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Catavino’s “Holiday Off-Event Survival Kit” Wine Pack

Every year, we love suggesting wines that grab our attention. Wines that you may have thought about purchasing, but never got around to, or wines that you’ve never considered trying because hey, life is short and there are loads of wines in the world to taste. We couldn’t agree more, which is why we’ve teamed up with the local online shop Decantalo to offer you 6 Catavino endorsed wines. And not only are these CV approved, but we’ve negotiated a great discount!

The wines we picked were specially selected to help all of you to cope with the holidays in style! Sadly this offer is only for our European wine friends, as other worldly nations have customs that aren’t quite in the holiday spirit yet. Hence, for those of you based in Europe, we do hope you appreciate the smart price and the stories we crafted to go along with them!

Click below to purchase a pack, or if you have a big holiday ahead, maybe 2 or 3!

Special price pack + delivery ANYWHERE in Europe = 85€ - Simply go to the Decantalo sale page to receive the special price of 85 euros including delivery!!!

Shipping countries(shipping included in the price): Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, UK, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic.

If you country isn’t on this list, please contact info@decantalo.com  and they will send you a personalized link with many packs as you want with discount applied so you can order online. There will be a slightly higher shipping price, but we’ll still get you these treats!

 

Raventós i Blanc L’ Hereu Reserva Brut 2009 – Cava

Tree Trimming: Who can’t relate to the smell of fresh pine needles filling the air as small red and white glass balls gently sway on the newly decorated Christmas tree. Pouring yourself a second glass of Cava, you smile deeply, incredibly proud of your efforts, I did well, you think, staring at unevenly spaced ornaments. What you didn’t know, however, is that Fluffy, the neurotic Persian cat with an eating disorder, was taking her last measured steps in a crouched position before taking a flying leap at the tree. You, in slow motion, dive at the ball of fur, but Fluffy had other ideas. And in a last ditch effort, tree to the floor, Fluffy wrapped in popcorn string, you take a swig directly from the bottle and bless the heavens for the simple pleasures. Sure, it may take another few hours to redecorate the tree, untangle Fluffy, and glue pine needles onto the branches, but at least you have another bottle of bubbles to keep the mood festive and a now empty box to lock the cat in.

 

Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco 1997 – Rioja

The Office Holiday Party: We’ve all attended these and are known to be notoriously irritating. The same people, the same horrific wine and the same pop music that makes your ears bleed. The only benefit being that this year, you came armed with your own bottle of Tondonia Reserva White. Knowing full well that the gold mesh encapsulating the bottle was enough to scare off the majority of your office mates, you quickly uncork it and slide deep into the leather plush chair for that first sip. Delightful. Just enough body to capture your attention, but not enough to demand the processed miniature hotdogs on display. While the random employee no one knows continues doing his intriguingly horrific version of Gangham style, you sink ever deeper looking like a crazed lunatic with your bottle glued to your side. “You gonna share that?” Pouring your workmate a tiny splash, you hide the bottle back into the recesses of the leather. Downing the wine in one gulp, his face inverts into a massive grimace, “What is this stuff?! This is not Charonnay!” Smiling, you clench even tighter to the Tondonia and softly gaze at out the window at the snow falling to the ground. It’s all yours….

 

Celler Dosterras Vespres 2010 – Montsant

Holiday Cooking: Are you the non-democratically elected cook every holiday? The one who people praise up and down as the Julia Child of the family despite their never-ending stream of suggestions as to what you should do better. “Oh, honey,” gently whispers your mother, “you know that butter is bad for your father. Maybe we can find a fat-free oil we can use with the mashed potatoes”, followed by the even more annoying, “Darling, you know that Aunt Nellie is coming this year, and that she’s allergic to everything. So maybe we can try to find a way to have a non-gluton, vegan meal, without any nuts, apples or tomatoes for her?” These are the moments when a fresh, vibrant red can ease the pain and make the kitchen stress ebb into nothingness. With each glass, mom’s voice slowly falls into the background, and a peppy tune you’ve recently fallen in love with comes back into the foreground. The kitchen remains your domain, and as a splash of red is added to your sauce, an even larger dash is added to you glass, you smile realizing that you’re worth it.

 

Losada Vinos de Finca 2008 – Bierzo

Family: We all have “that” relative, and for me, it’s Uncle Larry . The guy who always picks his teeth at dinner. The guy who pinches my cheeks claiming that my beauty would make princesses weep. Princesses weep?! I’m 48 years old and haven’t had a date in 5 years! If it wasn’t for this gorgeous red that’s strong enough to numb a horse, I doubt I’d get through this. Then again, I’m not entirely sure one bottle will aid me with Mom’s 500th rendition of how I got my head stuck in the banister when I was 3 on Christmas Eve, or how my brother swore Santa was actually Colonel Sanders dressed in red. What he didn’t know was that my dad had just consumed a bucket of KFC before donning the outfit. Ah, the holidays, nothing says “warm, family spirit” more than never-ending stories, false smiles, bickering, burnt food and screaming children. Maybe if I play my cards right, I can spend next year alone with this bottle. At least I can guarantee a good meal, fabulous wine and silence…ah…

 

Cal Pla Negre 2008 – Priorat

Escape: Sitting outside the fierce winter winds send a chill deep into your bones as you pull your hat even farther over your ears. Four of your buddies sit in various positions around the wooden patio, wine in one hand, cigar in the other. They say that cigars don’t go well with wine, but clearly whoever “they” are have never spent a frigid winter in the tundra trapped in a cabin with their family. Granted, you adore your family, but there is something very primitive, even manly, about smoking cigars under the stars with your male friends. Call it bonding time, a time to reflect over the year, share funny stories, catch up on family guy gossip, and enjoy a long slow sip from the glass. Priorat. You may not know much about the wine, or the region, but you do know that the Spanish reds you’ve been trying from this pack have hit the spot, and this one is surprisingly easy to drink, especially when paired with the small nibbles of meat you sneak directly off the grill. Red meat, guys, simple conversation, nice red, good cigar…perfection.

 

Anima Negra AN/2 2010 – Mallorca

Fantasy: The holidays are finally over, and you’re left with nothing in the house but remnants of festivities: a half dead Christmas tree, a half shaved dog (long story), enough garbage bags of holiday paper to reforest the Amazon and two refrigerators of leftovers. Granted, not that you were planning on going on a diet, but what does one do with 4 half eaten pies? And do we need to get into the whole drama of thank you cards despite everyone sharing 2 weeks together in the same house? Wasn’t that gratitude enough? Forget it, you think as you put your feet up on the couch and take a sip. The holidays are over, the stress of hosting is gone and you could give two hoots if your house looks like a troop of rabid infested monkeys came through it. Right now, all you want is to dream that you’re in Mallorca with this bottle, laying on the beach and hearing seagulls in the distance. Maybe you’ll even let your passport get lost, meet some hot Mallorcan and live happily ever after under palm trees. Forget that your 4 year old just got a black eye from the Christmas angel falling on her head, or that your car is under a block of ice. Right now, it’s palm trees, lapping waves and island music.

 

Special price pack + delivery ANYWHERE in Europe = 85€ - Simply go to the Decantalo sale page to receive the special price of 85 euros including delivery!!!

Shipping countries(shipping included in the price): Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, UK, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic.

If you country isn’t on this list, please contact info@decantalo.com  and they will send you a personalized link with many packs as you want with discount applied so you can order online. There will be a slightly higher shipping price, but we’ll still get you these treats!

This offer is only good through New Year’s Eve 2012! So Buy NOW!