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The Spanish Wine that Dominates Comfort Food

written by Louis Villard | 14th March 2013

Rioja wine could very well be the best wine to match with food. When I say food however, I mean real food. Not filet, not confit of duck, not even pork belly….I’m talking about food that we all love, the type of food you scoff down with enjoyment level set firmly at 11…in other words, comfort food. COM·FORT FOOD...

The Garagiste Festival: Central Coast Tempranillo shows best, as a bachelor

written by Louis Villard | 25th November 2012

Editor’s Note: Still buzzing from his findings on West Coast Tempranillo scene, Louis Villard headed to Paso Robles to attend The Garagiste Festival.  There he found a mix of producers using the grape in the traditional and not-so traditional styles. The weekend of November 17th heralded the second annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles.  This festival is different to...
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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

Eager to taste a wide range of spectacular Port wine with a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood? Are you...

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Private Lisbon


Lisbon Culinary Experience

Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their...

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Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class

On this four hour Barcelona Cooking Class and Market Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ease your way into...

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A Snapshot of Tempranillo Producers in Oregon and California

written by Louis Villard | 8th November 2012

Tempranillo is by far not the most grown grape in California and Oregon, but with a few dedicated producers it will at least be noticed. Let’s celebrate Tempranillo Day on November 8th for those dedicated few who have taken the time and energy to create something amazing from this little “foreign” grape. It is an exciting time for Tempranillo...

Grubstake: A diner serving burgers…..and Port(?!)

written by Louis Villard | 12th September 2012

Without sounding too patriotic or gung-ho, I can confidently say there is one thing America probably does better than any other country: that is, the late night diner.  Sure, we have all those 2012 Olympic golds, and up until a few weeks ago, we had the Tour de France too, but where we can really claim our fame is...

Calbariño: The Future of Albariño in the Golden State of California

written by Louis Villard | 2nd August 2012

Editor’s Note: With International Albariño Day right around the corner, we sent Louis Villard, our newest addition to the Catavino crew, to the heart of the movement in hopes of enticing you to participate this Saturday! For most, it’s Rias Baixas, the coastal, northwestern region of Spain that comes to mind when talking about Albariño. The grape flourishes in this maritime climate...
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