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Bells Up Winery: Meeting the Moment

Bells Up Winery: Meeting the Moment


Posted on Apr 27, 2022

Willamette Valley winery

Sara & Dave Specter.

Over the past several years of interviewing close to 300 winemakers, we’ve come across a lot of stories of unlikely journeys where individuals or couples of have packed up their (often corporate) lives and moved to a different part of the country to pursue a life in wine. The common denominator in those stories has been a dream fueled by passion. But passion alone isn’t always enough to turn winemaking into a viable business. At Bells Up Winery, Dave & Sara Specter have found success by focusing on making quality wine, while at the same time connecting with quality people.

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Quinta da Pacheca: Top of its Class

Quinta da Pacheca: Top of its Class


Posted on Apr 13, 2022

Douro Valley winery

A beautiful winery to visit.

Portugual’s Douro Valley has a storied wine history that dates back centuries, most notably from the time of its demarcation as a region in 1756. One of the original properties within that demarcation is Quinta da Pacheca which we were lucky enough to visit just a few short months ago.

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South Australia Riesling

South Australia Riesling


Posted on Mar 25, 2022

barossa valley wine

2018 Powell & Son Eden Valley Riesling

This month the #WorldWineTravel group is discussing South Australian Whites. During an AdVINEture to Adelaide in 2019, we tasted numerous Rieslings and were blown away by the level of quality we discovered.

What?? South Australia and Riesling in the same sentence? How can that be, you are probably thinking, when Riesling is the ultimate cool climate wine and Australia is the ultimate hot climate terroir? If you can put your pre-conceptions away, as we had to, you will find that there are actually many terrific Rieslings coming out of South Australia that are delicious wines showing varietal character and often at very fair prices.

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Quinta do Bomfim: Distinctly Dow’s

Quinta do Bomfim: Distinctly Dow’s


Posted on Mar 16, 2022

Dow's Port Douro Valley

Inside the cellar at Bomfim.

The name Symington is synonymous with producing high quality Port wine over several generations. Today, the family owns and operates 4 of the world’s most renowned Port houses: Graham’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, and Cockburn’s. Quinta do Bomfim was purchased by Dow’s in 1896 and has the distinction of producing two of the most sought after vintage ports by collectors: the 2007 Dow’s Vintage Port (a 100-point wine as per Wine Spectator) and the 2011 Dow’s Vintage Port (ranked by WS as the best wine in the world in 2014).

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Advinetures wine blogWe are delighted to announce that AdVINEtures has been nominated for a Wine Travel Award under the “Wine & Food Influencer: The Brightest Journey” category. Finalists will be announced March 31st and move to the next round where content will then be judged by a panel.

We are so incredibly grateful for your continued support over the past 7+ years and if you could please take a moment to click on the link below and give us a vote, we would appreciate it.

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Cheers!

Allison & Chris

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Quinta do Soito: Causing a Stir

Quinta do Soito: Causing a Stir


Posted on Mar 2, 2022

Dao region portugal

The entrance to the property.

Every time we go on an AdVINEture, particularly to a region we’ve never been to before, we discover an unexpected gem that provides a memorable experience that we’ll forever associate with that trip. In the case of our recent trip to Portugal, it was Quinta do Soito in the region of Dão that left a lasting impression.

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barossa valley wine

A beautiful old shiraz vine.

This month the #WorldWineTravel group is discussing South Australian Reds. During an AdVINEture to Adelaide in 2019, we tasted several wines and a particular blend stood out for us: Cabernet-Shiraz.

Shiraz is Australia’s most planted viniferous grape variety and if popularity or reputation has anything to do with quality, it is also Australia’s best. But is that general truism really as accurate as many would think? Time perhaps to have a look at Cabernet-Shiraz, the blend that by certain rights might be more deserving of the Greatest Australian Red Wine title.

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Quinta do Noval: Pride of a Naçion

Quinta do Noval: Pride of a Naçion


Posted on Feb 16, 2022

Douro Valley portugal

The view at Quinta do Noval.

Last November we took our first international trip almost 2 years to the day of our last. We chose Portugal for two main reasons: its world-leading vaccination rate at the time combined with the fact that it was very near the top of our wine region bucket list. For years we had heard of the Douro Valley with its steep, terraced vineyards that are so unique the entire region is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. But until you see it in person, no photo seems able to grasp its staggering beauty.

The very first winery we visited was Quinta do Noval, situated in the very heart of the Douro Valley, with the most breathtaking winery view we’ve witnessed yet.

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