A lot of people travel at holiday time, and not always with significant others or other family members. Often, we’re traveling alone in order to be with those special people. And depending on where one lives, an overnight stay could be required when getting from one place to another.
The lobby lounge of a hotel can be a strange place—simultaneously a lonely refuge and a “meet market.” But the Sheraton chain is seeking to make its lobby bars more comfortable, particularly for solo travelers, with the introduction of “Social Hour” wine tastings.
Of course, the idea is to increase food and wine sales. But if the result is a wider array of better wines for guests to enjoy, we’re all for it.
Here’s some information on the “Social Hour” program at the Sheraton in Kauai—not a bad place to spend a night between flights!
If your overnight stay happens to be in Chicago—whether by choice or “influenced” by the weather—follow the “Trains to City” signs and head downtown for a fun wine experience.
Wine bars come and wine bars go, but Cru Café & Wine Bar, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, is that rare wine bar that has come back.
After being replaced by a more traditional restaurant for several years, Cru has been resurrected, and sommelier Bret Heiar loves nothing more than suggesting imaginative food-and-wine pairings.
An example: Thai tofu curry and jasmine rice with Forlorn Hope Semillon.
That may not be what you think of when it comes to “holiday cuisine,” but your taste buds will thank you.