Seven of the best wine tasting and culinary experiences to book now

Seven of the best wine tasting and culinary experiences to book now

Seven of the best wine tasting and culinary experiences to book now

Now’s the time to really raise the bar for your travel experiences (especially now that the homecoming test requirement has finally been lifted!). Take your average wine tasting or private chef dinner to a whole new level with experiences like a Champagne Top Gun flyover or a day trip picnic on a private yacht in the Caribbean.

Enjoy a private dinner created by some of the world’s top chefs at Auberge’s Chileno Bay Resort & Residences Los Cabos, where they private in-villa tasting dinners from renowned chefs as part of their ongoing exclusive gastronomy series. In May, Chef Virgilio Martínez of Peru’s Central, one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, was on the agenda. Chef Joaquin Cardos arrives June 24-25 as part of the property’s Baja Lab Kitchen culinary program, originally from Mexico City, trained in France and now owner of Loup Bar, a natural wine bar in Mexico City. He will present a private dinner at the villa on June 25.

Take a private wine tour and tasting by helicopter at Assembly Healdsburg. This private helicopter flight and tasting experience takes guests on an air journey down the Russian River Valley to the Pacific Ocean—all the better for understanding how that “cooling peaceful breeze” affects winemaking. The return flight lands at one of the three wineries for an exclusive tasting.

An exclusive wine tasting near Billionaire’s Beach: The Malibu Beach Inn, Los Angeles, has an exclusive partnership with the Dierberg Estate in Santa Barbara County to provide guests with access to the vineyard. The estate is not open to the public, only guests who book the Dierberg Suite can experience the winery and estate with a private tour and tasting followed by a catered gourmet lunch overlooking Happy Canyon.

A Top Gun Flyover from Champagne at the Royal Champagne & Spa. Take a jet fighter ride over Champagne with the hotel’s exclusive package: planes are flown by former military and professional pilots at medium and low altitudes. You can even enjoy a few aerobatic maneuvers including loops, rolls and sharp turns. Guests can even take control for a while.

Tour New Zealand’s Best Wine Regions by helicopter at Wharekauau Country Estate: discover the valleys of the upper South Island and the terrace of Martinborough – all highly adaptable. Tastings and tours in Vavasour, Grove Mill and Te Kairanga, lunch and a scenic flight of the Marlborough region, the Martinborough region, Cape Palliser lighthouse and the rugged south east coast of the North Island.

Sail on your own Van Dutch Yacht for one day. At Mayakoba Resort, south of Cancun, head out for a day of cruising and snorkeling on Mayakoba’s $1.7 million, 55′ yacht. Slip into one of the Hermes leather seats for your own custom trip, including lunch by one of the resort’s world-renowned chefs, plus snorkeling, diving, jet skiing or even the use of our underwater scooters.

Ride on your own two wheels across the beautiful 2470 hectare estate of the Relais & Châteaux Château de Berne and 60 miles of trails – explore the farming areas, riverbanks, forests and vineyards, of course.