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Foot Trodden – Portugal & the wines that time forgot

written by Ryan Opaz | 17th February 2021

I was a wide-eyed 27 years old with a half-decade of wine retail under my belt when I first stepped onto Portuguese soil. Due to close family ties, I was deeply curious about Portuguese wine but knew relatively little beyond the odd bottle of Port sipped over the holidays or during work tastings. This all changed after our three-week...

A Holiday Poem to all Catavino Travelers

written by Gabriella Opaz | 16th December 2020

Twas the night before Christmas Travel Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land, No travel or tours had visitors planned. No travel to places, to family or friends, For Covid, the Grinch, had made travel end! So travelers made wishes to travel once more, Hanging up travel guides and passports galore. Their visions that night were...
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Andalucia Gourmet Walking Tour

This tour is half way between a walking holiday and gourmet break as we bring you the very best...

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Barcelona Luxury Gourmet Tour

TOUR INTRODUCTION Barcelona is known for inventive modern cuisine, creative chefs and avant-garde design. Discover the roots of this...

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Barcelona Gastronomic Tour

TOUR INTRODUCTION It’s no wonder that Barcelona has become a gourmet food hub when considering its strategic position as...

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Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Portugal’s UNESCO Heritage Sites

written by Ryan Opaz | 14th December 2020

Gorgeous nature, rich history and an incredible wealth amassed during the medieval and colonial times have nurtured the existence of 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Portugal. Ratified and put into effect in 1975, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage administered by UNESCO, has been fundamental in preserving historic cultural and natural landscapes...

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...

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...
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