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 […]
As Spain has such a diverse mix of climates (from desertscapes of La Mancha to fertile hills in the green north, to Mediterranean seascapes, and to the far flung volanic Canary Islands), the gastronomic offering is astounding. Cow´s cheeses from Asturias, Sheep´s cheeses from Extremadura, Gin from Menorca, Plantains from the Canaries, white asparagus and […]
Here is a handy food glossary (Spanish to English) which can be printed out and used on your vacation in Spain. We have included most of the ingredients you will see on menus including seafood and fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy, nuts and more. Wine lovers, check out our Spanish wine glossary here. If […]
Recommended Cocktail Recipes from Spain- Liven up your dinner parties! Riotous, colorful celebrations are very much a part of Spanish life, and no Spanish party is complete without a great selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Indeed, alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are an integral part of Spain’s gastronomic and cultural traditions; the country has been […]
Although most of us when mentioning the world carnival might instantly think of Sydney, Rio or New Orleans, Europe can still lay claim to the oldest and proudest Mardi Gras tradition. The historical importance of the religious celebrations preceding the start of Lent is marked by the diverse and colorful local festivals celebrated throughout European […]
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