Food and People - Rioja, Spain with Lisa Mclaughlin

This week's photos of Food & People is the second piece by Lisa Mclaughlin, an amazing food writer. Below is what Lisa has to say about the photos and her experience of Rioja, Spain. Rioja is the most celebrate wine region in Spain, famed for earthy reds made from the Tempranillo grape. Legend has it that a nephew of the biblical Noah brought the first vines to the region after the Flood and indeed there has been a vibrant wine industry in this area for most of recorded history. Traveling through the region, we visited wineries both young and old. We sipped vintages from historic and medieval cellars as well as those that were stunning examples of contemporary modern architecture like the breathtakingly curvaceous Bodegas Ysios winery designed by Santiago Calatrava. At the Marques de Riscal the old and new combine with both a cellar filled with bottles from the 1860s and an undulating avant-garde hotel designed by Frank Gehry.

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