The Ultimate User’s Guide to Portuguese Cheese by Catavino

Part 1: The Ultimate User’s Guide to Portuguese Cheese | Catavino. July 20, 2009 | by Andrea Smith

Part 2. The Ultimate Guide to Portuguese Cheese/Catavino July 20, 2009 | by Andrea Smith

Part 3. The Ultimate Guide to Portuguese Cheese/Catavino July 20, 2009 | by Andrea Smith

Hi Everyone. I found a great blog to share with you. Catavino, is a wine blog run by husband wife team Ryan and Gabriella,who moved to Spain in 2004. “ Gabriella and Ryan combine their deep knowledge of Iberian wines and digital culture to develop a unique perspective on the wine industry.” (

This amazing article written by one the blog’s writer’s Andrea Smith goes into detail about 15 Portuguese Cheeses given the designation: Denominação de Origem Protegida (DOP)Protected Designation of Origin (PDO.  The article has three parts so be sure to click on each of the links above.

“Andrea Smith moved to Campo de Ourique, Lisbon, in early 2008 with a dream to work and learn more about Portuguese wine. Born in Northern Virginia in 1983, Andrea’s Italian family taught her the importance of pairing fresh food with great wine, eventually motivating her to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where she earned an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Business Management, as well as her Introductory Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004. Andrea plans to use her love of culture, gastronomy and language to research the hidden recipes and wines of Portugal.” ( –

“Based in Barcelona, Spain, the two have founded Catavino, a comprehensive educational website covering Spanish and Portuguese wine through Iberian food, culture and travel. After years of exploring the Peninsula, they discovered that wine was the life blood and the common bond that unites this exceptionally diverse peninsula. And by sharing the stories that enhance, encompass and explain wine’s intricate relationship within the culture, we might better understand meaning and history of Spanish and Portuguese wine itself. However, Catavino wouldn’t be possible without our talented and passionate team of correspondent writers located across the globe in 5 different countries. Without their vast and profound knowledge of Iberian wine, food and culture, our content would lack significantly in both breadth and richness. If you are passionate about Iberian food, wine or culture and would like to become a correspondent writer for Catavino, please contact us.

In the past 6 years, Catavino has grown immensely, allowing us to not only expand our website to include Iberian wine content as it relates to food and culture, but also enhance the wine blogging community as a whole by committing our time to equally important side projects, such as:

Vrazon, our wine marketing and conversation agency. With our partner, Robert McIntosh, we’re finding ways to build “social” into the wine world through our events, blogs, podcasts, client projects, speaking engagements, workshops and consultancy. Under the Vrazon banner, you can join the conversation in 5 distinct ways: Wine Conversation (our blog), European Wine Bloggers Conference, Born Digital Wine Awards, Access Zone and Wineblogger. ( –

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