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How to Open the Doors of Portception

With (deep) apologies to William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell along with Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and the Doors of “Peace Frog” and more: If the doors of Portception were cleansed every thing would appear to people as they are, Infinite. For people have closed themselves up, till they see all [More]

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Headed to Portugal: Boats, Trains and Planes

Greetings from the Newark Liberty International Airport, good ol’ EWR. I’m waiting to board a flight to Lisbon then Porto for a media trip sponsored by Symington Family Estates. It’s my first visit to Portugal in (gasp!) six years. What will I be doing while I’m there? I’m glad you asked. My first full day [More]

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Blog Post Roundup: Portuguese Food and Wine at Esporão and Quinta dos Murças

Great Portuguese food and wine were on hand during my recent press trip to Portugal as a guest of Esporão and Quinta dos Murças. The regions of Alentejo and Douro where the two wineries are located, respectively, were also dramatic, and dramatically different. Here are links to experience some of the many highlights: A Portuguese Sparkling [More]

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Dizzying Heights, Hairpin Curves, and The Vineyards of the Douro

My pale and windblown look certainly had something to do with the journey to reach the top of one of the highest vineyards in the dramatic, and dramatically beautiful, Douro region of Portugal. While on a press trip as a guest of Esporão and visiting Quinta dos Murcas, we took a drive to visit the [More]

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A Portuguese Wine Adventure

I am off in the morning on a press trip to visit Esporão in Portugal. Look forward to sharing through words and images what I learn about Portuguese red and white wines, food, history, and culture. I’ll be visiting two properties: Herdade do Esporão in Alentejo and Quinta dos Murças in the Douro. Image courtesy Esporão. [More]

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A Portuguese Red Wine for a Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

This vegetarian pasta recipe was, like many of my favorite dishes, pulled out of thin air and comprised of leftovers. It was made even better by having a delicious Portuguese red wine to accompany the prep work, add a little zip to the sauce, and enjoy with the meal. First, the wine. The Quinta dos [More]

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