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Most Intriquing Restaurants in Valencia: Embrace Your Traditional and Eclectic Self

written by John Maher | 28th October 2009

The talk was of me writing about “the best places to eat in the city of Valencia, and I immediately felt slightly inadequate. Valencia does have its swanky Michelin-starred restaurants – Ca’Sento, Torrijos, La Sucursal and Alejandro del Toro last time I looked. I have eaten at three of them, and the food was undoubtedly excellent. The one I...

Autumn Cuisine Calls for Sherry and Barrel-Fermented Beasts

written by John Maher | 25th September 2009

So, we arrive officially at a new season, and the usual gastronomic articles appear. In the case of autumn these tend to be about the joys of mushroom-picking in the woods and fields, or getting hold of truffles if you’re rich or have a suitably trained pig. These seasonal utterances are fine, but perhaps more read about than acted...
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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

Eager to taste a wide range of spectacular Port wine with a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood? Are you...

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Lisbon Culinary Experience

Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their...

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Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class

On this four hour Barcelona Cooking Class and Market Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ease your way into...

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Fontantars dels Alforins: The Forefront of Quality Wine in the D.O. Valencia

written by John Maher | 19th August 2009

One of the peculiarities of the Valencia Denominación de Origen is its further division into four subzones: Alto Turia, Valentino, Moscatel de Valencia and Clariano. Perhaps the most distinctive in terms of both landscape and wines is the most southerly, Clariano, just the Valencia side of Alicante. At the heart of this subzone is the Vall d’Albaida, a fertile...

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Bodega Vicente Gandia, Chiva (DO Valencia)

written by John Maher | 5th August 2009

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see chapter 1st, 2nd, 3rd). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If...

Fondillón: A Very Unique Style of Sweet Spanish Wine from Alicante

written by John Maher | 6th July 2009

Coming across Fondillón is a bit like meeting Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s Ancient Mariner, buttonholing you with stories of ancient glories and disaster. You’re half fascinated and half disbelieving. Yet he starts pulling bits and pieces out of his pockets – there is the price list of leading Alicante wine merchants Maisonnave & Co. from the nineteenth-century showing that its...

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Pago de Tharsys, Requena (DO Utiel-Requena)

written by John Maher | 30th June 2009

Editors Note: Last year, we published a book review for Valencia Land of Wine, composed of translated articles by John Maher and written by Joan C. Martin. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’ Valencian edition. Each one highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. After realizing that this book...
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