Nuno Vale and I sat at the edge of the rain; sheets of grey and blue washing across the piazza as we hunkered down under the relative safety of a large patio umbrella and prepared for the interview. It was he, the Director of Marketing for vini Portugal, and I, the relatively new wine-journalist, finding respite from the organized chaos of an industry wine-tasting in the serenity of Vancouver’s downtown on a blustery Spring afternoon.
Light classical music made its way through the din of early rush-hour traffic and as we found comfortable positions on the wrought-iron chairs my mind raced through the myriad of questions I would like to ask Mr Vale had I all the time in the world.
But I didn’t.
I had 10 minutes to glean as much information as possible from a man who was coordinating one of the most diverse groups of winemakers anywhere in the world. But, as I began to fret over “This question? No – no I need to ask him…” I found myself perfectly relaxed and at peace. Perhaps it was the now gentle murmur of the rain pelting the umbrella, perhaps the soothing quality of Brahms on the distant speakers, or perhaps it was Nuno as he insisted I call him.
Here was a man who seemed perfectly at home perched on a second story patio overlooking my coastal city in the throes of downtown traffic madness. He smiled in such a genuine way that I discovered I was smiling as well: It was a beautiful day to talk wine.
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