Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

It starts here

   It has to start somewhere. This it happened to be our trip to Galicia in September, 2013. Nonstop from LAX to Madrid. Then hop another plane to Santiago de Compostela. Pick up the blue Opel and drive about 45 minutes SSW to the town of Noia (which also happens to be known as Noya) on…

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Barcelona

For me, at least, it took a couple days to warm to Barcelona. We entered Barcelona with high anticipation while knowing that our trip would be over soon. Toledo was a fun place to set our feet first. Madrid featured amazing museums and an introduction to the tapas culture. Then there was Zaragoza with its…

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Zaragoza

As a middle stage to our trip, Zaragoza was an excellent place to visit. It has a compact city center, amazing (and I do mean AMAZING!) tapas bars and an interesting religious festival called the Festa de la Pilar that goes of for days. We really enjoyed Zaragoza. Do try to go during the Festa…

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Madrid

After two days enjoying the small city charm of Toledo, we hopped a bus for the hour-long trip back up to Madrid for a few days of amazing museums, great neighborhood walking, tapas, copas de blanco and late-night dining.

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Toledo

We’ve been back from Spain for two weeks and are finally uploading a few photos from the trip. We’ll eventually post the rest in the order of  our visit: Toledo, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. Hope this gives you a sense of some of what we loved! You can either select thumbnails below to enlarge or…

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garnatxa blancas

2008 Odysseus white Priorat (Garnatxa Blanca). Really nice wine, white peaches, juicy, good acid. Heard about this from Personal Wine Buyer and got to try it at a Silverlake Wine tasting. Very nice, if a little expensive. Followed up the next day with Andrew Murray’s 2007 RGB (Roussanne-Grenache Blanc). Per Andrew Murray’s tasting notes, “this…

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A Mirador for the Balcony

No, this is not El Mirador, the giant Mayan site in Guatemalan. This is a very cost-conscious priorat from Spain. We picked this 2007 up from Silverlake Wine for ~$25/bottle including tax. Online, I’m seeing it for $15 at Woodland Hills and  $18 at The Wine House (both in the LA area). The tasting that…

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Tres Picos. 3 Thumbs Up

Borsao’s 2007 Tres Picos garnacha. It’s a magical wine for $14. Good balance, pleasant smells, nice on the palate. The nose is perhaps it’s most interesting aspect, it draws you into its darkness. Deep black fruit, a hint of licorice and a little alcohol on the nose. On the palate, blackberry and raspberry juice dominate…

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mas y mas y mas y mas

Remember that Kinky song? Where the singer shouts our “Mas y mas y mas y mas” (More and more and more and more). Oh well, your loss. And not having another case of this 2005 Mas Perla Priorat is my loss. Purchased as a future back in spring of 2009 for delivery in the fall…

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