Food and wine tours Seville 2018

The year has started very well with quite a lot of food and wine tours already. There have been quite a few tapas tours and wine tastings in Seville as well as tours to Jerez de la Frontera, to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, to the Sierra of Grazalema, to Ronda and to the...
Wine Tour to Galicia Part 4

Wine Tour to Galicia Part 4

On Saturday 30th September we made our last winery visit to Adegas Algueira which is within the Ribeira Sacra appelation. However, before going to the winery itself we took a trip on a boat owned by the winery on the river Sil. It was just amazing looking up the...
Wine Tour to Galicia Part 3

Wine Tour to Galicia Part 3

On the third day of winery visits we drove to the Valdeorras appelation which is famous for wines made with the Godello grape which have become popular over the last few years. It’s not as aromatic as the Albariño grape but has good acidity, often with aromas of...
Wine Tour to Galicia Part 2

Wine Tour to Galicia Part 2

On leaving Pontevedra we headed south to the second most important sub-divsion of the Rias Baixas wine region, Condado de Tea. This area is just across the border fron Portugal. We visited a winery called Bodegas La Val where as everywhere in Rias Baixas the principal...
Wine tour to Galicia Part 1

Wine tour to Galicia Part 1

At the end of September I ran a five-day wine tour to Galica in north west Spain. This is the third tour I have run for a group of 3 British men who I now consider to be friends rather than clients. We started and finished in the beautiful town of Santiago de...
A Week in San Sebastian Part 4

A Week in San Sebastian Part 4

Another of our one-day tours was to the Rioja wine region. This is Spain’s most famous area for red wine with the Tempranillo grape being the most widely planted variety. The other principal red grapes are Garnache, Mazuelo or Carignan, and Graciano. We visited...
A Week in San Sebastian Part 3

A Week in San Sebastian Part 3

On one of our day trips out of San Sebastian we started with a visit to a cider mill. CIder is very popular along the northen Spanish coast, often in places that are not suitable for producing grapes. Most of the cider that is produced is still and to produce some...
A Week in San Sebastian Part 2

A Week in San Sebastian Part 2

On three of the days of the San Sebastian trip we ventured outside the city. The first visit was to a cheese producer not far from the city. They produce a cheese calle Idiazabal which has its own Denominación de Origen or Appelation, located in both the Basque...
A week in San Sebastian Part 1

A week in San Sebastian Part 1

It’s been some time since I last posted on my blog which of course is not good. I could blame it on being very busy, which is true, but it’s a lame excuse. Anyway, I wanted to talk about some interesting tours that I have done over the last few months. The...
Olives are now forming

Olives are now forming

I ran yet another half-day olive oil tour a few days ago. For olive trees this is a crucial time of the year as flowering is taking place which of course brings on  poliination and the resulting formation of olives. This process has started between two and three weeks...