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Tag Archives: social media

Luar de Janeiro – A Hidden Restaurant in the Sidestreets of Évora

Not long ago, we made a promise to add shorter posts to the Catavino mix. And while we’ve tried, old habits die hard. Today, I intend to make up for our verboseness by simply giving a shout out to one of the best restaurants I’ve recently dined at called, Luar de Janeiro. While giving a social media workshop to a group of wineries in Évora, Portugal, a few speakers and I wandered the windy backstreets in search of a restaurant. Our friend Ricardo, having been there quite recently, suggested a location that only locals could ever find. For those who aren’t familiar with Évora, it’s a walled city with such narrow streets that 2 people abreast find it difficult to […]

The Other Side of – Social Media Evangelism

We love talking about Iberian wines. We also love the culture, foods and people that are involved with them. And for this very reason, we work hard to ensure that everyone knows about these treasures. How do we do this? We help wineries use tools like blogs, social networks and other internet “stuff” to better promote themselves. This leads to us traveling about speaking at conferences, working with wineries, and hosting events every year. One such event took place last month in London called, the London International Wine Fair. While in the past, our wrap-up consisted of the wines we encountered. This year, we had a chance to do even more. We were offered the opportunity to host social media […] On Tour: Tasting Wine Across Spain – First stop Utiel-Requena

On Wednesday evening, a rather miraculous event occurred in the offices of the Consejo Regulador de Utiel-Requena, located just northwest of Valencia. 17 bottles of wine from across the region, each from a different bodega, were put on display for a dozen bloggers to explore. These bloggers, ranging from winemakers to foodies, traveled up to 4 hours to not only support their friend and cohort, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, but also taste wines from an “undiscovered” Spanish region. Born in Zaragoza, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo is one of our main contributing writers for our Spanish site, An oenologist by trade, he’s spent the better half of 2 years as a consultant for wineries, wine shops and wine fairs interested in furthering […]

Final Thoughts Regarding Wine Future 2009

As you all know, Ryan and I went to Wine Future with a team of 4 additional people: Michael Oudyn, Raymond Magourty, Eduardo Benito and Juan Manuel Gonzalvo. Robert McIntosh was also a key player on our team, adding an immense amount to the Live Blog and Twitter stream, while perfectly balancing his other hat as a Dinastia Vivanco representative. All of these people deserve full recognition for their fantastic work, determination and passion in making our Wine Future social media campaign work seamlessly. We are very proud of each of their contributions, and hope this is just one of many campaigns we can work as a solid team. That said, many people have asked for a personal wrap-up article […]

II Annual European Wine Bloggers Conference Extraordinarily Brief Update

I am currently writing this from my VIP Grand Lisboa hotel room using every single ounce of energy I have left to get word out that all is well. As many of you already know, Ryan and I have spent the last 5 days in Lisbon hosting the II Annual European Wine Bloggers Conference, and to say it was a success would be an understatement, it was INCREDIBLE. And to give you a sense of what people are saying, take a peek at the following: Event Manager of the VIP Grand Lisboa, “I thoroughly enjoyed your group this past weekend. They were considerate, passionate, interesting and willing to share their knowledge with me about ways we can improve the hotel’s […]

How Time and a Little Perseverance Can Lead to Cheap and Successful Wine Education

Last night, we had a rare opportunity to pour 9 very unique Spanish wines all made from the Bobal grape for approximately 80 people. The wines were: Bodegas Finca Ardal Ocho Cuerdas 2005, Pagos del Molino Fusión de Bobal 2005, Pagos del Molino Arras de Bobal 2004, Finca Sandoval Signo 2007, Bodegas Vereda Real Bobalia Roble 2005, Bodegas Vera de Estenas Casa Don Angel 2005, Pago de Tharsys Unico (100% Bobal Sparkling wine), Pago de Tharsys Bobal 2005 Mind you, this event was completely organized through social media in order to bring awareness to a grape that was traditionally considered impossible to drink. But over time, Bobal’s bull head shape historically only attractive farmers who saw its inner beauty, eventually grabbed […]

Top 5 Reasons Spain and Portugal Can Succeed at Social Media

After my last post on Iberia’s state of success using social media, I received several supporting emails and a few others who felt as if I was a bit tough on Spain. My intent was to write a post that motivated both countries to prove me wrong in my assessment that they are falling behind the times. Social Media, the Internet and technology are the future, and in some places, the present when marketing wine online. There are two options for wineries: admit its existence and discuss ways to approach the internet, or bury your head back in the sand and ignore it while your neighbors charge ahead. So today, I want to tell you, the consumer, and any producers […]

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 […]

Sherry at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF)

The first place to start a sherry tour at the London International Wine Fair is at the official stand. This year, the Sherry Institute had set up a long bar-style stand. Lined up along this bar were about 50 bottles, possibly more, of all styles and from many producers. I thought this made for a very fine sight! I wish there was a shop somewhere, where a range of sherries similar to this could be had… The Sherry Institute now has Graham Hines back at the helm. Graham used to run the Institute until its work was outsourced to a PR agency for a number of years. This switch back to Graham is fairly recent so he was not in a […]

The Spanish and Portuguese Take to the London International Wine Fair

Both Spain and Portugal made their mark at the London International Wine Fair 2009 edition this past week. Spain has always had a knack for its dominating and stylish presence. Walk past the enormous stand representing the generic body promoting Spanish wines called ICEX and you rarely saw a square foot unoccupied. 13 autonomous communities were represented, including: Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Basque Country. Even tiny Denominacion de Origines, representing only a handful of bodegas within these massive autonomous communities garnered some limelight, whereby providing importers the opportunity to taste wines that are generally difficult to discover in any other situation. What made Spain so successful at […]