Fall in Portugal’s Alto Douro Wine Region

Fall is a perfect time of the year to find yourself in Portugal’s strikingly beautiful Alto Douro wine region.  This year we based ourselves for 4 nights at Taylor-Fladgate’s Vintage House in Pinhão during the second week of November, after the fall harvest, when the vineyards explode in a rainbow of vivid colors.  A few…

World Cheese Awards 2019

LOS MEJORES QUESOS DEL MUNDO The Top 16: Organic Blue Cheese Rogue River Blue | 101 puntos | Rogue Creamery | Estados Unidos Nazionale del Parmigiano Reggiano Latteria Sociale Santo Stefano |100 puntos | Consorzio Conva – Nazionale del Parmigiano Reggiano | Italia Torta del Casar DOP Virgen del Prado | 92 puntos | Queseria…

Iberian Traveler – Maribel’s Guides

The Best of Spain, Portugal and the south of France BESPOKE TRAVEL Culture, Wine and Gastronomy Focusing on those parts of Spain, Portugal and France that remain virtually undiscovered except by the most discriminating travelers, Iberian Traveler prefers to keep our custom tours exclusive, small enough to encourage personal experiences and discoveries.  Iberian Traveler’s guided tours…

Dining in San Sebastián-Donostia

The Michelin stars Pedro Subijana’s Akelaŕe on Mount Igueldo, one of our personal favorites, Andoni’s Mugaritz in Errenteria, the most cerebral and cutting-edge, Restaurant Martín Berasategui in Lasarte, Hilario Arbelaitz’s Zuberoa in Oiartzun, by far the most traditional of the Michelin stars, are all located in the suburbs, while the Txapategi brothers, Mikel, Kepa and Gorka’s…

Dining in the Ribera del Duero

The traditional menus Fine dining gourmet style in the Ribera del Duero had been a bit of a challenge over the years as most restaurants had limited their menu items to the very traditional Castilian classics: the area’s acclaimed (and succulent) baby roast lamb, baby lamb chops grilled over vine shoots, lamb sweetbreads (mollejas), steak…

Overnighting In The Ribera Del Duero

Peñafiel, Castilla y León, is essentially the center of the Ribera del Duero, but one would be hard pressed to cover this wine growing region using only one base from both a logistical and practical point of view. Staying in the Valladolid province Staying west of Peñafiel For our exploration of the most prestigious wineries…

A visit to the Priorat

Exploring one of Spain’s lesser known wine regions It’s normally very warm the last week of June in Catalunya, but it’s also the perfect time to explore this rugged wine region located west of Tarragona, about an hour and a half drive south of Barcelona.  Although not as well known within Spain as the Rioja…

Wine Tasting in the Alicante – Alacant

Generally not well known among Spanish wines, the wines of Valencia includes some terrific standouts, including wines from such premier wineries as Bodegas Enrique Mendoza, a family run winery located outside of the village of L’Alfàz Del Pi in the Marina Baixa comarca of Alicante province, just of the road when traveling from Dénia to Alicante.  Established…

Wine Touring from Toledo

If you are planning on spending a few days in Toledo, and interested in wine, then you should arrange to visit the following bodegas located in the countryside nearby. Bodega Finca Loranque This 500 hectare wine estate, dating from the 18th-century, is located within a 30-minute drive north of the city, just to the west…

The Ribera del Duero Wine Region

Wine Touring in the Ribera del Duero Long considered one of the most legendary winemaking regions in Spain, the Ribera del Duero, which lies only a short 2-hour drive northwest of Madrid on Spain’s northern plateau, is home to some of the most elegant red wines in the world.   its extremes of weather, from…