Holiday photos: day 18

A complete change of landscape as we’re in Rioja country. We’ve not spent much time here in the past, just the occasional foray to watch either a stage start or finish in the Tour of the Basque Country cycle race. In particular, we’ve never had time to appreciate and learn more about the region’s many wines.

The place I had booked was utterly lovely, in one of Spain’s  prettiest villages which overlooked acres of vineyards, bodegas and a few wildlife wetland refuges. We arrived in time for lunch which didn’t disappoint. It augured well for the rest of the week-end.

There are around 200 different vineyards in Rioja but we were never going to fit them all in over a week-end, though we could at least make a modest attempt. Many of the Bodegas in the town offered tutorials and tastings for a few euros. We were happy to accept. It could best be described as a bar crawl around the town where we discovered much to our surprise (not) that we pretty much like all Rioja has to offer!

Of course, no bar crawl in Spain is complete without tapas or, as we’re in the Basque country, pinxtos. We’ve found a bar which serves quite possibly the best tortilla either of us has ever eaten. Tomorrow we’ll head to our final destination, San Sebastian, for a two week stay in an apartment overlooking La Concha beach – sheer heaven.

 

6 thoughts on “Holiday photos: day 18

    1. We barely scratched the surface and would very much like to return. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to find a Rioja we don’t like.

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  1. When I moved to California from Massachusetts wine in California was just beginning to evolve. I was lucky to be there at the right time, when the world was beginning to appreciate what California was doing. It’s fun to be there in the beginning. Now I think that parts of Spain are like California in the 1970’s. Thank you for providing some views of what it is like to visit this part of the world.

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  2. Some of the vineyards in Rioja are old, just as old as some in Bordeaux, but don’t have the same cache as the French which tends to be the standard by which everything else is judged. Again, this is an area I’d like to explore further.

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