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; […]
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 from around the world, desperate to sample the […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Cava, Spain’s famous bubbly, predominately produced in the Penedes region south of Barcelona. But what about fizz produced in Spain’s neighbor Portugal – hand-made, artisan sparkling wines of superlative quality that match exceptionally well with Portugal’s varied cuisine? You would hear a pin drop in the room […]
By Simona Piccinelli As in the past years, we couldn’t miss one of the most important, pleasant, enjoyable and relaxed wine events in Italy: SUMMA, 2018 In Alto Adige, immersed in the vineyards and the verdant landscape of the Alois Lageder estate, this 21st edition of Summa gathered more than 80 top notch food and […]
Brunello di Montalcino, despite some stiff competition from the newer firmament of self-styled “Super Tuscans,” has comfortably retained its title as Tuscany’s finest and most lauded wine. At its best, it is a wine like no other in the region: dense, elegant and extremely long-lived. It’s signature scent and flavor have made it a darling […]
Naples and the Amalfi Coast have drawn people in search of culinary excellence for centuries; few places can compete with their classical origins and the freshness and vibrancy of local ingredients. Moreover, despite their marked differences – Naples is chaotic, and sprawling while the Amalfi Coast is simply enchanting and idyllic – both of these […]
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 […]
What makes a wine region like Bordeaux truly exceptional? It takes an ensemble of different elements – namely outstanding terroir, winemaking, and historical pedigree – bound together in perfection, to forge something far greater than the sum of their parts. However, for all that, regions such as Bordeaux would be nothing, or indeed taste very […]
Fifty years ago, your wine selection was generally limited to perhaps Burgundy, famous Bordeaux names, German Riesling and a few bottles from Rioja or Tuscany – if you were lucky! Fast forward to 2017 and there have never been as many choices for the oenophile; more wines from more countries, better wines, and wines made […]
Alsace is one of France’s great unsung wine heroes. Lost in the excitement over Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, the Alsace region just quietly gets on with the business of making piercingly aromatic, unique and simply exquisite wines. It is also one of France’s most spectacular places to visit, with the splendor of the Voges mountains […]
There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – two noble white varieties that have been grown, with great success, the world over. But what about Chenin Blanc, the great hero of the Loire Valley? You would hear a pin drop in the room for the embarrassed silence. Perhaps it’s a […]
Both Spain and Italy boast a long history of curing ham for personal consumption – the best Jamon Iberico and Prosciutto are simply divine, and the ideal foil for a variety of wine styles. Indeed, even just a meager slice of Jamon de Bellota or Italy’s celebrated Culatello di Zibello is the pinnacle of gastronomic […]
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