Category: Wine

Austria: Innsbruck

Breakfast in Italy, lunch in Austria, dinner in Germany, oh the good life I have! Besides the natural anatomy of those countries, and the fact that if you drive from Germany to Italy you must cross Austria, it still sounds utterly decadent to be in three countries in one day. Also in the Alps and…
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January 26, 2010 0

Italy: Veneto

Romeo and Juliet were lucky to have had so many good wines on hand. Being from Verona, a beautiful Roman city in the Veneto, the two had Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella within 5 miles or less. Pioneer in implementing the first wine road, or strada del vino, and to open Italy’s first wine school, the…
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January 20, 2010 0

Italy: Trentino Alto-Adige

Ciao Bolzano! or should I say Halo Bozen? Bolzano or Bozen is one of the two provinces that make up the region of Trentino-Alto Adige, in the northernmost part of Italy. Südtirol as it is known in German, has a long history. The south of the region around the city of Trento has always been Italian,…
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January 14, 2010 0

Portugal: Lisbon

Our last night in Portugal was well spent in Lisbon. First things first: before hitting the town we relaxed in the hotel’s courtyard in the company of a sparkling Vinho Verde, 100% Alvarinho grape. Super nice and crisp, it helped us to come up with the plan.  We would start with drinks at Chiado and…
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January 13, 2010 0

Portugal: Tomar & Coimbra

Lunch in Tomar was bucolic, the city though, surprisingly pretty. Founded as headquarters of the Knights Templar in the 12th century, Tomar is home to some of the most significant monuments in Europe. The best example is the The Convent of Christ of Tomar– part of Unesco’s World Heritage since 1983. ** Capital of Portugal…
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January 11, 2010 0

Portugal: Dao

Waking up at Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo and seeing the Douro first thing in the morning was one of the highlights of this trip. Swimming in their pool amidst the vineyards was dream like or movie like. In fact I did feel like a celebrity drinking a bottle of their 3 Pomards white…
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January 10, 2010 0

Portugal: Quinta do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto sits atop one of the thousand mountains that shape the Douro valley, facing the Douro river and surrounded by the never ending rows of Schist terraced vineyards. I never imagined it to be this beautiful. I supposed no one would, for its magic really kicks in once you are there. If I…
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December 18, 2009 0

Portugal: Porto

Portugal has over 340 local grape varieties, but only about a dozen make quality wine. The ones used in the Douro wine region for the production of Port and still wines are Touriga Nacional,  Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Roriz– the Portuguese name for Tempranillo. In Porto, the city that gives name…
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December 15, 2009 0

Spain: La Mancha

La Mancha happens to be the largest demarcated wine region in the world and it lies just 200km south of Madrid. I spent a whole day at Pago del Vicario, in its beautiful organically designed complex that blends in with the landscape and its surrounding vineyards. The region is so flat that anything would stand…
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November 30, 2009 0

Spain: Toro

The first wine region I visited in Spain was Toro, one of the DOs found in Castilla y Leon, located around the Duero river west of Ribera del Duero and northwest of Rueda. The Duero crosses the region from east to west, becoming the Douro as it drifts through Portugal. Toro wine history dates back…
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November 29, 2009 0