Italy’s wine country is spectacularly varied from the dramatic valleys of Piedmont overshadowed by the Alps, to the fairytale wine roads of Chianti (complete with castles, medieval villages, and cypress-lined country roads), to the volcanic vineyards near Sicily´s Mount Etna. Wine lovers coming to Italy are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful vineyards, […]
While our blog is normally dedicated to the finer things in life- food, wine and travel- this post is an urgent appeal to our friends, colleagues and clients to make a donation to the victims of Italy´s recent earthquake, one of the worst in Italian history. Apart from the tragic deaths, over 50, 000 Italians […]
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 […]
Any time of the year is a good time to visit the wine country when it comes to drinking nice wines! But winter can be the most challenging season to visit as vineyards are dormant and bare (not lush and verdant, as in other times of the year), and many of Europe´s wine regions are […]
Italy is a fascinating country for its traditions, folklore and celebrations, and Simona Piccinelli (our Italian Wine Tours Specialist) describes how Italians bring in the new year- If you are spending New Year’s eve at home with your family and friends, you could say arrivederci to 2008 and welcome 2009 as we do in Italy. […]
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 […]
We heard about a lively and unusual fair (translated as “the fat ox fair”) in Piedmont, and sent our Italian specialist, Simona Piccinelli to check out this amazingly popular event near the Barolo wine country. Simona´s notes- Ever since 1910 (although there is evidence that ox markets and fairs were held weekly from as far […]
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 […]
OPORTO. TAN CERCA, TAN LEJOS, Alberto Coronado Hay un dicho entre los viticultores del Duero que dice: “Todos los vinos serían oportos… si pudieran”. Y es que para ser un buen oporto se necesitan una serie de requisitos de calidad y de ubicación que no todos pueden cumplir. Y no será por falta de imitadores. […]
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 […]
Places to go and visit in Sicily Sicily is a fascinating place to visit and actually merits MANY visits as there is simply so much to see and do. For a small taste of ideas for touring in Sicily– ski volcanic Mount Etna; see a lava “show” on Stromboli in the Aeolian islands; taste wine […]
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