Recent Posts by Steph Piche

A Tasting Menu at Akelarre

After my recent visit to three-Michelin starred Akelarre in Donostia/San Sebastián, I posted the pictures of each course on my social media feed, as promised. As I expected, there were many questions about what each dish actually was, so I have listed below what we were served with a bit more of description than just…
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Seafood loves Albariño. So should you.

[embed]https://youtu.be/G2eMhKJbdAM[/embed] After travelling in Spain over the last several years, with all of the region differences, dialects and customs, I like some consistency. Albariño is one of those white wine varieties that I can order anywhere in Spain and the server will automatically pour me one of their best. It is almost always from the…
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Packing vs. Shipping

I have spent a number of years perfecting my packing techniques when taking home bottles of wine or spirits on my travels. I have a large collection of Wine Skins that also come with me in my suitcase or carry-on and I have kept small, thin sheets of bubblewrap tucked into zippered compartments here and there…
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California Wine Fair 2018

Here are the stats...   Even after spending... 2 1/2 hours in the trade tasting session - and then... another 2 hours in the public evening session... I still only managed to get through 1/2 of the samples this year. Now that I am focusing on meeting the winemakers, sales managers and other industry professionals…
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