Award Winning Spain and Portugal News Site | Catavino - Part 165
I really love Catavino – it’s such an informative and innovative source of information on Spanish & Portuguese wines. The food of the region is key, but it’s just as vital to know about the great wines available too. This is the place to find out!
Jose Pizzaro

100+ Varietals and Counting!

By now, everyone knows that I’m a sucker for an unknown varietal. Give me a wine with a grape whose name I’ve never heard of and I’m a happy man. Be it a Schiopettino from Italy or a Nergamoll from […]

I’m back!

According to the poorly translated but nonetheless “uninformative” press dossier, the wine trade show I just returned from in Barcelona welcomed some 1200 wine companies/bodegas, and well over 150,000 visitors. In the informational brochure I received at Alimentaria, it described the […]

I’m still alive and in Barcelona

Sorry to all for the long absence. Gabriella and I have been to the Priorat, Montsant, the Penedes, and now, the huge wine and food fair of Alimentaria. Needless to say, there is a lot to tell, so please have […]

Alimentaria 2006

Today at midnight, we are heading off to Catalonia, which is located in the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula containing everything from the craggy Costa Brava coastline to the mountains of the Pyrenees, along with cities such as Barcelona, Tarragona, […]

Basic Juice Talks about Pedro Ximenez

Beau over at Basic Juice has dug up some false history on the grape Pedro Ximenez. I’ve heard the same story before and still don’t haven’t found anyone with the finally chapter to lay all the speculation aside. Oh well, […]

For the Love of Port Newsletter – February 2006

It’s out, the new For the Love of Port Newsletter. Our friend Roy Hersh‘s informative monthly newsletter just ended up in my mailbox. If you don’t know what this means, it means that your not receiving the latest news on […]

Open that Bottle Night

So, did you do it? Did you delve deep into your cellar or find a bottle on top of the fridge that you forgot you had? Did you dig up a treasure that you had been saving without having a […]

Bodega Profile – José Sousa

On my recent trip to the Alentejo, as I was driving through the small town of Reguengos on my way to José Sousa’s, it occurred to me that the city wasn’t surrounded by an enormous stone wall, or even a […]

Grape Profile – Alicante Bouschet

Common Names: Alicante Bouschet (Portugal) Garnacha Tintorera (Spain) – Dark juiced hybrid grape that can produce deep dark wines, with spice, rich fruit and a gentle earthiness. Trivia fact number one: Most red grapes have white juice! This is best […]