The Douro goes to California

Life on the Douro in the Chaplin Theather in Hollywood

The presentation of film Life on the Douro in California came to the end. Judging by the comments of the people it was a large success. Those who have never been neither in the Douro or Porto, could see how beautiful and breathtaking (using Dominic Symington words) the landscape is and long, complex and puzzling the history has become. Even for those who visit regularly the Douro valley, and there were some, there is always something new, something yet to be discovered that Zev Robinson’s film brings to us. As I said to Zev after the SF screening, the more I see the film, the better I enjoy it!

After the screening, people could experience a tasting of Douro still wines and Ports, from a dozen of producers. If I well remember, these are the producers that donated bottles for the tasting: Dow’s, Ferreira, Graham’s, Niepoort, Quevedo, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Portal, Quinta do Vale Meão, Sandeman, Taylor’s.

The screening rooms chosen for the presentation also had their piece of history. And what a history! In Hollywood, Los Angeles, the Chaplin Theater was the place where Charlin Chaplin used to present his films to friends. Can you imagine what I felt when I saw the Douro projected on the same screen where Chaplin project his projects? It made me shiver… In San Francisco the history of the room is different, is more related with the institution that runs all the facility. Delancey Stree Foundation is a self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom. And there we were, helping those you need to be helped


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