Holiday | Catavino - Part 2
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!
Jose Pizzaro http://www.josepizarro.com

Tag Archives: holiday

Where to Find the Best Carnival Celebrations in Portugal

Carnival conjures images of brightly decorated floats, scantily clad dancing women, and a party that lasts for weeks on end, equivalent to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Of any other celebration, Carnival is beloved in Europe! (photo by Rosino) But what is Carnival? Historically, during the six weeks of Lent, one was expected to be conservative in […]

Your Guide to the Best Carnivals in Spain 

If you were to take a series of snapshots of Carnival around the world, they might all look markedly different: a painted mask floating out of the evening fog in Venice; a jewel-studded headdress on a scantily clad dancer in Rio; an enormous Krishna riding on a float down a […]

Spanish Hard Cider: The Golden Nectar of Asturias

Cider(Sidra) production in Spain is concentrated in Asturias and Guipúzcoa, two mountainous regions in the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Both regions produce a similar style traditional cider: dry, still, and cloudy with sediment. Asturian cider is called Sidra, while the Basque name for the fermented apple nectar is […]

Catavino’s United Nations of Christmas!

It doesn’t take much to stop your world for a moment, to clear your mind and recognize the millions of things you’re grateful for. Maybe it’s the sweet smell of the fat spruce propped proudly in your living room. Covered in small, brightly colored lights that may, or may not, always […]

Under the Spanish Sun: Top Winter Getaways in Spain

Snowflakes pedal themselves softly to the ground while a warm Spanish sun shines overhead. This is an image not often associated with winter in Spain, and yet many visitors to the country during the winter months are surprised to snow crunching underfoot in many regions, let alone an impressive ski […]

Friday Feature Photo: Picos de Europa, Spain

Photographer: Slawek Staszczuk Capture Date:  October 2012 Location: Posada De Valdeon, Castille y Leon, Spain About: The morning after the challenging climb from Cordiñanes to Collado Jermoso. Definitely better viewed in the lightbox (“L”). Panorama stitched from 5 horizontal frames at 37mm with some hard-edged ND grad (probably 0.6). Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply […]

Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

I’m not a fan of wine gadgets, I never felt I needed them. Despite this, we had invited Greg Lambrecht from Coravin, the high tech company which was regarded as the hottest thing on the market, to speak at our event, the DWCC, because of his potential to disrupt the […]

Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date:  December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over Christmas! Desktop […]

Portuguese Recipe: Pumpkin Preserve

Ever notice how the holidays strips  your cabinets empty of quick nibbles? It’s the cuisine no one talks about. The cuisine that’s absolutely required when family and friends are streaming in from all corners of the planet, but rarely do you find yourself with enough to satiate the masses. “Honey, Aunt Gertrude […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Fairytale Forests of the Canary Islands, Spain

Photographer: Marcos Bolaños Capture Date: January 2014 Location: Canary Islands About: Despite its small size, the Canary Island Volcanic Archipelago is one of the most beautifully diverse places on earth supporting rare endemic species of animals and plants sequestered in the thick laurisilva forests. Hence, the islands aren’t just for sandy beaches and subtle white […]