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Sophisticated & Delicious Invention @ Akelaŕe

My second night in San Sebastián Donostia was Thursday at Chef Pedro Subijana’s Akelaŕe, one of only seven restaurants in Spain currently receiving the top rating of 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Amazingly, three of [...]

San Sebastian Culinary Tour Starting @ Bernardo Etxea

My 2013 San Sebastian Donostia culinary tour started Wednesday evening at one of the classic homes of traditional Basque cuisine, Bernardo Etxea, in the Parte Vieja secton of town. Both a pintxo bar (Basque for tapas [...]

Toro Wine Recommendations

From Recent Tastings of Nearly 100 Wines With Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) What to Expect from Toro Wines from Toro are powerful, ripe red wines with plenty of flavor, tannins and generous alcohol levels; made from [...]

The Latest Trends from Toro

This spring’s Grand Tasting of Toro wines in New York City and numerous other Toro wines I’ve tasted in the last few months show a region of ongoing transition and increasing quality. Although Toro has a [...]

Bullish on the Wines of Toro

Worldwide interest in the wines of Toro took off in 2001 with the launch of the 1998 Numanthia Toro red and the high scores it received from Robert Parker Jr., wine’s most influential critic at the [...]

CVNE Verticals Dinner Back to 1939

One of my highlight vertical wine dinners was without a doubt the luxe CVNE dinner at La Fonda del Sol. It was put together by Acker Merrall & Condit’s Wine Workshop and featured guest hosts Christopher [...]

Secrets of Sherry Food Pairing

Now that summer has arrived and the temperatures have risen well into the 90´s in many parts of the country, there is no better time to enjoy a glass of well chilled pale dry Sherry. It’s [...]

1982 Bordeaux, Judgement of NYC

One of my favorite vintage taste offs was a blind tasting of the now legendary 1982 Bordeaux reds. The tasting harkened back to the seminal “Judgement of Paris” blind tasting of 1976 in which California wines [...]

Reviving Old Technology for Better Quality

One of the threads in today’s Spanish wine scene is the recovery of lost traditions. In Spain and elsewhere enterprising winemakers are re-discovering and exploring techniques that have been forgotten or abandoned as newer technologies have [...]

Brilliant Dining at L’Escaleta Near Alicante, Spain

One of the highlights of my trips to Spain in the last couple years was the discovery of L’Escaleta, nestled in a mountain valley setting in the small town of Cocentaina in the province of Valencia. [...]