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Latest entries about winemaking

How are Women Uniting Portugal through Wine?

written by Gabriella Opaz | 17th November 2016

If I say fire fighter, what gender pops into your head? Doctor? Nurse? Taxi driver? Construction worker? Beautician? Historically, many of these professions were predominately occupied by one gender, but not both. In today’s world, there are very few professions that are solely occupied by either men or women. Unfortunately our perceptions haven’t altered. Ask a child to draw a...

Spain’s Female Winemakers are the Stars of Today’s Spanish Wines

written by John Perry | 16th June 2015

Apart from his famous phrase “in vino veritas” / “In wine there is truth”, Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder (23 to 79 BC) wrote in his “Natural History” that a woman’s menstruation spoiled wine, turned crops unproductive and fields barren. This phrase gave way to a misconception that was upheld from antiquity well into the 20th century by many...
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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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Women’s History Month: Exploring the Maternal Side of Winemaking

written by Sonia Nolasco | 31st March 2015

Editor’s note: With the March being recognized for stories about inspiring women (also known as Women’s History Month in the USA), we thought it would be fitting to honor the only female master blender existing today, Ana Rosas, of the renowned Ramos-Pinto port house. A woman that oozes with, grace, passion and the warmest of maternal instincts—all the qualities...

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

written by Gabriella Opaz | 20th March 2015

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just enough citrus and stone fruit flavors to entice you...

Friday Feature Photo: The Controversial Grape of Spain

written by Gabriella Opaz | 6th March 2015

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: April 21, 2011 Location: Utiel-Requena, Spain About: With a climate ideally suited for growing Bobal and a score of growers and winemakers passionate about preserving their heritage and rewriting the modern wine story of their region, the DO Utiel-Requena has sparked the interest of the true wine aficionados worldwide. Those who celebrate diversity and authenticity be prepared!...

The Future of La Bobal

written by Gabriella Opaz | 23rd February 2015

In 2013, Spanish winemaker, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, presented me with my very first glass of Bobal at a wine tasting in Madrid. The wine was a monovarietal, picked from old vines, that showed an intensely potent fruit and flowery bouquet. The flavor was so vibrant and fruit-forward that I felt as if I had taken a massive bite out...
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