Archive for the Tag 'Alentejo'


Adega Coop de Redondo in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

If you get a chance, you’ll be doing yourself a tremendous favor, when you discover the Wines of Portugal. As my host, Enoforum Wines introduced me to winemaker Pedro Hipólito of Adega Coop de Redondo (established in 1956). Based in the town of Redondo, in Portugal’s Alentejo district, this is a municipality of the Évora […]


Carmim Winery in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

This is a beginning of a series of wineries in the Alentejo region in Portugal. I was based in the amazingly charming and very historic town of Évora. Enoforum Wines was my host, while I was introduced to the Wines of Portugal. At some point, I’d love to return to explore the spectacular beauty of […]


Cork, it’s what’s for dinner

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 […]


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.


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.


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

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 […]


Portugal’s wine world expresses their history through Manueline architecture

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 first […]


Explorers of Portugal Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

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. […]


Portuguese Wine Grape Varieties

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 […]


Amphoras Role in the History of Winemaking

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 […]