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Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just […]

Renting an AirBnB in Spain – 5 Tips to Finding Great Wine

Editor’s Note: With more people opting to save money with Airbnb and Casa Rural (rural house) rentals when visiting Spain, it’s difficult to know how to stock your wine cooler. Enter any retail shop or supermarket and you’re flooded with options. Hence, this guide is a precursor to your next trip – a […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Controversial Grape of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: April 21, 2011 Location: Utiel-Requena, Spain About: With a climate ideally suited for growing Bobal and a score of growers and winemakers passionate about preserving their heritage and rewriting the modern wine story of their region, the DO Utiel-Requena has sparked the interest of the true wine aficionados […]

The Future of La Bobal

In 2013, Spanish winemaker, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, presented me with my very first glass of Bobal at a wine tasting in Madrid. The wine was a monovarietal, picked from old vines, that showed an intensely potent fruit and flowery bouquet. The flavor was so vibrant and fruit-forward that I felt […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Human Pyramids of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Terrassa, Spain About: One of the most astounding cultural events one can see in Spain, is the castell of Catalunya. A castell is a human tower traditionally constructed in festivals; which translates to “often, as festivals are as ubiquitous in Spain as jamon. During these festivals, teams compete against one […]

Best Places to Ski in Spain

Spain might be known for its festivals and its food more than for its skiing, but it would be remiss to assume that Spain is a country best visited in the summer. Although it sports almost 5,000 kilometers of coastline, the mountains, too, offer their own unique beauty and a […]

10 years on, a look back at my time in Iberia

Last week was pretty special around here, at least for me personally. Ten years ago, I boarded a plane from Minneapolis to Madrid for 1 week, or at least that’s what my plane ticket said. Gabriella had already landed just over a month earlier and was patiently waiting for my arrival […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Spanish Dogs of Wine

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: April 26, 2006 Location: Aranda de Duero, Spain About: Ok, so maybe he wasn’t he wasn’t the most threatening or menacing of guard-dogs, but he was cute, full of life and very eager to roam the vineyards. His owner was a tour guide throughout the famed wine region of Castile and León, […]

Your Guide to the Best Carnivals in Spain 

If you were to take a series of snapshots of Carnival around the world, they might all look markedly different: a painted mask floating out of the evening fog in Venice; a jewel-studded headdress on a scantily clad dancer in Rio; an enormous Krishna riding on a float down a […]