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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

James Campbell Caruso, Chef-owner of La Boca & La Boca Taberna Tapas Restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico and James Beard Best Chef nominee: "I was a fan of Gerry Dawes Gerry long before we met and became friends. His writing led me to pursue my interest in Spanish food, wine and culture. His great journalism was and still is very informative and educational, but back 20-30 years ago Gerry was the only lifeline for those of us who wanted the real, authentic, accurate info on the rich and varied gastronomy. He gave us the lessons but also captured the passion and exuberance of the people who grow food, raise animals, cook, make wine, art and olive oil and cheese and on and on....."

"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: Spanish Travels 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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Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters, Jonathan Nossiter

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“I found him (Robert M. Parker, Jr., the world’s most powerful wine critic) genial, even as his opinions horrified me, especially his dismissal of terroir as an elaborate European marketing hoax. . . "

"Robert Parker (says Gerry Dawes)  . . . has turned a wine world of independent winemakers making terroir-based wines that were identifiable by their origins, into a consultants’, importers’ and reps’ game, where wines are tailored to just one palate.”
– From Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters, Jonathan Nossiter.  

The New York Times review by Jim Holt was lukewarm; the Slate review by Mike Steinberger was very unfavorable.  

For a really insightful, in-depth review of Liquid Memory, go to Reign of Terroir for 

Why We Are Not Dogs. Jonathan Nossiter’s Liquid Memory


There is also a very in-depth interview with Nossiter, also the Reign of Terroir website, which takes some time but is well worth reading for those who want to hear more about the film maker-author's views on wine, philosophy and life.  


Jonathan Nossiter pt 2, On Wine’s New Global Dialogue


Jonathan Nossiter pt. 3, Wine, Power, Portugal


 I would love to hear your opinions on Liquid Memory.

(Disclaimer:  I am quoted in the two chapters on Spain.)

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, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand prize in 2009 and received the Association of Food Journalists 2009 Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià.

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):


  1. I finished the book in two days and came away with many additional insights about the wine world. Sure, the author's ego was in evidence. But if audiences routinely dismissed artists and other professionals with a healthy view of themselves, heaven help us. I especially appreciated learning about some ITB with little-known conflicts of interest. It lent perspective to some previous exchanges I've encountered. Your (Gerry Dawes') input was most appreciated as well.

    Alas, Mike Steinberger sure seemed to relish 'character assassination' (aka his book review) on the order equivalent to his questionable accusations about Nossiter's apparent rebutals. Poor form, Mike.

  2. Dear Mitch,

    Many thanks for your comments. I am sure that Jonathan Nossiter knew his book was going to be controversial and I think your comment "But if audiences routinely dismissed artists and other professionals with a healthy view of themselves, heaven help us." is on the mark.

    I remember many posters on the wine boards loved to hack away at Alice Feiring's book as well because of her style, her inclusion of her significant others, etc., but her book, like Nossiter's and Neal Rosenthal's have many pearls of wisdom about wine, philosophy and life that needed to be heard amid the din of crass commercialism to which the greater part of the wine world has descended.

    Mike Steinberger is a good writer and has a right to his opinions, but in this case, I don't agree with his slant on Nossiter's book. Jonathan may be criticized (and I am sure, will be, in many quarters), but most of his message needs to be heard.

    I will just add this about Jonathan Nossiter and his book. It ain't easy sometimes being an anti-Parkerista, anti-wine establishment voice. Take it from one who knows.

    Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

    My best, Gerry Dawes

  3. Very refreshing take. Thank you for the link.

  4. Didn't read the book, but Mondovino was recommended to me when I began filming what became "La Bobal and other stories about wine". I didn't know anything about the world of wine at the time, and like the film with a few reservations. As I found out more about the world of wine, my opinion changed from an ok film to silly, then finally dishonest and manipulative. The world of wine is a very complex entity, it's not an international brand or corporation, and the film was edited to impose a simplistic anti-globalisation slant and avoid complexities.


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