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Great Garnacha!

Great Garnacha!

The wonderful thing about holidays is that they are are all about blending old and new traditions. The same is true for Garnacha wines; wines that bring together the very best of heritage vines, age old wine making traditions and innovative wine making techniques. Grown in several different parts of Spain, they are most significantly found in … Continue reading

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

Tasting the history of Rioja wines

For the past 140 years, family winery R. López de Heredia has been making exceptional DOCa Rioja wines in the famed wine making town of Haro. And if by some miracle you’ve never heard of R. López de Heredia, you have certainly heard of Viña Tondonia, this award-winning winery’s flagship wine. This is true not only for … Continue reading

Though the wines of Madrid might not share the same international fame as those of DOCa Rioja, DO Ribera del Duero or other Spanish wine regions, they have been slowly claiming their space in the limelight in recent years, and have comfortably come into their own. One of the most familiar images that comes to mind when thinking … Continue reading

The hidden treasure of Arribes wines!

The hidden treasure of Arribes wines!

It would be hard to find a Spanish wine lover (or Portuguese wine lover, for that matter) who has never heard of the mighty Duero River and the wines she helps produce. After all, Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero is synonymous with excellent wine among wine drinkers all over the world, as is Portuguese … Continue reading

Wines from the Mediterranean

Wines from the Mediterranean

Though we may be well into fall on the Spanish peninsula, there is always the chance to grasp a last little bit of summer with a visit to Spain’s Balearic Islands. Whether it’s Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera, the balmy winds and gorgeous skies of these Mediterranean islands have just what you need for a little … Continue reading

New York Eats Spain Up!

New York Eats Spain Up!

If you happen to find yourself in New York City this week  you should be sure to stop by for any of the fantastic events organized as part of the 2016 Eat Spain Up! program. Spanish gastronomy, as we all know by now, is enjoying a heyday, and Spanish chefs, ingredients, regions, and even design, all play … Continue reading

Mat Schuster Fuses Spain and California

Mat Schuster Fuses Spain and California

It’s not too late to sign up for this evening’s master class on Californian and Spanish Fusion Cuisine taught by chef Mat Schuster. Schuster, who you might remember from last year’s interview on Foods and Wines from Spain: A Chef from the USA Hooked on La Rioja, is the culinary force behind San Francisco restaurant Canela Bistro … Continue reading

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

Wine tasting in Haro this weekend!

If you’re in the vicinity or can get yourself to the famed Rioja town of Haro this weekend, do so! (especially if you love wine!) This Saturday, September 17th, La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, or the Haro Station Wine Experience, is returning to this picturesque town, and bringing with it the chance to … Continue reading

Nibbling in Santander

Nibbling in Santander

What do you know about Cantabria? UNESCO protected, world-famous cave paintings (at Altamira and others), gorgeous beaches, delicious sardines, excellent dairy products… the list goes on and on for this tiny and stunningly beautiful Autonomous Community on Spain’s northern coast, where it embraces the Bay of Biscay. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Cantabria’s capital city … Continue reading

The Joys of Chacolí!

The Joys of Chacolí!

I just booked train tickets for San Sebastian, the 2016 European Capital of Culture and also one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the mood for incredible pintxos in a beautiful city by the sea. Of course eating the incredible tapas that this Basque city is famous for is made all the more enjoyable when accompanied by a … Continue reading

Flavors of Ceuta and Melilla

Flavors of Ceuta and Melilla

I met someone from the Spanish autonomous city of Ceuta this weekend – one of two Spanish autonomous cities (along with Melilla) that are located on the north coast of Africa – and I realized that in my nearly twenty years in Spain, she was the first person I had ever met from there. Of … Continue reading

Hurrah for Spanish wine grapes!

Hurrah for Spanish wine grapes!

With harvest time for Spanish wine grapes upon us, there is perhaps no better time to reflect on the incredible variety and diversity of Spanish wine grapes. With such varying soils, landscapes and climates, Spain has an amazing bounty of native, noble grape varieties, while many non-native varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot … Continue reading

Let the harvest festival begin!

Let the harvest festival begin!

The wine grape harvest has gotten underway in some regions of Spain, and it stands poised to begin in others.   Apart from the obvious importance of this time of year to the incredible and varied wines made throughout this country, the harvest, or vendimia, is also really important for another reason: harvest festivals! Yes, it … Continue reading

Winning Tapas at the Summer Olympics

Winning Tapas at the Summer Olympics

With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro now in full swing, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the fact that athletes from all over the world are not the only ones to be enjoying success and prestige during these Olympic games. No indeed! By all accounts, Spanish tapas are also getting their … Continue reading