Wine Education | Catavino - Part 5
I really love Catavino – it’s such an informative and innovative source of information on Spanish & Portuguese wines. The food of the region is key, but it’s just as vital to know about the great wines available too. This is the place to find out!
Jose Pizzaro

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Portugal’s Wine Demarcation

As a result of our recent trip to Portugal, we figured the best way to start off the month is by offering a basic road map to Portuguese wine. We have given you several articles in the past on the grape varietals, the Portuguese wine label and some specific wineries, […]

Timeline of Spanish Sherry

Sometimes the best time to write is when you least expect ideas to be born, and at 2am, I guarantee you that I had no intention of putting my fingers to the keyboard. However, life has a funny way of nudging you, and I felt it was my sworn duty […]

Story Map

As of recent, we’ve been fortunate enough to hear from you all, which has been great because it shows that we are providing a useful tool to learn about Portuguese and Spanish wines. However, there is one particular line of questioning that I would like to turn our attention to, […]

Organic Spanish Wines Fight the Sulfite Battle

Sulfite Structure – image via  ORGANIC WINES FIGHT THE SULFITES BATTTLE or WHAT! THIS IS ORGANIC? “Get out your un-bleached, hypoallergenic, 100% soy, macrobiotic light-sabers!”, said the organic wine, “we’re going into battle”. No, it’s not what you think. If you live in Boulder, Colorado, home of everything organic, you […]

How to Buy Wines Whose Labels Confuse You!

I fully admit that Iberian wines are not always the most friendly wine labels to decipher; which explains our logic in writing an entire series on how to not only interpret Spanish wine label but also the Portuguese wine label, and finally Port wine labels! But when you’re roaming your […]

How to – Identifying Wine Aroma Defects

Litchi with hints of grapefruit and banana? Violets, roses and fresh cut grass? These are just a few of the words that might be employed when describing the aromas found in wines, but if you’re like I used to be, you might wonder – come on? Litchis? How did they […]

Interpreting the Port Wine Label

For me, there is something heavenly, almost sinful, about tasting a glass of port. The urge for a deep ruby or vintage port gets especially intense whenever the temperature drops, a warm fire is roaring before me and a pungent sharp aroma of a Cabrales blue cheese beckons me towards […]

Bud Break is Upon Us

Bud break is here! Bud break? What do you mean by “bud break”? Bud break is the time of year when the small buds on the previously dormant vines begin to swell with sap and nutrients, whereby pushing forth the new tendril vines and small leaves starting the busiest eight […]

Interpreting the Portuguese Wine Label

The Windy Road of the Portuguese Wine Label If there was one wine style synonymous for Portugal, it would be Port. The sweet, creamy and fruit forward wine has been a personal favorite of mine since our first visit to Oporto not four years ago. Unable to escape the fame […]

Grape Profile – Red Grape! – Our first Project

In reality, “red grape” is not much of a description, but this was the exact description that was given to me when I first purchased this little grape vine a few weeks ago. What you’re looking at in the picture above is its first budding, and not two days later, […]