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Petit Comité: A Fair Dedicated to Artisanal Wines in Madrid

written by adrienne smith | 11th June 2010

On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending Petit Comité, a tasting event for artisanal wines organized by Samuel Cano/Vinos Patio, La Cave du Petit Bar degustación and the Observatorio de Vino. Not only was it an incredibly interesting opportunity to try the natural wines made by 6 different winemakers, but it was also heartening to have the...

Part 2: The Best Wine and Tapas Bars in Madrid

written by adrienne smith | 12th February 2009

Editor’s Note: Although you might imagine that two food lovers would have very similar jaunts where they savor mouthwatering bite-sized tapas, but with over 20,000 bars in Madrid, variety is easy to encounter. Adrienne Smith, author of A Gastronomican in Madrid,  is a self proclaimed: “former restaurant owner, sommelier, dubber, translator, writer, convincing at accents, prolific exaggerator, despicable speller,...
Private Douro, Portugal

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Douro Valley Premium Wine Tour

The Douro Valley is by far one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world and a incredible destination...

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Private Geres National Park

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Gerês National Park Hiking Tour

On this full-day tour, you’ll not only explore the waterfalls, cliffs and rivers that make Gerês Natural Park exceptional, but you’ll...

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Private São Miguel

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Azores: 5 Day Nature Tour of São Miguel

The Azores is a lush, green archipelago of nine very distinct islands that was discovered and settled by the Portuguese in...

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Porto.Punto.

written by adrienne smith | 21st November 2007

Editor’s Note: Although our fly by night contributing writer, Adrienne Smith, has been busy doing what she does best, changing hats, we’ve managed to get her fleeting and rather romantic impressions of her recent visit to Porto. Porto, located just across the Douro River from Vila Nova de Gaia, is not only the second largest city in Portugal, but...

Agustí Torelló – Kripta , High End Spanish Cava

written by adrienne smith | 3rd May 2007

Whoever thought that such a delicate and ethereal cava could have a name like KRIPTA, which for me at least brings to mind visions of tomb and crypts and things. It seems like it should be so spooky, ominous, foreboding – but it’s not in the least, and actually the name suits the wine in the same way that...

Madrid Wine Festival

written by adrienne smith | 1st May 2007

I think that Jupiter must have been in my 7th House or something. The planets aligned, found a four-leaf clover, rubbed a rabbit’s foot, found a penny picked it up, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, whatever, because all I know is that last Thursday at the Madwine Festival I truly felt fortune smiling down on...

TN – Casa de la Ermita Crianza and Petite Verdot

written by adrienne smith | 4th April 2007

I would be hard pressed to find a more agreeable wine producing region than Jumilla. Adventurous, avant garde wines being made with grapes less commonly found in Spain mixed with Spanish grapes such as Monastrell that has been making its comeback for years but that always seems to miss out on the glory. A red, very sweet...
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