As a customer in a foreign wine shop, I believe that you can communicate your needs and wants using very basic gestures, in combination with contextual cues. But it is also my opinion that the true signature of a quality store is that the experience is effortless. The store is […]
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I recently stumbled across an issue I haven’t had to deal with before: what do say to the winery rep when you don’t really like the wine? Last month, during our tasting at Sala Olgival, I came across this exact situation while tasting the 2001 Bairrada Imperio Reserva from Caves […]
Do you ever have those nights when you just want something simple? When anything other than opening a package of meat and putting it directly on the grill sounds too complicated and annoying. A few nights ago, we had this exact experience, debating whether ordering Chinese food wasn’t a bad […]
As many of you already know, we absolutely adore Lisbon. Whether we’re walking down the long and wide palm tree covered Avenida da Liberdade, ogling the moss covered fountains that trickle below tall rubenesque statues, or devouring a fresh and delicious seafood lunch, we seem to leave the city already […]
A few days ago, we shared a fabulous wine and gourmet food shop for you to visit in Lisbon; however, what I failed to include in our article were the wines we tasted during our visit. Drat! I could fluff it up and tell you that the exclusion was intentional, […]
For years, we have debated back and forth as to whether or not we should use cork to seal wine. We at Catavino have passionately debated this subject alongside you, typically falling to one side of the argument over the other. However, after visiting the largest cork factory in the […]
As a result of our recent trip to Portugal, we figured the best way to start off the month is by offering a basic road map to Portuguese wine. We have given you several articles in the past on the grape varietals, the Portuguese wine label and some specific wineries, […]
How much do you know about Portuguese table wines? If you’re like the majority of the wine drinking population, you know very little, but Portugal has some of the most underrated, affordable table wines in the world. They range from robust plumy reds from the Alentejo to bright light whites […]
I found a few videos on the web today all about Albarino, a grape we featured recently with a Virtual Tasting. Sponsored by Rias Baixas and hosted by Doug Frost, they do a nice job telling people more about this great region and grape. Here’s one of the videos, with […]
In 1896, Don Jose Ruiz-Berdejo began cultivating grape vines on his estate, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope), located right outside of Jerez de la Frontera. Once the wine was made, Jose would store the barrels on his estate and later sell them to a large exporting company. By the 1950′s, Jose’s son-in-law, Don Emilio Lustau Ortega, offered a new more innovative vision for the Bodega. Foreseeing a strong and expansive future, Emilio moved the bodega to the ancient Santiago district in the heart of Jerez.