Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We STARTED the day with wine!

Well, we started our day at the Bodega Talai-Berri vineyard and after hiking to the top of the vineyard - what a view! - we had a glass of wine. Txakoli (pronounced chack-oh-lee )is a local white "fizzy" wine from this region and people enjoy it throughout the day. Even the grape pickers were having a glass with bread for their morning break. It is poured from a great height so the wine breaks in the glass, oxidizes, and releases the aroma and flavor. It is a fun, light, bubbly, wine that goes well with seafood, especially anchovies and bonito tuna.

Jon, our fabulous guide, dropped us off for a brisk walk along a rocky coastal path with waves breaking and showering us with sea spray. Our destination was a tiny fishing village at the end of the path.

Once we reached the quaint fishing village of Getaria and caught up with Jon, we were treated to a lunch of grilled fish BBQ style. The fish were cooked in wire cages and placed right on the grill...I actually watched the chef remove the hook before he cooked the fish for us! FRESH fish has a whole new meaning for me!

OK, now who wants to go back to San Sabastian and do this all again???

1 comment:

A Tale of Two Cities said...

A delicious post! I found the pouring of the wine at such a height to be fascinating!

Beautiful countryside....