La Champagneria Barcelona – Cava at La Xampanyeria Barcelona

La Champagneria Barcelona – Cava at La Xampanyeria Barcelona

For someone who loves sparkling wine, just hearing about a bar called La Champagneria sent tingles down my spine. I am not one of those fancy people who only drink “Champagne.” I love all sparkling wine and am always looking for a good cava bar in Barcelona that doesn’t break the bank. That is exactly what La Champagneria Barcelona, or La Xampanyeria Barcelona, is. It might not be a Champagne Bar Barcelona in the traditional sense. But it’s a great bar for cava, and still fits the bill for one of the cheap bars in Barcelona, Spain. We’ve been visiting the Barcelona Champagneria for three or four years now. Although this is one Barcelona cava bar that has changed a bit over the last several years, La Champagneria Barcelona Barceloneta is still a great place to visit. This post will explain all of our tips on how to visit and get the most out of La ChampagneriaBarcelona Spain. La Champagneria Barceloneta, or in Catalan La Xampanyeria, or by their other name Can Paixano, is an institution of sorts.  When you research La Champagneria online, there seems to be a split personality of sorts. Is it a wine shop? Is it a cava bar? Is it old school and traditional, or a tourist stop?  The answer is yes. It is all of the above. Learn more about what to eat in Spain in our Spain Food Guide, which includes Barcelona restaurant recommendations What is Cava in Barcelona? Cava is a Catalan version of champagne, made in the traditional method, meaning the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. That’s the technical stuff. I’ve been told that cava was...
Gin Gift Set Reviews – The Best Gin Set for Gin Lovers

Gin Gift Set Reviews – The Best Gin Set for Gin Lovers

I love gin. I never used to. It’s been a recent addiction obsession. Since moving to Girona, we’ve also been starting our own collection of gin glasses, gin accessories, and other gin-related items. We are totally stocked up. But, not every gin lover is. Here, we offer a review of the best gin set for gin lovers. And, because a gin gift set isn’t the only kind of gin gift, we also offer recommendations for other gifts for gin lovers. Just thinking about the top gin gifts reminds me of a one of the best gin quotes: The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire. – Sir Winston Churchill I am certain that Churchill was referring to saving Englishmen in India from malaria. But, I like to think that our gin and tonic drinking in Girona is keeping us sane. When it comes to gin presents for gin lovers, you to can make someone happy by giving a little bit of gin love. Many of our gin drinkers gifts that are recommended here can be purchased on Amazon. I love the ease of purchasing on Amazon, because you get really fast delivery (if you are a Prime member) and free returns. We even use Prime in Spain!   Buying Guide – The Best Gin Gifts In this gin gift set buying guide, we offer up loads of great recommendations for gin and tonic gifts for gin lovers. Each of the gifts we recommend are reviewed in more detail below. But, if you want to cut right to the chase,...
How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

Our experience traveling to Bordeaux, France, was far from planned ahead of time. Instead, we made our way to this world-renowned French wine region to house sit, or more accurately, dog sit, for a friend. We had no idea how to visit Bordeaux, how to go wine tasting in Bordeaux, or whether Bordeaux wine was even too expensive for our bank account. We were surprised by what we found about wine tourism in Bordeaux. Here, we share our tips for a great Bordeaux wine trip, including some of the best Bordeaux wine tours.    Book the most popular Bordeaux Wine Tour on Viator – from €115 per person *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. Vin de Bordeaux – What’s it All Mean? The wines of Bordeaux could perhaps be some of the most intimidating wines. It’s why I was so interested in figuring out how to book Bordeaux wine tasting tours, to learn about some of the best wineries in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is on the west coast of France and has one of the longest, and most prestigious of wine histories. The region surrounds the city of Bordeaux and includes over 50 wine appellations, or wine regions, around the city. It’s the largest wine producing area in France. And, other than Champagne, Bordeaux probably gives off an impression of wealth, of luxury, and perhaps in pretentiousness more than any other wine. That also means it can be intimidating to wine travelers. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about wines, particular Spanish wines, Italian wines, and even Portuguese wines. But, I am a mere novice when it comes to any...
Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

When I first started learning about Italian wine, my knowledge was limited: Chianti and Pinot Grigio. Chalk it up to a mess of trips to Tuscany and Umbria, along with a messed up number of bottles of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Later, I learned about Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. If you would have told me at the time that I would be touring small wineries in the Emilia Romagna region Italy learning about a grape called Albana di Romagna DOCG, I wouldn’t have believed it. Exploring Italian Wine Grapes I’m not a trained sommelier, although I considered it as an option when I was first thought about leaving the law. My palette is not all that sophisticated. I sort of know what I like and what I don’t. I’m the farthest thing from being a wine snob. I am just as likely to be drinking a free glass of wine in a hotel executive lounge as I am drinking a fancy bottle of something special. I can usually tell when a wine is cheap and can tell when a wine is not. But, it’s not always the most expensive wine that wins my heart. When we talk about being wine bloggers, we are really talking about wine travel or wine tourism. For us, we love the opportunity to tour wineries, meet winemakers, and often indulge in great food and wine in a fabulous setting. I don’t often write about a particular grape and how it tastes. And I don’t offer tasting notes or compare vintages. I do enjoy talking about the story behind a wine, the winery, and the winemaker. And, this...
Negretto Wine – Italy’s Secret Wines

Negretto Wine – Italy’s Secret Wines

Sometimes I am amazed at how much I have learned about Italian food and wine over the last few years, particularly from traveling to Emilia Romagna. Before our recent trips, all I knew about Italian wine was Chianti, Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio. But, much to my surprise. there are so many Italian grape varieties that I never knew about before. And part of being a wine tourist is learning about these wines, often from the winemakers themselves. That’s how we learned about another of Italy’s secret wines, Negretto. We spent an afternoon learning about Negretto from some Italian winemakers, who are full of character. Welcome to a Negretto Wint Tasting The first person to walk in the door was Giorgio, an Italian winemaker in his late forties with wild grey hair and a big smile. He walked right over to us, greeted us with “Buongiorno!” and a kiss on each cheek. We were like old friends, despite the fact that we’ve only met each other once before, and we don’t share the same language. The only thing we share is our love of wine. And on this day, we were there for Negretto. We had arrived at Agriturismo Gradizzolo before anyone else from our lunch party. Gradizzolo is set at the edge of a national park, which also seems to double as the small region where the Pignoletto grape is grown. Nearby is Corte d’Aibo, one of the first of the Bologna Hills wineries we visited. Also nearby, is our friend Alessandro’s winery, where we drank Pignoletto sparkling wine the year before. We wound along the edges of the national park,...
Anomali Coffee Bali – Review of Anomali Cafe Ubud

Anomali Coffee Bali – Review of Anomali Cafe Ubud

It took some time to find Anomali Coffee, my perfect Ubud, Indonesia, cafe. We lived in Bali for about a year and a half, most of the time spent building a new business. We loved the two villas we lived in but often wanted to escape for a productive morning outside of the house. One where we could also enjoy the best coffee in Ubud. And, after drinking coffee at cafes around Ubud, we found Anomali Coffee Bali to be our favorite! The amount of time we spent at Anamoli Cafe Ubud became, well, a little obscene. Read Reviews of Anomali Coffee Ubud Here Anomali Ubud – The Details Anomali Cafe is located on Jalan Raya Ubud, just off the corner of Jalan Hanoman Cafe Anomali is open most days from 7:00 am to 10:00 am There is additional seating upstairs There is motorbike parking just outside The Anomali Coffee Ubud menu includes not just beverages, but pastries, desserts, and a decent food menu too. Check out the breakfast Anomali menu. The Anomali coffee menu is extensive as well. It’s possible to purchase freshly ground beans at “cafe Anomali” – try the Black Pearl! Anomali Coffee Seminyak includes the coffee roaster for the Bali locations   Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Why Anomali Cafe Ubud? During our first few weeks living in Bali, I made my way to KAFE a few times, mostly because it seemed to be expected of all newbies and yogis in Ubud. KAFE is owned by the same company that owns the Yoga Barn. They specialize in vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods, and are...