Author: Paula Maia

Madrid: Tapas

Before heading to Madrid I regarded Tapas Bars as a heaven of food and wine. Always¬† comforting, the expected Croquetas de Jamon, Tortilla Espanola, Gambas al Ajillo,¬† Jamon Serrano, and the fancy Jamon Iberico, were the perfect match to my Crianza, or better yet, to my year-long waited Xakoli. As with so many cliches, the…
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November 19, 2009 0

Vale dos Vinhedos: Don Candido, Don Giovanni & Miolo

Don Candido is also a member of the Valduga family who set off on his own to open what is now a boutique winery. Favoring quality and tradition, Don Candido produces small quantities of outstanding wines from noble grapes. These have won several international medals and awards. One can still meet with Don Candido in…
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November 14, 2009 0

Friday 13th

November 13th is my grandmother’s birthday. Today she is 84 year old. My granny has always been superstitious. She married a guy who’s birthday fell on the 13th. All her passwords have the 13 number in it. Every 13th of the month she lights a candle, and when she plays lotto, she always bets on…
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November 13, 2009 0

Vale dos Vinhedos: Casa Valduga

Casa Valduga was one of the first Brazilian wineries to make sparkling wines in the method champenoise. The Valduga family arrived in Bento Goncalves in the late 19th Century and soon begun planting the first vineyards in the valley. Today it has the biggest sparkling wine cellar in Latin America, and it is still run…
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November 13, 2009 0

Vale dos Vinhedos: Vinicola Geisse

It was a priority to visit Bento Goncalves’ wineries since I was going to be around there to see what the buzz was all about. How is it possible that the sparkling wines of the Vale dos Vinhedos were being compared to Champagne? Of course they are made in the Traditional Method and with the…
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November 12, 2009 0

Vale dos Vinhedos: Valley of the Vines

Summer in Brazil is what any normal human being dreams of. Lucky for me, I can always go home in the summer and experience household names such as Carnival, Ipanema, Caipirinha, Samba, and much more. More happens to be WINE, of course. Brazil has been making wine since the 1600’s and is now a solid…
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November 11, 2009 0

Munich: Oktoberfest

As crazy as it sounds, after being to 7 wine regions, we headed straight to Munich in time to catch the Oktoberfest. The funny thing is that the Oktoberfest is actually in September. What happens is the weather is so bad in October that they started to push it back until it stayed in September,…
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November 10, 2009 0

Pfalz: Siebeldingen

Hansjorg Rebholz, owner and winemaker of Weingut Okonomierat Rebholz was grand. With such finesse and contained enthusiasm, he graciously and generously guided us through his wines, highlighting the differences in terroir while we savored its end result. Producer of the Year in 2002, Mr.Rebholz is one of the pioneers of top quality in the Pfalz,…
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November 9, 2009 0

Pfalz: Kallstadt

In the Pfalz is where I realized the trip had just begun. As breath taking as all the regions we had been thus far were, the Pfalz was magic. More like a fairy tale than a real place, the second largest wine growing region in Germany, the Pfalz is strikingly distinctive. Cellar master Gunther Deeters…
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November 8, 2009 0

Rheinhessen

We were looking forward to visiting Weingut Keller. With so many golden medals and no wines under 90 points, who wouldn’t? Now in its 8th generation, the Keller family has been making wine since 1789 and in 2002 they received the Vinitaly Award, previously given to Chateau Margaux, Penfolds and Vega Sicilia. Too much excitement,…
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November 7, 2009 0