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Question for our Readers: What Wines Should We Write About?

Cement Fermentation TankWe are in a very unique position here at Catavino. Although we taste a considerable amount of wine, we are tasting it at its source. Put another way, many times, when we purchase a wine at a shop, or visit a winery, the wines are not available to many of our readers. And while we taste a lot of internationally exported wines, they are only a small fraction of what we try. Hence, the question remains, what should we write about? We’ve generally stopped reviewing specific wines, choosing instead to focus on the culture and history that revolve around those wines. This approach has appeared to be popular as our numbers continue to rise, but we feel that as a wine blog, we might need to do more. So what do you want to here?

Do you mind when we post reviews/critiques of wines that you cannot necessarily buy? Or would you rather see us only write about wines that are internationally exported? We would like to do more wines of the week, or wines we tasted recently, if you the readers want this.

Second question: videos! Do you like them? I was recently going back to some of our first “virtual tasting video’s” made in 2007, and to be perfectly honest, they’re a bit rough to say the least; however, they were also fun and entertaining! Do you want more video? And if so, what kind of videos do you want to see? Tastings? Interviews? Discussions? Other?

Please let us know your thoughts, and as always, any other suggestions or ideas are always welcome!

Cheers,

Ryan and Gabriella Opaz

PS: for the fun of it, enjoy our first virtual tasting again!

Virtual Wine Tasting With Catavino #1 from ryan and gabriella opaz on Vimeo.

Gabriella and I taste some rosé on the roof!

  • http://www.fortwaynegreen.com Greensmythe

    Like to know more about organic wines.

  • Bill

    Hi Opai,

    Look at your readership, determine where the hits are coming from, then write about reasonably priced wines that are being exported. When you write about the wines, include the country or countries being exported to, a price range and your overall impression of the wine. It would be a great benefit to your readers, especially since there is a general lack of coverage of Iberian wine in the print media. You have a unique niche.

    Regarding video, I’m a BIG FAN of the Happy Dance. :-)

    Bill

    • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

      It’s truly sad that I haven’t had a follow up to the Happy Dance ;-) Clearly something needs to give!

      Great advice and thanks for the feedback. Look forward to sharing wines with you in just a few months!! Plan on a Opai dinner in January my friend.

    • http://www.ryanopaz.com Ryan

      This is the problem! Many wineries make this information very difficult to divine! :) We are working on ways to do it better though and will try to do more.

      Q: Would a post of various wines be preferable(wines we tasted this week) or One wine/bodega at a time?

  • Bill

    Ryan,

    I was thinking the same thing regarding the difficulty of getting the export information. Have you thought about using some of your connections to contact US importers and their listings? It’s a bit bass akwards but one way to get a handle on what’s coming into the US. I know this is US-centric, but it’s a place to start.

    Regarding one wine/bodega per post versus multiple wines, that is entirely up to you. What do you want to get out of the effort? Answer that question and you’ll know how to proceed.

    One thing that is needed is more exposure to Portugeuse wines.

    Gabriella,

    We are looking forward to breaking bread and sharing our juice over the holiday season!

  • Derek

    Hi. Although I am not looking for another long list of tasting notes on all kinds of wines, I am interested in hearing about new wineries, unusual wines, what is hot, how are the top producers doing, up-and-coming wines and regions. To me, it does not necessarily matter whether a wine is available internationally. Some day I may come across somewhere, somehow. It’s about trends, keeping in touch with what’s out there.

  • http://www.grapefan.blogspot.com Colin Smith

    With regard to video, what ever you do please make it in a format that can be downloaded onto an Ipod or equivalent. These will make your videos much more widely viewed. I can then view at my leisure when travelling rather than just when stuck in front of a computer.

    As for subjects choose anything – a specific winery, a visit to a vineyard, opinion from someone interesting or influential – in fact anything except a tasting. I’m happy to read a review of a wine in words but I’m not sure watching someone taste does anything for me.

    • http://catavino.net ryan

      Thanks for the ideas, we agree on the TN’s not fun unless there is context and a discussion around them!

      As for the video, I was afraid you would say that. We have this problem that the Iphone/Ipod is refusing to allow us to use flash other than Youtube, and that is annoying cuz Youtube suxs! :) That said, we’ll set up a channel and figure a way to incorporate it better!

      Thanks for the tips

  • http://www.mydailywine.com mydailywine

    Love the videos. You live in a beautiful place, show us!
    I am digging the culture and history coverage but also enjoy the specific wine reviews…whether they are available stateside or not.
    Cheers
    Amy