This is Wine:Thirty Flight, our first class wine and travel blog. WTF began with Meghan Barrett Welch and Andrew Welch, wine drinkers and aviation geeks who met in the Coast Guard, live next to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and who think of Washington, New York, and Boston as one big city. We've since been joined by Kathleen Jennings and Elizabeth Harple.
We share many similar tastes in wine, but first among them is the belief that the people you meet and places you go are at least as much fun as the wine you drink while doing it. Sometimes it's worth booking a longer layover so that you can find a new wine bar. Wine is both fun and serious, sophisticated yet easy, the door to a world far beyond the glass. Together we'll find the best Tempranillo from Spain, Pinot Noir from Massachusetts (yes), Albariño in the main concourse at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and the perfect house wine of which you won't feel bad opening a second bottle when friends come over.
With Wine:Thirty Flight's next oversees trip just two weeks away, today I found myself preparing to beat seven timezone's worth of jet lag by scheduling sleeping hours on my calendar over several days leading to our departure. Such is my particular technique for getting the most out of my travel time from the moment I land: Adjust your sleep schedule incrementally, an hour each day, until you get as close as possible to syncing with your new timezone the day you depart. Here's how it works.
Champagne is the much talked about, much written about, much enjoyed ambrosia from the gods. So, what makes Champagne so special? In this post, we will explore how Champagne is made, and attempt to uncover the sweet mysteries behind this magical beverage that makes us all love it so much. Let’s dive right in with some of the most important things to know about the bubbly beverage that will improve any day of the week.
With an average of 10.1 million viewers each week and 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones is one of the most successful TV series ever. Anyone who has watched the show has seen the copious amounts of wine drinking, leading to such lines as Tyrion’s “That’s what I do: I drink and I know things.” It’s also led to the creation of branded wines designed “to match the strength of the characters and the terrain of their kingdoms.”
In celebration of Independence Day in the United States, our monthly wine pick lineup for July is all American, featuring red, white and blue, plus sparkling (fireworks!) and rosé (because why not)! This lineup very purposefully aims for diversity across America's many excellent wine regions, highlighting some interesting options in what American winemaking has to offer. We hope you'll seek these out (or others like them) wherever you are in the world this month. Cheers!
The Red Inn of Provincetown MA (say hello to Jen, server and painter of beautiful things); Delaplane Cellars in Virginia; SER… where Javier wins at Arlington, VA restaurants; The Vineyard of McLean VA; Louis and Sonja - our wine guides; the Atlantic Spice Company; Concourse B/C at National Airport; watching small planes sneak up on big planes and then get to take off first; Air Canada Jazz.