Where to This Time? #MWWC25

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge

After following the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge for a few months, I have decided it’s finally time to put myself out there submit an entry. Last month’s winner, Loie of Cheap Wine Curious, (a blog after my own heart!) selected the topic for #MWWC25: Travel. So let’s get this show on the road!


Ah, the allure of travel. Jetting off to exotic lands; experiencing new and exciting cultures; visiting famous sites and landmarks. TSA lines. Lost luggage. Jet lag. Yes, travel is an adventure! Yet travel can mean more than international destinations, as enticing and fun as those are. We can jump in the car, and travel to nearby locales to explore what our own backyards have to offer. If you are fortunate enough to live near a wine region, day trips can be very rewarding, and time well spent. Besides being easier and less expensive, local excursions eliminate the stress and bother of figuring out how to transport all that newly purchased wine home!

I have the good fortune to live in Northern California, near Sacramento, where I am practically surrounded by some of the most famous wine regions in the world. In 30 to 90 minutes, I can travel by car to the Sierra Foothills, Clarksburg, Lodi, Napa, or Sonoma.

If it weren’t for my pesky day job, I’d spend a lot more time exploring the hundreds of fantastic wineries that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. And living so close to such popular destinations means that I get to meet wine-loving friends, who I’d only otherwise know via social media, when they travel to the area! (If any of my fellow bloggers are planning trips to the area, and are interested in meeting, let me know!)

Of course, California isn’t the only place in the U.S. where great wine is made. In the various blogs and articles I read, I’ve been seeing a lot of information about the wines coming out of Virginia, New York, Texas, and other areas. If there are no wineries near where you live, let your fingers do the walking…to Google or your favorite search engine…and find wine events nearby. Festivals, tastings, and classes are all fun ways to incorporate a little local travel into your wine journey.

Still, many wine lovers dream of sojourns to their favorite wine regions. I long to travel to the great wine regions of Europe: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rioja, and so many more. I dream of walking the vineyards, seeing the beautiful châteaux and estates, and tasting the world famous wines. Travel allows us to experience other cultures and meet amazing people. It brings perspective to this small world of ours.

The topic for this month’s MWWC is especially timely, if a little premature for me. In just a couple of weeks, my wife and I will travel to Quebec City, Canada for an extended stay. Although not among the more famous wine destinations, there are several wineries in the area, worthy of a day trip or two. As it happens, I enjoy seeking out lesser known wine regions, so this will be a great opportunity to do just that. We’ll immerse ourselves in this French provincial city for several weeks; sightseeing, shopping, and of course enjoying local wine and food.

Route Des Vins

More than 400 years old, Quebec City is the oldest walled city in North America, and the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. With its Old World charm, and French history and language, Quebec City is sometimes referred to as the Paris of North America.

While I’m struggling to learn a little French, I’m looking forward to immersing myself in a new culture, experiencing history come alive, and of course sampling some amazing French cuisine and wine. I’ve already scoped out the website of the major wine shop in town, and as expected, they have an incredible selection of French wine. And would you believe there is a Bistro near the condo we’re renting that serves a duck confit burger?! Ç’est magnifique!

So although I may have had more fodder for a blog post about travel after our trip, preparing and writing this post has been a great opportunity to think ahead to all the amazing things we’re planning to do and see. I plan to blog while we’re in Canada, including reviews of the new wines I anticipate trying; French, Canadian and others. Watch this space during June if you would like to follow along on my journey. (Yes, I’ll be sure to post a picture of that duck confit burger!)

Salt and PepperTravel adds spice to life, whether it is a quick, Chinese-Five-Spice-Powdersalt-and-pepper day trip, or an exotic five-spice adventure to a distant land. Travel enables us to get out, see the sights, meet new people, and generally and literally broaden our horizons. Near or far; relaxing or intense; whether by train, plane, automobile, or bicycle, get out there and experience what the world has to offer! Where will you go today?




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26 thoughts on “Where to This Time? #MWWC25

  1. Jill Barth May 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Cheers! Great post. I’ve always wanted to see Quebec City. Have fun!!

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  2. the drunken cyclist May 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.

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  3. Duff's Wines May 24, 2016 at 5:29 am Reply

    Quebec City is truly one of North America’s most unique. You will love it. There’s a youtube channel called woltersworld that has a great little video about what you’ll love about QC and what you’ll hate. Having been there a bunch, I’d say it’s pretty close. Have fun.

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  4. thefoodandwinehedonist May 24, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply

    Great post! So jealous of ur trip to QC and how close u r to those regions in Cali. There are a few good ones at the northern end of Lower Michigan and I can get to Niagara region in Canada. They’ll do, but not as well as Cali.


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    • Appetite for Wine May 24, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

      Thanks for the comment and like! We are super excited about our trip.
      Famous or not, any wine region is a good wine region! Cheers!


  5. thewineraconteur May 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Enjoy your extended trip and enjoy all that you discover, and I am sure that we will all be living vicariously through your reports.

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  7. nickisalwaysonholidays May 31, 2016 at 6:45 am Reply

    Great writing, great travels. To answer your final question, todayI am writing this in Honfleur on the Calvados trail. Good luck in the writing competition!

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  8. Cheap Wine Curious May 31, 2016 at 10:28 am Reply

    Quebec is on my spit bucket list! What a beautiful city and I must get some authentic Poutine. 🍷😘

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    • Appetite for Wine May 31, 2016 at 10:38 am Reply

      Oh, yes! This time next week, I’ll be elbow deep in a big dish of Poutine! All the articles, blogs, and Pinterest posts I’ve seen rave about the food. My co-workers have started a pool to guess how much weight I’ll gain during our trip! I hope you get to visit some day, too!

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      • Cheap Wine Curious May 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

        I’ll be awaiting delicious pictures in your next post! Safe travels and bring your big boy pants….you might need the space. 🍷😘

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      • Appetite for Wine May 31, 2016 at 10:54 am

        You can count on it, Loie. Thanks!

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  9. Poor Robert May 31, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply

    What’s an extended stay and can you still be Naked in Canada?

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  10. Appetite for Wine May 31, 2016 at 11:20 am Reply

    Hi Robert,
    We’ll be there about a month. My Naked Wines orders ship to my office, so as long as my co-workers can keep their mitts off, (only a couple of them are wine drinkers), I’ll be fine.


  11. Wining with Mel June 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Great post! We went to Quebec City earlier this year and went to Chez Boulay for dinner one night. Highly recommended if you’re ever in the old part of the city (you can read my review here if you’re interested: https://winingwithmel.com/2016/02/25/quebec-city-wining/). Bon voyage!

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    • Appetite for Wine June 5, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply

      Hi Mel! Thanks for the recommendation. We have a very loose itinerary for our trip, so when I get a good tip, I put it on the list. As it happens, we are staying in the old city, near the port. Looks like Chez Boulay is only a 10 minute walk!
      Thanks again!


  12. frankstero June 22, 2016 at 4:10 am Reply

    I’d love to try out my French in Quebec!

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    • Appetite for Wine June 22, 2016 at 4:30 am Reply

      Hi Frank! I wish I knew more French. I think you’d enjoy Quebec, and you would definitely get to use your French!

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  13. Not sure at what point I will be able to publish articles that are close to the quality that I read here. But I am sure I can learn lots from the posts!

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    • Appetite for Wine July 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

      Wow, Mark! I am truly flattered and honored by your comment. Thank you for such a kind compliment. I’m not a professional, and try my best; and it is nice to know my efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good work you are doing on your blog, too!


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