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!
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People of Porto! Join us for a Massive Picnic at Parque da Cidade THIS SUNDAY

People of Porto! Come join us THIS Sunday (April 13th) for a MASSIVE picnic at Parque da Cidade! If you enjoyed dancing with us in “We are Happy: Porto”, or you just enjoyed watching, make sure to join us for a second round to highlight another fantastic aspect of Porto! Everyone can come! Everyone should come and share the good vibes at the lake closest to the ocean in Parque da Cidade!! There’s only one requirement: we ask you to bring the following for this special picnic. Picnic blanket Bottle of wine or beverage Delicious food to share Funny hats and bright/colorful clothing (it’s festive and spring after all ) Toys – instruments, kites, whatever makes you happy! LOCATION: We […]

Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from Porto

It would be hard to escape the trendy, upbeat sounds of “Happy”, a song performed by American singer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 album. It’s been so successful that it’s topped the charts in 16 different countries and sold one million copies in the UK alone. Impressed? Just wait, there’s more! To coincide with the song’s release, the website 24hoursofhappy.com was launched marketed as “the world’s first 24 hour music video”, featuring a host of cameos including Jamie Foxx, Steve Carell and Magic Johnson. In typical social media fashion, the original music video eventually spawned covers on YouTube in which people from various cities around the world dance to the song. These videos are generally called, “Pharrell Williams – Happy – […]

Interview with Barcelona Food Journalist and Author: Tara Stevens

Editor’s Note: Tara Stevens is a well known name in the Barcelona food world, both by expatriate readers of the popular English-language magazine Barcelona Metropolitan, as well as by locals who hound her incessantly for a review of their new joint. Knowing Tara personally, it’s funny to me when she comes up in conversation. Everyone claims to know her. Tara says that she’s used to people using her name, but what most readers in the city don’t realize is that the width and breadth of her knowledge, experience, and skill goes way beyond the pages of our beloved local publication. “Has she cooked for you yet?” a friend of Tara’s asked me at a recent restaurant opening, a sly smile on her face. “Wait until […]

Taberna do Largo: A Personal Tribute to Courageous Women

Taberna do Largo is an unassuming little wine bar nestled in the historic district of Porto; which approximately a year ago, I ducked in when taking refuge from the freezing rain. Music gently played over the speakers, the candles flickered on the tables in the back and a sweet young woman with a soft Portuguese accent whispered across the bar, “If you need help choosing something to drink or eat, just ask.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had just met Teresa, one of the three lovely muses that owned Taberna do Largo. Blowing a thick lock of hair out of her face, she smiled and pointed to a table in the back. “Feel free to sit […]

Catavino’s Storytelling Night: February 19, 2014!

Not a few weeks ago, Catavino celebrated its very first Storytelling night, live at Taberna do Largo in Porto. The evening was an enormous success! So much so that we’re back with a 2nd edition on February 19th based on the theme “A Moment of Pride: Personal successes told from the trenches”. Our theme explores that one moment in time when you felt on top of the world, proud of you who are and of what you’ve accomplished. This is a moment to cast away your inhibitions and fears and simply dive into your ego. Maybe you saved a puppy from drowning? Sharpened your pencils? Carried a man out of burning house? Flossed for a week straight? Ran a marathon? […]

Happy Holidays from Catavino!

Happy Holidays from Minnesota!! Here in the frigid tundra, the Opaz clan is gathered around the fireplace enjoying a warm and intimate holiday among family. Freshly made maple twist coffee cake, steaming hot coffee and Port wine are savored among a heap of presents as snow delicately makes its way to the frozen ground. It’s one of the few times of the year that you feel that rare cozy feeling, unique to cold weather and a warm hearth, a time to reflect on how fortunate you are to have people you love close by. It’s on this day, with our newborn son cuddled next to us, that we want to thank all of you for making our Christmas so fantastic. […]

Catavino Welcomes a New Writer to Our Team!!

Granted, our new writer is more focused on articles related to lactose based beverages, but soon, he’ll be craving a wide range of flavors, textures and aromas. Hence, it is with great pleasure we announce our son: Mica Douro Opaz, born July 25th at 3:39am weighing 3.095 kg and 49.5 inches long, a squishy, delightful little creature with enormous feet, perfect for grape stomping! Your eyebrow might be cocked at the moment as you survey the date. But that was a few weeks ago?! Yes, you are absolutely correct, but due to some complications, Gabriella has had to remain in hospital an extended period of time, which prevented us from spreading the news too wide. This week, we will finally […]

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Catavino Begins Cultivating a New Writer: Hello Baby!

Time for the big announcement, something that will make our wine tastings a touch more exhilarating. We both are very excited, and proud, to announce that the Opaz family is soon to be “Plus One”. Shocked? Well, so are we! Life is about to get a bit more challenging and a whole lot more rewarding. In all honestly, we figured we needed a little extra adventure in our lives, and a baby alone just doesn’t cut it. Where’s the challenge?! Instead, we’ve upped the ante by choosing to: Have a baby Move to a new country Learn a new language Build a new business Create a new community What? Too much? Nah, we’ve tackled this level of insanity before, and we’ll do it […]

Happy Holidays from Catavino to all our Iberian Wine Loving Friends

2012 has been a long journey for Catavino. We began the year without a future, but after a flood of support from a large and loving international community, we returned with a newfound spirit to continue sharing our adventures throughout Iberia. And with this fabulous new energy, our community of writers and readers has substantially grew. Thank you to Sonia Nolasco, Andrea Smith, Quentin Sadler, Burt  Frink, Tara O’Leary, Rick Fisher, and Louis Villard for all of your hard work and insightful writing, and we look forward to more of your stories in the new year! The entire Catavino team wishes everyone fabulous year filled with new wines, great food, and most importantly, long evenings chatting with friends and family. Wine […]

Rick Fisher for Albariño Explorers Club Ambassador

Summer is but a distant memory in the northern hemisphere ,and white wines will soon begin to collect dust on the shelf, but things are just heating up for Rias Baixas – one of Spain’s premier white wine regions. The area’s U.S. campaign (Albariño Explorers Club) is moving into full swing and is preparing for a great 2013. In an effort to increase interest and exposure to Rias Biaxas and the Albariño grape (one of the world’s great white varietals), the search is on for the first-ever Albariño Explorers Club (AEC) Ambassador. We at Catavino are particularly happy to support this endeavor as one of our own writers, Rick Fisher, is seeking the Ambassadorship. Rick lives in San Diego and has been with Catavino for nearly three […]