Ryan Opaz

Born in Minnesota, Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Catavino . He's also a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood, Certified Port Wine Educator and Certified Sherry Educator. Although a chef at heart, Ryan's time is spent giving workshops and speeches internationally on social media and blogging for wineries. Examples of his work include: Wine Future, London International Wine Fair, Essência do Vinho, WBIS, Fine Wine, and many more. He currently lives in Porto, Portugal where he explores the country with his camera and family. Check out his photos.

In the News: Once Again, Portuguese Wine Makes an International Splash!

It feels like it happened overnight – the world woke up to Portugal’s prowess in the wine world. Around the globe, wine lovers are recognizing Portugal as more than Port wine to include a vast and variant palette of still wines that range from vibrant and elegant to rustic and robust. Beneath the groundswell of enthusiasm, smart wine makers …

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Congratulations Portugal: You made ‘the list’ – Now what?

The Downfall of Lists I hate lists!! Maybe because my “Todo” list is perpetually longer than my “Completed” list, which is never good; but every year, as winter approaches, various magazines, websites and media outlets assault us with “Top X” lists. Wine Spectator has long held the “list of all lists” for the wine world: The Top 100 …

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The Start of a Portuguese Beer Revolution?

Upon our arrival to Spain, beer was an afterthought. Cheap lagers dominated the landscape with their banal, indifferent flavors that paired well with a sunny terrace. But in 2008, everything changed. With the enormous wave of craft beers pouring through the USA, Spain prepared for its own beer revolution. The initial beer movement began in the northeastern region of Catalunya, …

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Celebrating the 2011 Vintage: A Rare Port Wine of Exceptional Quality

At 9am on a cool Friday morning in Foz, with a stunning view of the Atlantic ocean, I joined a room full of international Port wine experts to taste 56+ 2011 Vintage Port wines.  These wines, in their youth, have an uncanny ability to strip enamel and burn tastebuds. And while you suffer the strength of these monsters, you …

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