Nick International is a traveler, food blogger, lover of ribeye steaks, wine and champagne. A passion for great food and love of fine wine led to founding The Food & Culture Co. in 2015 dedicated to curating, teaching, promoting and preserving all things food, drink and culture. A home-chef with a flair for outdoor cooking, boasting a broad skill set in the kitchen, and able to make cuisine to match every stamp in his passport. 

There are many ways to explore the world, and many worlds of wine to explore. Sometimes, the best flights are a row of glasses. There is never a bad time to drink champagne. Enjoy my blog! 

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FCC Reveiew #010 - Unboxed ! CWS April Wine Box!

Unboxed – Caribbean Wines and Spirits Tour De Vino – April Nos vamos a Argentina! This month, we are taking a trip to the southern hemisphere to a Argentina; home of the late Diego Maradona, gauchos and grass fed beef! Argentina has always been something of an outlier of a country. They’ve had two women Presidents, and eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month, apparently. I don’t know for certain about the gnocchi, I’ve not visited yet. In my mind, Argentina is the land of beef

Decanted CWS Tour de Vino - March

A little late, but better late than never, right? Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! If I learned one thing from last month’s Tour de Vino virtual tasting it is that you people love a good story. I maintain that the woman I describe in the Unboxed review is fictitious, but believe what you want. Pay attention to the wine, please! Haha March was a tour de France, and what a ride it was as we explored Burgundy, and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. The Chateau des Jacques was q

FCC Review #008 Unboxed! CWS March Wine Box!

I’m sitting here drinking it now. I paused for about 10 seconds just there to take a sip and savour the flavour of my favourite of this month's Tour de Vino wine club box! The whole point of the tour is to explore the world through wine. Let’s get to unboxing this month’s parcel, shall we? Fun fact about Mason Louis Jadot, they have their own cooperage. I know what you’re thinking because I didn’t know what the hell that meant either, I’ll admit. A cooper is not someone from

Decanted! CWS Tour De Vino - February

Decanted! CWS Tour De Vino - February I hadn’t thought about making a frosé with the Pratsch Organic Rosé from Austria, but this is why I do the writing and Marv does the mixing I guess. If ever you wanted a drink that tastes like summertime; Pratsch Rosé + Angostura Watermelon Rum (I prefer the Sorrel) a little ice and a blender is all you need to recreate Marv’s concoction! (Photo from Caribbean Wines and Spirits Instagram) The simple things in life are the best, and this c

FCC Review #007 - Unboxed! CWS February Wine Box

Unboxed - Tour De Vino February Wine Box! As we continue our frolic through the world’s wineries, we’ve got two stops this month, Austria and the United States. Pratsch Rose (Niederösterreich) 2017 When I think of Austrian wines, I think of some of the world’s finest riesling; the F.X. Pichler’s 2013 vintage, and Franz Hirtzberger 2015 vintages. Austrian riesling is undeniably the creme de la creme - fresh, full-bodied, sharp, and minerally - even though they are typically a

Decanted! CWS Tour De Vino - January

I think it is hilarious that one of the guests in the January installment of the CWS Tour De Vino virtual tasting series said that his partner had eaten all of the food prepared, and so he ended up only having wine on the night with no pairing. Literally, been laughing at that and many other funny moments since this past Thursday. Read FCC review #005 for the breakdown of what was in January’s wine box. As expected, the Chardonnay came through again and made a big second impr

Angostura Rum Tasting - FCC Review #004

When I was a child, I remember seeing a family member mixing some odd brown concoction in a glass of orange juice, and then drinking it down. Later, he exclaimed that it had made his stomach feel better. This mysterious brown bottle with an odd leaf thin paper label and yellow twist of cap sat on the shelf for years. This was my first memory of Angostura Bitters. They now come in flavours, and the cocktail game has forever changed. Prohibition-era cocktails are my favourite d