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

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

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

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

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...

Visit to an Iberian/iberico pig farm

I recently took a group on a tour to an organic Iberian/iberico pig farm. I have been there quite a few times and will be visiting again next week. I love going there as it is such as beautiful place and the family who run it are wonderful people. We normally spend...