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…

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…

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…