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A Vindima: A Geologist’s Take on the Grape Harvest in the Minho

Editor’s Note: A few months ago, Fiona Lynch and her husband Jonathan, two passionate geologists, moved from Scotland to the Lima Valley in Minho region in Portugal. And having unexpectedly participated in a Portuguese grape harvest last fall with their neighbor, Manuel, they kindly offered to share their story. We’re very appreciative of their willingness to share their experience, and hope this will be one of many we can expect from them in the future. It was autumn in the lush Minho region; an area of mist and granite of northern Portugal hard up against the border with Spain. Our elderly neighbour Manuel was calling over to us. It was mid afternoon and time for a drink. He carefully poured […]

Vino Joven: Contrasting Cultural Views on Young Quality Wine

Every year in late November, Vila Viniteca sponsors a festival of vino joven (new wine) in the streets of Barcelona. This is always a great chance to taste this year’s wines, harvested just a few months prior and ready to drink. A couple friends and I arrived to Santa Maria del Mar a little after 5 o’clock, paid four Euros for a wine glass and a paper cone full of pasta, and were ready to hit the narrow streets of the Barrio de la Ribera for a little vino and whatever food the local merchants were dishing out. We knew enough to get there early; by 7:00 the hordes of noisy revelers would make any leisurely talks with the winemakers […]

Sipping History: The Spanish Wine Exclusives Tasting in New York

The East Coast was a little soggy last week as I made my way to Manhattan for a tasting of Spanish wines. It was the sort of rainy, humid, New York City mess of a day that makes one want to stay inside, but I’m glad I overcame my weather-induced sloth. A train and two subway rides later, I managed to arrive early at my destination on the lower east side. My reward was a private audience with Justin Berlin of Spanish Wine Exclusives who gave me a detailed overview of their portfolio of seven limited production wines that are only available in the United States through Tinto Fino, the little Spanish wine shop that Gabriella wrote about last year. […]

The Essential Difference Between DO de Pago and Grandes Pagos de España

Editor’s Note: DO de Pago and Grandes Pagos de España can be easily confused, but as Louis Villard of Spiltwine.com found out at a recent tasting, the two are fighting similar causes, yet are altogether different. One of the only things that links the DO de Pago and Grandes Pago de Espana is the word Pago; and to be a Pago, one must make a wine from estate grown grapes. The somewhat controversial DO de Pago is the official term used for Spain’s highest level of classification. As of now there are only nine vineyards with the classification. DO de Pago became official in 2003 and the only two regions to have ratified it are Castilla La-Mancha and Navarra. It’s […]

3rd Annual Wine Tasting in Pairs: Vila Viniteca’s Famed & Festive Event!

On Sunday, Barcelona was the site of Vila Viniteca´s third annual “Concurso de cata por parejas” (Tasting competition for teams of two). This unique event is open to everyone from sommeliers to rank aficionados of all ages and nationalities and one hundred and twenty teams signed up this time. (Come to think of it, isn´t this a little in the democratic spirit of the social media?) The “cata” works like this. In the first round each team must identify the country, the zone, the DO, the grape varieties, and the wine maker of two whites, three reds, and two special wines (sparklers, sherries, ports, “noble rot” wines) from anywhere in the world. The teams of two can talk, argue, and […]

Tapas and Spanish Wine: A London Based Trade Tasting

Editor’s Note: Last week, we asked London food and wine blogger, Rachel McCormack, if she would be interested in revisiting her previous residence of Spain by attending the Wines of Spain (ICEX) trade tasting in London. With her sweet Scottish brogue, Rachel wholeheartedly accepted. Thanks so much Rachel for providing us your take of not only the tasting, but the current state of the Spanish wine trade in London. When I was a child, I used to love Spain. I’d been on holiday three years in a row to the small town of Pollenca in Mallorca and I’d come home and rave about how much I loved it – the food, the language, and the people. Generally, I was met […]

The Spanish Cava that Saved the Party

It seemed like a good idea at the time. My local wine seller said Emeri Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc was “a guaranteed crowd-pleaser” from down under and some non wine geeks were coming over for dinner. A “sparking savvie” seemed a bit weird, but less strange than the same vintner´s 100% Syrah red sparkler which and was not bad at all. And I’m a big sauvignon blanc fan. And some interesting stuff is coming from Australia. I was intrigued. How bad could it be? I found out. The guests arrived, and with the usual weekend pomp, we popped cork and we gave it a taste. Was it my imagination or did all conversation stop? Now, I like almost all wine, but […]

Iberian Spotlight: My Mongetes a La Catalana Recipe

Editor’s note: Everyday, we come across fantastic articles on an Iberian food, wine or cultural experience by a blogger. Some are based here in Spain and Portugal, while others are chiming in halfway around the globe with a new Portuguese recipe or Spanish wine. So in the spirit of sharing quality content, we’re featuring a section on Catavino called, “Iberian Spotlight”, highlighting articles we feel are too great to pass by. Many of these bloggers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve, and by spotlighting them, we’re hoping to show added appreciation for their effort! Catalan food, as observed by my friend Sebina, can be a little heavy sometimes. This mainly comes down to a love of recipes involving beans, especially in […]

Iberian Spotlight: Seville Orange Marmalade

Editor’s note: Everyday, we come across fantastic articles on an Iberian food, wine or cultural experience by a blogger. Some are based here in Spain and Portugal, while others are chiming in halfway around the globe with a new Portuguese recipe or Spanish wine. So in the spirit of sharing quality content, we’re featuring a section called, “Iberian Spotlight”, which highlights articles we feel are too great to pass by. Many of these bloggers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve, and by spotlighting them, we’re hoping to show added appreciation for their effort! Today’s featured blogger is Nani Steele of the blog, My Nepenthe Book who wrote a fabulous post on Seville Marmalade to compliment our post on Spanish Oranges! […]

Iberian Spotlight: The economics of the 2009 harvest and its implications (part 2)

Editor’s note: Everyday, we come across fantastic articles on an Iberian food, wine or cultural experience by a blogger. Some are based here in Spain and Portugal, while others are chiming in halfway around the globe with a new Portuguese recipe or Spanish wine. So in the spirit of sharing quality content, we’re featuring a new section on Catavino called, “Iberian Spotlight”, which will highlight articles we feel are too great to pass by. Many of these bloggers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve, and by spotlighting them, we’re hoping to show added appreciation for their effort! After almost one month of celebrating Christmas, New Year’s and Epiphany, January is usually a pretty dead month in Rioja.  Except in the […]