White wine pot roasted lamb, Beronia, Rioja

Bodegas Beronia, La Rioja, lunch

Menu from a lunch at Bodegas Beronia in Rioja, Spain, with food made by the resident chef to match Beronia wines:

Chorizo, potato, grilled pepper and morcilla

Riojan vegetable soup

White wine roasted lamb

Vin santo tiramisu

This was an unusual lunch in that it was cooked by the winery’s in-house chef.

The food is rustic in a sort of home-cooked, dinner party style. But it was really flavoursome and went well with the Rioja wines.

I think perhaps the most impressive part was the lamb. Sizeable whole pieces, cooked on the bone with white wine, served in its cooking juices.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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