It is said that the remains of St. James, the Patron Saint of Spain, are buried within the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Since medieval times, pilgrims have traversed El Camino de Santiago(The Way of Saint James), seeking spiritual enlightenment on the long path to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Although there are many different starting points, at least four in France alone, most routes converge near the city of Pamplona, in the province of Navarra.
There is something magical about an early summer sunset. As long, bright days evolve into cool, refreshing evenings, the play of light from the low-hanging sun splashes a dramatic array of pink tones across the sky. While others see images in the clouds, we take our inspiration from the myriad shades of pink and dream of a long summer filled with many bottles and glasses of rosé wine.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be celebrated in New York City on Sunday, June 9th. Held annually since 1958, the parade and subsequent festival draws over 100,000 participants each year in a vibrant display of national pride.
Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, with more vineyards than any other country. Its capital, Madrid, is a wonderful place to explore wine from its many different regions. Whether your venue of choice is the oldest restaurant in the world or the rooftop lounge of a hip boutique hotel, your palate is sure to be pleased by the goodness in your glass.
While food trends come and go, it is nice to see that two of our favorite imports are now staples of the dining scene in most major cities: tapas and ceviche. Both light seafood tapas and ceviche are perfect for summertime eating and entertaining. They are cool and refreshing, don’t require much (or any time) laboring over a hot stove, and the flavors of brine, citrus, and spice are just right with easy-drinking, cold white wine.
Every 5th of May, more bars and restaurants jump on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon, serving up tequila shots, margaritas, and barely-Mexican fare. Although the day marks the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over their French oppressors, not Mexican Independence Day, it has become a bit like a mini Fourth of July in many cities across the USA.
It’s said that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. They also say, “Life is too short to drink cheap wine.” But if you've been hit especially hard by the tax man this year, you may have to drink cheap wine, at least temporarily. With that in mind, we have chosen some inexpensive but still delicious wines that are just perfect with a steady diet of cocina pobre.
Por fin: Verano! We’re so happy that we’ll say it again: Summer is finally here! It’s time to lighten up what’s in our glasses with some delicious white wines and rosés from around the world. We’re all happy drinking full-bodied red wine with hearty cold weather fare, but now that the temperature is rising and the days are getting longer it’s time for lighter cuisine, lighter flavors, and less calories.
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