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This post, submitted by Ken Baldwin of Totally Spain, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Rather like its wine, the region of La Rioja in Northern Spain is an elegant and very traditional region – nothing too brash or overly showy here. All Shapes and Sizes Just like music, architecture and literature, it’s hard to characterise...
This post, submitted by Maria João Carvalho is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program. Texts from the blog http://portoadvice.tumblr.com/ 3. Beware of newstands cats I am not a cat person. That said, I think this cute, fat and healthy cat is very happy living inside this newstand located between Rua Mouzinho da Silveira and Largo de S. Domingos. The owner told us he used to live inside...
What do you really notice when you visit a city for the first time?  Read Porto resident Gabriella Opaz' impressions by following the link: http://catavino.net/the-textures-of-porto-what-makes-a-city-beautiful/ This post is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
This post, submitted by Bordeaux-based journalist Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sopnsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.   After 3 years of frustration on the part of visitors to Bordeaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is once again open to wine enthusiasts. It was worth the wait, the wine making cellar has been transformed but so has the cultural part...
This post, submitted by Mendoza-based Amanda Barnes, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.   Ever since moving to the sunny and pleasant land of Mendoza, my favorite pastime has been eating in wineries. Yes, the mountains are awe-inspiring, the sunny days permeate your skin to warm your soul and the people all flatter you till...
This post, written by Amanda Barnes, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. When imagining “cool climate” wines, what springs to my mind first is the image of soggy, wet vines and miserable days of drizzle that leave your head firmly in the clouds — and not in a good way. Spending the first 25 years of my life in England probably...
For 3rd time in less than 6 months, the renowned and prestigious business journal Financial Times recognizes Mendoza as excellence destination for wine tourism. The journalist highlights in his long chronicle: "Everywhere we drove there was evidence of wine's ideas importance in Mendoza, Both as agriculture and culture." Wine unites us "- wine unites us - proclaimed a billboard on the roadside...
*/ This post about Bodegas Miguel Merino in Rioja, was submitted by Bill Eyer for the 2014 Guest Bloggers program.   Explorers, where have they all gone? It's a big question on my mind these days, as I quietly recall fond memories of a summer travel adventure to Rioja. Our history is replete with explorers, yes some of fame and others of infamy. With navel-gazing being today’s new Olympic ‘...
We are all looking forward to spending quality and fun times with our loved ones, while dreading planning the whole thing. At some point we have all done the all-inclusive resort, where the kids happily play in the children’s club and the parents relax by the pool. Let’s face it though - towards the end of it, it tends to get a bit boring as you never go out of the resort! Wouldn’t it be easier...
This post, by Clare Tooley, was submitted to the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program. Blogs are meant to be personal but I have a feeling this one should probably come with a health warning: ‘DANGER, winelover falls head over heels’. My brief encounter with the Napa has left me a little breathless and greatly inspired. It has provoked an emotional response which I express here, warts and all, in the...

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