When I buy a bottle of wine, a cork closure is as much a choice for me, as is the wine. Having read a story about cork in the Wall Street Journal called, “Plastic or real cork: Which is the better way to seal a wine bottle?” it got me thinking, and I became interested […]
Alentejo’s Azulejos ~ the art of Portuguese tiles… The world of wine leads to so, so much more. Travel opens up the myriad of channels to that passion of wine, always revealing more than you expected to appreciate.
It’s said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I set out to find them.
Kicking myself all over the place… We all know that “Opportunity only knocks once,” and I didn’t answer the door… I’m still asking myself, “Are you kidding me?” BACK STORY: I had just booked a flight to North Carolina to visit my daughter and her lovely family. Then, I got the call. “We want you […]
I was very fortunate to be hired for a couple of years by Enoforum Wines to advocate for Portuguese wines. Part of my PR job actually took me to Portugal, so I could learn about their culture. Any civilized culture includes their wine history. Portugal’s wine culture took serious root, when the Romans invaded. These […]
While in Portugal and the Alentejo wine grape growing region, I was a guest of Enoforum Wines. At the time, I received a well-rounded education from my friend Delfim Costa. From the beginning of our friendship, Delfim has taught me that to understand Portuguese wines it’s most important to first understand the people of Portugal. […]
It is said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I set out to find them. After extensive research, sources are cited at the bottom. Here you go, researchers. Portuguese White Grape Varieties (Name ~ DOC Region) [A] Alicante Branco Algarve ~ Bucelas, Carcavelos Almafra Almenhaca Alvadurão Alvar Alvaraca ~ Douro […]
As I’ve earlier written, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. This continues to be my mantra today, to which I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of […]
During the past 3,000 years, Portugal experienced an ebb and flow of different civilizations invading their country. From Iberian to Tartessian, Celtic, Phoenician and Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Arabic, Jewish, and the Moors, all of these aggressors left interesting imprints on this small, Mediterranean country. It is important to note that in 868 A.D., during […]
Being a wine publicist is like being a mother watching your children grow ~ Enoforum Wines experiences a growth spurt and I’m so delighted
Although my job with Enoforum Wines ended over a year ago, my relationship to them has remained. Once Enoforum found an importer, the next steps involved getting placements with wholesalers within each state. PR – sensibly – had to be put on a back burner. Without unlimited resources, which very few companies have these days, […]