Tagged with Rioja

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

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

Spanish rosado wines. Trust me.

All I seem to be able to think about these days are rosado wines. Well, I mean that isn’t entirely true, I do think about the occasional other thing, but when the sun stays hot and the day winds down, my first thought turns to putting my feet up and pouring myself a deliciously cool glass of Spanish rosado … Continue reading

Cheese! Rioja!

Cheese! Rioja!

Ah, Rioja… Just the sound of that name brings to mind thoughts of vines, grapes and glass after glass of delicious Spanish wine. But Rioja has more to offer gastronomy lovers than just excellent wines. This region has also made a name for itself in the production of quality goat’s milk cheese PDO Queso Camerano. Learn … Continue reading

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

A Taste of DOCa Priorat

DOCa Priorat, a Spanish wine region as famous as it is elusive, as nearby as it is hard-to-reach, as elegant as it is bold, as mineral as it is herbaceous, as legendary as it is modern… This wine region, the second in Spain after Rioja to bear the DOCa guarantee (Qualified Denomination of Origin), a … Continue reading

Gastrofestival 2015 Kicks Off!

Gastrofestival 2015 Kicks Off!

Be sure to make a note on your agendas for tomorrow that Gastrofestival 2015 is getting underway in the Spanish capital of Madrid. This now annual gastronomic celebration will be going on from January 31st through February 15th, with a huge variety of events and activities taking place all over the city. A saxophone quartet … Continue reading

El Meson del Vino: Spanish Wine Blog

El Meson del Vino: Spanish Wine Blog

It’s no surprise that Spanish wine is now available in nearly all corners of the world. With exports of these top-notch products on the rise, the quality and variety of Spanish wines have created ardent followers and fans of these products around the globe. One such fan is Montreal-based Canadian journalist, sommelier and wine writer … Continue reading

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

Navarrico Vegetable Goodness

One of the companies that the participants in the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy will be visiting on their two-week trip around Spain is Conservas Artesanas El Navarrico. This family owned and operated company is located in San Adrián, Navarre, almost right on the border with La Rioja – two regions known for their … Continue reading

Spring in Echaurren

Spring in Echaurren

Spring is a my favorite season. Mostly because, after the long winters in Canada, any sign of new life is warmly welcomed. The vibrant colors, fragrant smells and fresh flavors are that much more cherished. Nature’s dormant plants have been waiting to break open, to seek the warm touch of the day’s lengthening sunshine. Here … Continue reading

Inspiration from Tocino and Spring

Inspiration from Tocino and Spring

On my short walk to work, through the historical village of Ezcaray (La Rioja), I pass by a fresh and seasonal selection of products. First, in one of the alleyways that interweaves through the town centre, there is an array of fresh vegetables displayed right on the street. Now that spring has peeked around the … Continue reading

5 Days Off

5 Days Off

After a period with too many hours in the kitchen I finally get the opportunity to have some days off. These days have been planned for a long time because I got company from Sweden for some days. My mom, dad and a cousin to my mom have been visiting and we literally almost crossed … Continue reading