A Blast From The Past-Wine Division According to Recently "Retired" Spanish wine critic Jay Miller of Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Great Wine Can Be Equated to Pornography
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* * * * * "Whether I am in front of (great?) porno or a great wine I (can recognize) either without difficulty". -- Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate's Spanish wine critic Jay Miller in an interview with Barcelona’s La Vanguardia, January 2011.   Jay Miller in Catalunya.  (Photo: La Vanguardia.) "For The Wine Advocate’s (just "retired") Spanish Wine Critic Jay Miller a ..read more
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The Basque Pintxo/Tapa "Gilda," Inspired by Spanish Descent (Are you decent?) Rita Hayworh's Curves and Picante Spiciness in the 1940s film Gilda, Has Become One of Spain's Most Popular Tapas.
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 * * * * *  Gildas (pronounced 'Hildas' in Spanish), the tapas whose curving anchovy bodies (salada, salty) alternating with olives (salada, salty) and picante guindilla peppers (verde & picante, green & spicy) on a skewer were inspired by Rita Hayworth's curves in the 1946 American movie 'Gilda,' which starred Hayworth and somehow made it past Generalisimo Franco's film censors since it was a ..read more
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Gerry Dawe's Taste of Northern Spain Trip April 26 - May 2, 2023 with Santa Fe Chefs James Campbell Caruso and Mark Mller, Washington D.C. Restaurant Figure Janet Cam, Chef Robert Quintana and Gourmet Garage Founder John Gottfriend
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Report on Day 00, May 3 of Gerry Dawes's A Taste of Madrid, Western Spain (Castilla y León and Extremadura), Andalucía & La Mancha Tour With Spain Expert & Author Gerry Dawes May 3 – May 14, 2023
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* * * * *   A Spanish Adventure Designed, Organized and Guided by Acclaimed Spanish Gastronomy, Wine & Culture Expert Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronómía (Spanish National Gastronomy Prize) & James Beard Journalism Awards Finalist    Food and Wine Road Warrior Gerry Dawes in Burgos, Spain. James Campbell Caruso with Sunset in a Glass at La Boca.  Photo by Douglas Merriam. "Gerry Dawes ..read more
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Bar La Catapa, One of Best Tapas Bars in Madrid
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 * * * * *   Bar La Catapa, Calle Menorca, 14, Madrid (Zona Retiro).  Phone: 686 14 38 23. "Today we have tripe with garbanzos" on the blackboard and "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - - Benjamin Franklin, inscribed on a post at Bar La Catapa, Calle Menorca, 14, Madrid (Zona Retiro).  Phone: 686 14 38 23.  La Catapa is rated as one of the top gastrobars in Madrid ..read more
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A Taste of Madrid, Western Spain (Castilla y León and Extremadura), Andalucía & La Mancha Tour With Acclaimed Spain Expert & Author Gerry Dawes and Santa Fe Star Chef James Campbell Caruso May 3 – May 14, 2023
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* * * * *  Note: I just returned from a 3,500 kms. trip in October 2022 around Spain, half of which was in areas we will be visiting.  I have added some very attractive features to this itinerary.   (Note on COVID: My prediction is that the COVID spike currently in Spain will pass right after September 1, when all the millions of tourists go home.  Spain's population usually doubles in ..read more
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Sevilla: The Great Gothic-Mudéjar Churches Along My Original Route Into the City. Part Five, Ominium Sanctorum, Another Gothic Church with an Islam-inspired Minaret-like Tower
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 * * * * *  Omnium Sanctorum church on calle Feria, Sevilla by Gerry Dawes©2021 The Church of Omnium Sanctorum has a La Giralda-like Mudéjar tower which originally may have been the minaret of a mosque that once stood here, and a multi-archivolted Gothic doorway, both of which, despite their seemingly diverse religious origens, make it one of the most distinguished of the Gótico-Mudéjar churches ..read more
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Noel Chandler, The Champagne Count of Pamplona's San Fermín
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* * * * * “It was amazing champagne.”  Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises Hemingway was a great lover of Champagne and he often referred to it in his writing.  In The Sun Also Rises, three of Hemingway’s characters - - the free-spending, Champagne-loving Count Mippipopolous, the protagonist Jake Barnes, and the unforgettable femme fatale Lady Brett - - polish off three bottles of ..read more
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A Homage to Patxaran (Pacharán): The Pretty Ruby-colored Macho Drink of Northern Spain
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* * * * * Patxaran (from the Basque paitar (liquor) and aran ("sloe"), called pacharán in Castilian Spanish, the red sloeberry anís made by macerating arándanos, or endrinas, (sloeberries) from the blackthorn shrub in fine anisette spirits for several months (one part fresh sloeberries to three parts anisette).   Patxaran Navarro is controlled by an official denominación de origen, or ..read more
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Sevilla: The Great Gothic-Mudejar Churches Along My Original Route Into the City. Part Four San Marcos and Its Distinctive Giralda-like Mudejar Tower
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 * * * * *  San Marcos.  When I entered Sevilla for the first time in 1968 via La Puerta de la Macarena, once the main northern entrance to city, I followed calle San Luis, which corresponds to northern section of the ancient cardo máximo, the main north-south street of Roman Hispalis, which would later be the main street of Islamic Ishbiliya. Along calle San Luis, after San Gil and Santa Marina ..read more
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