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  • TAP Wine Tour of Portugal

    Day One in Lisbon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2017

    In mid November there was glorious, summer-like weather during the TAP Wine Tour. We were among 70 journalists from the States, Europe and Brazil. Over three days of bus and airplane hops we visited the major regions and quintas or estates in Portugal. Even for experienced food/ wine/ travel writers this was a rare opportunity. There were four daily vineyards or tasting rooms with several wines at each stop as well as five paired with gourmet meals for lunch and dinner. This is a report on day one, a Monday, which previewed the launch of the three day tour that ended with a TAP Gala in Porto.

  • On TAP in Portugal

    Wine Tour Day Two

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 23rd, 2017

    The wine tasting officially started in the late morning on the terrace of Quinta da Alorna. Some dozen or so wines later, after an elegant lunch, we flew to another region and Esporao. There was a third tasting and dinner at Monte da Ravasquaira. It was lights out at 2 AM then back on the bus at 9 AM. It was a pace that continued for the three day TAP Wine Tour.

  • TAP Tap Tap in Portugal

    Day Three of a Wine Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2017

    By day two of the TAP Wine Tour we were locked into an endurance marathon. We tasted the wines of several regions; the Alentejo, Dao and Douro. Off schedule by two hours we arrived after dark at the venerable and ancient Quinta do Bomfim Symington. After a long hard day I passed on a late dinner that ended at 1:30 AM. The extra sleep helped to get back on track for the third and final day of the program which ended in Porto.

  • TAP Dancing in Portugal

    Final Day of Wine Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 25th, 2017

    Concluding the TAP Wine Tour after three days and many tastings I'm now a fan and convert. ASAP I plan to find a case of the Alvarinho style of white wine. Hopefully it will evoke ecotic memories of ancient quintas and elegant gourmet meal pairings. Even the best trips, however, have their challenges and pratfalls.

  • TAP Gala

    Annual Awards Celebration for Wine and Tourism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2017

    For its annual TAP Gala the Portuguese airline pulled out all the stops. It was a spectacular evening of food, drink, awards and entertanment. There were some 350 VIP guests assembled in a vast Porto warehouse. The event ran well past midnight ending with a performance by renowned Fado singer, Ana Moura.

  • TAP Is On The Move

    TAP Re-Brands

    By: Maria Reveley - Nov 27th, 2017

    TAP Airline of Portugal re-brands and becomes the largest promoter of Portugal in the world. Led by Abilio Martins, VP, of TAP, the airline has invested for the future resulting in great results since 2015. Marketing Portugal through its fine wine and cuisine is an important part of its new image.

  • Hanging Out With Brad Smith

    In Search of Exquisite Port in Porto

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2017

    Brad Smith, a fellow traveler in the TAP Wine Tour is a port authority, reaconteur and comedian. It was a non stop flow of information, insights and humor as we paired up for day trips first in Lisbon and then during the following weekend in Porto. The experience evoked hints of apricot, explosions of flavor, with an aftertaste of Dante and Poe.

  • TAP Enhances the Portuguese Experience

    Michelin Star Chefs And Top Portuguese Wines on Flights

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 01st, 2017

    TAP Airlines cares about their country and customers. Somewhat like a tourism company, TAP prepares you for a Portuguese experience starting 40,000 feet above the earth. Fine Portuguese wines are paired with dishes designed by Michelin Star Chefs. There are videos that educate the viewer about the Portuguese experience.

  • Judging Wine At 40,000 Feet

    Sampling 600 Wines For TAP Airlines

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 11th, 2017

    The tedious work of sampling six-hundred plus Portuguese wines for TAP airlines in-flight wine service was an involved project. There were ten wine tasters, seven from Portugal, two from Brazil, and myself from America . Wines were first sampled on the ground and then the top fifty were sampled in the air on a round trip flight from Lisbon to Prague.

  • Pay Attention To Israeli Wines

    Quality, Not Quantity Is The Focus

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 12th, 2017

    Since Biblical times, wine has been produced in Israel. Originally for religious observances, but, now for consumers, who compose 85% of the market, with the United States, as the leading importer. Kosher wines are produced the same way as non-kosher wines. For that reason, consumers are looking at the wine for what it s, not because its Kosher. Six wines were sampled for this article.

  • Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

    Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 29th, 2017

    In the center of a spacious plaza, a 9-foot modern day Military Working Dog Handler stands with larger-than-life bronze statues of four of the more common breeds of Military Working Dogs utilized by the United States Department of Defense since World War II: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois.

  • Southern France

    Along the Foothills of the Pyrenees

    By: Zeren Earls - Jan 02nd, 2018

    The walled city of Carcassonne, the heritage site Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, the Basque cities of Auch and Bayonne, and the Atlantic coastal cities of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz are treasures that make this region of France unique for the visitor.

  • Northern Spain

    The Basque Country

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 12th, 2018

    The Basque region of northern Spain stands out with its beautiful coastline and unique culture. In addition to being historic towns with notable architecture, the cities of Bilbao, Guernica, San Sebastian and Pamplona boast a vibrant contemporary life flavored with local charm. The network of ancient pilgramage routes, the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) also stretches through this region.

  • Exploring Idyllwild California

    River Deep Mountain High

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 07th, 2018

    It’s not unusual to spot a herd of colorful deer right in the center of Idyllwild, the famously art-hearted small town (pop. 3,874 year-round) in the mountains (elevation 5,413) above Palm Springs. Not your ordinary deer, mind you, but 22 fabulously painted aluminum bucks, does and fawns, each decorated to reflect a part of Idyllwild’s history.

  • Finger Lakes New Vines Vineyard

    Unique Winegrowing Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Revely - May 30th, 2018

    The Finger Lakes are New York states largest wine growing region, with over 150 vineyards crisscrossing the eleven Finger Lakes. One vineyard is home to New Vines B&B and is located within two miles of seven other vineyards. With a resident winemaker on premises and the use of local and homegrown crops for breakfast, it was easy to digest what the Finger Lakes region was about.

  • Mt. Greylock’s Bascom Lodge

    I Could See for Miles and Miles and Miles

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2018

    It was a picture perfect Sunday afternoon when we took a long and winding drive to the 3,491 foot summit of Mt. Greylock. It's rustic Bascom Lodge was constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s. It fell into neglect but was renovated and the road repaired in 2009. There are dorm and private rooms for hikers. In season three meals a day are served and dinner on weekends is generally sold out. There are free events on the porch and we attended a mashup organized by Berkshire Playwrights Lab. At 7 PM we joined the family style dinner. For spectacuar views and a sense of adventure it's a summe treat that's hard to beat.

  • Denver's Museo de las Americas

    Celebrating Era of Pachucos y Sirenas

    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 26th, 2018

    Museo de las Americas, begun in 1992 as one room in a cabinet shop, now occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. building in the heart of Denver's Santa Fe Art District.

  • The Finger Lakes, Gateway To American Wines

    Riesling Rules

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 26th, 2018

    Only hours away from millions of people, the Finger Lakes, located in central New York state, is home to a large wine making population. With over one hundred twenty vineyards, located on or near one of the eleven lakes, the Finger Lakes 'cold climate' wine culture thrives year round, focusing on the Riesling varietal.

  • Crystal Bridges a Landmark Museum of American Art

    Founded by Alice Walton in Bentonville Arkansas

    By: Susan Cohn - Sep 16th, 2018

    The largest work of art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the museum itself, which serves as an anchor for the examination of architecture as art. The design of pods floating over a pond is the creation of Moshe Safdie.

  • Letter from Gloucester: Maximus

    Recalling the Polis of Charles Olson

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Oct 22nd, 2018

    This is the second Letter from Gloucester by correspondent Pippy Giuliano. She evokes the memory of epic Gloucester poet Charles Olson. He was indeed the bard by the sea who created layers of Cape Ann history from colonial times to his era in the poetic tome Maximus. It is in this daunting tradition that she contributes with humility her "lettters."

  • Detroit Then and Now

    Soaring Spaces and Gracious Rooms of Motown

    By: Susan Cohn - Oct 27th, 2018

    Downtown Detroit has been the business heart of the city since the 1850s, expressing prosperity in structures like the 40-story Guardian Building, a 1929 Art Deco skyscraper. The soaring structure with its 632-foot high spire earned the nickname Cathedral of Finance, but its purpose was all business, and during World War II it even served as the U.S. Army Command Center for war time production.

  • Michael McGrath of North Adams in China

    Daily Life at Five Immortals Temple

    By: Michael McGrath - Oct 03rd, 2019

    The days are long and arduous, the training, in rain or shine, warm or cold, difficult. The toilet is a trench. There are no bathtubs or showers - a face cloth bath with boiled water is as clean as you get. Everything comfortable and familiar in your life disappears, left below at the base of the mountain. Day, date and time dissolve in the mountain mists during the climb, and all you are left with is the moment, one after another.

  • El Regajal Winery Is Madrid’s Finest

    Home To 77 Butterfly Species

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 07th, 2020

    When you think of Spain and its wineries, you think about butterflies. Well think again, as you read about El Regajal Winery and winemaker Danny Garcia-Pita. It is a remarkable combination.

  • Mishima and Williams Celebrated in P'Town

    The 14th Annual 2019 Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    By: Edward Rubin - Mar 14th, 2020

    A day late and a dollar short, NY critic, Edward Rubin, is notorious for blowing off deadlines. By now the September, 2019 14th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is a faded memory. Arguably a rose pressed between the pages of a book. But here in loving detail Rubin posts a definitively detailed, documentary account of an historic event. It also serves as a preview of what to expect this September. By then, hopefully, the virus will have passed and we will enjoy the last gasp of summer with magnificent theatre and high jinks by the sea.

  • Letter from Hancock Shaker Village

    Three Little Lambs

    By: Jennifer Trainer Thompson - Apr 19th, 2020

    Jennifer Trainer Thompson, the director of Hancock Shaker Village, has a letter for friends and neighbors. It's spring and the lambs have been born. Soon it is time to plant the traditional gardens. Trying times call for creative solutions.

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