Bar Vicente, El Puerto de Santa Maria
Photograph by Tim Clinch
Let us buy you a glass of fine Sherry in this little bar, as we soak up the magic spirits of Andalucía.
Kate, Tim & Maurine
Insider's RoadTrip: Andalucía May 27-June 2 2019
Tim Clinch, Maurine Fischel, and I am heading for an Old Friends RoadTrip through the South of Spain’s Sherry Triangle in May. Come along to eat, cook, shoot, and play in some of Spain’s most delicious countryside and our favorite places- Seville, Sierra de Arcena, Jabugo, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa Maria, and Cadiz.
Where would you go if you had a week to explore southern Spain—specifically Andalucía? I start with a gathering of like-minded culinary spirits in Seville, the jewel of the South, and headed out into the countryside, into the Sherry Triangle villages, and down along its sun-drenched port cities. I am always on the lookout for good regional cafés with typical food, exquisite brandy and wine producers, open markets, and meandering streets.
Whether you like to cook, eat, photograph or just experience a new place with like-minded folks, I have designed my Insider’s RoadTrips with you in mind. Stay in charming inns, eat great food, and explore the nooks and crannies of a different culture with people who know and love it best. A highlight of this exploration of Andalucía is our stay with Sam and Jeannie Chesterton at their Finca Buenvino in the forested hills near Jabugo where Jamon is King. Jeannie shares some of her Andaluz specialities from the Finca Buenvino Cookbook (Photographs by Tim Clinch, of course!).
Here’s a little overview of where we go…
Day 1. We meet me for an evening promenade around Seville’s little neighborhood tapas bars from our great rooms at the Hotel Casa 1800. Dinner at our favorite spot in Seville.
Day 2. The following morning we leave the city center, hop across the river to the Triana Market and its bustling neighborhood where a tasting of tapas leads us to the charming market place cooking school for pre-lunch class of seasonal specialities. Afternoon we’ll head northwest to the Sierra hills and ham country around Jabugo. We stay three nights here at the charming Finca Buenvino hosted by Sam and Jeannie Chesterton. Long time residents of this part of Spain, Jeannie is a wealth of culinary lore and offers us a chance to cook in a traditional Spanish kitchen- her style. Sam is a host par excellence and the evening Sherry Hour begins when he pours from his collection of fabled crystal decanters. Dinner on the shaded terrace as the weather encourages.
Day 3. Our personal guide Jago Chesterton at the Cinco Jotas Iberico Ham house has arranged a special day that begins on the dehesa with the black footed pigs and ends in the tasting rooms under a ceiling of swinging hams. Everything you wanted to know to understand the many levels of good to great hams produced in this region of Spain. Lunch in a farmhouse and a light supper around the pool at Finca Buenvino with music and stars.
Day 4. A day of cooking with Jeannie in her own kitchen as she shares the basics and fabulous tips of Andalusian cuisine. After an extravagant lunch we’ll relax around the pool and look forward to an evening of tapas and conversation on the top of the world.
Day 5. We depart the hills and head south to Jerez where explore the caves of sherry casks and the many stories of this fabled drink. Extended lunch with the cellar master and sommelier who takes us on a Sherry journey from aperitif to after dinner digestif. El Puerto de Santa Maria is a great afternoon wander through the back streets bodegas and bars. We slide into Cadiz and our waiting beds at our charming old town hotel.
Day 6. After a morning exploring the fish market and all the small cafes nearby. Enjoy an afternoon break or shop before we slip out of town and across the water to a magical Three Star evening at Angel Leon’s Aponiente. I fell in love here when they served me a bowl of stars. I can’t wait to take you.
Day 7. Fond farewells and a drive back to Seville or on to further adventures. We’ll keep in touch and do it again. Soon. Adios!
I suggest that if you want more time in Seville you book extra days at the beginning or ending of this week; We have a great local guide who will work with you.
Highlights of this Insider’s RoadTrip with Kate!
In and out of local’s bars and cafés for tapas and drinks
Cook in a hilltop hideaway tucked into the Sierras on the edge of the dense oak forests
A Private Tour of Cinco Jotas Jamon Cellars and the rolling pastures of the dense oak dehesa where the Iberico Bellota pigs graze.
Explore the golden hued streets of Jerez, El Puerto Santa Maria and its Sherry bodegas
Discover a secret three-star Michelin restaurant
The sunny sea coast port of Cadiz and it's amazing fish market
Includes two cooking classes plus several food and wine educational tastings
2019 Dates are May 27- June 2, 7 days and 6 nights; Small group maximum 8
2019 rates: 4975€ per person double occupancy includes: all local transportation from the meeting point in Seville; all accommodations, all meals including 3-star Michelin restaurant; all cooking classes and tours, and private guides. 420€ additional fee for single occupancy.