Lanzarote beyond the beaches: A culinary tour of a volcanic island

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Tomas Mesa looks deep into the glass and breathes in. “Flint,” the wine expert says. “It smells of flint, minerals, like the earth.” Then, unmistakably, he takes a bigger sip, and says he tastes jasmine and orange blossom. “You can only get this white wine here, nowhere else,” he says. The grape variety from which the wine is made is called “volcanic malvasía”. It tolerates heat and drought and is something like the concentrate of the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote. Mojos and ‘pretty potatoes’ If you want to discover the culinary side of the Canary Island, you can go north to Haria, for examp…

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