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Aromas & Sabores in Campo de Ourique, Lisbon

When we originally had planned on visiting a wine store in Lisbon, it was our intention to go to Garreifara Nacional, a suggestion offered on Roy Hersch’s Forum, For the Love of Port, but events didn’t turn out as we had planned. With our trip completely booked with tastings, tours […]

Esentia Tours

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 […]

“Shopping for Wine in Spain”

Ryan and I occasionally receive either a book in the mail or a bottle of wine for us to sample at our leisure. And as much as I adore tasting wine, I am even a bigger fan of receiving an books on Spanish or Portuguese wine, because even if it […]

Spanish Restaurant Review – Tapas Barcelona

Being that my trip to the States is coming to a rapid close, I decided that there was no better way to spend a beautiful fall evening than visiting one of a handful of Spanish Tapas Restaurants in the Northern suburb of Evanston, Illinois. Squeezed amongst the plethora of high […]

Vila Viniteca

A few days ago, I hopped on the train here in Terrassa and headed down to Barcelona to have a peek at the wine shops available to me. I visited several, but I want to share my experience about one store in particular, a wine store that stood out from […]

Wine Retailer – Solo Vino

A few weeks ago, while I was in Minnesota, I made a quick dash into a wine store that I feel is a “must see” for those of you in the Twin Cities. Solo Vino, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been rated one of the best wine stores in […]

Alegria Wines – Spanish Wine Retailer

I originally met Steve through a series of links and referrals online, but it wasn’t until a week ago that I was first introduced to his enthusiasm for Spanish wine by phone. Based in Malaga, Steve runs an online wine store that specializes in hard to find wines not represented […]

Restaurante Somorrostro

Restaurante SomoRЯostro sits on its own block in the Barceloneta, a Barcelona neighborhood that stretches like a finger between the port and the sea, long inhabited by fishermen and their bars. Named for a colony of Southerners who migrated here in the 1950’s to work in the gas factory, Restaurante […]

Tour Company – Vintage Spain

Vintage Spain specializes in organizing wine and food related activities, guided or independent gourmet wine tours, one day excursions to wine areas, gastronomy activities like cooking classes, tapas and wine tours, active wine vacations where wine tasting can be combined with hiking, walking, horse back riding or golf, wine tasting […]

Restaurante Memento

Memento restaurant, is the first solo venture of American chef, Karen Bell, a remarkable young woman, who after training in the United States and Paris, and dulling her knives at some of the finest kitchens in Chicago, San Francisco and Madrid is now proving herself to be a supremely gifted, […]