Far be it for me to talk about Thanksgiving dinner while we are enjoying 60 degree weather bearing our naked white arms to our Catalan neighbors. However, even while we sit enjoying the delayed change of the seasonal guard from bright florescent green to matted earthy browns, reds and muted […]
With the holidays “just” around the corner, Ryan and I were recently inspired by a post on the Well Fed Network that is promoting wine and food books through their Amazon store. By going to the Well Fed Network home page and clicking on the “shop” tab, you not only […]
Editor’s note: This article was written in 2006, and I am no longer an English teacher, but the information here is as relevant now as it was then. Iberia does not hide winemaking from children, nor do I sense they ever will. Â Allow me to begin this post […]
Pronounciation: Pick-a-pole Other known names: Picpoul, Folle Blanche, Piquepoul, Gros Meslier, Picpoul, Folle Blanche, Avello and Picpoule Blanc. Historically dating back to the 17th century, Picapoll is a grape varietal native to the Languedoc area of France that has currently found its way to the northeast portion of Spain in […]
Pla de Bages is a small and old winemaking region that gained its DO status in 1995 and by 1998, international recognition for their exceptional wines. Located 43 miles northwest of Barcelona in the southeast Catalunya, the name of Pla de Bagés is rumored to have come from the Roman […]
Welcome to another Catavino weekly news roundup! I figured that Ryan has done more than his fair share of this little ditties as of recent and thought I was my turn to give you the scoop from the week’s events. So without further adieu, here what’s happening in Iberian wine […]
Being that my trip to the States is coming to a rapid close, I decided that there was no better way to spend a beautiful fall evening than visiting one of a handful of Spanish Tapas Restaurants in the Northern suburb of Evanston, Illinois. Squeezed amongst the plethora of high quality international restaurants sits Tapas Barcelona. And although I was unfamiliar with both its menu and atmosphere, I was incredibly excited to not only get a small taste of home, but also experience how Americans choose to express Spanish cuisine.
So what does the longest nose, the oldest elephant and the tallest human chair stack have in common? Other than potentially being part of a traveling circus, they are all records that have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records! On Friday, September 15th, at 9pm, oenophiles will […]
A few weeks ago, while I was in Minnesota, I made a quick dash into a wine store that I feel is a “must see” for those of you in the Twin Cities. Solo Vino, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been rated one of the best wine stores in the Midwest by both the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine and the City Pages. Founded in 2001 by Sam Haislet, the former sommelier at Zander Café, and Chuck Kanski, another sommelier at places like the Vintage and Pazzaluna, feels as if their intention was to create a liquor store that resembles an incredible restaurant’s wine list.
Greetings from the balmy state of Chicago where the cicadas are chirping louder than the bustling traffic of Madrid. Some of you may be aware of this already, but I have been wrapping up some paperwork in the States, while taking some extra time to visit friends, family and of […]