Spanish Traditions: Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28, Feast of the Innocent Saints, is a day in the Christmas calendar that commemorates the massacre of the all children under two in Bethlehem by order of Herod. The aim was to ensure that the future king of the Jews, Jesus, was eliminated. It failed, but it was a tragedy all the same. Today in Spain and in many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, it’s a day for practical jokes, much like our April Fool’s Day. Listen and find out more. Enjoy

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Spanish History 101, EP 32: Fernando VI

By the middle of the 18th Century, the Age of Enlightment began to have its effect on Spain. And King Fernando VI and his wife Barbara de Braganza took this country in a new direction. Political, economic and military reforms were high up on the to-do list. On top of that, Spain stayed out of costly wars, which helped matters. Fernando is not one of the most famous kings in Spain’s history, but he deserves more attention than he traditionally gets. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle 17: Rías Baixas and its Albariño Wine

Albariño is one of the great Spanish white wines, a stellar voice in a world dominated by red wine. It is probably the first white wine to appear in the Spanish wine revolution as a reference on an international level. Made mainly in the northwest region of Galicia, for years production was small meaning exposure was limited; but one thing is for sure, its quality was undisputed. Most of it is bottled and marketed under the D.O. Rías Baixas, a region whose name is synonymous with the wonder wine Albariño. Listen and enjoy!

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