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Wines from Spain Trade Fair 2013 Old Billingsgate in London

Wines from Spain announces exhibition line-up

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Travellers hoping to experience one of Spain's unrivalled wine tours this summer can whet their appetite at this year's Wines from Spain exhibition planned for March 21st 2013
58 Spanish wine importers will feature at the annual event, held at Old Billingsgate in London.
They will be joined by 30 exporters seeking UK distribution, all first time exhibitors, representing a range of wine-growing regions.
Over 80 different grape varieties will feature in total, from over 60 Denominations of Origin in Spain.
As well as many well-known favourites, exhibitors will also be showcasing exciting new discoveries from less familiar areas of the country.
Maria Jose Sevilla, director of the event, pointed to the reputation boost created by a love of the country's cuisine, for the continued interest in Spanish wines in the UK.
"Spanish wines have grown in recognition in the UK assisted by the popularity of world-renowned Spanish chefs like Ferran Adria and the recent BBC production 'Rick Stein's Spain'," she said.
"This gastronomic link is encouraging consumers to experiment outside Spain's classic wine regions and discover new indigenous grape varieties from up-and-coming producers."
Wine lovers who regularly visit the country would be well-advised to include some of these lesser-known regions on their next Spanish wine tours.
Visitors hoping to experience a range of the wines on show can take advantage of the Fast Track Tasting. This special feature includes a self-pour stand offering budding connoisseurs the opportunity to taste one wine from each exhibitor.
Even if you won't be enjoying any wine holidays this year, Maria Jose Sevilla points out that Britons at home can still enjoy the excellent value-for-money that Spanish wines provide.
"In cash-strapped times, Spain is well positioned to deliver quality wines at all price levels to every sector of the market with crisp whites, fruity rosados, complex reds, unrivalled fortified wines and serious sparkling wines which are competing with international rivals," she said.
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We can all agree that one of the best things about visiting Spain is getting the opportunity to indulge in delicious dishes and fine wines, either cooked up from fresh produce yourself or enjoyed in local restaurants and bars.

And with such a variety of traditional dishes and foods to enjoy ranging from gazpacho and paella to chorizo and tortilla, you can be sure never to grow bored of the gastronomy while enjoying holidays and weekend breaks in Spain.

But if you're a big foodie and feel like being adventurous with your tastes, why not take some time out to explore some of the roads less travelled in Spain to and sample delicious local cuisine on culinary tours away from the crowds of tourists?

Spanish food expert Maria Jose Sevilla describes her ideal culinary road trip as starting in Asturias before continuing north to Navarra to taste some of the best vegetables in the world

"I would then cross to Catalonia, from north to south, and progress south to Valencia where I would have some of the rice dishes, which are wonderful," she continues.

"Maybe go across to Madrid, where you can also try things like roasted dates and suckling pig. Carry on a little further west to Extremadura to have some of the most stunning Iberico ham, unique to Spain and delicious."

Although you may not have the time or energy (not to mention the stomach) to cover all these regions, planning a getaway to any of these destinations is sure to give you a great gastronomic experience.

And if you're keen to soak up as much culture and experience as many tastes and flavours as possible, it can be a good idea to take a look at a map and plan a mini culinary road trip, like Maria has done.

Be sure to include regions and towns known for your favourite dishes, but also be sure to try and squeeze in places that boast impressive architecture and throw fun fiestas for the ultimate Spanish getaway.

Spain boasts some of the best food and fine wine in the world


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Celebrate the taste of Spain with Gastrofestival

Travellers are invited to experience the culinary delights of Madrid with a food festival

 

Travellers who enjoy gourmet holidays should head over to Madrid later this month for a culinary extravaganza.

From 19th January until 3rd February the streets of the Spanish capital will be bustling with residents and visitors enjoying a plethora of events and experiences, at the 2013 Gastrofestival

For 15 days revellers can enjoy culinary tours, cooking and tasting courses and special offers at top restaurants amongst other attractions all designed to delight the mind and palate.

If you are fortunate enough to be in the city for the festival, make sure you don't miss the immensely popular "Dinner With the Stars".

Ana Capel, director of the festival, told the New York Times that the event was a particular highlight of the fiesta.

"Internationally renowned chefs from countries such as Singapore, Mexico, Israel and Italy will cook in various restaurants throughout Madrid, offering their cuisine to everyone," she said.

Over the course of the event international chefs at some of Madrid's finest restaurants will invite diners in through their doors to sample exquisite dishes.

"It's a great way to experience the cuisine of leading international chefs all in the same city," Ana added.

Once your stomach is full, head over to one of Madrid's galleries or museums and absorb yourself in Gastroculture.

Combining food and the arts, various exhibitions and workshops will take you on a culinary journey using film, theatre and literature.

There's even something to keep the little ones busy. If you have your children in tow, pay a visit to the Sorolla Museum, where a number of kids events are planned, or nab your family a place on a guided tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

But, no culinary experience in Spain would be complete without some wine tasting.

Wine Culture, new for the 2013 festival, will offer participants the chance to enrol in tasting sessions and specialised courses, while a number of restaurants plan to offer free tastings.

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Rioja wines on top of the world

 

The prestigious American magazine Wine Advocate, the publication of Robert Parker, has chosen the Rioja wine Luis Canas Crianza 2009 as the best value for money wine in the world 2012.

This magazine, arguably the most influential in the world of wine, gives a big push to this unique family winery, which little by little has been conquering the markets and consumers by concentrating in quality and segmenting their vineyards and wines.

Luis Canas, owner of the winery, is very proud of achieving this reward  and recognise that is due to the continuous effort, passion for winemaking and to the way of life of his family during generations.

This is another winery awarded reinforcing once more the prestige of the wines in Rioja.

Furthermore, Wine Spectator, another American wine magazine has just announced the top 100 wines for 2012 and the first Spanish wine is a Rioja wine "Romero and Miller Reserva 2007" of Bodegas Renta de Fincas in Aldeanueva de Ebro (my home town).

Perhaps you might like to have a look to our itineraries in Rioja

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Tapas tour Spain The Unique TravellerFrom gazpacho in Andalucia and seafood paella on the Valencia coast to Crema Catalana served up for dessert in Barcelona - wherever you go in Spain you're sure to be spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine.

But in terms of gastronomy, top of the list of Spanish foods for many visitors to the country has to be tapas - small morsels or appetisers, which can be enjoyed as a snack, starter or as a meal in themselves.

And where better to enjoy these culinary delights than in Spain's buzzing capital city?

Alongside its beautiful architecture, intriguing art galleries and exciting fiestas Madrid is known for its classic cuisine, making it an ideal destination for gourmet holidays in Spain.

Which is exactly what writer Sarah Maguire found when she embarked on a tapas tour of the capital, and discovered that gastronomy is the perfect way to get to know the city.

In an article on her experiences published in The Age, she wrote, "Spain is many things beyond its signature style of cuisine, and there has and will be much sightseeing during our five-day visit, but it is on a tapas crawl of Madrid that the insight into this sprawling, suntanned country, the land of the hanging jamon, feels at its most authentic."

Although Madrid has more than its fair share of world-class restaurants, Sarah focused on traditional tapas bars and restaurants that have been in the same family for generations.

For those of us who are planning on visiting Madrid this year, culinary tours that take you down hidden streets and into traditional bars to enjoy tapas are a great way to really get a true taste of this fascinating city.

Opt for tapas favourites such as jamon or tortilla de patata, and be sure to wash it down with one of the delicious local wines for the perfect complement to your meal or snack.


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