Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Tasting local foods, learning to prepare local dishes, sampling regional wines and characteristic adult beverages, expanding your culinary capabilities – these are the hallmarks of Food Tourism. Entering into the local culture, meeting the local people and experiencing the natural heritage of an off-the-beaten-path location – these are attributes of Adventure Tourism. Mix them together on these delicious tours from MIR... Read More


Insider’s Guide to the South Caucasus: Georgia’s Wine Country

Insider’s Guide to the South Caucasus: Georgia’s Wine Country

The little South Caucasus country of Georgia is a gorgeous place, boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Georgia's Kakheti region is famous for its wine, and the towns and wineries here are definitely worth a visit... and a wine-tasting... Read More


4 Marvels of Moldova: Wine Country and Time Capsules

4 Marvels of Moldova: Wine Country and Time Capsules

Moldova, in spite of its growing reputation as prime wine country, remains one of the least-visited countries in Europe. Wedged between Romania and Ukraine, Moldovans are ethnically related to Romanians, but over time they have imbibed a Slavic way of enjoying life, which shows up especially in the increasingly hip capital, Chisinau. Moldova remains in a more relaxed, simpler time and place. Read More



Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge. Feasts are like meals on steroids. Read More



South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More


A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

MIR’s very own copywriter, Mariana Noble, is traveling on the inaugural departure of our A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture small group tour as we speak. She left a few days ago and has some delightful snapshots to share. The most mouth-watering dispatch so far is above: a shot of the dinner table at the beginning of a Georgian feast. She reported, “By the end, there were dozens more dishes on the table – they just kept coming.” Read More


Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Fine wines flow freely all over the South Caucasus. Georgia claims to be the place where the wine grape originated, while Armenia and Azerbaijan offer their own traditions of wine and wine-making. Read More