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If you want the best of the best in the world you go to Monaco! This country is only half the size of Central Park in NYC, however it has more Michelin starred restaurants in a concentrated space than you will find anywhere else in the world. Monte-Carlo is a global phenomenon, an exciting place to visit year round.

In Monte-Carlo “the magic doesn’t stop at midnight”. It is home of the wildly celebrated Grand Prix, a place where you can catch a celeberty chatting up the bartender at a local bar, Monaco is luxury defined. And, where you find a top notch dedication to luxury and excellence- you will find truly superior wine.

Celebrate Wine in the Year of Russia

IMG_20150512_2106532015 is officially the ‘Year of Russia‘ in Monaco which means a year of culture, history, art, and of course celebration! Get ready for some caviar and chilled vodka, because June 12th- June 19th is Russian Gastronomy Season. Yummy!

Six Monegasque chefs representing the finest establishments in Monte Carlo (Café de Paris Jean Claude Brugel, Vistamar Jel Garaut, Blue Bay Marcel Ravain…) as well as six Russian chefs (twins Ivan and Sergey Berezutsky, White Rabbit Vladimir Mukhin, Metropol Andrey Shmakov…) will take part in the summer festival. The menus specially designed by the chefs will be served for a week in restaurants in Monaco. Try to find that anywhere else int he world.

 

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Russian Gastronomy Season is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of fantastic events taking place in Monaco. There is the Monte Carlo Summer Festival where you can see artists like Sting, ZZ-Top, Lenny Kravitz, and more.

Top Wines to Experience in Monaco

In Monaco you have all of the world’s finest wine at your disposal, and with some of the planet’s best vineyards very close by the wine is aged to perfection and fresh. The nearby Bordeaux region is an advantageous resource, and to compliment the wine from the culinary side, many of the restaurants in Monaco have their own private nearby farms.

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Top Wine to Experience in Monaco

  • Chateau de Bellet Baron G, 2012 (Not too fruity, not too dry a perfect harmonious balance)
  • Cuvée 3A Ambonnay Grand Cru (Produced by the former Mayor of Ambonnay this special edition Champagne is crisp, brut, and a perfect starter beverage)
  • Chateau d’Arcole, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2009 (The renowned 2009 vintage was awarded Bronze from the Challenge International du Vin.)

Where to Enjoy Fine Wine

Everywhere! Virtually every restuarnt, lounge, bar, and hotel boasts breathtaking views. The clear Mediterranean waters set a romantic tone, and when the town lights up at night it is simply magical. Here are my picks for the places you must visit to enjoy superlative wine in style.

IMG_20150514_105415There are four primary influences that contribute to the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort experience: Mediterranean– with olive trees and cyprus plants, Tropical-magnificant palm trees, Italian– orange trees sublimated by terra cotta, and Mexican– with cacti blended into the rockery. The plants were meticulously selected, the flowers and shrubs were guided by colors, while the scents marry to create a magical environment. The hotel is trendy, new, and an exciting place to sit back and enjoy a fine glass of vino.

Hotel Monte-Carlo Bay
40 Av. Princesse Grace
98000 Monte Carlo, Monaco

 

Hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo

Hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo

The Fairmont Monte Carlo is literally built into Monaco, the former railway station, and is in the heart of Monte-Carlo and located midway between the Place du Casino and the Larvotto beaches, the hotel is the embodiment of the successful combination of high-end luxury  and superior hospitality.

Steeped in the essence of Monaco through its iconic architecture that stretches horizontally rather than vertically, the building is internally integrated, bringing together an exemplary array of facilities: refined restaurants, a lively lounge bar open every day and all year round.

The Fairmont Monte Carlo
12, Avenue des Spélugues
Monte Carlo Monaco 98000

 

IMG_20150512_082739This is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in the world. Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris is a historic experience inspired by the French and Italian Riviera. With 3 stars in the Michelin Guide the menu by chefs Dominique Lory and Alain Ducasse is modern and authentic. The precision in their cooking is found in their fresh juices, flavourful broths, and spices. So naturally this is a place you must go to to enjoy the finest wine in the world while sitting across from the grand Place du Casino.

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Place du Casino
MC 98000 Monaco

To learn more about how and where to enjoy top wine in Monaco including Monte Carlo and the surrounding neighborhoods go to Visit Monaco online here, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Images via Fairmont Monte Carlo, [via]