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Ryan Opaz
Works at Digital Wine Communications Conference
Attended Moorhead State University
Lives in Porto, Portugal
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The Douro valley is so much more than just vines. It's layers and layers of history, produce, people and most of all textures.
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10 years on in Europe and while I have no major insights to share, I do love looking back and getting perspective on where we are today. It's been a long strange trip for sure. 

http://catavino.net/catavino-10-year-anniversary/
Ryan Opaz shares his experience over the past 10 years of living in Europe.
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Great story of your European adventures. Best wishes for the 2nd decade.
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What wines do you hope to explore in 2015? These are some of my favorites from 2014: http://catavino.net/10-portuguese-wine-experiences-2014
Don't let another year pass without expanding your Portuguese wine horizons. We have some gems that you'll want to taste.
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A decent night. #portugal #wine 
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Gerês is easily one of my favorite places in Portugal. To call it magical is not saying enough. If you haven't been: GO!
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Dong Ding Oolong, in my Gaiwan. #tea #lifeisgood
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One of my favorite photos from the other day on a short trip up river to buy some Lampreia. The Bridges are one of the special parts of #Porto.
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Green tea in my Gaiwan. #tea #china
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Sunrise in the #Douro is magical. 
Douro vineyard at sunrise.
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Great parallels to starting in #wine . I often find the person who knows everything about the wine we are drinking is often the one with the least experience. Those with great knowledge realize they can never know it all. #Tea was an eyeopener for me. It put me back in my early wine days where fear of "getting it wrong" were still present, no matter how little it really mattered.

http://www.twodogteablog.com/2014/09/09/beginners-mind-drinking-tea/

"The people I know to be true tea experts are not quick to find fault, not quick to point fingers and make snide remarks, not quick to speak. They experience tea with beginner’s mind and are open to the vast universe of differences that tea presents. That, and when they find their assumptions to be incorrect, they simply say interesting and carry on learning."
Experiencing tea with beginner's mind, or shosin, is drinking Puer tea without preconception. Using the mind of a beginner to approach familiar Puer tea
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Deconstructing beauty. Or in other words: Discovery. 
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"She loves me, she loves me not, ... " - has your boy been hanging around a certain friend a bit more than usual lately? ;)
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Medicine. #coffee  
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Wine Geek, Event Planner, Speaker, Consultant, Photographer
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Social Media, Wine Tasting, Marketing, Retail, HTML, CSS, Photography
Employment
  • Digital Wine Communications Conference
    Co-Founder, 2008 - present
  • Catavino
    Owner, 2005 - present
  • Vrazon
    Co-Founder, 2010 - present
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Porto, Portugal
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Terrassa, Spain - Minnetonka, Minnesota - Curitiba, Brazil - Portland, Oregon - Madrid, Spain - Moorhead, Minnesota
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Liquid Agnostic stumbling through the world
Introduction
Grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Spent a year in Brasil, a few months in Belize, Norway and another year in Portland, Oregon. Went to school in Moorhead(next door to Fargo, ND), Minnesota. 

Have a degree in sculpture and painting. Spent a couple years running an art school, and teaching. Then a year in a butcher shop, which led to 2 years working as a chef at a ladies gym. Followed this by 4 years running a wine shop, that happened to specialize in beer(1200 labels), bourbon, and amazing wines. 

Finally married a girl from Chicago, and moved to Spain, Madrid to start. A year and half later we moved to Barcelona and 8 years later Porto, Portugal where we run Vrazon Digital Wine Media, along with a consumer website all about Iberian wines, foods and culture.

Today have a business that focuses on wine and social media. We host a lot of events, and have a few consulting gigs. We also for hire:

Today we have 1 cat, drink wine every night, dine out with friends, and travel to wineries in the countryside of Spain for work and rarely pleasure, though I never said work was that bad.

Love to eat, travel, hike, camp, hang out with friends and take lot's of pictures. You can see them here: flickr.com/photos/obis or here: 500px

Follow me on twitter, or find out other stuff here: 
@ryanopaz  

Otherwise connect with me here
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That's all, I think...Looking forward to talking
Education
  • Moorhead State University
    Art, 93 - 97
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Good selection, decent prices, friendly people
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Great tap beer selection. One of the best in town.
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