Our group of 10 meandered into our hotel Senhora da Rosa Tradition & Nature Hotel in Ponta Delgado. It has been a long day, the day of the aborted landing at Ponta Delgado Airport. It is past midnight and we have an early morning pick up for our flight to PICO Island. We have a tasty light supper waiting for us with my goodness no wine! Am I in Portugal? So we crack open a few bottles Quinta Morgado from the Algarve had sent me prior to leaving for the airport in Porto. It is good stuff. The sparkler wins great acclaim as akin to a Piper Heidsieck Brut Reserve. Those Algarvian winemakers know their stuff if this wine is any indication of the wines of the Algarve.
Wait there is no room that has been booked for me. An error of the hotel or of the organizers of Wine and Travel Week? A room is found for me thank goodness. I trudge into the room to a plate of fresh pineapple and a welcome note from the hotel’s manager starting with “Dear Wolfgang Volk. It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Senhora da Rosa Tradition and Nature Hotel.”