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Arblaster & Clarke: Best for Visiting Undiscovered Regions
If Napa, Bordeaux, and Tuscany feel overdone, scan the list of available destinations from Arblaster & Clarke (two-day itineraries for two from $1,054) for somewhere off the beaten path. The British company offers an extensive menu of tours—from weeklong extravaganzas to power tastings—and specializes in nontraditional locales from Croatia to Uruguay. A recent six-day trip to Austria included a tasting with a master of wine at the Austrian Wine Academy as well as visits with renowned winemakers such as Heidi Schrock, who oversees her family’s operation.
The Caveat: The Arblaster office can be hard to reach, and it isn’t just because of the time difference. E-mails may go unanswered as the overextended staff tries to plan and run more than 70 wine trips a year. Patience and advance notice are sometimes required to make the relationship work.