The Best of Spanish Dessert Wine Most wine regions, and indeed wine nations, have their surprises and unexpected turns. Even seasoned Bordeaux aficionados are often surprised to learn that Sauternes, a region famous for sweet wines, also makes some of Bordeaux’s most appetizing dry white. Tuscany, hallowed and sacred ground for red wines, also makes […]
Cider, called Sidra in Spanish, is produced all over the north of Spain, mainly in Asturias. In Asturias, the main centers of production and apple orchards are around the towns of Nava and Villaviciosa, and also close to the city of Gijòn. In addition to its natural homeland in Asturias, cider also has quite a […]
In the space of just over twenty years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury Spanish wine hotels has ensured that Spain is now at the forefront of global wine tourism. Pioneers like Marques de Riscal, Abadia Retuerta, and Castilla Termal have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
Best Restaurants Andalucia The Basques and Catalans may well disagree, but in recent years the quality of cooking in Southern Spain has risen dramatically, with chefs like Tono Perez of Atrio fame now winning pundits worldwide. Indeed, once derided as a gastronomic backwater, Southern Spanish cooking is today held in great esteem and the region’s […]
Standing at a crossroads in the Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands are some of Europe’s most idyllic and captivating destinations for a luxury break. Indeed, you must be prepared to banish the cliché of islands solely dominated by brash resorts – the Balearics continue to lure a sizeable number of jet-setters and film stars, who head […]
Best Basque Seafood Restaurants The French and Italians would undoubtedly disagree, but in our experience nowhere matches the Spanish Atlantic coastline for the quality and freshness of their seafood. Indeed, Northern Spain is a positive mecca for lovers of great fish and shellfish: spider crab, oysters, mussels, scallops and lobster, dover sole, cod, bay eel, […]
Rueda: Spanish White Wine Spain has long been celebrated for its versatile and delectable wines; Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, and Priorat are now all major household names. From London to New York, you’ll hardly come across a wine store or restaurant list that doesn’t contain at least a few Spanish wines – the country is […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Cava, Spain’s ‘cheap and cheerful’ bubbly, predominately produced in the Penedes region south of Barcelona and mainstay of supermarket aisles worldwide. But what about deluxe Cava – hand-made, artisan sparkling wines of superlative quality with prices to match? You would hear a pin drop in the room […]
Spain’s most diverse and fascinating region, Catalunya is chiefly familiar to millions of visitors by virtue of its proud capital, Barcelona. Indeed, there probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Spain’s bustling Mediterranean metropolis, home to Gaudi, Las Ramblas, and a superlative range of hotels, restaurants and wine bars. Its charms continue to seduce many, […]
Once derided as a gastronomic desert, Spain’s culinary credentials are currently unquestionable, particularly as the Catalan restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, was awarded the title of “Best Restaurant in the World” by Restaurant Magazine in June this year. Indeed, no other European nation has witnessed such a massive gastronomic shake-up as Spain; […]
Best Wine and Pintxos Bars in San Sebastian The Basques, with their famous gastronomical clubs and New Basque cuisine, are rightly considered the most sophisticated and dynamic chefs in Spain. Nowhere is this more plainly evident than in the chic resort of San-Sebastian, where numerous Michelin-starred restaurants have won global acclaim and attract discerning visitors […]
There can be no greater symbol of Valencian gastronomy than paella. Indeed, the phrase “Andar de paella,” or “to go for a paella” is heard frequently at every type of social occasion throughout the region. And why not? – Saint’s days, birthdays, weddings, every occasion justifies bringing out the famously oversized rice pan that gives […]
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