The pace with which Spain has revolutionized its culinary landscape is one of the most dramatic cultural changes to have occurred in the country in recent times. Once regarded as something of an insignificant player in the gastronomic arena, Spain is now bursting with exciting new venues, dynamic raw talent and more than a few […]
Spain is home to some of the most fabulous wine regions in Europe (including La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedès, Priorat, Sherry, Toro, Navarra, Somontano, Rias Baixas, Ribera Sacra, Rueda and many other appellations) and more and more the concept of a wine hotel (either a working winery with accommodation or a hotel set amid […]
There are many contestants for the title of Europe’s nightlife capital, but we can assure you that Madrid is ten leaps ahead of the competition. Spain’s biggest city remains one of the most thrilling and vibrant destinations in the world, famous for its dynamic, exciting and ever-changing nightlife scene. Its inhabitants, the Madrilenos, may be […]
La Rioja has a long culinary tradition and is particularly celebrated for its outstanding local produce; huge varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables from local market gardens, in addition to succulent meat and game from the regions’ farms. Indeed, there is enough fine raw materials in Rioja to satisfy even the most demanding and […]
Vinegar is the son of wine Sherry Vinegar, despite belonging to a wide family of quality fruit, wine, malt and rice based vinegars, is renowned in the gastronomy world for its intense and complex flavors. Every food professional, from 3 Michelin starred chefs to trainee sous chefs are aware of its great culinary potential. It […]
From straight-forward after dinner digestives to complex brandies of real class and distinction, there is plenty of choice for spirits lovers amongst Spain’s selection of Coñacs or Brandy de Jerez. Spanish brandy is generally great value and deservedly very popular – there is a large range of styles and brands to suit every occasion and […]
Detailed wine and spirits glossary from Aguardiente to Xarel.lo and much in between! Know your Oloroso from your Amontillado and learn how to read the labels of your fave bottles Aguardiente – A strong transparent spirit distilled from vegetables, called “Firewater”, drunk as a digestif after a heavy meal to aid digestion Albariza – The […]
Spanish Red Grapes Tempranillo: Spain´s most famous and noble grape. Also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino. Grown in many regions including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Penedes Garnacha: known as Grenache in France & America, this is the most prominent grape in Priorat Mencia: Spain´s hot and upcoming cult grape […]
Tasty & delicious, Spanish Olive Oil never fails to please the palate Dry, rolling hills studded with gnarled olive trees are an iconic image of Spain. No matter where you travel — the white-walled towns of Andalucía, the vast plains of Castilla y la Mancha, the rugged hills of southern Catalunya, or the quiet rural […]
One of the world’s most expensive spices One of the most precious cooking spices in the world, saffron has a revered place in Spanish cuisine. Called Azafrán in Spanish, its sweetly pungent aroma infuses everything from paellas to lamb stews, roast suckling pig, soups, sauces and even ice cream, making it an extremely versatile spice […]
An essential ingredient in Spanish cooking Spanish paprika or pimentón is used in many dishes in Spanish cuisine: indeed the use of home-grown varieties of peppers or Capsicum is ubiquitous in Spanish tapas, appetizers, fish and meat dishes. Just try to imagine the famed Spanish Chorizo (cured sausage) or patatas bravas, both staples of the […]
Ham is a national obsession and deservedly so Spain has a long history of curing ham for personal consumption, one which has emerged from its humble origins as a peasant rural tradition, to become a highly prized item for connoisseurs of Spanish cuisine and all classes of Spanish society. At the top of the quality […]
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