Catavino keeps you current not only with the remarkable wine developments in Spain and Portugal, two of the most dynamic wine producers on the planet, but you'll learn about food trends, new dishes and restaurants and the ancient and modern cultures on the Iberian Peninsula. And you may not notice it, but Catavino also happens to be one of smoothest designed websites you'll have the pleasure of visiting.
Doug Frost MS/MW

Tag Archives: Websites

Wines From Spain – News from the past TODAY!

This is a thumbnail that you may click on to see at full size the stunningly BORING and non newsworthy newsletter that I receive about once a month from the Spanish government put in charge of “promoting” Spanish wine. If you go over to Wines from Spain and request it you too can receive it. Sometimes worthy of my interest the latest newsletter, STUNNED me, however, with its lack of news. Allow me digress briefly, to offer some personal background on our relationship with Wines From Spain. Awhile ago, I asked to have Catavino included on their links page, but was rejected when they told me that “blogs were not important enough to be included”. Needless to say, they seem […]

Old Wine Media – Poo Pooing New Wine Tools?

Decanter published this story last month about the relatively new wine website Snooth. “A new online wine service hopes to become the world’s busiest cyber wine recommendations site by cashing in on the Facebook phenomenon”, is how the article began. Great start, and personally, I was excited to see them mentioned on Decanter. “Way to go Snooth!” I thought to myself, until I read this line, “Although tasting notes on these applications include, ‘this was beautiful, as usual’ for a bottle 1998 Lafite Rotschild, or just a blank entry with 5/5 for a bottle of 2000 Chateau Smith Haut Lafite, the hosts of these new sites are in little doubt of the value of being on Facebook.” Fair enough, but […]

Catavino gets 60,000 Unique Visitors a Month – Oh, and We have a Bridge for Sale!

I don’t understand something. Why are stats so sacred, especially to wine blogs? About a month ago, Richard asked the following in our forum: How much traffic does your blog get? Do you keep stats on the traffic? Are your stats divided between unique hits and simple views? The basic question is, how many people are we actually reaching? Initially, no one posted. I assumed it was because we just don’t get a lot of visitors on our forum (a sad but true statement), so I posted it to Twitter. Still no response, though Gary from Wine Library did sent a private message with his hit totals. He said that he gets around 33k per episode of Wine Library TV […]

Vinus TV – Spanish Wine entering the Web 2.0

A few days ago, we found a Spanish wine video site called, Vinus, a new start up covering Spanish wine, history and culture in a very hip and trendy way. Founded in the beginning of August, it has already published 3 videos, all of which feature a rapidly speaking female host covering a variety of 5 minute topics. The best way to describe the format is CNN meets Entertainment Tonight, adding some additional social media on the side like Twitter and Flickr. Although we are very excited to see this new format, we do have a few critiques: Autoplay makes the site unfriendly for work environments and just frustrates us. When I visit a site, I want to look at […]

Wine Bloggers Unite? or at least Discuss!

Wine blogging has become, for many of us, a central part of our lives. Each week, we try to post interesting information that goes beyond a simple tasting note, delving into a unique idea, history or current news tidbit. Being by default, a little inbred at its core, we find ourselves sharing ideas, reposting information, and commenting about what everyone else has already commented on someplace else. We cannibalize the Decanter news feed, and at times, each other too. Over the past 3 years, we’ve grown considerably from when we had only a few lone voices to today, where we have people commenting from around the globe. We even have our own wine event(and website), thanks to Lenn of LENNDEVOURS. […]

Website Review: Enjoy Sherry

Sherry month wouldn’t be complete without a warning shot across the bow of the boat before it slowly sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor. The boat being the obvious metaphor for sherry inching demise. Sherry is losing ground with the common consumer. We tried to send a life raft during our month long Virtual Tasting, but it sat empty, lifeless and cold. Granted, we didn’t have time to visit the region, but we did our best offering you sherry stories and bodega profiles of sherry houses that most likely left you, well, bored. With all hope, maybe some of you learned a thing or two. Who knows? What I do know, however, is that the government website Enjoy […]

Attention all Spanish Bodegas – This is Why you NEED to Understand the Web

This past month, we participated in a monthly wine event called, Wine Blog Wednesday, which started long ago in a State far far way by a man called Lenn. The idea is simple. Once a month, a Blogger is picked by Lenn, among many,to choose a wine related theme. Once the theme has been chosen, the remaining Wine Bloggers, or any Blogger for that matter, writes a post based on that theme. This month’s theme was Spanish Value Wines with the caveat that everyone needed to write about a value-priced Spanish wine. When the results were posted, a total of 41 Blogs contributed with over 100 Spanish wines listed on websites around the blog-o-sphere. This translates to hundreds of articles […]

Twitter/Jaiku – Does the wine world need them?

I use Twitter and Jaiku. Why should you care? I’m not sure, but I do know that these small little social applications have me hooked. I really like them. The idea being that with both Twitter and Jaiku you can post 140 character comments about anything, anytime, and from any location. Sounds dumb? It is! But guess what? The web, at one time, was considered dumb and thought to never be a legitimate place for “real” business to occur. So much for that theory. This post is mainly for this inbred group and others who might want to join in. So for everyone living online in the wine-geek-o-sphere, Twitter has been used for talking about everything from wine to Poker […]

Community Tasting Notes and The Wineries Who Need them?

Approximately a month ago, Gabriella contacted all the major community tasting note sites to see whether anything had changed since Adler’s scathing review of their “worth” approximately a year ago. Had they grown to encompass more users? Had the overall notes increased in their quality? Had the problem of creating an effective wine database been addressed in sites other than Cellartracker? Finally, and most importantly, do these sites have a future in influencing wine sales?

Article by Steven Tollvier of Manfatta-Wine Marketing: The Search for New Consumers

Changes in the wine consumption habits of the Spanish consumer threaten the wine industry as it has existed until now. According to studies by the International Organization of Wine (OIV), the production of wine in Spain is three times larger than consumption. Statistics from the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV) show that consumers are drinking less wine in general, but are opting for higher quality wine. The consumption of other drinks (soft drinks, beer, spirits and imported wines) is growing. The anti-drunk driving point system is leading restaurant patrons to drink less wine with their meals. For their part, younger consumers are more likely to be attracted to distilled spirits, packaged cocktails and beer due either to lower prices, a livelier, […]