2016 Food and Wine Travel, In Pictures

In 2016 my food and wine travels took me to Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and the U.S. to meet producers, walk their vineyards, and taste what their land yields.

My travels began in March, flowing from Rias Biaxas to Rioja, Priorat, and Penedes, then on to New York City, Vinho Verde, Vermont, Napa, Bordeaux, Sicily, Veneto, and Apulia, and landing at last in November on the Sonoma Coast.

I’m grateful as always to the winegrowers, winemakers, chefs, hosts, organizers and others for their generous hospitality and the opportunity to share their stories with readers.

Below is a tiny subset of this year’s travel highlights. Enjoy.

Beautiful Priorat, at Bodega Morlanda. #garnacha #carinena #macabeu #beautyshot

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Beautiful Priorat. #garnacha #spain #priorat #winelover

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Mejillones en Vinagreta, "Mussels in a Vinaigrette," steamed in sea water, dressed in deliciousness. #Galicia

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Wine on tap in an artisanal food shop in Penedès. #wine #winelover #cava #growlers

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Albariño buds breaking on a cool spring day in Rias Baixas. #wine #Galicia

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Beautiful Rias Baixas on a blustery day at bud break. #albariño #galicia #vineyards #spain #wine #winelover

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Winemaker Judit Llop of Bodega Morlanda drawing Garnatxa from amphora. #wine #winelover #rockstar

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Pouring Casa Sala Cava in the vineyard. #cava #wine #winelover #sparkling @lanenieset @marge_perry @winebroad

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Rainbow over Rioja. #wine #winelover

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In Rioja, a snack before lunch. #idiazabal #chorizo #jamon #salchichon #manchego #almendras #spain #rioja #wine

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Master Sommelier Peter Granoff at the Wines of Portugal 50 Great Wines tasting. @wptusa #50great tasting.

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Only a fraction of the wines at the @wptusa tasting today. #portugal #wine #winelover

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Lush life. Quinta da Covela. #organic #viticulture #portugal #vinhoverde

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Vinho Verde, granite. They go together. #vinhoverde #portugal #wine

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Herbs in the rows at Quinta da Covela. #portugal #vinhoverde #organic #viticulture

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Vasco Croft of Aphros with his amphorae. #vinhoverde #autochthonous #biodynamic #wine

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Beautiful Portugal. #nofilter #winelover #vinhoverde

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Portuguese farm. Timeless.

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Cover crops in the biodynamic vineyard at @aphros_wine. #Portugal #vinhoverde #winelover

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Ripe. #foodporn #portugal #winetravel

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Water, water, everywhere. #vinhoverde #winelover #portugal

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Mr. Darcy. Guys have more fun. @dmhparis @cjnb

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At la Garagista with @dmhparis and @cjnb. #tastecamp #vt

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Pouring Pet Nat at La Garagista @dmhparis to kick off #tastecamp #vt #wine

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Cathy Corison and William Martin. American Gothic. #winemaking #napa

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When in Bordeaux.

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St-Émilion and Castillon from the air, just now. #bordeauxwine #cotesdebordeaux

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Clay amphorae, the winemaker's shadow, Château Roland la Garde, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux. #amphora #wine

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So elegant, so welcoming. #cotesdebordeaux #castillon #Bordeaux #bordeauxwine #latergram

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After. Château de Bourron. #Bordeaux #bordeauxwine #cotesdebordeaux

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Bees, lavender. #bordeaux #bordeauxwine #cotesdebordeaux #honey

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Pretty little salad.

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I slept here last night, Château Pitray. #bordeaux #bordeauxwine

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Making canelés bordelais. #canelé #bordeaux #travel #cooking #baking #foodporn

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White fish and green apple ceviche, mâche, balsamic reduction. #bordeaux #cotesdebordeaux #food #foodporn

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Where is the Red Queen? #bordeaux #wine #chateaux #winetravel #winewriting

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Watermelon, feta, mint. #bordeaux #winetravel #foodpics #watermelon #feta #salad #summer 🍉🌿⛱

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Don't eat it but can appreciate it. #charcuterie #france #foodporn #foodie #vegetarian #sorry

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Bottle shock. Bottle ceiling at Bordeaux's new Cité du Vin. #winelover #wine #citeduvin #bordeaux

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Night Mirror Bordeaux. #latergram

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Nero d'Avola clone B in @donnafugatawine experimental vineyard.

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Sicily, beautiful. @donnafugatawine

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Zibibbo grapes just harvested for passito. #viaggioinitalia @donnafugatawine

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Zibibbo grapes after 15 days of drying for passito. #viaggioinitalia #pantelleria @donnafugatawine

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Sorting and drying Zibibbo grapes for passito, at Donnafugata. #harvest2016 #viaggioinitalia #sicily

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Caper patch, Pantelleria. . #food #travel #sicily #cooking

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Zibibbo harvest, Pantelleria. #muscatofalexandria #passito #viaggioinitalia #sicily #pantelleria #harvest2016

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At the beach! (Briefly) #viaggioinitalia #sicily #spiaggia

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Frutta. #pranzo #viaggioinitalia

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Market, mercato. #sicily #viaggioinitalia #vegetables #vegetarian

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Olive oil producer Natalia Ravida and videographer Monique Soltani. #viaggioinitalia #evoo #oliveoil #sicily

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Over Veneto. #Italy #treviso #fromtheplane #latergram #travelgram

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Glera harvest. #valdobbiadene #italy #viaggioinitalia #harvest2016

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Conegliano. #viaggioinitalia #italy #veneto

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Make it stop!

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Traditional olive press. #oliveoil #olive #italianfood #italy

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Chef Tonia Tinella making orecchiette. . . #pasta #pastificio #apulia #cooking #artisan #slowfood

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Beautiful Sicily.

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Sun Chase Vineyard on a stunning fall day. #petalumagap

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Sun Chase Vineyard #petalumagap

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The view of—yes, San Francisco, way over there—from Rodney Strong's Blue Wing Vineyard. #petalumagap #sonoma

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Rodney Strong's Blue Wing Vineyard, which overlooks San Pablo Bay. #petalumagap #sonoma

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Atop Gap's Crown Vineyard last month. #petaluma #petalumagap #pinot #vineyard #sonomacoast #fog

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