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Catavino’s Newsletter on Spanish Cava has Arrived!

Catavino Crew!

We’ve done it! Although our two man/woman production was a little delayed in getting you your edition as quickly as we had hoped, we finally put our nose in the flute and our fingers to the keyboard in order to produce a 21 page newsletter. Not bad for a second edition, now is it? Despite the whirlwind of holiday chaos, a 10 day jaunt through the fjords of Norway and a few spells of respiratory illness, we’re quite pleased with the final result.

So what can you expect? You can expect a featured interview with the iconoclastic winemaker, Manuel Raventos of Raventos i Blanc, a compilation of useful Spanish Cava terms, 30 Spanish cava tasting notes covering brut nature, brut and rose, and a bonus article covering the theory behind winemaking using the traditional method of elaboration. Whew! That’s a considerable amount of information, but we trust you’ll reap the rewards when you sit down tonight with your small novel, crack open a cava alongside a bowl of almonds, and enjoy the read. Wait, we never considered what music pairs well with cava!!! Hmmm, may I suggest Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, or Django Reinhardt, just to name a few, or go the Spanish route with my favorites, Paco Peña, a fantastic southern Andalusian guitarist, and German Ottmar Liebert who composes, performs and records music in a “Nouveau Flamenco” style. I might also look into works from Madrid born guitarist, José Miguel Moreno or Francisco Tárrega.

As for our next Catavino Newsletter, we’re heading west to Rioja! February and March will be dedicated to the most prestigious and renowned wine region in Spain. Although we’ve avoided this region since Catavino’s inception, recognizing the ample amount of press it receives without our help, we feel the time has come to dive straight in and chat about the history, culture, foods, winemaking, and of course, wine of Rioja. And with our newsletter turning into a bi-monthly, rather than monthly, event, we’ve given ourselves a challenge. What?! Gabriella and Ryan challenging themselves? Say it isn’t so! Yeah, yeah, so we’re cognizant that we’ve gained a rather notorious reputation for continually drumming up new ideas, but we wouldn’t be Catavino without them, now would we?! We want to taste, at the very least, 100 wines of Rioja. Can we do it? Can we sneak our way into enough wineries, attend enough wine tastings and sample enough wines in our home? We’re going to emphatically say, yes we can!

If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, the process is simple, go here. You’ll receive an email confirming your address, and then you’re ready to go! And as always, with everything we produce, we ask for your feedback. We want to hear whether the newsletter was interesting for you, if there are elements we should change, or if you feel an addition to the newsletter could be made. Remember, without your input, it’s difficult for us to know if we’re providing you with useful information.

Enjoy!

Gabriella and Ryan Opaz

***Special thanks to Rosa Aguado and Manuel Raventos of Raventos i Blanc, Ester Tous and Euldad Massana Noya of Massana Noya, Pinord, Matilde Solé of Celler Josep M. Ferret, Montserrat Amat of Freixenet and Mª Eugenia Puig of D.O. Cava. This newsletter would not have been possible without your contributions.

  • RichardA

    Another excellent and useful newsletter. Thanks and keep up the good work. And I am sure you can meet the challenge of 100 Rioja.

  • http://www.passionatefoodie.blogspot.com RichardA

    Another excellent and useful newsletter. Thanks and keep up the good work. And I am sure you can meet the challenge of 100 Rioja.

  • Elly

    Hey guys, I'm terribly excited about the newsletter. It's exactly what I've been hopping to get from catavino – something that includes a list of wines you've reviewed that I can easily print out and bring to the wine store with me. While I love reading your posts, I don't think I've ever tasted a recommendation because I never had any of your recommendations with me when it mattered. The improvements that I would love to see would be a Table of Contents and an index. (Much like your comment on the book you just read, Ryan.) That way, I could cross-reference a wine I see on the shelf with your notes, or ask a sales person if they have anything on the list. Also, it would give me something to leave with the sales person, which could maybe get them and other customers interested in Catavino. There you go. My two cents' worth on requested improvements to the newsletter. Keep up the great work! el

  • Elly

    Hey guys,

    I’m terribly excited about the newsletter. It’s exactly what I’ve been hopping to get from catavino – something that includes a list of wines you’ve reviewed that I can easily print out and bring to the wine store with me. While I love reading your posts, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a recommendation because I never had any of your recommendations with me when it mattered.

    The improvements that I would love to see would be a Table of Contents and an index. (Much like your comment on the book you just read, Ryan.) That way, I could cross-reference a wine I see on the shelf with your notes, or ask a sales person if they have anything on the list. Also, it would give me something to leave with the sales person, which could maybe get them and other customers interested in Catavino.

    There you go. My two cents’ worth on requested improvements to the newsletter.

    Keep up the great work!

    el

  • ryan

    Elly you rock, some of the best comments so far. Maybe a small index on one page that people could print out and take with them to the store would fit the bill! Hmmmmmmm…..ideas…Thanks for the great tips, now make sure all your friends and wine shops are signed up to receive it too!

  • http://catavino.net ryan

    Elly you rock, some of the best comments so far. Maybe a small index on one page that people could print out and take with them to the store would fit the bill! Hmmmmmmm…..ideas…Thanks for the great tips, now make sure all your friends and wine shops are signed up to receive it too!

  • Elly

    I promise. I've already determined which wine shop I'm going to take it to. They specialize in 100 wine recommendations under $10, and I hardly recognized a single vineyard on their shelf. They seem very open to new ideas. If the index fits on one page, you could include a pitch with registration instructions right on it! el

  • Elly

    I promise. I’ve already determined which wine shop I’m going to take it to. They specialize in 100 wine recommendations under $10, and I hardly recognized a single vineyard on their shelf. They seem very open to new ideas.

    If the index fits on one page, you could include a pitch with registration instructions right on it!

    el