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 http://www.josepizarro.com

Grapes

As the year winds down, and we look over our shoulders at the year behind us, we realized how much information Catavino has provided. Therefore, in the coming days, we’ll be linking you back to some of the early articles that Gabriella and I feel merit revisiting. For those of you who have not been with us from the beginning, we hope you’ll enjoy the journey.

Grapes have continually been a theme as we explore the unique varietals that make Spain and Portugal what they are. For those of you looking to try more Spanish wines and Portuguese wines, The 100 Grape Club is a fantastic incentive. This is a wonderful chance for you to both expand your wine knowledge, while picking up on some great obscure Trivia answers.

However, one thing is certain, you can’t be a part of this club without Tempranillo being on your list. For those of you looking to learn something about this quintessential grape, make sure to take a peak at our collaborative article on Tempranillo. Here’s a short excerpt to wet your palate:

Tempranillo
The advice given by non-foodies after casually commenting on the fact that you’re moving to another country is sort of like being told where the best food is in New York City by an individual who have spent their entire life in the Appellation Mountains. Most people believe that wine in Spain consists of Sangria and well, Sangria. Anything past Sangria is both non-interesting, and due to poor marketing, not well-known in the central states. Once Sangria is firmly established as the “wine of Spain”, the conversation normally flows over the border to France, where people are thrilled to share their “infinite” and “accurate” knowledge about the quality and diversity of French wine. “Well honey,” they say with that oh-so-knowledgeable smile “the French have just fabulous wine over there. Those French are just so fastidious about their wine making.” I agree, the French do make great wine, but so do the Spanish; and unfortunately, Americans like myself, thrive on advertising. Without a good solid marketing campaign, we usually won’t step outside of the social trends.

Happy Holidays from Catavino!

Ryan and Gabriella Opaz