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Latest entries about fortified wine

Book Review – Madeira: The Islands and their Wines?

written by Catherine Fisher | 6th July 2015

Richard Mayson’s newest book, Madeira: The Islands and their Wines, is exactly what I needed. Let me explain. I’d just become a part-time wine student, and went to class one evening a week, initially just to get a bit of variety from life at my full-time day job. I was telling a friend about my recent enrollment in ‘wine...

Protect Yourself from Arctic Temperatures with Fortified Wine

written by Guest Blogger | 8th January 2015

My first experience with fortified wines consisted of a Ruby Port while looking at the Vila Nova de Gaia coastline in Porto. It was sublime! Actually, the experience was so memorable that upon my return to Madrid, I built an insatiable desire to explore fortified wines. It’s a world I new very little about, a world previously limited to Sherry, but now...
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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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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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Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

written by Ryan Opaz | 15th December 2014

I’m not a fan of wine gadgets, I never felt I needed them. Despite this, we had invited Greg Lambrecht from Coravin, the high tech company which was regarded as the hottest thing on the market, to speak at our event, the DWCC, because of his potential to disrupt the wine industry.  Yet, I felt that however good it...

Extreme Wine Event! Croft Downhill Longboard Race in Gaia

written by Gabriella Opaz | 23rd July 2014

UPDATE:  The race has been cancelled as a result of a reduced number of participants. Please go to the Croft Pink Douro Downhill website for more information. How fast are you willing to go for a glass of Port wine? 40km an hour for 20 year Tawny? 50km an hour for a 2011 Vintage? What about 100km an hour...

Catavino’s Port Wine Lodges Map

written by Gabriella Opaz | 1st July 2014

BUY CATAVINO’S PORT LODGE MAP! Over a decade ago, Ryan and I travelled to Portugal with a passionate desire to explore its culture and its wines. Having started in Lisbon, lapping up an “exotic” new perspective, we headed north to one of the most picturesque cities in the the world, Porto. With its multifaceted textures and rich history, Porto left us a reeling...

Friday Featured Photo: The Waters of Setúbal, Portugal

written by Gabriella Opaz | 17th January 2014

Photographer: Gabriella Opaz Capture Date: May 2, 2013 Location: Setubal, Portugal About: With the summer’s light slowly waning into a peaceful calm, I sat along the water and drank in the colors. A slight breeze brushed across my shins as I wrapped my ever so tight jacket across my then heaving pregnant belly. Butterflies occasionally fluttered past my shoulder,...
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