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Congratulations Portugal: You made ‘the list’ – Now what?

The Downfall of Lists I hate lists!! Maybe because my “Todo” list is perpetually longer than my “Completed” list, which is never good; but every year, as winter approaches, various magazines, websites and media outlets assault us with “Top X” lists. Wine Spectator has long held the “list of all lists” for the […]

The Start of a Portuguese Beer Revolution?

Upon our arrival to Spain, beer was an afterthought. Cheap lagers dominated the landscape with their banal, indifferent flavors that paired well with a sunny terrace. But in 2008, everything changed. With the enormous wave of craft beers pouring through the USA, Spain prepared for its own beer revolution. The initial beer movement began in […]

Aromatized Wines: Can we protect the “style” Sangria in Spain?

The levels of stupidity attained by my fellow man rarely fail to amaze me. Granted, I occasionally feel hopeful that logic will creep into the fold, but as you’ll quickly read, I’m still not holding my breath. On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, the European parliament – in the middle of […]

#inCostaBrava I saw some marvelous things

A momentous 2013 has almost come to a close, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been a good year. I’ve travelled a considerable amount, moved countries and had a son. 2013 will mark one of the most memorable years of my life. However, it’s around this time that we sit […]

BurroBeer: A Surprisingly Refreshing Offering

I’ve known Dominic Lombard for many years. I believe we met when he was still slinging other people’s wines at fairs and spending more time in a plane than on the ground. On and off we chatted through the social networks, following one another’s most recent projects, which included his […]

Taste Porto Food Tours: Bring your Appetite!

When we arrived to Porto, we knew we had a considerable amount to learn. Despite visiting this charming city for over a decade, our visits were typically part of conferences or press trips, and thus, focused on a certain set of restaurants, hotels and historical sites. Though it gives you […]

O-Port-Unidade: A Fantastic Collaborative Project for Charity

Ever try and get a small group of friends together for a photo? A bit like herding cats, no? Now imagine getting 16 of the top Port producers together for a photo?! O-Port-Unidade is a small project started by our friend and one time contributor on Catavino, Axel Probst of […]

Celebrating the 2011 Vintage: A Rare Port Wine of Exceptional Quality

At 9am on a cool Friday morning in Foz, with a stunning view of the Atlantic ocean, I joined a room full of international Port wine experts to taste 56+ 2011 Vintage Port wines.  These wines, in their youth, have an uncanny ability to strip enamel and burn tastebuds. And while you suffer the […]

Portuguese Wine Invasion – Midwest Tour

For years, we’ve spoken of our adoration of Portugal; but since our move, we’ve been shocked by the number of people who are unaware of its existence. This becomes even more profound when we head back to the States and realize that very few of my wine geek friends are […]