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1/19/2010

Packing, getting ready to head for Madrid tomorrow evening


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Packing, getting ready to head for Madrid tomorrow evening, nine days in Madrid, Madrid Fusion, then to La Rioja, Navarra, a week on the wine roads of Galicia, down to Cigales, then back to Madrid to pick up Kay and on east and south to Alicante, Valencia,  Granada and Mijas, spending nights in my favorite, Chinchòn, on each end of the trip!! More reports to follow.

 

(This trip turned into five weeks, with a return to Madrid, a night in Tordesillas and a return trip to Galicia: Valdeorras, Ribeira Sacra, Lugo, Santiago de Compostela and Cambados, a cancelled flight from Santiago to Madrid, a six-hour run to Madrid Barajas airport Terminal IV with Spanish journalists Carlos Maribona and Rosa Rivas, checking in (miraculously with only 45 minutes to spare) and making the 16:55 plane to New York, where I was greeted by a monster snow storm (Feb. 25) and a harrowing ride in a limo up to Kay's house in Putnam County.)

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About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel


Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià.

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés.

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 




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Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.

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