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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 […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Human Pyramids of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Terrassa, Spain About: One of the most astounding cultural events one can see in Spain, is the castell of Catalunya. A castell is a human tower traditionally constructed in festivals; which translates to “often, as festivals are as ubiquitous in Spain as jamon. During these festivals, teams compete against one […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Lush Green Landscape of Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: October 16, 2014 Location: Douro, Portugal About: Lush, green, gorgeous – these three words have described northern Portugal over and over again. It’s a land rich in moss, wild mushrooms and vines. It’s no wonder that wine here is called “Vinho Verde” (green wine). Desktop Wallpaper: To download this […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Setting Sun Over Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: November 29, 2014 Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal About: As legend has it, Figueira da Foz is named after a fig tree which stood at the quay of Salmanha where the fisherman used to dock their boats; while Figueira derived from the word “fagaria”, which means “opening, huge mouth”. Regardless […]