Editor’s Note: With more people opting to save money with Airbnb and Casa Rural (rural house) rentals when visiting Spain, it’s difficult to know how to stock your wine cooler. Enter any retail shop or supermarket and you’re flooded with options. Hence, this guide is a precursor to your next trip – a […]
Here’s a quick look at what two of Catavino’s writers were drinking this holiday season. Needless to say all of us here at Catavino found our tables full of good foods and wines, sometimes Iberian and sometimes not. We’ll have more updates on the wines and foods enjoyed as we […]
For those of you unfamiliar with D.O. Yecla, I can assure you that it’s not something you’d say when tasting a glass of old milk, well past its suggested date of consumption. “D.O Yuck-la?!” Instead, this tiny D.O, with only 4,300 hectares under vine, is increasingly gaining in popularity abroad, […]
Have you ever been sent back in time after looking at wine label? Personally, I tend to have these experiences most often with aromas, rather than images. Maybe the bouquet of a wine will catapult me back to my aunt’s kitchen helping her make a sweet cranberry strudel, or a […]
I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited their winery on several occasions now, but this particular visit was a little different in that – full disclosure – my partner Emilio Saez van Eerd is working to help them both find exporters and to set up a one of a kind wine tourism project, something I hope that we can write about in the near future. What I can say from my perspective is that the wines made here are of high quality. The French winemaker, Sebastien Boudon, is very intent on achieving a goal, which I feel he has achieved: to make wine from the local native grapes using methodologies he learned from his native region in Bordeaux called, Entre deux Mer.
Last month, when I was in Alicante, I received a mixed case of wines from Bodega Salvador Poveda. Four bottles were from a series of wines called, Toscar. All monovarietals, they were created to demonstrate the region’s terroir as it relates to each varietals unique characteristics. Over the past two […]
As Ryan and I were enjoying a “lazy” Sunday morning filled with articles to be written, ideas to be churned and coffee to be drank, we decided that the day was too beautiful to be spent inside, preferring a quick jaunt up a mountain with a bottle of Salvador Poveda. […]
I would be hard pressed to find a more agreeable wine producing region than Jumilla. Adventurous, avant garde wines being made with grapes less commonly found in Spain mixed with Spanish grapes such as Monastrell that has been making its comeback for years but that always seems to miss out on the glory. A red, very sweet grape, Monastrell makes deeply colored wines characterized by a high alcoholic content and often a cherry liqueur kind of undertone.
1998 Bodegas Olivares Jumilla Dulce Monastrell – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla (6/30/2006)Dark purple almost black in color. Incredibly complex wine that reminded me of a port. It is a sensuous wine to me that needs to be appreciated with either a pungent blue cheese or chocolate, but is too sweet and […]