by Melba Allen
Now that I’m finally on a steady pace with my classes, I can now put some attention towards some things that I’m excited about doing. One thing that I can’t wait to do is take part in the 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop to be held in Perugia, Italy in January. What an eye opener the last International Wine Tourism Conference was for me! I learn a lot about what’s going on in Wine Tourism in Portugal and around the world, but also met some wonderful and interesting people. Persons like Marcy Gordon, and fellow Texans Merrill and Paul Bonarrigo of Messina Hof Wineries. I visited Merrill and Paul this summer and they have a great place for wine Tourism and wonderful bed and breakfast called The Vintage House.
We also visited much of the Douro, home to Portugal Port wines. We received a very warm welcome on a chilly yet sunny day, and visit of the Quinta Do Panascal. Tastings Portuguese reds, whites and sparkling wines where on the agenda during our visit to Avassara.
Because I’m not that familiar with the wines of Umbria, I’m really looking forward to this discovery and taking more time to listen to what some of my colleagues have to say during the Conference.