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Spanish and Portuguese Schist!

What is Schist? To answer that question, I found a great article about [Schist, written by Bill Nesto, MW->http://www.beveragebusiness.com/bbcontent/art98/nesto1105.html]. Everything you could possibly want to know about this soil type can be explained in the previous article. However, I want to talk about Schist from the perspective of taste. A […]

Rioja Wine Sales are up!

The exportation of wine from Rioja have grown by 3.3% in the first ten months of 2005, relative to the previous year. The sales amounted to 56.3 million litres, according to the Grupo de Criadores y Exportadores de Vinos de Rioja (Group of Breeders and Exporters of Wines of Rioja)… […]

Cava for the New Year

Another year come and gone as we head into the biggest day for consuming sparkling wines. For most people, Champagne will be the wine of choice with bright stars bubbling up in the glass as we count down to the New Year. Not a bad choice either, but we’d like […]

Grapes

As the year winds down, and we look over our shoulders at the year behind us, we realized how much information Catavino has provided. Therefore, in the coming days, we’ll be linking you back to some of the early articles that Gabriella and I feel merit revisiting. For those of […]

Holiday Dessert Wines

With the holidays here, and time seemingly short, I thought I would rely on some old tasting notes. It’s pretty crazy around here, but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite holiday treats. It’s a classic, and not really a surprise, but this year I’ll give it […]

Rioja – Nouveau?

Last week, I was in La Rioja – more specifically in the [Rioja Alavesa->http://www.rioja-alavesa.net/web2/present4.htm] region which butts up against the eastern mountains that surround Rioja on one side. I spent two nights, one in Haro and the other in LaGuardia, during which I tasted some amazing Spanish wine, saw some […]

Bodega Liberalia

Last week I was able to take a one day trip up to the DO Toro located 2 hours North of Madrid. I met with two bodegas, one of which I’ll tell you about in a later article. This particular article is based on my short visit to Bodegas Liberalia. […]

Where is DO Ampurdan-Costa Brava?

She’s back! My wife and blossoming wine enthusiast, once again, adds a bit of her growing knowledge to my humble blog. Hope you all enjoy, and let her know you want more! Till soon, Ryan Opaz Last September, I had the privilege of spending two weeks biking throughout one of […]

TN – Scala Dei – DOC Priorat

Anytime I see a wine from the [Priorato->http://www.cellartours.com/spain/spanish-wine-maps/priorat.html] for under 20 euros, I tend to give it a try. Heck who am I kidding, I usually swipe it off the shelf and head home as quick as possible. The Priorato has a pricing problem, though not without good reason. Located […]