Archive for the Tag 'Alentejo'

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Cork, it’s what’s for dinner

Tweet 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 […]

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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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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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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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Explorers of Portugal Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

Tweet 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 […]

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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 […]

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Portuguese historical adventures have created an abundant food and wine legacy

Tweet 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., […]

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The Explorers of Portugal Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

Tweet 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 […]