The time has come. Nine months of waiting anxiously my driving trip to two of Spain’s premier wine regions: 1) Rioja, and 2) Ribera del Duero (Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Wine Region of the Year). I would love to share with you in advance the amazing winery tours and hotels that are on the agenda, but, painfully, I will have to make you wait for the full experience! Just know that incredible food and wine will be consumed daily at historic and modern bodegas and restaurants. I will be in Madrid the last few days to reacquaint myself with one of the world’s most incredible and quintessentially Spanish cities. Meeting new friends and eating time-honored tapas will undoubtedly round out what I expect to be yet another amazing trip to the homeland. Stay tuned for much, much more! Check out the map below for a look at where I am headed.