The Spanish Origins of the Dollar

The dollar is an unquestionable symbol of the United States, its economy and even money itself. Still the most influential global currency around, this unit of money gets its roots from another currency which, in its day, was the most important in the world and is considered by many to be the first true global medium of exchange: the Spanish peso, or the Spanish dollar, also known as the piece of eight.  Listen and learn more about how the U.S. dollar was heavily influenced by this amazing silver coin. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 31: Felipe V

This very 18th-Century-looking man in the picture is none other than Felipe (Philip) V of Spain, the first Bourbon monarch rule here. His reign is the longest in Spanish history, spanning nearly 50 years, and his policies and reforms would have a major impact on Spain. The Spain that we know today has its roots from this period and so there is a lot to talk about. Listen and enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle 16: A tribute to Garnacha

The traditional grape variety Garnacha rarely got the recognition it deserved until recently when regions such as D.O. Campo de Borja and Calatayud (both in Aragon) started making quality and making the difference. Long known for their run-of-the-mill red wine sold in bulk to other countries, these two regions are now at the forefront of a new wave of Spanish red wine featuring an often overlooked grape variety. Garnacha made from old vines now stands on its own two feet and the world is taking note. Listen and enjoy. 

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