Archive for the Tag 'Portugal'

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Casillero del Diablo is Singularly Worthy of Halloween with a Trick AND a Treat

Sample: Creative Palate ~ for 2017 Casillero del Diablo Red Blend ~ Chile PREFACE HEART ~ THE WINERY SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery SOUL ~ Jo’s notes   [PHOTO in cave: Jo Diaz, at Castello di Meleto, Gaiole in Chianti, Italy ~ PHOTO of old bottles: Jo Diaz at Adega Coop de Borba, in the Alentejo Region […]

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Why is something so simple so hard? “Removing the Cork 101”

Just can’t get enough of this one, as I watch people struggle all the time, including nervous waitservers. Why is pulling out a cork so darn intimidating? Because very few of us in our American culture were raised on wine, so we don’t know how darned easy it is. As we’re on stage when it’s […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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Évora, oh Évora…

Anything, everything, all of the time… I left a chunk of my heart in the Alentejo. Just search on Alentejo, or Portugal, on my wine blog. Sadly, the second trip (media) that came as an opportunity, I had just booked another flight, and missed the boat (plane). But I was already committed. Someday, I will […]

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The History of Amphoras in 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, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal with Delfim Costa, when he was working with Enoforum Wines. In world history, Portugal was invaded by the Romans (like the rest of Europe). When they […]

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Portugal has a very 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 […]