The Chapel of Wine


In Rio Grande do Sul lies the Vale dos Vinhedos. With its landscape of rolling green hillsides dotted with family farms, the vista could easily be mistaken for Tuscany. The state produces 90 percent of Brazil’s wine with more than 30 wineries in the Vale dos Vinhedos alone. At the heart of this community stands a chapel called the Capela Nossa More...

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On October 18, 2018

No Recession in Gramado

  In case you didn’t know, the rich have it all figured out. I’ve just returned from Gramado, one of the richest cities in Brazil and possibly the safest tourist spot in the country. Gramado and More...

On July 27, 2018

A Gorilla Teaches Us

We live in confusing times, to put it mildly. Problems beyond our control or comprehension are presented daily. Whether we gather our information from social media or the evening TV news, the demands of trying More...

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Brazil’s Young Democracy

Brazil is a young democracy. This is not a criticism or an excuse, but an observation. While the country has had several democratically elected presidents in the 20th and 21st centuries, for most of Brazil’s More...

On June 4, 2018

A Little Swim Across the Pacific

Benoît Lecomte has taken up the unprecedented challenge of swimming across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States with the aim of fighting pollution in the ocean. Born 50 years ago in France and a resident More...

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How to Stay Forever Young

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On March 17, 2018

Quilombos Victory

This month, a community descended from African slaves known as quilombos celebrated a victory they’ve waited generations for – the government entitled the community to 220,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest. More...

On January 25, 2018

The King of Rio de Janeiro

For 22 years, Márcio Mizael Matolias has avoided high rents in an upscale district of Rio de Janeiro by living in a sand castle. Instead of going for one of the luxury apartments that line the streets of the pricey More...

On August 14, 2012
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A Marriage Frosted with Love

Great creations come out of bakery kitchens all over the world every day, but it’s rare to find a creation as perfect as André and Alvina Boldori, two Brazilians who met while living in London and have married More...

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On August 9, 2012

Branding Your Internal Customer Service

  By Stephanie A. Parson “Be loose and have fun. Bake phenomenal bread. Run fast to help customers. Create strong and exciting bakeries. And give generously to others.” To satisfy your internal customers, More...