Patty Burness of the Marina Times endeavors to bring the taste of Spain home to readers in her new multi-part series on exploring the country. She and her husband spent a month in the countryside and cities, tasting the best local cuisine and immersing themselves in the wine and food culture that is the envy of so many. Below is Part One of her journey, which dives into the many wines and spirits produced in Spain. Further parts will highlight places of interest, from museums and fountains to churches and palaces.
“We started our tour of several bodegas in La Rioja region in the town of Logroño, often considered Rioja’s capital. Rioja, known for its red wines, is spread out over 75 miles along the Ebro River in the north central part of Spain,” begins a lucky Burness. “The popular subregions are Rioja Oriental (some prefer the original designation of Rioja Baja), Rioja Alta, and Rioja Alavesa.”