Archive for the Tag 'Travel and Tourism'

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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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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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Things to do in wine country, non wine (sorta) related ~ Friday Fotos ~ Car Shows

Believe it or not, there’s plenty to do. Car shows are extremely popular. Many wineries even have their own car shows. While I worked at Ironstone Vineyards, they had an annual Concours d’Elegance. Lemon Creek Winery in Michigan has a couple of them (Father’s Day and Harvest). These images show how cars in California outlive […]

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Adventures in Portuguese History Have Created an Abundant Food & Wine Legacy

[All comments for today will count toward The Vintner’s Luck ~ A Give Away ~ You may enter once a day to increase your chances.] I wrote this article for the International Council of Reflexologists, Newsletter 2010. They are having their annual conference in Castro Verde, Portugal in 2011. This story was intended to introduce […]

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I never wanted to go to jail, but was okay with it this one time…

While traveling to Portugal on wine business… A day in the life of a wine publicist. Trading in drinking bars for prison bars… Who knew? Even the chairs are made of iron… Such punishment. Red table cloth… All the way. A historical piece talks of days when the prison was in full swing. A waiter […]

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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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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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To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People

Having spent 10 days in Portugal, as the guest of my client Enoforum Wines, my world of wine just became greatly expanded. It didn’t begin with the wine, though, it began with the people. In this coming week, I’m going to be exploring what I’ve just learned. It began the moment I was picked up […]

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Images of Portugal That Speak One Thousand Words

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Images of a Journey into the Portugese Culture, to better understand their wines

I’m finally able to get some of my own images onto this blog, but I am still limited with time and resources. Leaving the US and trying to reestablish an office has been a bear, because we’ve also got full days and nights of exploration away from my computer and connectivity. wine-blog-org_lisbon_smallcars These are images […]