La Rioja is no more than 2 hours from San Sebastian by car. It is a nice change of pace and I am ready to learn more about what Spain has to offer wine-wise. Like in most wine-centric European countries, the Spanish waiters, bartenders and even the average joe is passionate about and knows a great deal about his country’s wine. It is a great way to discover a smaller producer who doesn’t have enough inventory to ship to the USA.
The first stop is just outside of Laguardia in a town called Paganos to eat at HECTOR ORIBE. Apparently, wine-makers frequent the restaurant.