Archive for the ‘Portugal’ Category

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Wine is only one element of culture ~ Alentejo’s Azulejos

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.

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A list of Portuguese wine grapes, I need your help!

It’s said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I set out to find them.

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Three PORT wine picks from Wilfred Wong, Cellar Master at BevMo!

Tweet Wilfred Wong is the popular and affable Cellar Master at BevMo! His palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. Three PORT wine […]

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Are you thinking of importing wine?

Tweet Are you thinking of importing wine?  Then, you need to read and bookmark this blog post, and get the book. I’ve yet to see anyone articulate it so well. that’s because Deborah M. Gray falls into the category of been there, done that, and wrote the book on it. “How to Import Wine, An […]

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Opportunity only knocks once and I didn’t answer the door

Tweet 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 […]

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Putting a cork in it….

Tweet Putting a cork in it… is the way I prefer, quite honestly. 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 enough to actually sign up for being able […]

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Portugal’s wine world expresses their history through Manueline architecture

Tweet Just as California has European influences that express our history, so does Portugal’s wine world express its history through Manueline architecture. Everything about Portugal leads one back in time to whomever was the invader of that particular time… And many there were… each adding to the overall decadent character of their architecture. By the […]

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Wine Life Highlights ~ Portuguese Wines

Tweet 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. […]

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Portuguese Wine Grape Varieties

Tweet 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 ~ […]

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Amphoras Role in the History of Winemaking

Tweet 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 […]