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Top 50 Portuguese Wines – According to Julia Harding of

Since 2009, the Top 50 Portuguese Wines has been a favorite on Catavino, and we’re always excited to announce when the new list arrives. Annually, Wines of Portugal chooses a UK journalist such as Jamie Goode, Sarah Ahmed and Tom Cannavan to select a series of wines that have enticed and tantalized their palates. However, as Portuguese wine varies dramatically in style, grape and terroir, it’s never an easy task to choose 50 out of hundreds upon hundreds that are equally deserving of recognition, as you’ll quickly understand from Julia Harding’s interview below. Julia Harding is a Master of Wine, the guru editor behind the Jancis Robinson website and a regular editor and contributor of several books including, The Oxford Companion to Wine. Thank you Julia […]

Come Fare il Prosciutto di Montone or How to Make Ram Ham

A week ago, I was in the south of Italy for the Radici del Sud festival to judge wines made from indigenous Italian grapes. Joining the likes of Jancis Robinson and Jeremy Parzen of, I explored a wide variety of styles and quality levels of wines from southern Italy, discovering amazing varieties like Minutolo, a fragrant white grape that could fool you into believing it was Gewurztraminer, and Gaglioppo whose combined richness and elegance excite the palate. Along with better known grapes such as Aglianico and Primitivo, both of which reconfirmed that the consumer should look outside their comfort zone when looking for crowdpleasing reds from lesser known regions. Today, however, I’m not here to talk about these grapes, […]

Wines of Portugal International Conference: A Country’s Struggle to Amplify Their Message Internationally

Recently, we experienced Portugal’s first attempt at an international wine conference with “The Wines of Portugal International Conference” in Oporto. Presented by ViniPortugal – the Portuguese wine trade association devoted to promoting Portuguese wines – this three day conference was held in the austere and historical Alfandega do Porto, a former customs building constructed in 1859, by the French architect Jean F. G. Colson. Approximately 450 participants gathered in Oporto, 200 of which traveled from numerous countries including: US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, China and Japan. Along with hearing from internationally renowned wine industry leaders, the program allowed for several wine tastings both at the principle Wine Fair and at several guided tastings outside of […]

Iberian Links Around the Web for April, without the “Fools”

Ok, so in reality, we haven’t included any April Fool’s jokes today, but it is April 1st, 2010, and we have a load of links instead. If you have a bit of news you want us to riff on, or you think our readers need to know about, please pass it our way! Love Port? Old Port? If you’re a Port wine fanatic like we are, you should be following “For the Love of Port“. Our friend Roy Hersh has recommended Catavino in his influential newsletter, and we thank him kindly for it. If you’re just discovering us for the first time, welcome! But secondarily, I’d love to direct your Port wine loving eyes over to Dr.Vino‘s site where he recently […]

An Opaz/Catavino Christmas Letter – A Year in Review

Each year, we as a family(The Opai!) do our best, as many do, to gather our thoughts in the form of a Christmas letter. And despite this years delay in being mailed due to our travels back to our homes in the USA, we still put our best foot forward to create a rather comprehensive wrap-up. Our letters are still in a queue to be mailed out! Around this time of year we also make sure to share a summary post on Catavino, providing you some of the best articles of the year. However we decided to instead share our Christmas letter with all of you. Why? Although it is originally intended for friends and family, many of you have […]

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 […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Casa del Pinar (DO Utiel-Requena)

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th chapter). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If you are enjoying the stories, you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of Wine. Sanfir: Lady Syrah, England Made Me Casa del Pinar, Los Cojos (DO Utiel-Requena) English weather has not made historically for good wine – Tacitus wrote of the inclement autumns, “The sky is overcast with continual rain and cloud, but the cold […]

Assumptions versus Reality: What is DO Montsant

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity for Catavino, as we shot about the wine region of Montsant for 3 days of intense wine tasting and sightseeing. It was approximately 4 years ago when we first visited Montsant, and having only made handful of trips back to the region over the years, we were both shocked by how much we learned this time around, not to mention how much wine its possible to taste in such a short period of time! Our goal was simply to immerse ourselves, and with the exception of one wine from the Priorat, we drank Montsant, breathed Montsant and nibbled on many delicious treats from Montsant. One might even go so far as to […]

Terroirs Wine Bar: An Unusual French Styled Bistro in Central London

Coming from Spain, there is something romantic about having a busty waitress greet you with a sultry smile and rustic french accent. Having traveling through Paris at lightening speed on a half dozen occasions – going straight from airport to bus to train – I imagined Terroirs, despite its location across from Charing Cross, as the Paris cafe I have yet to visit. Sans thick clouds of smoke, the two tiered cafe was scattered with small wooden tabletops more appropriate for a romantic interlude between two than a business meeting of four. Thick aromas of stew and game wafted through the air, while gulped laughter from half drunk bottles of ecological wine echoed off the walls. The ambiance was bustling […]

SITT Tasting in London and an Interview with Jamie Goode from the Wine Anorak

Yesterday, Ryan and I had the incredible opportunity of attending the SITT Tasting, also commonly known as the Speciality Importers Trade Tasting at the famed Vinopolis. Built around a Victorian Railway Viaduct, Vinopolis is situated at the world famous Borough Food Market in the bustling Bankside area, just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station. The tasting itself is a business to business event, allowing small importers to showcase their wines to journalists, retailers, distributors, etc. Consequently, the wines featured are very unique, small production wines that are generally very hard to come by. And for two Iberian based wine journalists to taste unique grapes from Chile, rare blends from New Zealand and even old favourites from the Port […]