“If I took the stories of documentaries and told them as fiction, no one would believe them”

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Loris Omedes (Barcelona, 1964) began his filmmaking career in special effects. From 1982 to 1992, he headed the special effects department at a company called Amalgama. One of his projects was to coordinate the special effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A few years earlier, in 1989, ...

Oak, please

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We're always talking about wine aging in French or American oak barrels. Months of repose in receptacles intentionally crafted to give the wine a different personality. A fuller body, more flavor. A stronger identity. But, what exactly is a barrel and where did it come from?   The origins and history of the barrel  Thousands of years ago, ...

Cal Ton: Locally Sourced Tradition and Quality

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The center of Vilafranca del Penedès is home to a timeless classic, a restaurant integrated into the very fabric of the town's identity. It opened its doors during the Fiesta Mayor, the town festival, in 1982 and has been serving customers with the same unwavering enthusiasm ever since. Cal Ton is a family-owned restaurant, run by ...

“Being creative is about building new connections based on existing concepts”

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Fernando Trias de Bes (Barcelona, 1967) is a writer, economist and professor specialized in marketing and innovation. At the age of 35, he wrote Good Luck: Create the Conditions for Success in Life and Business, which was translated into 35 languages and sold over 3 million copies. Since then he has continued to publish prolifically, ...

Food Photography: Inside the Instagram Foodie Boom

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Does the modern world leave room for tradition? Some don't think so. Some do. Some are on the fence. We're of the second persuasion. We believe there is always room for tradition—for what is timeless and authentic. And we're not alone. Foodies—people who are passionate about food—are of the same school of thought, and they ...

Discovering Jean Leon

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Few people knew Jean Leon as well as Jaume Rovira and Ana Carrión. The former is the enologist who worked alongside Jean Leon from the beginning to the end, and the latter is Jean Leon's younger sister. They hadn't seen each other for a long time. They ran into each other at the most recent ...

What food trends will we see in 2017?

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By the time the year kicks off, we already know the coming seasons' fashion trends—many of which we've known about for months—we can find out what colors are in and stay up to date with trends in almost every aspect of our lives. Food is no exception, of course. In going over the food trends for ...

Pruning: Traditional vs. Italian System

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The man responsible for planting and caring for the Jean Leon vineyards is Josep Bruna Masana. He planted over 70% of the vines growing on the estate today. For over 30 years he has planted, pruned and cared for the vines. He knows them all. The young, the old, the ones in between. And he ...

La Petite Mort: The Joys of Good Wine (and Food)

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For Ramon Pueyo and Eva Sáez it was clear: they wanted to open a gastronomic space. But they weren't sure where. They debated between the south of Spain (where she is from) and Catalonia (where he is from). Finally, they decided on the latter. Vilanova i la Geltrú was the chosen spot. Specifically the old ...

12 of the World’s Wine Temples

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Certain wines deserve stylish, elegant, singular spaces. Places that inspire, brimming with creativity, where choosing a wine is a true joy. Luckily we're not alone in thinking this, and likeminded souls have gone ahead and created these places. They're scattered around the globe, but we found them so we could share them with you. Here are ...