The Wines & Gastronomy of Spain – Ribera del Duero

Considered one of the most legendary winemaking regions in Spain, the Ribera del Duero, a short drive northwest of Madrid on Spain’s northern plateau, is home to some of the most elegant red wines in the world.  The appellation, or DO, straddles four provinces in Castilla y León: Valladolid, Burgos, Soria and Segovia.  The fabled…

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…

Paradors and the Camino

A Journey Through Northwestern Spain Following the Pilgrims Route – León to Monforte de Lemos During the fall we enjoyed a leisurely excursion through northwestern Spain, traveling from Castilla y León to Galicia, staying in Paradors, government owned hotels, primarily historic monuments; castles, monasteries, palaces, fortresses and convents, converted into sumptuous lodgings for travelers. We…

Chasing Fall Colors

  Northwestern Spain and Northern Portugal Autumn in northwestern Spain and neighboring Portugal is a vibrant splash of color as you travel through Castile and León’s stunning El Bierzo wine region to Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo from the provincial capital of León.  Crossing into Galicia’s Ourense province on the N-120, you’ll find the vineyards…