Tagged with Castile-Leon

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

Spanish Apple Season!

Spanish Apple Season!

The onset of fall can mean only one thing: it’s Spanish apple season! Sweet, crunchy and delicious, Spain produces over a half million tons of apples a year, with favorite, top-quality varieties including the geographically protected DOP Manzana Reineta de Bierzo apples from Castile-León and the IGP Manzanas de Girona from Catalonia.   And apples aren’t only delicious eaten … Continue reading

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

It’s no secret that you can get excellent extra virgin olive oil in just about any corner of Spain. Although the plentifully flowing, quality olive oils of Andalusia are definitely some of the world’s most well-known, a number of other Spanish regions also produce excellent olive oils, including Castile-León, La Rioja and Catalonia, among others. Of … Continue reading

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Spanish olive oil is famous all over the world – there’s no surprise there – but many consumers (both in Spain and abroad) associate this top product with regions like Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile-La Mancha, and even parts of Catalonia, and with good reason. But northwestern Spanish region Castile-León is also starting to make a name … Continue reading

Rosés are Reds (well, not exactly)

Rosés are Reds (well, not exactly)

It’s always a treat when a much enjoyed wine region surprises you, and particularly so when the surprise comes in the form of tasty and eye-opening red wines that can hold their own against those of the area’s famed red wine producing neighbors (think DO Ribera del Duero). This seems to be the case with … Continue reading

Truffle Time!

Truffle Time!

Spanish truffle season is underway and so there’s no time like the present to start enjoying the wonderful and singular Spanish Tuber Melanosporum, or black truffle. While these gastronomic treasures were once found exclusively in the wild, demand for black truffles or “the black diamond of gastronomy”, led to the plantation of so-called truffle farms. … Continue reading

We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

If you missed the live streaming of the International Tapas Competition in Valladolid on Monday night – in which the twelve international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy competed to make the best tapa – then not to worry! You’ve come to the right place to find … Continue reading

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

ICEX Training Program Begins in Valladolid

The twelve international chefs participating in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy arrived in Spain this week, ready and eager to start this prestigious six-month  culinary program. The chef’s first home in Spain is Valladolid (Castile-Leon), where they will spend a total of six weeks taking classes and attending seminars … Continue reading

Pine cones, forest plants and a Michelin star

Pine cones, forest plants and a Michelin star

Spanish gastronomy has a lot of factors working in its favor. These include the skill, dedication and passion of this country’s chefs and the huge range and quality of its raw materials. When you put them together, these factors, are not only unstoppable, but–when chefs turn to their surroundings for inspiration–they also serve to create … Continue reading

FENAVIN 2015

FENAVIN 2015

This year’s edition of wine fair FENAVIN is on right now in Ciudad Real (Castile-La Mancha). It will last through tomorrow, May 15th. This objective of this trade fair is to provide a platform for wine buyers from all over the world to meet directly with wineries from all of the Spanish wine producing regions. … Continue reading

Diving into the past, present and TAPAS in León

Diving into the past, present and TAPAS in León

With Semana Santa (Holy Week) upon us, thousands of Spaniards will be flocking to the beach, the countryside and any number of the country’s many other monumental, picturesque, relaxing and fascinating destinations. Likewise, visitors from all over the world will be heading to Spain this week to spend their Easter holidays, so there’s no time … Continue reading

The Allure of Verdejo

The Allure of Verdejo

Verdejo. Let me just say it again. Verdejo. This word is music to the ears of any wine lover who has had the chance to try this noble Spanish white grape variety, which has been cultivated on the Iberian peninsula for nearly a thousand years where it has been used to make some of Spain’s … Continue reading

2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy

2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy

The dates have been set for the 2015 ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy, a highly prestigious scholarship program that has trained more than 200 young international chefs in the ins and outs of Spanish gastronomy, products, Avant-garde cooking techniques, cuisine and culture since it was started in 2007. Mugaritz, Miramar, Átrio, and Cenador de … Continue reading

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

The twelve international participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy “hit the road” today, embarking on a two week trip around Spain to get an intimate look at some of its most significant culinary players, including producers, chefs and other Spanish food industry professionals, all while visiting striking monuments, … Continue reading

Culinaria Spain

Culinaria Spain

I probably shouldn’t play favorites, but I have to admit that this is one of my VERY favorite cookbooks, ever! And actually one of my favorite books in general. While I don’t know that I’ve ever actually used Culinaria Spain (1999, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft) for its recipes, I have consulted it time and time again as … Continue reading