DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. has teamed up with award-winning New York chef, Seamus Mullen, and celebrated Santa Barbara sommelier, Eric Railsback, to offer travelers the exclusive opportunity to travel with accomplished epicureans on a luxury bike tour in Europe. Seamus Mullen will be hosting DuVine’s Chef on Wheels Piedmont Bike Tour from August 17-22, 2014 and Eric Railsback will be joining DuVine’s Sommelier on Wheels Burgundy Bike Tour from August 31-September 5, 2014. These palate pleasing adventures are the latest in DuVine’s innovative On Wheels series of bike tours that pairs elite chefs, sommeliers and authors with travelers looking to deeply immerse themselves in the regional delights of the world’s most amazing destinations.
In Piedmont, Seamus Mullen will join travelers in exploring the scenic, vine-covered ridgelines, famous Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines, and the rich cuisine of Italy’s gourmet capital. From selecting fresh ingredients at the local markets of Acqui Terme to preparing a meal alongside the chef during an exclusive cooking class, this tour will provide travelers with unforgettable foodie moments, as well as the chance to work off the calories with bike rides through the countryside. Travelers will savor the opportunity to learn from this celebrated chef, whose career includes opening the acclaimed New York restaurant Tertulia, being a finalist on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, and publishing his Hero Food cookbook. For more details on Seamus Mullen and DuVine’s Chef on Wheels Piedmont bike tour, visit: http://www.duvine.com/tours/1649/Chef-on-Wheels-Piedmont-Bike-Tour.
In Burgundy, Eric Railsback, partner of the award-winning Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara, will lead wine enthusiasts on a journey inside the region’s world-famous and notoriously private Grand Cru & Premier Cru Vineyards. After a day of cycling through Burgundy’s gently rolling hills and charming villages, travelers will sample elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines during private tastings and carefully paired gourmet meals. Lively conversation with fellow connoisseurs, including Food & Wine Magazine’s 2014 Sommelier of the Year, Eric Railsback himself, is sure to leave travelers with full-bodied memories to last a lifetime. For more details on Eric Railsback and DuVine’s Sommelier on Wheels Burgundy bike tour, visit:http://www.duvine.com/tours/1639/Sommelier-on-Wheels-Burgundy-Bike-Tour.
In addition to the chef and sommelier hosts, each tour will be led by two experienced DuVine guides with strong local connections. From providing van support to sharing their firsthand local knowledge and boundless passion of their region, these guides will make sure every detail of every trip goes above and beyond expectations. Also included in the cost of the trip are all wine tastings, cooking classes, gourmet meals, and entrance to historic sites as outlined in each itinerary, as well as luxurious, boutique accommodations, top of the line bicycle selection, complimentary pre- and post-travel planning assistance, gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service, and DuVine’s beloved Bike / Eat / Drink / Sleep gear.
To ensure travelers have ample opportunity to interact and learn from their elite chef and sommelier hosts, as well as have access to the region’s most authentic experiences, the group size on tour will not exceed 14 travelers. Due to this limited space, interested travelers are encouraged to secure their space as soon as possible.
About DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.
Since 1996, DuVine Cycling and Adventure Company has designed and led luxury bike trips in the world’s most amazing places – from the rolling hills of Tuscany and storied medieval villages of Provence to the Andean foothills of Argentina’s wine country and the lush vineyards of Sonoma. DuVine travelers learn that biking is the very best way to travel and experience authentic local culture. DuVine’s seasoned guides call on their extensive local knowledge to provide travelers with a meaningful, substantive connection to their region and ample opportunities to take part in the fabric of real life. The ultimate goal is to consistently amaze, surprise, and delight guests with unparalleled experiences and a myriad of thoughtful touches. Intimate group sizes, not exceeding 14 travelers on standard, public departures, offers the flexibility to customize every departure to meet each traveler’s needs. Outrageously satisfying food and drink and stunning luxury accommodation complete DuVine’s carefully curated experiences.