Essência do Vinho, Porto

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

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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

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

Tasting wine and cava in Catalonia’s DO Penedès

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“The more we care for the earth, the better our wine.”  —Bodegas Torres, Penedès Penedès is the largest of Catalonia’s eleven wine regions, stretching between Montserrat...
Flavor memories from Provence

11 food memories from Provence

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My memories from Provence are vivid, and at least for now, all from summertime travels there. They are mostly memories of the Luberon, with...
Portuguese flavors

Sampling Portuguese flavors in the Douro Valley

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A day that begins with a drive through Douro vineyards and a boat ride on the river is off to a fine start. And...
Tasting port with a view

Tasting port with a view

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Our first house guests in Porto provided Tom and me with an always-welcomed opportunity for tasting port with a view. We took our guests...
Douro

“This is our Douro”

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Portugal's Douro Valley is quite the destination these days. In fact, the Douro is one of the reasons Tom and I recently moved to...
Setting sail aboard the Wind Surf

Tasting the food-friendly wines of Spain

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"Did you know that there are now more acres planted to vine in Spain than anywhere else? " asked Sommelier Steve Olson,  as he...
Luxury cruise

Luxury meets culinary aboard the Wind Surf

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Move over Food Network, I'm now officially a cruising foodie! Tom and I recently enjoyed an eight-day culinary adventure with the boutique Windstar cruise...
Graham's 1952 Single Harvest Tawny Port

Tasting the Colheitas of Graham’s

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"Isn't that cool?!" exclaimed our host, raising a goblet of amber-hued liquid and gesturing with it to the distant corners of Palacio do Bolsa's...
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