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In 2019, again ranked in the Top 50 Gastronomy Blogs and Websites for Gastronomists & Gastronomes in 2019 by Feedspot. (Last Updated Oct 23, 2019)

"The Best Gastronomy blogs selected from thousands of Food blogs, Culture blogs and Food Science blogs in our index using search and social metrics. We’ve carefully selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

36. 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 customized gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. Frequency about 2 posts per week."

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

"Gerry Dawes loves Spain, and he loves Spanish wines. And the man knows whereof he speaks. The country bestowed upon him its prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomia (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003, and here’s what James A. Michener said about him in Iberia: SpanishTravels and Reflections: “In his nearly thirty years of wandering the back roads of Spain, Gerry Dawes has built up a much stronger bank of experiences than I had to rely on when I started writing Iberia … His adventures far exceeded mine in both width and depth … ” I first reached out to Dawes when I was planning a culinary journey to Barcelona, Rioja, and the Basque region of Spain, in 2011. I found his website and began reading, and have been learning from him ever since. Then, when I was preparing to stage at Arzak, in 2012, Dawes offered me some sound advice: learn Basque. He is opinionated – “You must decide whether you love wine or carpentry. If you want wood in your wine, suck on a toothpick as you drink your vino.” – he lives life with passion, and he respects wine and the men and woman who make it. Here’s to Gerry!" - - The Original Drinker: Spanish Wine Master Loves a $15.99 Rosado, Hates Wood and Always Avoids Wine Bars, James Brock, Paper City,

Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes

 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing)
Premio Periodistíco Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)

Gerry Dawes at Marisquería Rafa in Madrid.
Photo by John Sconzo, Docsconz: Musings on Food & Life 

Custom-designed Wine, Food, Cultural and Photographic Tours of Spain Organized and Led by Gerry Dawes and Spanish Itinerary Planning

7 Days, 7 Nights: Beyond Paella, A Video Culinary, Wine & Travel Adventure in Valencia & Alicante with Gerry Dawes & Special Guests

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Encuentro Verema: Valencia's Winter Wine Conference, January 26 & 27, 2007

Valencia's El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía — Opera house and performing arts centre

The Sixth Edition of Encuentro Verema, Spain's most prestigious wine conference, took place in Valencia January 26 & 27, 2007 at the five-star Meliá Valencia Palace Hotel.

The conference, organized by Valencia-based, one of the world's most visited wine websites, featured two days of high level seminars and tastings.

On January 26, in the evening Bodegas Herederos de Marqués de Riscal, presented "The Evolution of Rioja Wines in the past century," following by a tasting of historic vintages of Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines back to the stellar, legendary 1945, as well as their latest Barón de Chirel, the 2001, perhaps the greatest wine in Barón de Chirel's history.

Seminar on White Wines at Encuentro Verema

After Marqués de Riscal's evening seminar, there will be a walk-around, meet-the-winemaker's tasting of wines from some of the bodegas participating in the 2007 event, including Alión (D.O. Ribera del Duero), Alvaro Palacios (D.O.C. Priorat), Celler del Roure (D.O. Valencia), Cims de Porrera (D.O.Q. Priorat, Clos Martinet (D.O.Q. Priorat), Clos Mogador (D.O.Q. Priorat), Contino (D.O.Ca. Rioja), Dominio de Atauta (D.O. Ribera del Duero), Dominio de Tares (D.O. Bierzo), Enrique Mendoza (D.O. Alicante), López de Heredia (D.O.Ca. Rioja), Marqués de Griñón (D.O. Dominio de Valdepusa), Mauro (V.T. Castilla y León), Maurodos (V.T. Castilla y León), Muga (D.O.Ca. Rioja), Mustiguillo (D.O. Utiel-Requena), Remirez de Ganuza (D.O.Ca. Rioja), Telmo Rodríguez (Various D.O.s), Bodegas Miguel Torres (Various D.O.s) and Vega Sicilia (D.O. Ribera del Duero).

The Events

Saturday, January 27

10:30 - 11:45. Managing Director-Winemaking Team Leader Agustín Santolaya of Bodegas Roda presented a tasting of representative vintages from the winery since its creation.

12:00 - 13:30. Round table on the wines of Barolo (Piedmont)with winemakers from the region.

Seminar with Ricardo Pérez, Desciendentes de J. Palacios (Bierzo) & Juan Such, one of the Directors of

13:30 - 14:00. Presentation of the Verema Awards for 2006 to:

- Best Bodega 2006: Bodegas Roda.

- Rising Star Bodega: Viñas del Vero.

- Best Wine Award 2006: Vega Sicilia Único 1994.

- Wine Personality of the Year 2006 Award: Mariano García, Bodegas Mauro, Maurodos
and others.

- Award for Best Restaurant Wine Service: Restaurante Atrio (Cáceres). Awards 2005

Presentation of's 2006 National Wine Photography Award

14:00 - 17:30. Wine from participating bodegas and tapas lunch.

19:30 - 21:30. Round Table "Culture and Wine" with various personalities from the fields of theatre, fashion, literature, architecture, humor and sports.

Board of Directors,

21:30 – 00:00. Dinner.

Pablo Calatayud, Cellar del Roure (Valencia), explains the finer points of making wine to Jesús Madrazo, winemaker at Contino (La Rioja)

Tres amigos at the after-party at Malquerida Restaurante, Valencia

Participating Bodegas Encuentro Verema 2007

- Abadía Retuerta (V.T. Castilla y León)
- Alión (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Alvaro Palacios (D.O.C. Priorat)
- Alvear (D.O. Montilla Moriles)
- Anima Negra (Baleares)
- Artadi (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Arzuaga (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Barbadillo (D.O. Jerez y Manzanilla-San Lúcar de Barrameda)
- Beaucastel (Valle del Ródano)
- Bernabé Navarro (D.O. Alicante)
- Blecua (Somontano)
- Bodegas Aalto (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Bodegas Almanseñas (D.O. Almansa)
- Bodegas Bilbaínas (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Bodegas de la Marquesa (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Bodegas Osborne (Varias D.O.)
- Bodegas y Viñedos Illana (D.O. Ribera del Júcar)
- Bodegas y Viñedos Pintia (D.O. Toro)
- Bruno Clair (Borgoña)
- Can Rafols del Caus (D.O. Penedés)
- Casa de la Ermita (D.O. Jumilla)
- Celler del Roure (D.O. Valencia)
- Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme (Haut Medoc)
- Cillar de Silos (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Cims de Porrera (D.O.Q. Priorat)
- Clos Martinet (D.O.Q. Priorat)
- Clos Mogador (D.O.Q. Priorat)
- Contino (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Dominio de Atauta (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Dominio de Tares (D.O. Bierzo)
- Emilio Moro (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Enrique Mendoza (D.O. Alicante)
- Eric Bordelet (Sidra)
- Estancia Piedra (D.O. Toro)
- F. Schatz (D.O. Málaga y Sierras de Málga)
- Gonzalez Byass (D.O. Jerez y Manzanilla-San Lúcar de Barrameda)
- Gramona (Varias D.O.)
- Gutierrez de la Vega (D.O. Valencia)
- Henri Giraud (A.O.C. Champagne)
- Heretat de Cesilia (Sin D.O. - Zona de Alicante)
- Joan Sardá (Varias D.O.)
- López de Heredia (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Luis Cañas (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Marqués de Griñón (D.O. Dominio de Valdepusa)
- Marques de Riscal (Varias D.O.)
- Marqués de Velilla (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Mauro (V.T. Castilla y León)
- Maurodos (V.T. Castilla y León)
- Muga (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Mustiguillo (D.O. Utiel-Requena)
- Pago del Vicario (V.T. Castilla La Mancha)
- Pierre Gimonnet & Fils (A.O.C. Champagne)
- Pirineos (D.O. Somontano)
- Remirez de Ganuza (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Santiago Ijalba (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Sierra Cantabria (D.O.Ca. Rioja)
- Telmo Rodríguez (Varias D.O.)

- Toques et Clochers (Limoux)
- Torres (Varias D.O.)
- Valtravieso (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Vega Sicilia (D.O. Ribera del Duero)
- Vegalfaro (D.O. Utiel-Requena)
- Vera de Estenas (D.O. Utiel-Requena)
- Viñas del Vero (D.O. Somontano)
- Yllera (Varias D.O.)

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Meliá Valencia Palace***** has special rates (112 Euros plus 7% IVA; good only for the nights of the conference) for doubles (or singles) with breakfast included for Encuentro Verema attendees. Those wishing to reserve hotel rooms should communicate directly with the hotel and mention "Encuentro Verema".


Paseo de la Alameda, 32// 46023 Valencia

Tel:96 337 50 37 Fax:96 337 55 32

web :

Persona de contacto: Rosa García Vivó


Admission fees to Encuentro Verema are 165 € por persona (IVA included) for members of Club Verema (375 Euros for two). Non-member price is 235 € per person (IVA included)

To register for future Encuentro Verema conferences, e-mail Directors Encuentro Verema at with the name or names of the person or personas wishing to attend, their mailing address and a contact phone number and e-mail address. Available places are very limited; payment can be done by bank transfer. Contact for more information. All conferences are conducted in Spanish. There are no English translatons provided.

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