Archive for the Tag 'Alentejo'

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Portuguese historical adventures have created an abundant food and wine legacy

If you’re not familiar, Portuguese historical adventures have created an abundant food and wine legacy, for which they are most proud… while being very humble about it as the same time. 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 […]

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The 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. […]

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Being a wine publicist is like being a mother watching your children grow ~ Enoforum Wines experiences a growth spurt and I’m so delighted

Although my job with Enoforum Wines ended over a year ago, my relationship to them has remained. Once Enoforum found an importer, the next steps involved getting placements with wholesalers within each state. PR – sensibly – had to be put on a back burner. Without unlimited resources, which very few companies have these days, […]

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Missing Portugal’s Wine Country: The Medieval Influences That Still Affect Modern Times

I’m missing Portugal so much. It’s interesting to visit another country, and then have your heart tied up in it forever. (I feel the same way about Maui; although, it’s one of the 50 states, getting there’s a bit complicated, and it’s not like any of our other states.) I could have gone back there […]

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The Importing and Selling of Portuguese Wines ~ Who’s Doing It and Why?

I’m fascinated by the following facts, presented at the ViniPortugal wine tasting seminar by Evan Goldstein MS. Portugal is the seventh largest exporter to the US Their exports to us are growing at a staggering 34.7 percent in the last year Their red wine exports to the US are up to 126.4 percent in the […]

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Vini Portugal ~ Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein’s Seminar ~ Portuguese Wines

 About Evan Goldstein: Master Sommelier, Full Circle Wine Solutions, San Francisco, CA ~ President and Chief Education Officer… Evan is the author of Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence (On Premise Communications Inc.) and the critically acclaimed Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food (University of California Press). […]

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Portuguese Wines ~ What the Experts Are Saying ~ An Update

Working with Enoforum Wines from the Alentejo Region of Portugal, I’m intrigued by what others have to say about Portuguese wines. I’ve personally found Portuguese wines to be a tremendous value. This has a lot to do with the cost of living and making wine in Portugal versus the cost of doing the same in […]

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Living in Portugal, by Anne de Stoop

Anne de Stoop not only captures the heart and soul of these wine regions: Minho Douro Oporto Alentejo … But, she also writes about: where to stay where to eat markets to visit museums to explore gardens to experience where shopping is the most fun If ever there was a female author whose command of […]