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Tag Archives: Valencia

Friday Feature Photo: Gentle Spanish Hands

Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 4, 2012 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes (Valencia-Spain) About: For her Spanish Notebooks project, Albertina went into the houses in Utiel-Requena, where she’s invited to share those special moments when food is being prepared. On that specific day, María was cutting some peppers, and the image reminded Albertina of an old painting. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission […]

Friday Feature Photo: Percebes from Valencia, Spain

Photographer: Olga Barmina Capture Date: February 2008 Location: Valencia, Spain About: In Portugal and Spain, Goose Barnacles are a widely consumed delicacy called percebes. Percebes are harvested off the northern coast of Spain, typically in Galicia. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission of the photographer.

Bobal: The Spanish Grape of Newfound Nobility

In the Spanish autonomous province of Valencia, you can discover a remarkable variety of landscapes far from the long beaches of golden sand found in most conventional tour guides. Dry, desert-like areas, river valleys and fertile foothills give rise to great diversity in the wines made here. The region encompasses three DOs: D.O. Valencia, D.O. Alicante and D.O. Utiel-Requena. Among them, the wines from Utiel-Requena are probably some of the most exciting. The area has developed dramatically in the past few years, planting more vineyard area and opening new wineries. Some of the more diligent producers are paying homage to their roots through wines made from their native grape: Bobal. This variety’s newfound nobility is causing a stir among the […]

La Vuelta a España Stages 5-9: Bullas, Jumilla, Yecla, Valencia & Alicante

Before we begin, we need to state that this is a VERY large region and what follows, in the name of brevity, is a fleeting glimpse at the regions treasures and high points. Therefore, we highly suggest you check out the links below for more detailed information. Now back to the story… On part 2 of our series, La Vuelta a España. We’ve now arrived at the southeastern stretch of the peninsula, renowned for its cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. More than any area in Spain, it is here that I might fear that I, as a cyclist, would casually veer off the road to consume twice my body weight in fresh dates, figs and almonds. I might even go […]

Wines from Valencia: A Collaborative Effort

The other day, I received a press release that left me feeling strange. It spoke of a group consisting of 11 wineries from the political region of Valencia who were joining together to promote their region and their wines. Sounds nice, so why did I feel strange? First and foremost, after living here for 6 years, and constantly hearing wineries say they won’t work with other wineries to sell more wine for fear that their neighbors might sell wine too, I have become a bit of a skeptic of collaborative efforts. Granted, there are few success stories, such as the Douro Boys; however, most collaborative efforts are by one company owning multiple brands and promoting themselves as “wineries working together”. […]

Holiday Wines from Writers: Rick Fisher and John Maher

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 get back into our blogging rhythm! Also if you want to share a special Iberian wine holiday story, please email us at: [email protected], and we’ll considering posting it here! Happy New Year to all! Rick Fisher My favorite part of the holidays is the wealth of opportunities to eat great food and drink even better wine. It’s not that I can’t or don’t do that throughout the year; it just […]

Most Intriquing Restaurants in Valencia: Embrace Your Traditional and Eclectic Self

The talk was of me writing about “the best places to eat in the city of Valencia, and I immediately felt slightly inadequate. Valencia does have its swanky Michelin-starred restaurants – Ca’Sento, Torrijos, La Sucursal and Alejandro del Toro last time I looked. I have eaten at three of them, and the food was undoubtedly excellent. The one I have yet to try is in fact Ca’Sento, nearest to where I live. I’ve been unnerved by the post-modern cladding added as a façade to give concrete expression to its progression from family-run diner to temple of gastronomy, and rather terrifyingly I can’t seem to identify the door whenever I walk past. As so often with glamorous restaurants, in my case, […]

Fontantars dels Alforins: The Forefront of Quality Wine in the D.O. Valencia

One of the peculiarities of the Valencia Denominación de Origen is its further division into four subzones: Alto Turia, Valentino, Moscatel de Valencia and Clariano. Perhaps the most distinctive in terms of both landscape and wines is the most southerly, Clariano, just the Valencia side of Alicante. At the heart of this subzone is the Vall d’Albaida, a fertile high valley that runs from the arid central plane of La Mancha towards the Mediterranean, benefiting from both the dry westerly winds (“poniente”) and the more humid easterly ones (“levante”). At some 650 metres above sea level, this has always been a fertile high valley. Despite the low rainfall, the soil is rich. The “Alforins” in Fontantars dels Alforins derives from […]

Iberian Links Around the Web – Roadwebtv, Chardonnay, Scholarships and Mendoza wines

Catavino has traveled more this year than ever before, and just when life has settled to a peaceful calm, we’re off again. This past weekend we visited Benidorm, Spain, a place that you should see at least once in your life; not for the wine, mind you, but for the odd combination of location, tourism and the sheer mass of humanity. We attended the inaugural conference of Road Web TV, and having very little concept of what we were walking into, we were especially impressed by the results of the event. The idea was simple: get everyone related to webtv in Spain in one location and see what happens! What happened was a considerable amount of conversation, brainstorming and networking. […]

Valencian Cava: The Difference is in the Grapes

This is my second go at writing this piece. For some reason, the first attempt turned into a lament at the cava on offer at the interval break during operas and concerts at Valencia’s spectacular Palau de les Arts. I suspect a less long-winded mention may creep in again, but I’ll try to focus more on my intended subject of Valencian cava. I’m sure Catavino types are more than familiar with the fact that the Cava Denominación de Origen is not defined by a geographical area. While it is true that the vast majority of cava is made in Catalonia’s Penedés, when the DO was established – the result of EU legislation and Champagne’s ceaseless vigilance against unwarranted use of […]