Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

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Lisboa ~ While visiting a monastery a play broke out

Tweet The culture of wine transcends what’s in the vineyard, in the wine cellar, and what’s in the glass. It takes all of that into account, and it also the people, the customs (including foods) and the arts. When I study wine, I immerse myself in every single aspect of it, most especially if I’m […]

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Piemonte’s Fall Favorites

Tweet Piemonte in the fall… Um, the splendor. Piemonte is translated as the foot of the mountain.  And, I’m going with the Italian version of how it’s written and pronounced for this blog story, to be more genuine with the location. This was an excellent lesson about geographical locations, when I visited Lisboa… Right, Lisboa… […]

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The First Global Village ~ How Portugal Changed the World, by Martin Page

Tweet Image via Wikipedia When a book arrives on one’s doorstep as a gift, it has not only come from the sender, but it’s also arrived from the universe as a token of change and an opportunity for expansive knowledge. This is what The First Global Village by Martin Page became for me. Before it […]

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Sitelines at Tres Sabores was splendor in the vines

Tweet Sitelines at Tres Sabores was a delicious midsummer night’s dream. Promoted by Julie Johnson and her husband Jon Engelskirger, this year’s event was their second annual (if indeed this is to be an annual event). If it is and you love the arts, you don’t want to miss it next year. I did overhear […]

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Portland Oregon’s Annual Rose Festival + Oak Knoll Winery’s Annual Wine label art contest

Tweet Oak Knoll Winery’s Annual Wine label art contest for Portland Oregon’s Annual Rose Festival was unveiled on April 25 in downtown Portland. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a community to sponsor an annual festival that fosters complete pride by all members of its neighborhood. This is […]

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Rolling in a rich history: Greece is a museum inside a bottle of wine

Tweet I recently received an Email from Anh Phan, the communications manager at Eklektikon LLC, an importer of eclectic Greek wines in the US. Anh wrote: “I wanted to inform you about our company’s unique approach to wine. Eklektikon is more than just exquisite wine; it is about the embodiment of the best of Greek […]

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Iron Horse Vineyards was at the official launch of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Initiative

Tweet Joy Sterling, of Iron Horse Vineyards, was recently honored to be an invited guest of the official launch of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Initiative. Announced by Ambassador Capricia Marshall, the U.S. Chief of Protocol from Washington D.C., this event was for the presentation of an American Chefs Corps, intended to elevate food, wine, […]

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Ode to a Wine Incarnate, as written by Dr. Sondra Barrett

Tweet The first time I read through Wine’s Hidden Beauty ~ Bioscapes of Wine: Sondra Barrett, I began to think of wine as a whole new entity, something much grander than a liquid food. Reading it didn’t inspire me to write about whether or not the book worked for me and how I’d share that. […]

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First Steps in Winemaking & Real Cidermaking On a Small Scale

Tweet Two new books have arrived, as we head into the last quarter of the year and the holiday gift giving season. But, these two are even more seasonal. This is the season to ferment, and these books are right on cue. Both are from Fox Chapel Publishing, celebrating their 20th Anniversary (1991 – 2011). […]

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Children Should Be Welcomed Here ~ Wine Country

Tweet When I worked at Robert Mondavi Winery, I loved all aspects of being there, with one exception. I had a really hard time with the repetition of Wine 101 three to four times a day. I reached the point of feeling like I was channeling Lily Tomlin, doing her Broadway hit of “Searching for […]