Collioure and Banyuls, a land with two souls by Ivano Martignetti In the south of France, in the “Pyrénée Orientales” there is a stretch of land which is not only renowned for its beautiful sea and landscapes, but also for the quality of its wines, enhanced by the configuration of the land which requires an […]
The Val d ‘ Orcia, featured today in the NY Times, is quintessential Tuscany and utterly romantic. Expect dreamy hills studded with cypress trees and ancient farmhouses; a smattering of gorgeous art cities and medieval towns in easy reach (Siena, Pienza, San Quirico D’ Orcia, Montepulciano, Montalcino); world class wine country (Brunello, anyone?); amazing cheese […]
It’s January, it’s cold and miserable and you don’t feel like cooking tonight… PIZZA night! A pizza always hits the spot, but what to drink with it? Turn a simple Pizza night into a food and wine adventure with these fun pizza/wine pairing suggestions: Margherita Pizza Wine Pairing: Robust red from Puglia like Neprica (Tormaresca) […]
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 […]
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 […]
The holidays are getting closer and closer and you are probably wondering what kind of unique, weird and memorable gifts you can get for your family and friends. Here are some wacky ideas for food and wine lovers, compiled by Cellar Tours Italy Specialist, Simona Piccinelli Adopt a Barrique Just outside of the beautiful Tuscan […]
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 […]
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 […]
We have long loved the Aeolian Islands in Sicily for their dramatic beauty and heart-stopping scenery including their volcanoes “fireworks shows”. It was a recent research trip to these islands again, where we discovered that apart from stunning beauty and some of our favorite luxury hotels, they are also home to some of Sicily´s most […]
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