Wine

Real Companhia Velha 1756

17.56 Museum & Enoteca in Porto, Portugal

"This is a project that we had been dreaming about for years, if not decades,” said Pedro Silva Reis, Chairman of Real Companhia Velha...
Wine O’Clock on a Windstar yacht

Wine O’Clock on a Windstar yacht

Start with an alkaline-rich terroir…employ sur-lie aging and bâtonnage…follow with malolactic acid conversion, et voilà! A chardonnay, dense and complex, its minerality preserved, and...
Quinta da Plansel

Exemplary vines, first-class wines in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

Tom and I met winemaker Dorina Lindemann at Essência do Vinho, at the Portugal Wine Connection in the Palacio de Bolsa’s magnificent Salon Arab....
wine in the making

Way off the beaten path in Portugal’s Douro Valley

After rinsing our feet in a basin of water, we stepped into the granite lager—Portugal’s traditional venue for treading grapes by foot. For our...
Wort Wine Day Regatta

Portugal’s Port Wine Day, Fourth Edition

Innovative, informative and crowd-pleasing—Port Wine Day celebrates the wine that made Portugal’s Douro Valley famous. The events of Port Wine Day commemorate the day...
sausage and vegetables

‘Scandi-hip’ and locally delicious in Minneapolis, MN

Just back from a month in the US, Tom and I are luxuriating in our memories of The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The...
Provence

Picture-perfect Provence, with wine

Our trip to Provence last summer was filled with times that Tom and I will always remember, times worthy of capture in a photograph—what...
Rome Countryside

A long weekend in the Rome countryside

Rome is such a draw, such an over-achiever, that many travelers never see some of Italy’s finest historical treasures in the nearby rolling hills...
Essência do Vinho, Porto

It’s February–Let’s celebrate Portuguese wine!

It’s February, and time to celebrate Portuguese wine! Essência do Vinho, the country’s most important wine fair, has just concluded in Porto. Simplesmente Vinho,...
Lisboa wine country

Touring Portugal’s Lisboa wine country

A great pleasure in moving to Portugal has been our introduction to all manner of excellent wines: sparkling, red, wine and fortified. One of...
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