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From Cataluña to Asturias: Eating Spain in New York City

As is true with those who are obsessed with travel and great food, I take every opportunity to try something new and/or different when away from home. A recent business trip to New York City set the stage for my latest endeavor. I am also certain that it will be no surprise that this trip involved Spanish food and wine! Two Spanish restaurants set the backdrop for this trip across northern Spain: Mercat and Tertulia. Two entirely unique geographic areas – Cataluña and Asturias – provided a gastronomic journey that would not disappoint. Approaching the entrance to Mercat Hispanophiles cannot help but notice the replica of the stained glass “Mercat” sign of the Boqueria Market in Barcelona displayed prominently above the front door. Dark and rustic on the […]

Vibrant Rioja Tempranillo LIVE TASTING in New York on May 5, 2011

Are you a Rioja wine fanatic? Do you stay up late at night itching for that next bottle of vinous pleasure? If so, we have the event for you no matter where you are in the world! This Thursday, May 5th Tempranillo will be featured at the Vibrant Rioja 3rd Annual Grand Tasting in New York! More than 350 Rioja wines will be highlighted at the event from over 70 importers. According to Pablo Olay, the Vibrant Rioja Campaign Director, “Our 2011 Grand Tasting’s focus is on Tempranillo, a varietal that is increasingly popular in the U.S. because of its consummate versatility, high quality and pairing ability with a wide range of foods.” Though we at Catavino would never limit […]

NYC Restaurants Review: Casa Mono & Socarrat Paella Bar

Whenever I am planning to travel my first order of business is the Google search “Spanish restaurants in (destination city)”. My recent trip to New York City provided an unparalleled opportunity to visit a metropolis with more Spanish restaurants than any other city in the US. Previous trips produced impressive results (check out my NYC Tapas Crawl); this time would prove to one-up any other trip. Casa Mono After a day of wine seminars, tastings, and pouring, I was invited by my friends from Drink Ribera (Helen, Gabriella, April, and Roger) and Señor Eduardo Cano Uribe (Communication and Promotions Director for D.O. Ribera del Duero) to join them for dinner at Casa Mono. Let me first say that I was […]

Catavino Back in the USA: First Stop, New York

Approximately a year ago, we almost lost the opportunity to attend the NAWBC 2009 as a result of a missed flight. Our stress and frustration only mounted when the realization barreled down on us that our tasting at the famed Portuguese restaurant, Aldea, in New York was the following day. With tickets eventually in hand, our first time to New York was primarily spent in a taxi cab, lacking anything in the way of tourism. This year, however, we completed our goals! We savored a gigantic bagel, an amazing Thai meal and the opportunity to see a small slice of the city on foot. We meandered through Grand Central Station with our mouths agape, spotted few dozen historic buildings, strolled […]

Top 5 Wine Tourism Tips Iberia Can Learn from American Wine Producers

Last week, we had spent the better part of a 6 days touring wineries on both the west and east coast of the United States. And during this time, we had a very unique opportunity to see how Americans create and manage wine tourism programs in order to promote not only their own wines, but the wines of the entire region. As many of you know, although we adore the wines of both Spain and Portugal, we feel that effective wine tourism is one of the greatest areas lacking in Iberia. From wineries that won’t pick up the phone or return an emails to small, family run wineries who close their door to visitors, making it close to impossible for […]

Catavino in Santa Rosa, California at American Wine Bloggers Conference 2009

Editor’s note: Due to poor wireless connections, although this post was intended for yesterday morning, we weren’t able to get it up until today.   We’re currently writing you at 6am in the morning from El Jefe’s HQ, from Twisted Oak Winery, with two of baby kittens romping around our bedroom with a mission to destroy anything in their paths. And despite their clearly malicious intent, with those gigantic clear blue eyes, short soft downy fur and incapacity to walk in  straight line without tripping or running head first into a wall, we have to admit, Iggy and Stiggy are insanely adorable, and a wonderful way to wake up after 3 insane days of fun.   For those of you […]

Ready, Set, Go…NY, SF, NY…A Whirlwind of Fun!

As you read this, we’re most likely struggling to get comfortable in our cramped Delta seats, eating bland airline food, while on our way to NY. Well, correction, Ryan is grumbling in his beer, while Gabriella is stretched out lengthwise basking in the roominess of her seat. Clearly genetics has served her well for international flights! Arriving in 7 hours (2am NYC time), blurry eyed and dizzy, we’re hoping to sail through customs and land in our beds, crashed out, no later than 4am. If we’re really lucky, we’ll get 6 more hours of sleep before the alarm goes off and demands our bushy tailed and bright-eyed selves to welcome the city with open arms! We then dash off to […]

Catavino’s on Vacation, but first a question: What is Your Summer Comfort Wine

Hey everyone, Catavino is headed for a brief vacation! My aunt and uncle have flown in from Santa Monica, California for a 10 day whirlwind tour of Roman ruins, coastal hideaways, small medieval pueblos, quaint little restaurants serving fresh grilled fish, leisurely strolls through the expressive creations of Gaudi, and of course, a dip in the warm and ever inviting Mediterranean. What more could a vacation could possibly consist of?! Wine! While Ryan and I packed up our gear for the weekend, we realized that without batting an eyelash, we grabbed a few bottles of Fino Sherry and Cava – our two summer standbys. These are the styles of wine we reach for when we don’t want to think, and […]

Publicize Spanish and Portuguese Wine Events in Your Neighborhood on Catavino’s Calendar!

This year we’ve launched the official Catavino Calendar, which intends to list every Iberian wine event around the world.  Whether there is a wine tasting in Madrid, or as far as Tokyo, we want it listed on the Catavino Calendar. Our most recent additions have included a Portuguese wine tasting in both New York and Miami. On April 21st, Viniportugal will be hosting a Portuguese wine tasting at the City Winery in New York featuring over 400 wines from 50 wineries. You can also hear Professor Michael Weiss from the Culinary Insitute of America give a trade seminar on “A Passion for Portugal”. The Miami Tasting on April 23rd will take place at the Ritz Carleton in South Beach where […]

How to Enjoy a nice Spanish wine

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