La Ribera Baja de Navarra

Wine Touring in the south of Navarra The Ribera Baja, often referred to as the “kingdom of the vegetables”, is a flat river plain with sparse vegetation at the southern tip of Navarra between Aragón and La Rioja, a region dominated by the imposing Sierra del Moncayo mountain range to the southwest, and includes the…

Rioja Oriental

The Rioja Oriental, Spain’s largest sub-region is also its newest wine appellation and has been undergoing a winemaking transformation the past several years as a new generation of winemakers have reclaimed the long abandoned higher ground, bringing about a rebirth of the native Garnacha grape.  Known as the Rioja Baja until 2018, the Rioja Oriental…

Wine Touring – The Najerilla Valley

The Najerilla river flows from the mountains of the Sierra de la Demanda to the Ebro River making this a special corner of La Rioja, with a unique style of wine, the lower part of the valley yielding the region’s most balanced wines.  The valley, considered by many to be central to La Rioja vineyards,…

New Winemakers In The Rioja

There has been a number of new projects happening in the Rioja the past few years as a crop of new winemakers have emerged. A few belong to some of the oldest families in the Rioja, while others are newcomers who are changing the landscape of wine making in Spain. Roberto Oliván is a determined…

The Wines & Gastronomy of Portugal – The Western Algarve

Suffering from none of the Alentejo’s extremes in temperature because of the chain of mountains that run from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border, the area receives more than 3000 hours of sunshine each year, and the grapes love it.  It’s never too hot or too cold in the Algarve.  You’ll find it more…

The Wines & Gastronomy of Portugal – The Alentejo

With it’s gently undulating plains and endless horizons, the Alentejo covers about a third of the country and is divided into eight DOC sub-zones.  Once regarded simply as a poor agricultural backwater, the ‘bread basket’ of Portugal, it is a land of large estates or “Latifundios” and has recently come into its own as an…

The Wines & Gastronomy of the South of France – The South West

Pays Basque & Béarn Bordeaux marks the northern limits of France’s “Hidden Corner,” its 5th largest wine growing region, and the least populated. The region is divided into four sub-regions, each distinctive in character, climate and grape varieties. The four sub-regions are the Bergerac and Dordogne River, Garonne and Tarn, Lot River, and the Pyrénées,…

The Wines & Gastronomy of Spain – The Rioja

Rioja Alta, Alavesa & Baja No adventure in Spain would be complete without a visit to Spain’s oldest and best known wine region, considered the “benchmark” of Spanish winemaking.  Stunningly beautiful year around, the Rioja is an ancient region dating from the Neolithic era, where you’ll find atmospheric fortress towns on a hill, some with…

Madrid’s Haute Cuisine Temples

Michelin stars and Repsol suns For a splash out, or budget-be-damned, celebratory dinner, Spain’s capitol city has an abundance of outstanding restaurants from which to experience some of the countries best cuisine, including twenty-two of which have been awarded Michelin stars, and eighty-five earning 1 to 3 Repsol suns for 2020.   Álbora Without doubt…

The Sherry Triangle – Day Three, Sanlúcar de Barrameda

  Along The Guadalquivir River Sitting at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, Sanlúcar is well known for its sherry cellars, fresh seafood and horse races on the golden sand beach in August.  The Carreras de Caballos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda is now in its 175th year.  Parque Nacional de Doñana lying across the river,…