How to plan a Spanish Tapas and Wine Party- Tips for the perfect food and wine fiesta Spanish tapas are fun, easy to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser. Here are some ideas on how to throw your own tapas and wine party for your (appreciative) friends: FIRST OF ALL, WHAT ARE TAPAS?– The word […]
Spain is a fantastic place to celebrate New year´s Eve, with its bustling cities like Madrid and Barcelona offering exciting fiestas and celebrations for “nochevieja” (“old night”). Here are a few of the most popular traditions: Las Uvas The most popular New Year´s Eve tradition is “las doce uvas de la buena suerte“ (the 12 […]
VEGA SICILIA- EL VALOR DE UN MITO, Alberto Coronado No se sabe a ciencia cierta de cuando data exactamente la primera botella del mítico tinto Vega Sicilia si es de 1917 o de 1915, lo que si es cierto que había nacido algo más que un vino. Había nacido la leyenda, no sólo del vino […]
Vestirse de Etiqueta, Alberto Coronado Como en todas las actividades de la sociedad de consumo la imagen juega un papel muy importante en la venta de un producto. Vestir una botella, un perfume o unos bombones se presenta como una necesidad para competir en un mercado tan voraz y fagocitador como el nuestro. Cuando afrontamos […]
El Palo Cortado, el vino de leyenda, Alberto Coronado Todos los conocedores del vino, tienen una asignatura pendiente con el palo cortado. Es un vino que se dice en peligro de extinción, que no nace sino que se hace. Si se quiere averiguar si alguien sabe de vinos, se le pregunta: ¿sabes como se elabora […]
AMONTILLADOS. VINOS PARA MEDITAR, Alberto Coronado No creo exagerar si defino este vino como uno de los más complejos del mundo. Al margen de gustos personales e incluso de cercanías geográficas, como es mi caso, el amontillado reune todo el saber y todo el embrujo de la zona donde se produce. No es casualidad que […]
Early this summer we did an extensive road trip to check out wineries, restaurants and hotels in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, nestled just above Portugal on the Atlantic. Galicia is really unique in Spain and about as “un-Spanish” as you could imagine. The climate resembles Ireland or Scotland, the bagpipes are the main instrument […]
The Spanish southwestern region of Extremadura is one of our most cherished, and we love going back often to enjoy the historic villages, breathtaking Jerte Valley (famous for its Cherry Blossoms) and for eating well. This region is off the beaten tracks for many foreigners and is refreshingly free of the tourist crowds. There are […]
Cured ham has been recognized for its health properties since the Antiquities. Hipocrates himself recommended patients to “eat more ham”. Oleic acid is the main fat component in cured hams, a “Good Cholesterol” compound also found in Olive Oil. In Southern Europe, small but regular (almost daily) amounts of ham form part of the Mediterranean […]
Asturias is one of the least explored and most beautiful regions in Spain. Located in the glorious north on the Costa Verde (Green Coast), Asturias is situated to the east of Galicia and west of Cantabria and Basque Country. This is about as different a Spain as you could imagine. Far from flamenco, paella, sherry […]
This past weekend we enjoyed a lovely research trip at the Parador of Chinchón, a tiny little historic village, located about an hour south of Madrid, on the way to the Royal gardens of Aranjuez. The spec of a village is comprised of an arcaded medieval main square (lined with 235 wooden and brightly painted […]
Market Meccas for Foodies in Barcelona Barcelona, along with San Sebastian and Madrid, is a gourmet hotspot for food and wine loving travelers with its array of Michelin starred restaurants, cozy wine bars, specialty olive oil and chocolate shops and some of the best food markets in Spain (there are over 40 markets in Barcelona, […]
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