Years ago, while working as the assistant restaurant manager for the Nicollet Island Inn, a swanky hotel situated on an island in the heart of Minneapolis, I had a rather unique experience debating as to whether Freixenet was a Champagne or a Cava. As three very inquisitive and rather bull-headed, business executives fondled the Cordon […] Continue Reading →
As Saturday has finally arrived, it is time to take a look around the web as to what has crossed our path this week: Hold Placed against Restricting Alcohol Ads Spain had proposed a restriction against alcohol advertising in attempt to lower the rate of under-age drinking. In the past ten year, 58,000 people have […] Continue Reading →
Welcome to another Catavino weekly news roundup! I figured that Ryan has done more than his fair share of this little ditties as of recent and thought I was my turn to give you the scoop from the week’s events. So without further adieu, here what’s happening in Iberian wine news: Cavatast 2006: As mentioned […] Continue Reading →
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape varietal used to produce white wine. Historically believed to have been named after the village of Chardonnay in France, it is also known by the names Aubaine, Beaunois, Melon Blanc, and, historically Pinot Chardonnay. Famous for it’s minerally whites from Burgundy and in the great Champagnes of France, today Chardonnay […] Continue Reading →
The Codorníu family’s wine business goes back to the middle of the 16th century. A document of that period states that the family had several machines and implements relating to the wine industry. In 1659 Anna Codorníu married Miguel Raventós and the families, each with a long wine tradition, were united. Years later, in 1872, Josep Raventós produced cava for the first time in Spain using the “Traditional Method” and established a completely new industry in the Penedés region.
From The Wine Academy’s website, this event will be held June 15th and 16th of this year in Barcelona: The Barcelona Wine Festival is the new name given to the International Wine Symposium which, until now, had been organized in the city of Marbella, in 2004 and 2005. For two days, the event offers master […] Continue Reading →
Maybe the boycott is working: The Catalan winery Codorniu’s sales fell by 4.4% in Spain in the year leading up to June 2005 because of the widespread boycott… Read more here.