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.
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 […]
Tweet Amelasio Tempranillo es una seductora (a seductress): an enchantress, femme fatale, temptress, siren all describe this wine… With its deliciously ample and full bodied flavors, this wine was a just delightful one to enjoy. Brought to us (imported) by Vinos & Bodegas of Ciudad Real, Spain, the 2010 Amelasio Tempranillo’s color is cherry red with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tweet Ah to be young and unencumbered, and to be able to just “do what you want trips”… David Shabelman was working for The Hess Collection, last I knew, and then he just slipped away. It happens a lot in the wine business… It’s a swinging door of “who’s now where?” our here. With 6,000 […]
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. […]
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 […]