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Txarli says it’s Time to Check in with our Readers! What have you been Drinking?

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From time to time, we like to stop for a moment and check in with our readers. Lately, our readership has been soaring, in addition to a boatload of new RSS subscribers, which of course, makes our hearts warm and fuzzy. We hope that you’ve been enjoying what we’ve been creating. And fortunately, we’ve had a great time providing you with new information. However, we’re a little curious. With all of our talking, we haven’t taken a moment to listen to you.

So humor us. Tell us what you’ve been reaching for to quench your thirst for vino? Any Spanish wine treats or Portuguese wine delicacies? Is there something you’ve tried that was terrible? Amazing? Unexpected? Maybe you have a question or a request for a story that we’ve failed to cover. The Opai clan what to know.

Hey all you RSS subscribers, can you take 5 minutes and come visit us, say hi, and let us know that you’re human and not a robot? :) With all these new faces, it’s nice for us to know what makes you tick, what you drink, and what made you want to peruse our site!

For our part, we promise to respond, and maybe even take up one of your article ideas as fodder for a future posting here. Catavino will be back soon. In fact, we promise to finally get out this Rioja report we keep talking about. You’ll understand the sweat pouring down our brows right now when you see what we’ve done. Hee hee, but we promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, why not add photos to your comment, if you have a picture lying around of the latest wine you tried? Here’s the code needed to make it happen: Or, if you use flickr, just paste the code in your comments and up it goes!

Cheers,

Ryan and Gabriella

  • Robert

    went out for a (very rare) date with my wife last Saturday we went to a local "gastropub" (the best one from 2007, apparently) that happened to have a very nice wine list I ate a pig's head roullade and ostrich steak, so needed something unusual for the pairing I chose Tilenus Crianza 2003 from Bierzo – a lovely expression of Mencia that had just the right baked fruit taste for the meat, but excellent acidity for the side dishes too. Lovely! I don't know much about Mencia, Bierzo or Tilenus, so it was a good (and lucky) discovery

  • http://wineculture.blogspot.com Robert

    went out for a (very rare) date with my wife last Saturday

    we went to a local “gastropub” (the best one from 2007, apparently) that happened to have a very nice wine list

    I ate a pig’s head roullade and ostrich steak, so needed something unusual for the pairing

    I chose Tilenus Crianza 2003 from Bierzo – a lovely expression of Mencia that had just the right baked fruit taste for the meat, but excellent acidity for the side dishes too. Lovely! I don’t know much about Mencia, Bierzo or Tilenus, so it was a good (and lucky) discovery

  • Jeff Cleveland

    I'm an RSS reader not a robot. ;) Last three wines I opened were a 2006 Finca Luzón Monastrell Jumilla Verde, a 2006 Bodega Pirineos Somontano Mesache Blanco, and a 2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Blanco. I guess that pretty much explains why I visit your site.

  • http://indiscriminateideas.blogspot.com Jeff Cleveland

    I’m an RSS reader not a robot. ;) Last three wines I opened were a 2006 Finca Luzón Monastrell Jumilla Verde, a 2006 Bodega Pirineos Somontano Mesache Blanco, and a 2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Blanco. I guess that pretty much explains why I visit your site.

  • Emilio

    I know I shouldn't be working late at night, after a day of hard work. But as wine tasting is my job I cannot help to open a sample and just enjoy it. So, just about 2 hours ago I was tasting a great fresh 2007 Sauvignon Blanc called "show". It's a vino de la tierra sample from the DO Manchuela area. I drank the wine with a home made salad while I was watching Inspector Lewis. The sample was not labeled so I didn't send you a photo. Shouldn't be too hard to find some importers out there. Great wine, great price, oops I'm working again… sorry

  • NickG

    I am another one of those RSS-reading, wine-loving robots. I'll be visiting Barcelona in a couple months, so I've deviated from my mostly French wine consumption to explore Spanish wines in general and those from Catalunya in particular. I've discovered I've been ignoring some good wines. I recently had a bottle of 2003 Celler Marti Fabra Masi Carreras Blanco from the Emorda-Costa Brava that was downright weird, but still wonderful and delicious. Don't know if it was made in an intentionally oxidized style, or it evolved that way on its own, but intentional or not, I loved it! Looked like apple juice – slightly orange tinted gold color and smelled more like sherry than wine. On the palate, very complex, with pear, nuts, lemon, a slight touch of residual sugar, and a long finish. Excellent.

  • http://www.winemeetingpoint.com Emilio

    I know I shouldn’t be working late at night, after a day of hard work. But as wine tasting is my job I cannot help to open a sample and just enjoy it. So, just about 2 hours ago I was tasting a great fresh 2007 Sauvignon Blanc called “show”. It’s a vino de la tierra sample from the DO Manchuela area. I drank the wine with a home made salad while I was watching Inspector Lewis. The sample was not labeled so I didn’t send you a photo. Shouldn’t be too hard to find some importers out there. Great wine, great price, oops I’m working again… sorry

  • NickG

    I am another one of those RSS-reading, wine-loving robots. I’ll be visiting Barcelona in a couple months, so I’ve deviated from my mostly French wine consumption to explore Spanish wines in general and those from Catalunya in particular. I’ve discovered I’ve been ignoring some good wines. I recently had a bottle of 2003 Celler Marti Fabra Masi Carreras Blanco from the Emorda-Costa Brava that was downright weird, but still wonderful and delicious. Don’t know if it was made in an intentionally oxidized style, or it evolved that way on its own, but intentional or not, I loved it! Looked like apple juice – slightly orange tinted gold color and smelled more like sherry than wine. On the palate, very complex, with pear, nuts, lemon, a slight touch of residual sugar, and a long finish. Excellent.

  • Bill

    Hi Guys, I've been hitting the Iberian peninsula pretty hard lately (the past four years or so), and Tami's been on a major Albarino kick. A sampling of the cellar includes: 2005 Sante Fe De Arrailolos Alentejano 2004 Quinta dos Acprestes Douro 2005 Vale DO Bomfim Douro Reserva 2005 Altano Douro 2006 Campo Reales La Mancha 2006 Almira LosDos "Old Vines" Generally speaking, these wines deliver excellent value for the price. I really love the Vale DO Bomfim and the Altano. As you can see, not a Rioja on the list, although I try them once in a great while. Of course, there are the occasional Chinon's and Languedoc's thrown in, plus quite a few value priced Rosso's. And, as I've rejoined the Ridge ATP, a few highly extracted Zin's are now in the rotation. Now you've gone and got me thirsty!

  • Bill

    Hi Guys,

    I’ve been hitting the Iberian peninsula pretty hard lately (the past four years or so), and Tami’s been on a major Albarino kick.

    A sampling of the cellar includes:

    2005 Sante Fe De Arrailolos Alentejano
    2004 Quinta dos Acprestes Douro
    2005 Vale DO Bomfim Douro Reserva
    2005 Altano Douro
    2006 Campo Reales La Mancha
    2006 Almira LosDos “Old Vines”

    Generally speaking, these wines deliver excellent value for the price. I really love the Vale DO Bomfim and the Altano. As you can see, not a Rioja on the list, although I try them once in a great while.

    Of course, there are the occasional Chinon’s and Languedoc’s thrown in, plus quite a few value priced Rosso’s. And, as I’ve rejoined the Ridge ATP, a few highly extracted Zin’s are now in the rotation.

    Now you’ve gone and got me thirsty!

  • Andre Ribeirinho

    I was really anxious for a tasting that started with a Esporão Reserva 1999 Red, a Tapada de Coelheiros 2002 White and a Tapada de Coelheiros 2001 White that I "discovered" in my father's cellar. The red wine was too old (or maybe cellar condition was not ideal) and the whites despite also being old were incredibly clean with a dark and beautiful yellow. I'll keep invading my father cellar's and I might discover something interesting!

  • http://blog.delaranja.com Andre Ribeirinho

    I was really anxious for a tasting that started with a Esporão Reserva 1999 Red, a Tapada de Coelheiros 2002 White and a Tapada de Coelheiros 2001 White that I “discovered” in my father’s cellar.

    The red wine was too old (or maybe cellar condition was not ideal) and the whites despite also being old were incredibly clean with a dark and beautiful yellow.

    I’ll keep invading my father cellar’s and I might discover something interesting!

  • Jill

    I. AM. NOT. A. ROBOT. (that was supposed to be said in a freaky digital computerized sounding voice…). In any case, I have not been drinking that much Spanish wine of late, mostly because the reps have not been bringing it around for some reason. I did by a bottle of Can Blau last week, out of curiosity. And I have Eric Solomon and Jorge Ordonez tastings over the next few weeks, so much Spanish wine is in my future! I have noticed an odd run on the Piqueras Almansa Garnacha Tintorera of late, with a few customers ordering, one in case quantity. I thought I'd be closing that item out, but ended up restocking it due to its sudden popularity! I can't wait to read your Rioja newsletter so I can get some good tips on wines to seek out. Thanks, guys, for everything! (Just noticed extreme overuse of exclamation points. my apologies, but apparently I was very enthusiastic when writing this comment.)

  • http://domaine547.com Jill

    I. AM. NOT. A. ROBOT. (that was supposed to be said in a freaky digital computerized sounding voice…).

    In any case, I have not been drinking that much Spanish wine of late, mostly because the reps have not been bringing it around for some reason. I did by a bottle of Can Blau last week, out of curiosity. And I have Eric Solomon and Jorge Ordonez tastings over the next few weeks, so much Spanish wine is in my future!

    I have noticed an odd run on the Piqueras Almansa Garnacha Tintorera of late, with a few customers ordering, one in case quantity. I thought I’d be closing that item out, but ended up restocking it due to its sudden popularity!

    I can’t wait to read your Rioja newsletter so I can get some good tips on wines to seek out. Thanks, guys, for everything!

    (Just noticed extreme overuse of exclamation points. my apologies, but apparently I was very enthusiastic when writing this comment.)

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