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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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CINEGOURLAND: Third Festival of Culinary Related Cinema & Audiovisual Presentations on Gastronomy

The III CineGourLand Festival will take place June 24 to 27 in Getxo (Bizkaia), just outside Bilbao in The Basque Country of Spain. The brainchild of the multi-talented Producer-Director Pepe Barrena will feature films on El Bulli, "I Served the King of England" (a Czech film about a waiter) and Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese film considered one of the best films of this genre.

Pepe Barrena, Producer-Director of CineGourLand

Presentations include Actor Juan Echanove's audio-visual presentation, "Materia Prima: Regreso al Futuro" (Raw Material [Food]: Back to the Future] about his "La Granja de Rosendo," farm project; Cómo Nos Ven" (How They See Us), in which several top Basque chefs will discuss how their cooking is perceived (Michelin, foreign and national reporting) outside the Basque Country; and “El crepúsculo de la crítica gastronómica” (Twilight of Gastronomic Criticism), in which several national and international food critics discuss the future of their profession.

"Armonías Trasgresoras," a lively give-and-take involving several of Spain's top chefs and Italy super-star, Carlo Cracco. The forum, in which the moderators, José Carlos Capel and CineGourland Director, Pepe Barrena, was one of the highlights of Madrid Fusión 2009. Photograph by Gerry Dawes ©2009.

Their will be samplings of designer pintxos (tapas) by some of the Basque Country's top masters of "cocina en minitura" or small-plate cooking maestros; "Los Vinos del Cine," a tasting of wines from film figures such as Gerard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Douglas, José Luis Cuerda, Antonio Banderas, etc.; cooking classes open to the public and an exposicion of photographs of "Los Platos Mas Bellos del Mundo," (The World's Most Beautiful Dishes) from such world-famous chefs as Alain Ducasse, Michel Trama, Ferrán Adriá, Juan Mari Arzak, Andoni Aduriz, Gualtiero Marchesi, Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta amd others.

Joan Roca's re-constructed beet with edible "dirt," a dish he was asked to defend during the "Armonías Trasgresoras" debate at Madrid Fusión 2009. Photograph by Gerry Dawes ©2009.

The high point of CineGourLand will be a dinner celebrating Los Premios “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets Awards), which will be given to movie actors, directors, chefs, writers and journalists who have shown passion for both films and gastronomy (past recipients have included Geraldine Chaplin).

CineGourland Geraldine Chaplin

About Gerry Dawes

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.

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

Experience Spain With Gerry Dawes: Culinary Trips to Spain & Travel Consulting on Spain

Gerry Dawes can be reached at; Alternate e-mail (use only if your e-mail to AOL is rejected):


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  2. Dear Spanish Lover, I am sorry that I somehow missed your comment. I have been traveling extensively in Spain this year and I am far behind on my blog. Stay tuned for more good info from the Canary Islands, Galicia, The Basque Country, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and, especially, Ribeira Sacra.


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