Archive for the Tag 'Lisbon'

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Adega Coop de Borba in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

Another day in the life with Enoforum Wines as my host, while enjoying The Wines of Portugal. Winemaker Óscar Gato of Adega Coop de Borba is based in the town of Borba, a municipality of the Évora District, in Portugal. As I’ve written earlier this week, to understand the people and their culture helps to […]

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The Wines of Portugal ~ First You Must Understand its Culture and People

In order to understand the wines of Portugal, first you must understand its culture. My friend Delfim Costa sent this book to me from Portugal. I was so touched with his unexpected generosity, that it became a New Year’s resolution to learn more about Portugal. The book The First Global Village, How Portugal Changed the […]

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Lisboa ~ While visiting a monastery a play broke out

The culture of wine transcends what’s in the vineyard, in the wine cellar, and what’s in the glass. It takes all of that into account, and it also the people, the customs (including foods) and the arts. When I study wine, I immerse myself in every single aspect of it, most especially if I’m traveling. […]

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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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Sip For The Sea benefitting the New York Aquarium

Sip For The Sea is a food & wine benefit for the New York Aquarium, to help repair the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. [Image taken in Monterey, California.] I’ve always been a fan of Aquariums, bringing my own children to the New England Aquarium in Boston as I was raising them. There’s a sense […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Speed Tasting, What’s Your Opinion?

Okay, I’m from the Charm School generation. Seriously, my mother sent me to school to learn how to set a table, walk with a book on my head, and know how to wear gloves. (I’m might have flunked it… I’m not quite sure.) Regardless, I did pick up a few things along the way. I […]

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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 […]