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Tag Archives: Gramona

Spanish Cocktail: Lemon Cava Sorbet

Typically, early morning hours in Spain are gorgeous, with a gentle breeze that delicately caresses your skin, awakening your senses and offering the perfect compliment to your first cup of coffee. Paired with pan con tomate, or a simple yoghurt and fresh fruit mix, it’s my favorite time of the day! Recently, however, I’ve been dreaming of becoming a contortionist so that my body can bend, twist and fold perfectly into my freezer, next to the frozen shrimp and random peas scattered across the top drawer. Just the thought of it right now sends delicious chills down my spine. In short, it’s HOT!! And when it’s this unbearable, anything that is even remotely cold in temperature sounds exquisite – that includes […]

Wine and Prejudice: Spanish Wine dismissed on JamesSuckling.com

Editor’s Note: In a recent blog post about Spanish wines on James Suckling‘s website/blog, the Danish Barcelona resident, Marie von Ahm wrote an article that seemed to show a lack of understanding about modern Spanish wines. We invite you to read for context prior to continuing with this article. Catavino’s excited to announce our newest contributor, well-known Spanish wine journalist and taster, Antonio Casado, who has provided us a very comprehensive response to Maria’s rather perplexing article. The first time I met Marie von Ahm was in Madrid of last summer at an Italian tasting she organized alongside Gambero Rosso. She is a lovely and perfectly all-right person, but the fact they had named the event “Boutique Italian Wineries” made me uneasy […]

Looking for Love in Cava: The vast difference between quality and value-priced Cava

Editor’s Note: Today’s post was kindly submitted to us by Sharla Blanz. Sharla writes for the “On the Vine” wine blog for New Jersey Monthly Magazine, conducts private wine tastings, and works at Amanti Vino, a wine store in her hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. If you have any additional questions for Sharla, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below. Whenever I fall in love with a region while on vacation, as I did with Catalonia, I want to re-create that experience once I return home. Drinking the wines and savoring the cuisine can accomplish that. However, despite having tried many Cava wines in U. S., I often find myself gravitating towards sparkling wines from other countries. Don’t […]

Icewine in the Penedes: The First Electrically Defined Wine

<rant>Twitter this past two days has been flooded with news that the Penedes region of Spain has approved a new DO for the category of Icewine. Reporting in Decanter Magazine, David Furer states: In Penedes grapes are frozen in a cold room, refrigerator, or with dry ice. Freezing on the vines is allowed, but in practice seldom takes place. Sugar additions are forbidden. The harvested grapes – Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Malvasia de Sitges, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Moscatel de Alejandría, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and/or Merlot – must have a minimum of 240 grams per litre of sugar. The final wine must contain 70-150g/l residual sugar and an alcohol content of 9.5-13.5%. Currently there are no rules stipulating altitude or soil type. […]

The Essential Difference Between DO de Pago and Grandes Pagos de España

Editor’s Note: DO de Pago and Grandes Pagos de España can be easily confused, but as Louis Villard of Spiltwine.com found out at a recent tasting, the two are fighting similar causes, yet are altogether different. One of the only things that links the DO de Pago and Grandes Pago de Espana is the word Pago; and to be a Pago, one must make a wine from estate grown grapes. The somewhat controversial DO de Pago is the official term used for Spain’s highest level of classification. As of now there are only nine vineyards with the classification. DO de Pago became official in 2003 and the only two regions to have ratified it are Castilla La-Mancha and Navarra. It’s […]

Cataluña in California: Holiday Recipes and Iberian Wines

Whether you live in a bustling metropolis like New York City or a quiet Catalonian countryside the holidays are about food, family, and fun. I must admit that I would rather spend my holidays in Spain, but as with most of us this can be quite cost-prohibitive! So, I opt for the slightly chilled air of San Diego, California; but that does not mean that my holidays need be void of Spanish influence. As a result, “Cataluña in California” became a reality in 2009. As most are well aware, Spain is a country rich in tradition. Would you expect the holidays to be any different? Not hardly. The holidays provide yet another reason to celebrate and party. Who can resist […]

Barcelona: Which Wineries You Can Visit By Train

Quite often, we receive requests from people visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon or Oporto, as to which wineries they can visit by train, taxi or foot. Our responses have commonly been, “Good question! And to be quite honest, I don’t know!” Well, maybe Oporto is the exception, as you have a plethora you can get to, but the rest are rather iffy at best. As mentioned in several articles on Catavino, enotourism in Iberia is rather primitive at best. Very few wineries even allow visits, less have someone speaking anything other than their regional language, and just a handful will actually go out of their way to make your transportation to their winery convenient and easy. That said, we decided to […]

Social Media and Wine in Iberia, A Growing Phenomenon

We’ve been begging for it, pleading for it in fact. Social media and wine are like a marriage made in heaven, and today, Iberia is finally starting to realize the value. All at once, there is a flood of social media like events/ideas/and projects coming out of Spain and Portugal, and it feels good! I hope that Catavino, in our own small way helped in their revelation, but it was inevitable regardless of our influence. Why? Because the Spanish and Portuguese love to talk, and social media is all about the conversation. Therefore, if there was a location in the world to take social media and run full throttle with it, it’s Iberia. So what’s happening? Well let’s shoot you […]