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Portuguese Pork Recipe: Carne de Porco à Alentejana

Whenever I walk into a tasca, I check the ubiquitous handwritten black board for the daily menu. If I spot Carne de Porco à Alentejana scrawled on it, I know exactly what I’m having, no questions asked. One single taste of the savory pork intermixed with slightly sweet clams and I’m set […]

Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting in London – Lindley Hall

Living in Portugal, it’s a challenge to come up with a solid reason to fly to London for a Portuguese wine tasting, unless I’m already there! As a result of my article “On Wine. A Tragedy.“, I was asked to give a speech that coincided with this years Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting. […]

Our Interview With The Man Behind: Mad About Madeira

Recently, Catavino featured an article on the 12 Essential Tips to Visiting Madeira and a Beginner’s Guide to Madeira Wine – a crash course, if you will, on one of the most under appreciated styles on market! What we didn’t cover, however, is how you can find a Madeira wine that works for you. Today, we […]

Romantic Restaurants in Lisbon for Valentines

If Lisbon were a guest at a house party, it wouldn’t be in the limelight. And that’s exactly what I adore about this city. Picture yourself at this house party. Small groups of four or five congregate around bowls of peanuts and glasses of wine. Paris is delicately holding a […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Madeira Wine

Did you know that Madeira was poured during Thomas Jefferson’s toast at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, or that it was savored at the inauguration of George Washington shortly thereafter? At one time, Madeira was so ubiquitous that it perfumed ladies’ handkerchieves; was given to military personnel for service of […]

Beyond the Tagus Part III: High in the Alto Alentejo

Welcome to the final installment of Beyond the Tagus! In our first piece, I introduced the fascinating, eclectic region of Évora. We then headed south to the Baixo Alentejo for Part II , and will now conclude in the north with the stunning Alto Alentejo. Mind you, this story doesn’t kick off with a […]

Beyond the Tagus Part II: Gastronomic Baixo Alentejo

Just before the Holidays, I kicked off our three-part series on Portugal’s Alentejo region, with a trip to Évora. For the foodies and wine lovers among you, not to mention history buffs, this should not be missed! Today, however, we’ll be heading to the southernmost region, Baixo Alentejo, for a trip that’ll […]

Happy New Year from Catavino Tours!

2015 was an amazing year for us! It was our first full year offering custom tours throughout Portugal and Spain! Having lived on the Iberian Peninsula for over a decade, it has been an incredible feeling to share our favorite back alley cafes, isolated beaches, sunset drenched vineyards, and of course, mountains of insanely delicious foods with new friends from […]

The Spanish Wine Holiday Survival Pack

Thankfully, the joyous stretch of time known as “the Holidays” come once a year and last only a few weeks. Seeing old friends and family can be really great and this makes it a favorite time of year for many; on the contrary, social expectations and family traditions can also […]

Beyond the Tagus River: In and Around Évora – Part I

I’m writing, between sips of my morning bica, from a tiny coffee shop in the sleepy Lisbon neighborhood of Lapa. I look up from my computer screen and the Tagus River opens before me. Today the river is brooding and dark, swept up by strong winds. The water is choppy. […]