter for diners wishing to watch the waves crash on the rocks or day dream out into the expanse of the Adriatic […]
Pont du Gard Tony’s Search for a Costières de Nîmes… - Tony our in-house wine expert has been on the search for the perfect bottle of Costieres de Nimes wine from the Rhone Valley. Here’s a short account of his adventure… ”I spent a few days in the region visiting  a few hotels and vineyards, and what a great time I had. I left Gatwick for Marseille […]
Armazém Taylor Foto de Semen Kuzmin 5 In support of Port! - Christmas may be over, but Port seems very much here to stay; and growing in popularity as an all-round drink of choice. We think we’ll be seeing a lot more of it in 2016! Most recently, Port has been the perfect ‘man gift’ at Christmas or a delicious companion to chocolate, dessert or cheese and […]
rioja wine festival 4 Our pick of Europe’s best Wine Festivals in 2016! - January is a time to dream?  So get out your 2016 diary and fill in these dates for the best 2016 wine festivals! The Gewurztraminer  Wine Festival, Bergheim, Alsace from 30th to 31st June 2016 The Gewurztramminer ‘wine feast’ takes place in the Bergheim vineyards on the world famous Alsace wine route during the 30th and 31st June. It begins with […]
BEST 100 We made the list! 49th in the best 100 holidays 2015 - We’re please to announce that we came 49th in the Sunday Times’s list of the best 100 holidays in 2015!  And it’s also a fact that booking a holiday makes you instantly happier (according to a study done in the Netherlands) So click here to see if we can arrange a special holiday for you this 2016! […]
IMG_6647 33 Hours in Bordeaux - Was this the best Christmas party in the world? We think so!  After a long week in the office, nothing beats jumping on a plane for a mini break. Our destination was of course Bordeaux – not just your average Christmas party! Once we touched down in Bordeaux, we were whisked off by Pierre to the […]
dry jan A dry January? Why it’s not a good idea! - Looking for the perfect antidote to a dry January? We have it! Try something new! Firstly, here are 3 good reasons why you shouldn’t stop drinking in January! January is a hard month. Filled with post-Christmas blues, post-Christmas debts,  feeling obliged to diet, incessant rain and never ending darkness.  Give yourself a break. Complete abstinence […]
lynch bages 1995 A Light Lunch with Winestein… - Tony Stebbings (a.k.a Winestein) is in full Christmas swing. If you’re thinking of a festive lunch, it seems you can’t go wrong with a Chateaubriand and a Chateau Brown Pessac Leognan! Here’s Tony’s account of a recent light lunch with friends. ‘Tis the season afterall! “When a friend of mine said yesterday, do join us for a light […]
chablis panoramic SmoothRed Burgundy Tasting - The latest Burgundy report from SmoothRed “I was invited to an excellent Albert Bichot Burgundy tasting last week, and what a treat it was to be able to taste a full range of over 40 wines from the 2014 Vintage. In Bichot’s very well-presented tasting booklet, they state that following two small harvests of 2012 and 2013, the […]
10 SmoothRed in Porto and the Douro, with Adam Stebbings - Adam Stebbings is SmoothRed’s founder and director. In October 2015, he visited Porto and the Douro Valley for three days of tours and tastings of the region’s very finest wineries. This is his report. Day 1 Our trip to Porto began in style with a wonderful lunch at the Barão Fladgate restaurant, a spectacular location […]
oo SmoothRed in Bordeaux, with Hugo Rose MW - Hugo Rose is a UK-based Master of Wine with over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry. In October 2015, he travelled to Bordeaux with SmoothRed director Adam Stebbings, to host a SmoothRed Deluxe Bordeaux Experience for ten VIP clients. This is his report. Day One The combination of fine autumnal weather, stunning vineyard visits and […]
Champagne caves 5 Champagne Aficionados from Fiction - So, last week saw the world celebrate International Champagne Day (yep, it’s a thing), and today sees the release of SPECTRE, the latest in a line of films featuring a character who is famed for his love of that classic sparkling wine. And that got us thinking – who are the flag-bearers of Champers? James Bond […]
Carcassonne-vignes France’s 5 Most Spectacular Castles and Palaces - If there’s one thing the French do well (apart from the wine, food, culture, language and all that) it’s castles. They’re so good, in fact, that they actually brought them over to England and gave them to us when that little kerfuffle happened in 1066. These are some of France’s best. The Palace of Fontainebleau The […]