Why You Should Visit London This Year

Whether you frequently experience wanderlust or are a homebody through and through, there is a long list of destinations you must see in your lifetime, ranging from exotic and rural to urban and somewhat familiar. This year, make it a point to visit London, the stunning and historic capital city of England.

If you are not quite convinced that this is the right destination for you, here are some reasons why you should visit London this year:

Airfares are much cheaper now. These days, roundtrip fares from the East Coast can be found in the $500 range, with some as low as $400, depending on the season and travel deals that are available at the time of booking. Although it may sound a bit strange or unappealing at first, consider planning your visit for an off-season, such as spring or fall, to ensure you are getting the best rates possible. The weather will likely be more pleasant than you anticipate.

If you are interested in learning more about why now is the perfect to travel to London, please visit Raffi Khorchidian’s website.


London Restaurants to Check Out in 2017

If you are traveling to London this year, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options that you are faced with — which season you want to travel during, where to stay when you arrive, which landmarks to see and, of course, where to eat.

Luckily, 2017 has already brought forth some remarkable new restaurants in London with expansive and eclectic menus, ranging from classic Italian cuisine and variations of Thai food to revived restaurants that were once staples in the London of times past.

If you are interested in learning more about the best new restaurants London has to offer, please visit Raffi Khorchidian’s website.

Whiskey Review: Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask

Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask is easily one of the best whiskies I have ever tasted. Winner of the World Whiskies Awards best single malt in 2014, this whiskey delivers simple yet bold and balanced flavors. It is easy to tell why this whiskey is constantly at the top of the short list of best whiskies in the world.


The River of Derwent in Tasmania, Australia is the birthplace of Tasmanian Whisky as we know it today. The port city of Hobart was established by the british in 1804 and quickly became a hotspot for distilleries. By 1824 there were already 16 legal distilleries in operation in Hobart, and there were more illegal distilleries than anyone could count or keep track of. Just 14 years later the governor implemented a prohibition on distilling that lasted until the 1990s.

Sullivans Cove was established in 1994 and began legally distilling whiskies in the heart of Tasmanian whiskey country. It did not take long for Sullivans Cove to establish itself as one of the premier whiskey makers in the world by using natural ingredients and sticking true to Tasmanian heritage.

On the Nose

The strong scent of maple syrup will be the first thing you notice from the French Oak. Less intense notes of pine, ginger, and cinnamon complement the sweet tones of maple beautifully. Hints of pineapple and a distinct scent of grapefruit can be picked up as well.

In the Mouth

The palate is spicy towards the front and gradually moves to a sweeter aftertaste. The tastes of ginger and white pepper are abundant and pack a punch. More sweet flavors move on as it moves back on the tongue with bold flavors of honey and apple taking over.


This whiskey finishes with a beautiful mixture of orange rind and caramel that keeps bringing you back for more. It is the perfect ending to a wonderfully crafted whiskey.

The Sullivan Cove French Oak is a masterfully balanced whiskey that is a joy to drink. Each flavor comes through at the right time to compliment the flavor before it and set you up for what comes next. The sweet notes of maple, honey, and apple combined with the subtle tones of cinnamon, pepper, and ginger create an autumn scene. This whiskey would be enjoyable anywhere and at any time, but I would most like to have it sitting by a campfire in the middle of the autumn months while the sun is setting.

Raffi Khorchidian is a whiskey connoisseur who has tried whiskeys from all over the world. Read more about whiskey, wine, and fine dining at Raffi’s website.

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Pairing

Pairing a great wine with a delicious meal is a science, and some people dedicate their lives to perfecting that science. There are three general food guidelines when it comes to pairings: what food is being prepared, how that food is cooked, and what sauces or flavors will be used on the food. The question many people ask is, “Should I pair my food with my wine or my wine with my food?” I’m a firm believer in trying both methods and finding out which one works for you, but in my experience I’ve enjoyed cooking around a wine because it is easier for me to season the food as I go. I like to break the flavors down into three categories: Delicate, Earthy/Hearty, and Meaty/Spicy/Pungent. The goal is to pair a wine and food within the same category.


The most common delicate wines are Riesling and Sauvignon blanc, and they are considered two of the three most common white wines along with chardonnay. Leafy greens and vegetables are the perfect pairing for either of these delicate whites. When pairing with a protein, it is best to go with a flaky fish such as salmon that has been poached or steamed to a medium temperature. Lemon based sauces and dressings will bring out the flavor of the fish and the wines to create the perfect balance.

To find out how to pair with earthy foods and spicy foods, visit the full blog here.