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

Calle Laurel in Logrono with tapas bars

Spain FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, taxi and transport, and more One should perhaps not take too seriously rules about how to behave. On the other hand, it can be dangerous to

A cup of cafe solo in a bar in Spain

Coffee in Spain – “un café por favor”

There are many different types of coffee in Spain, but it does not have quite the almost iconic status that it has in Italy. Many Spaniards complain (without good reason!) of the quality of their

Tapas / pinchos in a bar in Logroño

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

Oak barrels in a modern 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

Vineyards on the steep hillsides, Priorato, Catalonia

Catalonia and Priorat Wine Tour

Wine tour to one of Spain’s most dynamic and interesting wine regions — The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a lively city with a huge variety of interesting culture, architecture and gastronomy. The wines from

Travelling in the Catalonia wine districts

Catalonia in north-east Spain produces some wonderful wine and is home to a fantastic gastronomy. This video simply gives you some glimpses into the vineyards, the landscape and some of the wines it makes. On

Pouring Italian bubbles

One important step in making cava: disgorging

Cava, the famous sparkling wine of Spain, is made in a similar way to many other sparkling wines, Franciacorta, Champagne, South African MCC etc. First you make a still white wine. Then you bottle it

The charming coastal town of Sitges, Catalonia

How to make a real paella

Paella is a very Spanish dish. Usually one thinks of Paella Valenciana (from Valencia) when talking about it. But it is made in many different places in Spain. Want to discover some genuine paella? Then

An old building in Haro, Rioja

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

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

Oak barrels in a modern 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

Wine tours to Catalonia and to Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of the classic wine tour destinations, always in great demand. Catalonia in north-eastern Spain is, perhaps surprisingly, more of a niche destination. We have wine tours to Bordeaux on a very regular