World’s top food experiences listed by Lonely Planet

Travel guide experts Lonely Planet have listed the world’s top food experiences, with sampling Pintxos in San Sebastián the number one choice. See which others made the list…

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Bodega Donostiarra has been serving up top-notch tortilla since 1928.

World’s top food experiences listed by Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet Ultimate Eatlist has ranked what its contributors and editors believe are the top 500 food experiences on the planet.

The guide asked its food writers, bloggers and staff members to list their best favourite gastronomic moments.

With this list, the panel of Lonely Planet food editors along with chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw and food blogger Leyla Kazim evaluated choices. They took into consideration factors such as the taste of the dish, its cultural importance, and the special atmosphere of the location, the guide said.

San Sebastián is a gastronomic hotspot, but it was the local delicacy of Pintxos took gave it the top spot.

The guide argues there is no ‘better way to explore a culture’s cuisine than pintxos in San Sebastián’ and that ‘almost every local ingredient is represented.’

Juan Muga recommended Bodegas Donostiarra for pintxos, in his Decanter guide to the best restaurants in San Sebastián.

Food experiences in wine regions

For more food and wine choices, tapas and Sherry in Seville came in at number 62.

‘Years of experience and refinement have gone into the delectable titbits that the Spanish serve with a small glass of something. And when that drink is an austere, aged manzanilla, a bone-dry fino, or deep amontillado, the food and wine pairing becomes next-level sublime,’ said the guide.

It recommends visiting the ‘classic Seville hang-out El Rinconcillo at C/ Gerona 40. Or try the traditional Las Teresas.’

This was followed by traditional boeuf bourguignon in Burgundy, to be enjoyed with a local wine, at number 63.

‘You’ll find boeuf bourguignon on the menu wherever you go in Burgundy… but numerous restaurants in the region’s capital, Beaune, do their own version of the ‘true’ dish.’

They recommend 21 Boulevard, 21 blvd Saint-Jacques, Beaune, where the dining room is in a 15th-century stone wine cellar.

Other top food experiences in wine regions include:

  • Spaghetti alla vongole in Positano, Campania (58);
  • Truffles – and Barolo – in Piedmont (90);
  • Gluwein (mulled wine) in Germany (115);
  • Scallop pie in Tasmania (185).

See also: Anthony Hanson’s guide to Beaune

Lonely Planet’s overall top 10 food experiences around the world are:

  1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
  2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
  4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
  5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
  8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
  9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
  10. Dim sum in Hong Kong


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Tasting Borgogno Barolo Riserva back to 1937

Michaela Morris gets a fascinating insight into the future plans of this historic winery and reports on a tasting of vintages going back to the 1930s…

Borgogno Barolo Riserva Vertical

‘We changed everything to change nothing,’ says winemaker Andrea Farinetti, revelling in the paradox.

Beneath the sleepy streets of the Barolo township, we are in Borgogno’s modest tasting room deep within the original cellars. To demonstrate his vision for the future, Farinetti takes me back into the past by opening up a vertical of Borgogno’s Barolo Riserva back to 1937.

Scroll down to see Michaela’s tasting notes & scores

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How To Read a Wine Label – Wine 101 Videos (Ep. 4)

Stop trying to memorize labels. There’s a better way!

Did you know there’s over one hundred thousand new wines and vintages are released by the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau – each year?

Knowing this fact might make you rethink a strategy to memorize labels. Fortunately, there’s a better way!

If you simmer down all the labels into their meta information, you’ll realize there are essentially 3 ways that wines are classified:

  1. Wines labeled by variety.
  2. Wines labeled by region.
  3. Wines labeled by made-up name.
This is a Riesling from Napa Valley by Smith-Madrone that is labeled by grape variety.

Wines labeled by variety are not always 100% single variety.

Different countries have different labeling minimums. For example, the US requires just 75% the listed variety, whereas, Argentina requires 80% the listed variety. Some individual, classified regions, such as Brunello di Montalcino, require 100%! (Sangiovese grapes, btw.)

A bottle of Muscadet wine – Muscadet is a region in France that produces white wines with Melon grapes.

It’s common to find wines labeled by region in old world countries including France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Back in the early 1800s, the local vintner-farmers would band together to promote their region. Each region would pool resources and market their unique product.

The most successful regions produced singular and consistent wines. These regional wines include some of the most famous wine blends of all time!

This is an Italian Supertuscan blend that uses a fantasy or made-up name Terrestre for the name.

What happens when you have a unique wine that’s nothing like what your neighbors make? And, what if your wine is a special concoction of wine grapes?

When you don’t follow regional wine rules and don’t stick to a single grape, then you’ll have to go your own way. In the wine world, we call this a made-up or fantasy name.

Several amazing wines out there in the world use this strategy.

Of course, really cheap, bulk wines use this same method. So, be sure to do your research!

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