Layover 2018 – Vol. II: Burgundy


Burgundy usually occupies a place in the minds of wine lovers as one of the world’s quintessential wine regions. This is an age-old idea based on a past as rich in wine heritage as its soils are different; an area that is a kind of whimsical garden created to delight palates eager for new sensations …

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Jean Leon Joins the “Biosphere Commitment to Sustainability”


Responsible tourism, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, and universally accessible. These are the four criteria that govern and make up the essence of the “Biosphere Destination” sustainability seal, an international recognition is awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI). The RTI is a body associated with UNESCO through a Memorandum of Understanding, in addition to being …

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Terraza Martínez: Fully Committed to Both Sea and Land


Terraza Martínez, a restaurant located on one of the slopes of Montjuïc hill, just in front of Hotel Miramar, boasts amazing views over the Barcelona coastline. Its exceptional location makes it unique, special, and serves as a great introduction. The restaurant’s specialty is rice dishes. We talked to Josep Maria Masó, one of the partners, …

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A table in the garden, please


Spring might have started with snowfall, but there is no turning back now. It is here to stay. The days are longer, the sun stronger, winter coats retire to the closet and out come the between-season jackets. Hot-blooded souls might even break out the shorts. The slightly less bold might opt for summer shoes with …

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A Spotify Playlist to Enjoy the Easter Break


The days you were eagerly waiting for are finally here: Easter break. It might only be a few days off, but it’s still some time out for rest, relaxation, sun, terraces, dinners with friends and family. These are also the perfect days for a soundtrack; one that will be perfect company at any time and …

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A gourmet feast in the heart of Barcelona


The Passeig de Gràcia gastronomic festival—a brief description that captures what was (literally and figuratively) cooked up in Barcelona’s city center between March 8th and 18th. The city’s most cosmopolitan avenue, home to Barcelona’s finest restaurants and clothing stores, was the site of an authentic festival. During a ten-day stretch, twenty of the area’s restaurants …

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Torreón: Benchmark in Rice Dishes


Backed by over 40 years of experience, restaurant Torreón is a real institution in Gavà Mar; a clear point of reference in Mediterranean cuisine in this region. Since 2007 it has been part of Iborra Restaurants, owned by the family of the same name, alongside other famous establishments such as Elche, Elx, and Cheriff, all …

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Of wine and letters


The latest novel by journalist and writer Martí Gironell is based on the life of Jean Leon, the fictionalized character (and the real person). La força d’un destí (The Power of Destiny) won the Ramon Llull 2018 prize for best novel. It is the natural continuation of a tradition that has made wine culture a …

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The Importance of Cork Closures in Wine: An Essential Element


A while ago we talked to you about the bottle manufacturing process and the importance of bottle design according to variety, wine type, and the brand image intended to be conveyed. There are many factors with an impact on the final quality of a wine: Not just the quality of the grapes (determined by the …

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