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Wine Hotels in Spain: Charm and Luxury Along the Rutas de Vino

written by Rick Fisher | 4th September 2013

Finding the perfect hotel in the right location never ceases to be a challenge. Many of the villages along the Rutas de Vino in Spain have become home to some of the country’s (and world’s) most unique hotels. And what is the best thing about these hotels? They are part of a growing trend of wineries with hotels on...

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Ribera del Duero

written by Rick Fisher | 17th June 2013

The past few years have been good to the Ribera del Duero wine region in North Central Spain; but much like Sonoma in California wine country, it has had to contend with a more popular older sibling, Rioja. That said, given the region’s much deserved recent international notoriety, things are changing. On a recent trip to Ribera del Duero,...
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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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Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting

For thousands of years, Portugal has not only made wine but has been very natural in its production. It...

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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Mallorca: The Last Spanish Wine Frontier

written by Rick Fisher | 20th March 2013

The allure of Mallorca lies in images of escaping the hectic mainland life and living an island dream (if only for just a few days) and walking carefree on the beach of the Mediterranean while the sand crumbles softly beneath your toes. But then you head to a local restaurant for the freshest seafood the island has to offer...

The Calçotada: From Spain to Your Backyard

written by Rick Fisher | 25th February 2013

Fire up the barbecues and grab your friends. No, it is not Memorial Day weekend or a celebration of the first day of spring. Winter marks the time of year when Cataluña celebrates the almighty calçot. It is no secret that Catalans love to party, and the annual calçotada is just one more excuse to gather with friends to...

Part II: Mallorca – Diversity at the Table

written by Rick Fisher | 9th October 2012

Approaching the traditional Spanish culinary table conjures images of manchego cheese, gazpacho, calamares fritos (fried calamari), jamón iberico, gambas ajillo (shrimp with garlic), and tortilla española. Taking a seat at the traditional Mallorcan table, rarely does one find any of these. The sordid and universal history of Mallorca has served to provide the island with an eclectic and diverse...

Part 1: Mallorca: The Jewel of the Mediterranean

written by Rick Fisher | 20th August 2012

Amidst the periphery of the northeastern Iberian coastline lies one of the jewels in the Spanish crown – Mallorca (often spelt Majorca by English speakers). For years, I longed to visit the Balearics and only recently did that wish become reality. One luxurious week on an island in the Med. Would it be the experience I expected of a Mediterranean...
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