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Apple Pie and Tawny Port

written by Gabriella Opaz | 19th August 2020

One of my favorite parts of growing up was visiting my grandmother’s house in Northern Minnesota. At some point during my stay, she would serve up a freshly baked cookie, bar or slice of homemade pie made from home grown fruits and berries directly from their garden.  In the USA, we have a saying, “as American as apple pie”...

Catavino in a Covid World, an update

written by Gabriella Opaz | 5th May 2020

On March 15, 2020, Catavino officially closed our shop for the short term. Admittedly, this wasn’t an easy decision, but with COVID19 cases on the rise, and government-mandated closure just around the corner, it was time. On the bright side, our team could easily work from home to create new Portuguese and Spanish adventures for travelers who need a...

Apple Pie and Tawny Port

One of my favorite parts of growing up was visiting my grandmother’s house in Northern Minnesota. At some point during…
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Five Reasons to Taste Wine with a Pro

written by Gabriella Opaz | 6th September 2019

Ever wondered why some wines have leathery aromas while others some cinnamon notes? Or why some Chardonnay’s are said to be “buttery” while others “crisp and linear”? And do organic wines taste different from non-organic wines?  When it comes to wine tasting, the best people to taste with are the professionals. Why? Because they are in contact with this...

Portuguese Wine Tastings in Porto

written by Gabriella Opaz | 2nd September 2019

Portugal is on the top of everyone’s vacation list: beautiful sandy beaches and fabulous weather, the world’s best seafood and singular gastronomy, cities like Lisbon and Porto with that old-world charm, and some of the friendliest people on the planet! But did you know that Portugal is the destination for wine lovers and wine nerds? While the world may...

The Ultimate Port Wine Infographic

written by Gabriella Opaz | 29th March 2019

Since our very first visit to Portugal in 2003, we’ve had a deep and lasting love for Port wine. It’s almost impossible not to when seated cozily next to a fire with an rich and satisfying glass of Vintage port, or even beach side with a White port and tonic. Yet grasping its depth, diversity and complexity has been...

Photographing Portugal: Where to capture fantastic photos in Northern Portugal

written by Gabriella Opaz | 18th May 2018

Portugal is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes and kind, engaging people; which is much of the reason why Portugal continuously ranks as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. That said, what many people haven’t experienced is the rustic interior of Portugal, where villages are hidden among the folds of terraced mountains, and where cultural traditions have...
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