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…

Portugal’s Historic Port City

Porto (Oporto) Port wine became popular in England in the late 17th century, when British merchants who settled here began to add brandy to the wine of the Douro valley to prevent it from souring during transit.  They discovered that the sweeter and stronger the wine, the better the taste. In 1703 Britain and Portugal…

Bodegas de Navarra on The Way of St. James

Savoring the food and wine of Navarra on the way to Santiago – The French Route Señorío de Arínzano Your first stop along the route will be in the Terra de Estella sub zone at the stunning and vast estate in the tiny village of Aberín on the route of the Camino de Santiago, the…

Portugal’s Michelin stars for 2019

Three new Michelin Stars for 2019 G Pousada, in the Pousada de Bragança São Bartolomeu, tucked away in the far northeast corner of Portugal, was awarded its first star for Chef Óscar Gonçalves’ creative cuisine of the Transmonte region.  Chef António Loureiro was also awarded a star for his modern Portuguese cuisine at A Cozinha in Guimarães.  Chef Pedro…

Your Guide To Dining In Lisboa

Lisboa Dining Lisbon’s Top Tables These are the eight restaurants out of the 126 entered in the 11th edition of the gastronomic competition, Lisboa à Prova Concurso Gastronómico, deemed to be Lisbon’s top tables, awarded 3 Garfos (forks) for 2018.  26 received 2 Garfos, 92 received 1 Garfos: A Travessa – Travessa do Convento das…

Porto’s Port Lodges

Visiting Porto’s Historic Port Lodges Porto’s acclaimed port lodges, or port cellars/warehouses, are all located on the southern bank of the Douro River in the riverfront area of Vila Nova de Gaia, referred to locally as Gaia, technically another town, completely devoted to the port wine trade.  This is where all the port wine production…

Wine Touring in the Rioja Alta – Haro

Haro We usually start our wine touring in the Rioja in Haro, the wine capital of the Rioja Alta, a town of 12,000 inhabitants, where you’ll find a fairly large concentration of wineries that can be visited, both highly traditional and new generation, most all requiring a prior appointment.  Most of the notable wineries are…