La Rioja | Catavino - Part 4
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: La Rioja

Thank You Sponsors! – La Rioja Turismo and Vibrant Rioja

photo credit: b_d_solis Blogging is an act of passion. This we know to be true. But at Catavino, we are trying to make it more than simply a heartfelt hobby, we want this to be our life and sole income. Now, some may call us insane – including ourselves on […]

The Stupid Things I do for Love

When will I learn?! When will I put my foot down and say, “No honey, I am not a human guinea pig. I will not eat, nor drink something just because the fine people of La Rioja like it. And yes, I do love you, and I do appreciate your […]

What is the Flavor of Rioja?

When we first decided to commit two months to La Rioja wine, I had a lot of concerns. First, I didn’t know how we were going to cover the subject in such a short amount of time with important events not La Rioja related thrown into the mix. The answer […]

More Tales from La Rioja

Editor’s Note: This was technically written a few days ago, while we were still in Rioja, but due to limited computer access, we were unable to post it. Enjoy! It’s always incredible to have that rare moment when you wake up at 6:45am and feel fantastic.The last few days, I’ve […]

The Catavino Rioja Epic Continues!

Having just walked into our hotel five minutes ago as the clock struck 9:30pm, I feel like a decade has slipped through our fingers. Over the past three days traveling throughout Rioja, we’ve seen one of the oldest and most traditional; one of the newest and most technologically advanced; one […]

What is the Etymology of La Rioja?

When I first heard the name “La Rioja” I made the grand assumption that it derived from a geographic location. Why? Because if you’ve taken Spanish 101, you will immediately recognize the word rio in the name, meaning river, while oja can translate to “watch out!” or “look out for”. […]

Regional Profile – DO Rías Baixas

In 1980, the special classification of Denominacion Especifica (Specific Denomination) was applied to the word Albarino, used to refer to the wines produced in the province of Pontevedra in the autonomous community of Galicia. While the concept of Denominacion de Origen already existed to protect certain regions that produced wines […]

Regional Profile – Galicia

Occupying the northwest corner of Spain, the province of Galicia is nestled snugly between various mountain ranges to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and Portugal to the south. The area was first colonized by the ancient Celtics in the sixth century B.C and Galicia was […]

Tempranillo: A Noble Wine Grape

Editor’s Note: Here is the next article in a series from my lovely wife Gabriella. This one focuses on her experiences learning about the wines that come from the grape Tempranillo. Currently she is gone for a month leading a bike tour, but when she returns expect more articles as […]