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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Ribera del Duero

The past few years have been good to the Ribera del Duero wine region in North Central Spain; but much like Sonoma in California wine country, it has had to contend with a more popular older sibling, Rioja. That said, given the region’s much deserved recent international notoriety, things are changing. On a recent trip to Ribera del Duero, I gained a new appreciation for this incredible region for which I’d love to share with you a few of my top highlights. Keep in mind, this is not a complete list, but rather several highlights that I think will most definitely pique your interest, and if we’re lucky, have you booking a trip to this region very soon! 1. World […]

Politics, Practicality and Pomp: The Battle Over the Future of Spanish Wine

Editor’s note: All views expressed below are solely that of the author.  All good things must come to an end. And it seems sadly appropriate that, after six years, Catavino – a site that mirrored so well all that was burgeoning and metamorphosing in the Spanish wine world – closes its doors just as the outlook for Spanish wine gets bleaker. Of course, I don’t need a crystal ball or the touch of a soothsayer to tell you that the European Economic Crisis – and Spain’s part in it – will exact its cost from the wine industry here. Perhaps the best that some can hope for is that a depressed Euro or, dare I say, Peseta will encourage export. […]

What Spanish Wine Pairs with a 1,500 km Protest Walk to Brussels?

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may not be aware that a group of Spaniards called the “Indignados” (Indignants) have been fighting against the “Man”. For 2 months, they’ve raised their clenched fists in protest against the economic crisis, calling out corruption, unemployment, low salaries, lack of affordable housing, and the poor treatment against immigrants, to name a few. But as of yesterday, with backpacks weighted with camping gear, protests signs and solid walking shoes, they’ve begun the 1,500 km trek to Brussels in order to raise awareness on a global scale. “We are going to continue, we are going to be even stronger, we are uniting for Europe because the problems we are facing are global. They […]

Sierra de Gredos: A Treasure Trove for Old Vine Garnacha

I have a guilty secret. I just do not get the excitement about Grenache and Shiraz. Blended together, or on their own, these grapes often seem too much of a blunt instrument to me. That is not to say that I cannot appreciate that these are good wine grapes that have their place – of course I can. I even sometimes enjoy the wines made from them, but I hardly ever get excited at the idea of them, or seek them out. This can sometimes be a problem in Spain. I love a good rosado and it is more normal for them to be made from Garnacha than any other grape – which is why I often look for Ribera […]

Vuelta de España: Through the Lens of Food and Wine

With helmets secured and gears oiled, 198 bicycle riders will push off from Sevilla on Saturday, August 28th, on a 3,352.6km journey that will last 21 days, ending in Madrid. This race, by our calculations, will take them through approximately 15 wine appellations in Spain, while passing by another 5-10 along the way. For the past 3 years, we’ve wanted to follow them on their journey, documenting their unintended gastronomic route; and this year, we’ve decided it’s now or never! That’s right, over the next 21 days, we’ll take you on a journey alongside the hardworking bicyclists, as to the foods and wines they should be enjoying in route. In 8 posts, we’ll cover: the terrain, gastronomy, wines, and of […]

Petit Comité: A Fair Dedicated to Artisanal Wines in Madrid

On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending Petit Comité, a tasting event for artisanal wines organized by Samuel Cano/Vinos Patio, La Cave du Petit Bar degustación and the Observatorio de Vino. Not only was it an incredibly interesting opportunity to try the natural wines made by 6 different winemakers, but it was also heartening to have the chance to talk one-on-one with such enthusiastic individuals, who are obviously very dedicated to preserving the artisanal quality of their wines. Representing four different areas of Spain (Madrid, La Mancha, Cataluña and Ribera del Duero), the maximum number of bottles (of natural wine) produced by any of these wineries was 25,000.  While I am a huge supporter of organic wines, I […] On Tour: Tasting Wine Across Spain – First stop Utiel-Requena

On Wednesday evening, a rather miraculous event occurred in the offices of the Consejo Regulador de Utiel-Requena, located just northwest of Valencia. 17 bottles of wine from across the region, each from a different bodega, were put on display for a dozen bloggers to explore. These bloggers, ranging from winemakers to foodies, traveled up to 4 hours to not only support their friend and cohort, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, but also taste wines from an “undiscovered” Spanish region. Born in Zaragoza, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo is one of our main contributing writers for our Spanish site, An oenologist by trade, he’s spent the better half of 2 years as a consultant for wineries, wine shops and wine fairs interested in furthering […]

Holiday Wines from Writers: Rick Fisher and John Maher

Here’s a quick look at what two of Catavino’s writers were drinking this holiday season. Needless to say all of us here at Catavino found our tables full of good foods and wines, sometimes Iberian and sometimes not. We’ll have more updates on the wines and foods enjoyed as we get back into our blogging rhythm! Also if you want to share a special Iberian wine holiday story, please email us at: [email protected], and we’ll considering posting it here! Happy New Year to all! Rick Fisher My favorite part of the holidays is the wealth of opportunities to eat great food and drink even better wine. It’s not that I can’t or don’t do that throughout the year; it just […]

Iberian Links Around the Web: EWBC, Port, Wine Toursim and Someone’s WineFuture!

It’s been awhile since we published links to share what’s been occurring around the Interwebs as related to Iberian wine. Currently, we’re in a whirlwind of activity trying to put the finishing touches on the 2009 EWBC, which if your head has been in the sand for the last few months, happens to be in Lisbon, Portugal. Gabriella has forgone writing as frequently, removed herself from public life and has locked herself to the keyboard to ensure that the EWBC is a big step up from last year. For Ryan’s part, he’s been running around Portugal teaching wineries about social media, while at the same time, confirming restaurants for all the bloggers to enjoy dinner both before and after the […]

Social Media – Why Spanish Wineries are Failing, and Why Portugal Might Be Heading Toward the Light

There is a part of me that regrets having to write this post, while the other part knows that it has to be done. Social media around the world is changing how consumers relate to wine. The idea of using social media to sell wine is working and is being taken very seriously by wineries who want to engage new consumers and those individuals just turning to wine for the first time. We still suffer from the inability to fully measure its results, but those that have embraced it at the least anecdotally have acknowledged that is does have an affect. Here in Spain, we’re missing the boat. And I’m afraid in the short term, Spain will continue to fail […]