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Two “fruity” gin and tonics

How to make the best gin-and-tonic

I imagine hardly anyone needs an instruction on how to make a Gin-and-Tonic, or G-and-T. Could it be the world’s most popular drink? But there are different ways to do it. For example, in this video, they use a blood grapefruit. Personally, I prefer a slice of lemon or lime. Some use cucumbers, blueberries and […]

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Fancy tapas in a bar on Calle Laurel in Logrono, Rioja

Tapas, a culinary treasure from Spain

If there is something that all non-Spanish know about Spanish gastronomy, then it’s tapas! Or any of the tapas ‘cousins’. Tapas are served at most bars and many cafés. Often with local specialities. Sometimes very simple, but sometimes amazingly sophisticated. There is no real difference between tapas, pinchos and pintxos. It is primarily a question […]

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Freshly picked grapes

“Beyond expectations; overwhelming”, Said About the Wine Tour to Rioja

If you go on a wine tour in Rioja you can look forward to many happy surprises. Fantastic wines and amazing scenery. Traditional gastronomy mixed with modern tapas. The landscape is actually really dramatic. The Cantabrian mountains are always in the background. You might think that it would be a flat agricultural landscape, but it’s […]

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Old bottles in the wine cellar

Rioja Wine Tour

Rioja in Spain — exciting wines, breath-taking scenery and architecture — Come with us on this exciting tour to Rioja, a wine region that is both classic and modern in a way that you only find in Spain. The wineries market themselves not only with excellent wines, but also with the breath-taking and extraordinary architecture. […]

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TWE Best Wine Travel Destination: The Basque Country in Spain, with Rioja

The Wine Enthusiast recently did a special feature on what they think are the World’s Best Wine Tour Destinations for 2016. Here are some more details on one of the destinations on their list: the Basque Country in Spain, and also Rioja. You can see the Wine Enthusiast’s full list of best wine travel destinations […]

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Bodegas in the Barrio de la Estacion in Haro

Going for tapas in … Haro in Rioja?

We are going to Haro later this season. Haro is the second most important city in Rioja, after Logrono. Logrono is much bigger but Haro is proportionally much more focussed on wine. In Haro you can find the famous Barrio de la Estacion, the train station neighbourhood. It is a curious part of the town. […]

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Elegant bottles lined up for tasting

Congratulations Gomez Cruzado in Rioja

Congratulations to our friends at Bodegas Gomez Cruzado in Rioja! They have just been awarded TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence as a tourist destination. Well deserved! Gomez Cruzado is a small bodega in Haro the smaller of the two main cities in Rioja. They are not among the most famous bodegas — fame often has to […]

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Interview on wine and travel in the Rioja newsletter, with BKWine

This past autumn I was in Rioja. It was the occasion of our first-BKWine wine tour to Rioja. A fantastically successful trip. The Rioja region’s newsletter editor became interested in the tour and in what I liked about Rioja. So it all became an interview in the Rioja newsletter. Here is Riojas’ site with lots […]

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Oak barrels in an old wine cellar

“All change in Rioja” says Jancis Robinson

Recently Jancis Robinson said in her newsletter that “all change in Rioja”. I could not agree more. She was talking about a big wine tasting that one of her collaborators, the ex-El Bulli sommelier Ferran Centelles, had done of an extensive range of Riojas. His conclusion was that Rioja of today is not like it […]

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Oak barrels in a modern wine cellar

Rioja, modern and traditional, wine, gastronomy, history, art | New wine tour

Spain is today a wine country where much exciting things happen. Rioja is of course the most famous and classic of all Spanish wine regions. But it is also a region with a lot of modernity and innovation. If you think of Rioja as a source of soft, vanilla oozing, old wines, then it is […]

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A vineyard in the Piedmont

Top ten wine tour and travel destinations in 2013, says the Wine Enthusiast

The US wine magazine publishes its choice of best wine regions to visit The list of the top ten wine travel destinations, according to the US wine magazine The Wine Enthusiast, includes some big surprises and some great classics. Which is the best place to go wine touring is a very personal choice, just like […]

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