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Our week will include hands-on cooking classes at my friend's fantastic restaurant where I will teach you some of my favorite Spanish recipes such as Gazpacho Andaluz, Fideus Pasta with Garlic Prawns and Allioli, Chicken Escabechado, Albondigas or Tiny Spiced Meatballs with Tomatoes, a Traditional Paella with Chicken, Shellfish and Chorizo, Patatas Bravas with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Chorizo and Cheese Puffs, Flan de Manzana, Citrus and Cinnamon Crema Catalana, and of course, a seasonal Sangria, just to name a few!
Our home for the week is the beautiful Hospedería Señorío de Casalarreina in the town of Casalarreina. Situated in the eastern part of the Rioja, Hospedería Señorío de Casalarreina is a completely restored monastery in
the heart of the Rioja region that dates back to 1711 when it formed part of
the Dominicans’ Our Lady of Piety retreat. In addition to all of the modern amenities, including free wi-fi, the hotel maintains its original decorative elements
including 'trampantojos' - wonderful mural paintings on doors and on the walls.The village of Casalarreina
is in a wonderful position to take full advantage of the region’s
vineries as well as easy access to stunning countryside.
Excursions during the week will include a tour of Laguardia, a walled medieval city and the gateway to experiencing La Rioja wine region, a visit to Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco, a winery estate boasting the most extraordinary wine museum in the world – the Museum of Wine Culture. It holds thousands of wine artifacts including Egyptian friezes, original artwork from Picasso and a Bacchus' Garden', where 220 different vine varieties are being grown. We will also spend a full-day in the seaside town of San Sebastián in the Basque Country, visit a very special olive oil producer, visit numerous bodegas (wineries and wine bars), enjoy tapas hopping and of course some shopping!
Group meeting point in Bilbao for pick-up and drop-off is: Gran Hotel Domine located across the street from the Guggenheim Museum.
Questions? Contact us.