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A fine finale


Our final night dinner was at the Michelin starred Trigo restaurant in Valladolid. Having first experienced this excellent establishment in 2012 I was keen to return. We were not disappointed.  Impeccably elegant appetizers: frogs legs, cod and squid ink creations, delicious bundles of rice, foie gras, red mullet, amazing cheeses and a sensational dessert all…(Read More)

Saturday took us to the lesser known area of Cigales to the north of Valladolid. Despite only obtaining DO status in 1991, Cigales has a long winemaking history but was devastated by phylloxera and was slow to recover. It always had a reputation for top class rosado, but more recently its red wines made from…(Read More)

Friday was our Ribera del Duero day and a spectacular sequence of events unfolded as we headed east out of Valladolid. The Ribera del Duero is a very high quality wine region that has attracted some of Spain’s top wine makers and biggest companies and has really come to prominence over the past 30…(Read More)

Our tour to Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales has begun! Our journey from Madrid to Valladolid was trouble free and we had plenty of time to settle in to our hotel.  We convened for a quick glass or three of Verdejo before heading out to Trasto restaurant in the centre of town.  Having…(Read More)

The sun shone brightly as we greeted our final day in Galicia. Leaving Monforte de Lemos for the small Pazo de Toubes bodega in the Ribeiro region, the temperature gauge slowly rose. We passed through the village of San Clodio and the historic monastery that has now been converted into a hotel, and drove steadily…(Read More)

We waved goodbye to Cambados and headed inland to the rather wonderfully situated Casal de Armán in the Ribeiro region of Galicia. This bodega, which also boasts some well appointed rooms and a superb restaurant, overlooks villages and valleys and gives a terrific insight into the topography of the area.  We met Roger Matthews…(Read More)

Our third tour is under way and remarkably, we were yet again ahead of schedule as we set off from Porto airport. The weather was gorgeous and we arrived at the Parador in Cambados in plenty of time to settle in and relax. After a glass of fizz in the sunny courtyard, we headed off…(Read More)

Our final visit and lunch on Sunday was a superb occasion. Our destination was Pazo de Toubes, a tiny estate in Ribeiro that was acquired by Viña Costeira a decade ago and one which has been heavily invested in to restore the amazing buildings and vineyards. Export director Cornelia Proca was a very engaging…(Read More)

The forecast for Saturday was fabulous blue sunshine and a gorgeously warm day – and it was spot on! We headed across the provincial line into Castilla y León and the highly esteemed Bierzo region where the Mencía grape holds court. Our first stop was Bodegas Pittacum where we experienced a deep insight into…(Read More)

Our second Galicia tour has kicked off and once again we were ahead of schedule as flights into Porto and empty roads conspired to make an easy journey into Cambados. The weather was glorious and we basked in some early evening sunshine with a glass of fizz in the Parador cloistered garden. It was then…(Read More)