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Friday Feature Photo: The Portuguese Village of Wisdom

Photographer: Jairo BD Capture Date: December 30, 2007 Location: Coimbra, Portugal About: In regards to profound historic significance and pure enchantment, Coimbra is second only to Oporto and Sintra. Its stone facades nestle along a hill that rise above the curves of the river Mondego, the ornate buildings of the famous University of Coimbra are its crowning […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just […]

Friday Feature Photo: Portuguese Grilled Octopus

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: May 2, 2009 Location: Colares, Portugal About: Grilled octopus can be a tricky dish. Cooked too long, octopus tastes like glue. Cooked too short and you’re gnawing on rubber. But when grilled to perfection, it’s tasting pure heaven! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Controversial Grape of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: April 21, 2011 Location: Utiel-Requena, Spain About: With a climate ideally suited for growing Bobal and a score of growers and winemakers passionate about preserving their heritage and rewriting the modern wine story of their region, the DO Utiel-Requena has sparked the interest of the true wine aficionados […]

Catavino’s Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Portugal: Ditch the High Heels!

I adore a stunning pair of high heels. I’m not talking about the mammoth spikes that can alternatively be used as an assault weapon, or block heels that make you walk like un-oiled stick figure; I’m referring to the elegant sensible heels that sculpt your legs into sumptuous, sleek delectables. That said, Portugal is not […]

The Future of La Bobal

In 2013, Spanish winemaker, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, presented me with my very first glass of Bobal at a wine tasting in Madrid. The wine was a monovarietal, picked from old vines, that showed an intensely potent fruit and flowery bouquet. The flavor was so vibrant and fruit-forward that I felt […]