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It’s only 2 weeks now before I set off from Santander in northern Spain on my journey to Mendoza, Argentina.   This is my wonderful prize for winning the Great Wine Capitals guests bloggers contest.  I received my flight tickets and itinerary a few weeks ago giving me the pleasure of knowing well in advance where I was going and the opportunity to look forward to what awaits me there.  Thank you...
This post, by Alexandra Fula Pinto, participated in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Recently, The New York Times payed high compliments to our city, Porto, which are all true and long overdue, in my opinion. Full of life and wisdom, Porto mixes the old and the new generation quirks and has a soul of their own. I know Porto by heart. I know its...
This article by Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. All the photographs of Château de Rouillac-Pessac-Léognan are from the author. The Rouillac property is a former noble land donated by the King of France to one of its advisers. It was bequeathed by him to Jean de Martigny in 1698. At that time...
At Totally Spain we admire the work of the Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) and have entered its Guest Bloggers Program competition for the past two years. Last year was the first year and we were very proud to have our entry included but alas no joy. This year, we entered again. And we WON! Me (Ken Baldwin from Totally Spain) absolutely delighted to hear the great news If you want to read our...
This post, written by Jonathan Snashall, was a finalist in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Competition sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. You are in the entertainment business" Robert Joseph told 140 attendees at the Great Wine Capital’s (GWC) address on wine tourism last week. It’s been said before but how many wine people grasp the actual meaning – and what is takes to achieve real...
This post by Beth Delthony is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. All photos Copyright Beth Delthony Spending the weekend visiting wineries in Mendoza is great except that many wineries are closed on Sundays! Rather than driving all over trying to visit the few that are open, head down to Valley Uco. Most wineries here are...
This post, by Paris-based but Porto-born journalist Patricia Tavares, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Porto with a view "I didn ́t ask to be Portuguese. I just got LUCKY!" Oporto has a happy sadness. Douro River drowns every tear in wine barrels. Porto is the corner space marked as “GO” in this board game of immigration....
This post by Ana Astrid O'Reilly is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. - I think that this might be our exit but I’m not sure-, I said tentatively. I could never tell whether the signs indicated an exit or a service area. I’m not a very good navigator and Italian road signs got the better of me every time.   - What does the sign...
This post, submitted by Ecotours Portugal, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. The American group of Jim Wagner is fantastic! They visited Portugal and one of their best moments were in Douro Valley. They loved the tranquillity of this region, they were impressed with the chance to tread grapes and they loved the Port Wine. At...
This post, written by Per Karlsson of BK Wine Tours, is a particicpant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. “In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town wrote in his log book that a certain Jan Blanx, arquebusier on the ship, was sentenced to fall from the yard arm [a boom half way up the mast] and to receive 50 lashes for having wilfully...

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