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Portuguese wine tastings at theLAB in Porto!

written by Ryan Opaz | 8th May 2019

Catavino’s new space in the heart of Porto called, theLAB, will now be hosting wine tastings! Today, we’re launching two fabulous tastings worthy of checking out: Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting and Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting.  The first tasting is an introduction to Portuguese wine, top to tail! If you’re coming to Porto, this is a great...

Catavino’s new space! Welcome to theLAB

written by Ryan Opaz | 20th March 2019

After 15 years of living in Iberia, we can look back with pride at a very long and satisfying list of adventures, experiences, and travels. We’ve soared all over Europe to taste homemade foods in the comfort of people’s homes, old wines in even older cellars, swanky bars in the limelight of the cities, and everything in between. It’s...
Private Dão & Bairrada

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Dão & Bairrada Wine Tour

Right at the heart of Portugal lies one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, called Beira. It also...

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Group Porto, Portugal

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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Private Porto

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Porto 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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How I became a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood

written by Ryan Opaz | 13th July 2016

Recently, I was enthroned into the Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Brotherhood) as a Cavaleiro (Knight) in “recognition for my dedication and service to Port Wine.” Understandably, I was incredibly honored, but my invitation also came with several questions as to what exactly occurred. For this reason, I wanted to share a short explanation of what the Port Wine Brotherhood is and...

4 Must Eat Sandwiches of Porto!

written by Ryan Opaz | 6th June 2016

For me, the sandwich is the pinnacle of the food pyramid. Sure I love fine dining, a good seafood feast, or a perfectly prepared piece of roasted meat; but in the end, I will always long for the great sandwich. When you have 2 slices of the perfect rustic bread holding together a selection of vegetables, meats and cheeses...

Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting in London – Lindley Hall

written by Ryan Opaz | 9th March 2016

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. Considering the two gigs were just a stone’s throw...

A Beginner’s Guide to Madeira Wine

written by Ryan Opaz | 20th January 2016

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 their country; and was frequently recommended for sick and...
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