A UK reporter comes to experience first hand the Borgias Tour
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We had the pleasure last week of having a reporter from a newspaper in the UK. She was here to cover our Borgias Tour and to see if our local dishes were something worth writing about! Once the article appears in the press we will let you know and you can read up on what we do on our Borgias trip through the eyes of a professional!
The trip started off with a meal in the restaurant " El Cami Vell" which included a delicious tomato and olive salad and a plate of the classic jamon iberico with manchego cheese.These were the tapas for starters after which the main course was brought out with ceremony ,in a large cast iron pot which is called 
a "Perol" in Spanish. The dish was called Arroz Montanes which was a type of soupy rice with pork ribs,wild mushrooms,chick peas and pumpkin. A great way to start the week and a dish which is both traditional and very tastey. A lovely example of a local Spanish recipe.
From there we had a guided visit round the Santa Maria de Valdigna Monastery. Each day we took our guests to try more excellent local dishes including the famed Arroz al Horno which is a Valencian Rice dish cooked in the oven. We also visited  two local wineries and tasted their wines which was not only a fun way to try new wines but interesting to see the history of wine production in the area. The highlight of the week the visit to the remains of the Ibero town of Les Alcusses with the guide Jose Maria, and the subsequent  tasting of the wines of Heretat de Taverners, including the distinctive sweet red wine they have called "Punt Dolc". All this followed by a great outdoor paella cooked by Jose of "Mas de Montserrat" fame. The paella was an authentic Paella Valenciana with a slight personal touch as instead of flat beans, Jose had used artichokes and broad bean. The meal was a great success and Jose surpassed his previous meals by introducing us to a new white wine and some fabulous local olive oil. He's not only a great cook but a master at discovering new and innovative local products. So this day out of the five  days was for us the best. A day in the Valencian countryside, sunshine,spring flowers, excellent wines and a relaxing and fun meal, the authentic local paella. Seeing Jose cooking the large dish over a metre high fire is always quite a spectacle!! We are very much looking forward to seeing what the reporter writes about in her newspaper article. We are pretty sure the local food and wine , and the relaxed atmosphere of the trip will feature. We had a great week with some of the best spring weather we have seen for a long time. More news to follow soon about wine and Spanish food!