Libertyville, IL, April 24, 2007 "“ With culinary tourism gaining in popularity and Spain the current culinary hot spot, what could be more natural than for TourCrafters to offer a series of short food and wine tours for visitors to Barcelona.

A 4-day/3-night "Taste of Barcelona and Penedés" costs $709 per person in a 3-star hotel or $839 in a 4-star hotel, and includes two nights accommodation in Barcelona, one night in a spa hotel in coastal Sitges (near the wine center of Penedés), daily breakfast, a traditional Catalan cooking class, a meal with Spanish wine, an evening tapas walking tour, a two-day car rental, visits to two Penedés wine cellars and all local taxes.

Those interested in practical experience can take a half-day cooking class, learning to make local specialties such as paella, gazpacho, potato omelet and Catalan cream. The $95 price includes a meal with Spanish wine and translated recipes. Combined with a guided tour (and shopping expedition) in La Boqueria, Barcelona's famous market, the class costs $115 per person.

For those who simply want to enjoy, there are three Tapas Tours that vary from an evening to a full day and include a walking tour through the Gothic Quarter with a special guide, visits to gourmet shops and a stop for tapas with a glass of wine or beer. (The full-day tour also includes a three-course lunch with wine.) Prices start at $93 per person.

A choice of Chocolate Tastings (including a "chocolate dinner") and an Olive Oil Tasting round out the selection of Barcelona's culinary possibilities.

For more information on food and wine tours to Spain (and Italy), go to www.tourcrafters.com and click on the Tours for Connoisseurs brochure. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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