Extraordinary Women of Spain: Chefs and Winemakers

Two good friends of mine are experts on culinary experiences.  I am so excited to fill you in on an outstanding women’s travel series called the Extraordinary Women of Spain:  Chefs and Winemakers. This travel series is co-created  by Epicopia Culinary Journeys and Epicurean Ways (the two good friends of mine).  There will initially be 5 trips to Spain to savor the culinary aspects of many different regions.  The first tour will be in the Catalonia & Barcelona region which includes visiting a total of no less than 10+ Michelin Star women chefs- all in 8 days!  Talk about some expressive, mind-blowing meals (with fabulous wines to match of course).  Speaking of wine, the winemakers you will meet include world-renowned masters of the craft, as well as passionate owners of small wineries .  Departure is set for June 16 – 24, 2012.

Each itinerary is designed for women, about women. Your Experience Director, Gabriella Ranelli de Aguirre is a recognized leading specialist in the food,
wine, art and architecture of Spain. She is the go-to person for the international press on matters gastronomic.

The travel series will continue to include five eight-night itineraries in Spain before braching out to other countries  and will also feature the women chefs & winemakers in The Levant: Alicante & Valencia offered October 20 – 28, 2012. The 2013
itineraries will include women chefs & winemaker in La Rioja and Basque Country, the region of Galicia, and Madrid: Town and countryside.

According to Harold, a 40 year veteran of the travel industry, “Women Chefs & Winemakers in Catalonia brings you deep into an elite wine and food region with plenty of time to linger, savor, reflect, discover and learn from the extraordinary Catalan women creating food and crafting wine in their own unique way.”

So…I ask:

When was the last time you were inspired? Had the chance to hang out with smart like-minded women and explore a region unfettered by your everyday duties and responsibilities? When was the last time you took the time to indulge your interests in food and wine? Have you ever said to yourself?  Someday I‟m going to get away on my own?  Well it‟s time to make it happen.

My friends mentioned not to delay – the 10 Michelin Star Journey is limited to 15 women.  Contact Harold Partain for Epicopia Culinary Journeys at 972.771.3510 or Toll Free 877.661.3844 or Email:

If you can’t wait to see or hear more before getting in touch with him, here is the link to the fabulous itinerary:  I am salivating as I write!


Spanish wine – have you tried it?  A wonderful opportunity to get to taste incredible wines for incredible prices.  You can get a terrific wine for between $10-15.  Part of the reason I say this is that I can the chance to attend a Spanish wine tasting held at Whole Foods Market in Fairview TX.  The presentation was given by Chris Teague of Prestige Wine Cellars which was recently bought out by Glazer’s.  Chris is a distributor who really knew his stuff and was very prepared.  Maps, books, tasting notes, you name it!  Two whites and 4 reds – some good without food, some needed food, so we were offered cheese, bread, and olive oil baked almonds.

Here are the wines we tasted:

1) Paso a Paso Verdejo – white – similiar to a Sauvignon Blanc – spicy lemon and lime aromas with stone fruit flavors.
2) Martin Codax Albarino – white – citrus fruit, pear and peach flavors.
3) Borsao, Grenache (75%), Tempranillo, (25%)
Have bought this myself many times before.  LOVE it.  Although there is Tempranillo in the wine, it is unoaked, fermented in stainless steel.  The tasting notes the distributor showed us called it “sexy”.  Very fresh with aromas of red and dark berries, with fresh, juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors.
4) Monte Oton, Garnacha – black raspberry and cracked pepper on the nose, focused red berry flavor.
5) Wrongo Dongo, Monastrell – Have also bought this myself many times before.  LOVE it.  Known in Spain as Monastrell, known in France and the US as Mouvedre.  Red and dark berries on the nose, red currant flavor.
6) Volver Tempranillo – earth notes and spice box on the nose, flavor is supple-textured, super-ripe and concentrated.  It can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10 years.

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