More than 40 years
Wine, food and travel are our passion. We are dedicated to arranging & leading exceptional food and wine related tours for the discerning traveler. Having traveled extensively within the wine regions of Europe, South America and Australia for over 40 years, our personal touch, one-of-a-kind tours are designed to provide high quality.
We are wine writers and educators with numerous professional affiliations, hence, we have special access to world-class wineries, can secure accommodations in boutique properties (most of which do not accept groups), cook & dine with cutting-edge chefs, and visit prominent food producers which are closed to the public.
Although our tours focus on food and wine education, we believe that history and culture are instrumental in understanding a region. Visits to important historical and cultural sites are always included.
In summary, our mission is to create holidays that are fun, as well as educational, for the food and wine lover.
We are the oldest U.S. company to offer wine and food related tours to international destinations. In business since 1978, we have thousands of satisfied clients who have been with us to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia & Montenegro, Chile & Argentina, Australia, New Zealand & Vietnam. Our return rate of travelers is 73%. Some clients have been on >10 trips with us…others have been on the same tour more than once. We are happy to supply references from these foodies and oenophiles.
June Forkner-Dunn, PhD, has been guiding groups to Europe since 1978, specializing in tours to France & Italy. She has taught classes on wine at the University of London & at the American Embassy in Paris, in addition to appearing on television and radio in the U.S. June is a member of the USA’s most prestigious wine society, the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and was inducted into Bordeaux’s elite Jurade (founded by Richard the Lion-Hearted, the Jurade is the oldest wine society in Europe). A member of the Society of Wine Educators for >35 years, June has published >400 articles on wine. She has a Diploma for proficiency in Italian Wines, a Certificate of Merit on French Wines from Le Comite National Des Vins de France, and has attended the esteemed German Wine Academy. Dr. Dunn has studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, as well as participated in numerous other international cooking programs.
Toby Dunn, MBA, also a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the American Institute of Wine and Food, is an avid wine collector and a lover of wine. He has visited Australia, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Champagne, Alsace, the Rioja, Ribera del Duero, along with the vineyards of Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Southern Italy, Sicily, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. Toby has attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris, in addition to a variety of cooking classes on cuisines from around the globe.