Archive for the Tag 'Lisbon'

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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 […]

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Importers Are the World’s Modern-Day Explorers ~ Value Vines Travels to Portugal: Part I

This blog posting is dedicated to Sally, who asked last week, “After talking with everyone I really want to import wine from Europe… how do I get started?“ To all the Sallys out there… this is why I recommended that you first begin working with someone who knows the ropes; because after a trip like […]

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Alentejo’s Azulejos and beyond ~ the art of Portuguese tiles

Azulejos are tiles that are prolific in Lisbon and the Alentejo. There may be tiles in other areas, but I haven’t visited those locations to know about them. Please comment if you know of others, for the educational aspects your knowledge would bring to these images. They decorate the outside of homes, are found in […]

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Wine Blogger Conferences ~ It’s a Matter of Taste

I’ve been to both the American Wine Bloggers Conference (Santa Rosa 2008) and the European Wine Bloggers Conference (Lisbon 2009). What I’m about to write is something that’s controversial and now rumbling underground, as people think this through and begin to discuss their opinions. I was just reminded of it as I read Paul Gregutt’s […]

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Can someone who can’t eat fish survive in Portugal for long?

FREE Tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes (just comment and click here for further details). Well, I did for 10 successful days, but it wasn’t always simple. This image was taken at Porto de Santa Maria, on Guincho Road. It’s located on the Atlantic Ocean, north of Lisbon. The freshness of the fish is what […]

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One of The Most Interesting Aspects of Portugal in the Alentejo Wine Grape Growing Region

The history of Portugal is richly fascinating, and even more amazing when you visit and see it firsthand. Being there allowed me to experience and touch its ancient past, while exploring the immensely popular and emerging wine region of the world today… the Alentejo. I’m not going to ask you to take only my word […]

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Top 10 Things I Learned in Portugal, Inspired by Wannabe Wino

Sonadora has returned from the Portuguese trip that she won from Enoforum Wines. I created it, conducted it, and then judged Sonadora to be the winner, based on her passion, dedication, and love of wine. She and I were supposed to go together, but she became ill just before we were scheduled to go, so […]

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Amphoras Place in the History of Winemaking, As Seen in Alentejo, Portugal

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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Portugal, The Land of Azulejos ~ From Wine, to Floral, to Frescos ~ It’s All Historical

At the end of October this year, I traveled to Portugal as a guest of my wine client, Enoforum Wines. This was done so I could learn about their wines, their people, Portugal (as a wine making country), and the Alentejo (as a wine growing region). Having traveled there to study all of this, I […]

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Wine Books ~ A Book Lovers Shopping List for the 2009 Gift Giving Season

Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win gifts this December: I admit it… I’m addicted to books… I love them. As I was reading last night, curled up on my couch under a blanket and reading a great book, I was reminded of how luxurious that moment […]