• #wine #winetasting,  events,  travel

    A Wining Hour…at Sea!

    There are two things I love: wine and water. I enjoy boating and cruising every chance I get. I also enjoy wine education and wine tasting. When you combine being in, on or near the water and wine…well, that just takes the cake!  While this is something I do regularly, I recently had a very interesting ‘wining (wine-ing) hour at sea.’  A few weeks ago, I boarded a cruise with my favorite company, Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line is not just my favorite.  In fact, the World Travel Awards named NCL a leading cruise line for 9 years in a row.  So, while in Europe, I cruised along the…

  • #wine #winetasting,  Apulia,  Basilicata,  Calabria,  campania,  events,  Molise,  Puglia,  Sicilia,  Sicily,  travel

    Southern Italian Wines take Center Stage at Radici del Sud

    Showcasing Southern Italy While most people are familiar with the wines of Central Italy and Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Trebbiano, etc.) and those of Northern Italy (Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, etc.), the wines of Southern Italy are lesser known. The fact that Italy has over 500 grape varieties, making it that much more challenging. Yet, winemakers, wine tasters, journalists and many others are doing their part to promote wines of the south.  Radici del Sud is one such organization. Since 2005, Radici del Sud endeavors to shine the spotlight on Southern Italy by featuring wines produced from native grapes in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicily.  Radici del…

  • #Tuscany,  travel

    50 Harvests at Montefioralle Winery, and only the Tuscan Sky is the Limit

    Montefioralle: All about Family, Authenticity and Endurance A celebration is definitely in order for Montefioralle Winery, as 50 wine harvests or la vendemmia Cinqantesimo is a pretty big deal. Azienda Agricola Montefioralle is a small winery located in the picturesque, medieval hill-top village of the same name, Montefioralle, which is in the commune of Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. When one dreams about Tuscany and/or a winery in Tuscany, Montefioralle is the epitome. Although they have only 5 hectares (2 acres) of vineyard, making it one of the smallest wineries in Chianti Classico, Montefioralle has been doing big things…for 50 years! Olive trees…

  • Portugal,  travel

    Discovering the Douro Hospitality with Bulas Family Estates

    A Warm, Wine Welcome at Bulas Estates It has been said that first impressions are everything.  First impressions set the tone for the rest of the relationship and/or experience.  When I traveled to Portugal, I stopped in Lisbon and I did also spend a day or so seeing the lively city of Porto.  However, when my visit to the Douro Valley of Portugal commenced with Team Douro, the Bulas Family Estates facilitated my first real experience with the land, the people, the food and the wines.  To say that I was blown away or impressed, would be an understatement.  Perhaps, awestruck, astounded, or even flabbergasted are better choices to describe…

  • Portugal,  travel

    Discovering the Douro with CARM Vinhos

    CARM Winery: Douro Superior at its Best Exploring a wine region is not an easy task, but someone has to do it.  Since I love my friends and fellow winelovers, I was elated to sacrifice and learn more about the Douro Region of Portugal (for them, of course).  As with any wine region, there are usually different sub-zones and territories.  The Douro is no different.  The Douro Region has three sub-regions: Douro Superior, Baixo Corgo and Cima Corgo.  As part of a Team Douro wine tour, I was able to see, discover and taste the best of the Douro.  My visit included a tasting and lunch at CARM in Douro Superior. CARM,…

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