Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Basque Country - Part Two

A Spanish Basque Lunch!

A very long winding drive from Saint-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port eventually led us to the tiny picturesque Basque fishing village of Getaria, just west of Saint-Sebastien.

We were fortunate to be booked into the renowned Kaia restaurant by Barón de Barbón winemaker Javier. Not does it serve amazing fresh seafood, but the wine list is extensive and prices have not changed since the restaurant owner bought them. Old vintages of top Bordeaux, Champagne and Rioja are a steal and give a rare chance to taste some otherwise-unaffordable wines.

We were served a steady flow of fresh fish dishes but the highlight had to be the whole turbot cooked outside on the barbeque. Wines of the day were Viña Tondonia 1991 (white) and Château la Fleur-Petrus 2004.

It is worth going to Spain just for this restaurant!

Well-fed and watered, we then made for Logrono and the Rioja region to visit two famous wineries; Vina Tondonia and Muga. Read about the visit in Part 3.


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