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Welcome Star Tribune Readers to Catavino, Our Humble Iberian Home!

Cute Couple (by Ryan Opaz)

Gabriella and Ryan would like to welcome all of you who read the recently published article in the Star Tribune, our hometown paper from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bill Ward, the Star Tribune’s wine and food writer, was kind enough to meet with Ryan, while sending some additional questions to Gabriella, in order to profile our entertaining and unexpected journey.

Having just read the article, we feel that Bill did a great job overall, and despite some left out content and a few errors (such as the word el enchufe being misspelled as el enfouche), we’re ecstatic to have all of you join us from the Twin Cities. That said, we’d like to personally introduce ourselves and direct you to some of our favorite links, sites, and stories! Oh, and for those of you who only caught the article in the paper, continue on to Bill Ward’s blog to read some quotes from our lunch!

So welcome, one and all, and we hope that a few of you stick around and continue to follow us. If you know what RSS is, you can subscribe to Catavino here, and if you want to just sign up for our monthly newsletter (completely independent content) you can do so in the side bar to the right of this post.

About Catavino – General links to info about who we are

  • People – Who we are, and the various guest contributors we have pitch in from time to time.
  • The Story of Catavino (more or less) – A short recap of why and how we started blogging.
  • Ratings Policy – As Bill mentioned, we don’t like rating wines. Hence, here is a description of our ratings policy as it stands right now

Favorite Stories – A few of our favorites!

Friends of Catavino, and Sites/Things you Might Want to See

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  • Winecast – Time Elliot, a fellow Minnesotan and wine blogger
  • Tinto y Blanco - Dave Worthington is based in Australia, but only reviews Iberian wines.
  • OWC – If your a wine geek, this is the place to learn about and talk about the Wine Biz!
  • Adegga – Need a place to store your notes? Check out this start-up from Portugal.
  • Snooth – Hands down one of the best ways to find out what wines are available in your area!
  • Ablegrape – Wine only search engine! It’s all about wine, wine, wine, wine….
  • Domaine547 – Buy our wine pack at Domaine547, a wine retailer who does things different.
  • For the Love of Port – Roy Hersh is not only a friend, but also a Port wine addict! If you love this noble beverage, make sure to stop by his site!
  • World Class Wines – Minnesota based importer, distributor and now blogger! Great job guys, and let’s hope we inspire more people to jump on the blogging bandwagon!

Videos – Some very Amateur, and Some Rather Professional, Videos. Take a Peek at Our Appalling Acting!

Wine Education

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Wine education is near and dear to our hearts, especially when they involve Spanish and Portuguese wines. Therefore, we’ve compiled a small list of foundational articles, which have become integral in explaining the basics of Iberian wine.

Catavino’s Many Side Projects

  • European Wine Blogger Conference: Together with Robert McIntosh from the Wine Conversation, we will be hosting the first international wine blog conference in La Rioja Spain on August 29th. The conference is devoted to not only help wine bloggers enhance what we already do, but also as a means to expand our network across languages and cultures.
  • WineBlogger.Info: Created as means to unite wine bloggers around the world by creating a comprehensive list of every wine blog ever created, has now turned into a resource for wine bloggers looking for information on strategy, technology, content creation and overall blogging techniques.
  • Wine Blog Writing Workshop: One of the main critiques of wine blogs is that they lack scholastic training in journalism. Albeit a highly controversial claim, we decided to face the issue head-on by creating a online workshop dedicated to one objective: to improve wine writing through peer reviews.
  • Regional Reports: Occasionally, we are able to schedule enough time, and drum up enough financial support, to study a topic in depth. So far, our grand adventures have led us to dedicate a month to Portuguese Table Wines, another month to Port wines and Cava (Spain’s sparkling wine), and finally two months to the wines of La Rioja.
  • Lingus TV: Lingus TV is a Spanish based website designed to teach people Spanish through videos. Gabriella is copywriter for the Lingus TV blog, sharing stories of both our struggles with the language, as well as our everyday experience as expatriates in Spain.

Social Media Links – For those who know

Our Bread and Butter

Catavino Internet Marketing: We help wineries to use social media to better connect with their customers. This is what allows us to live in Iberia, and we are proud to be working with several great wineries in order to do it!


Finally, we would love to hear from all of you. Old friends, ex-work mates, job offers, solicitations (well not for viagra. We get enough of those in our spam folders), here’s what you do.

So to wrap it all up, we hope you enjoyed a look around our site and that you might have even learned something! We’ll keep writing, and we hope that some of you come back again and say hi from time to time!


Ryan and Gabriella Opaz

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  • Justin

    This is a great post, not just for the readers of the Star Tribune, but for everyone. It captures the essence of!

  • Jenny Moore

    Gabriella!!!! It's Jenny— your old babysitter from, like, 2nd grade!! What a great surprise to see you and your adorable husband in the Trib this morning… sounds like you are (as COMPLETELY expected) living a fun, adventurous life. Email me when you have a minute at I'd love to catch up! Miss you! xoxoxo

  • philip james

    Congratulations! and, i have to say, i love the previous post – thanks jenny for making me smile

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Well, I have to be honest, she made me smile as well, especially because she is the reason why I went to MN in the first place :-)

  • Bill Wilson

    Congrats on the news coverage. It was really great when my local paper covered the podcast a couple of years ago.

  • Lindsay


  • ryan

    Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reb

    You guys are amazing. It was great seeing you Ryan this summer. We are soo taking our gang to Terrassa some time. And Gab; "starting up an Internet marketing business in Spain is sort of like a Spaniard opening up a bar that only sells fried pig’s ears in Nebraska — essentially, it’s a tough sell" – I love you! Keep up the great work!

  • Dylan

    That was a great article! Congratulations to the both of you on being featured. I consider myself really lucky to have come across this as my first blog post I've ever read on your site. Not only was this a great introduction to but it gave me a great sense of who you guys are, the people behind it. I can only expect to see great posts in the future, but for now I'll have to try and catch up.

  • Eleena

    Wow, how cool is that, to have your (former) hometown paper do a profile on you. Other than the enchufe mistake, the reporter did a thorough job, I thought. It was a great read. Congrats!

  • Bill

    It's not Opazes, it's Opai!

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