As many of you are aware, February 24th will mark the 9th Annual Open the Bottle Night. This is the perfect opportunity for you to break open your new special bottle of Portuguese or Spanish wine that you’ve been carrying around with you from house to house, or apartment to […]
Recently, as I was flipping through the February issue of Food and Wine Magazine when I came across the title of an article that sent my heavy sense of sarcasm flying, become a wine expert in 28 days. “Yeah”, I thought to myself, “if they hold the secret to make […]
It’s not everyday that two people come up with a way to both fight hunger and drink wine all at the same time. Personally, I think it’s a pretty damn clever idea! Nicolas Beausset and Geraldine Reinhold Von Essen had a dream to incorporate their love of wine with travel […]
Did you know that the US is known in Spain as the “Country of Laws”? And if Spain refers to our country in this way, I would confidently make the assumption that our reputation far extends past the Iberian Peninsula as an obsessively “judicial” country. After the most recent bout […]
Artadi originally began as a small co-operative in the 1980′s surrounded by the walled town of Laguardia in Alavesa. Winemaker, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, built the Artadi name by growing and elaborating the traditional Spanish grape varietal, Tempranillo, in high-altitude, chalky soils within Rioja. By the mid-1990s, Juan Carlos took over the property, joined hands with his partner Jean-Francoise, and has nurtured Bodega Artadi into a 75 ha powerhouse it is today.
Mersequera is a white grape primarily used in wine from D.O. Valencia, in addition to D.O. Utiel-Requena, Alicante, Almansa, Tarragona, Vin Vinalopó and Yecla. The grape can also be called, Encanyavella, Exquitxagos, Messeguera, Trobat and Verdosilla. Known as being an extremely adaptable and resilient grape, able to grow in almost […]
With Ryan having a wonderful time experiencing the international wine scene from the comfort of our own cellar in the USA, I took it upon myself to tackle Lenndevour’s Wine Blog Wednesday for myself, which so happens to be on biodynamic wines and hosted by Fork and Bottle. Allow me […]
Happy Holidays from Chicago! It has been four days since I have seen Spain, almost two weeks for Ryan, and we are enjoying our visit thoroughly. It is not to say the transition hasn’t been a little strange though considering we are once again surrounded in our native language of […]
We began our year in Norway eating lutefisk, potato lefse, gjetost and sipping aquavit by the roaring hot fire among our family. It was a Holiday season that invoked a feeling that you were living in a children’s story where the bread was always warm and fresh, the food was […]
Esentia Tours is a small travel agency specializing in authentic culinary experiences for the discerning traveler. We believe that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its gastronomy. Each month we offer a different 5-day program based on a “flavor of the month,” as well as programs in Barcelona and 1-day workshops. We have some incredible Michelin-starred chefs working with us, and all of our programs are hands-onÃ¢€â€perfect for food lovers and aspiring chefs alike. Come with us on a journey through Catalonia that will indulge your palate, sate your hungers, and stimulate your senses!