Let’s Open a Bottle, ep. 18: D.O. La Mancha

D.O. La Mancha. One of the largest wine regions, if not the largest wine region, in the world, and certainly the largest in Spain. For centuries, this flat. open land has been the perfect place for grape-growing and winemaking and the tradition continues to this day. The actual size of the region itself should give you an idea of how important it has been to the region and Spain over the years.  Probably more famous for making lowcost standard wine, it has been slowly making a concerted effort to offer higher quality, without compromising its attractive price tag. Listen and learn more.

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Spanish History 101, EP33: Carlos III and Enlightened Spain

Today we are going to talk about one of the most popular and successful kings of Spain, Carlos III, who ruled from 1759 to 1788. He took the Age of Reason to new heights in Spain at a time when it was dearly in need of modernizing. The results were mixed, but there is no doubt that the dynamic, energetic, talented and affable Carlos left an indeleble mark on Spain and especially its capital, Madrid. Listen and learn more. 

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The truth behind Seville’s NO8DO symbol

One of the symbols of Seville (you can find it on its flag) is an enigmatic emblem that reads NO8DO, which according to legend is an abbreviated form of “No me ha dejado” (It -i.e. Seville- hasn’t left me) in reference to the time when the city stood faithful to King Alfonso X during a civil war in the late 13th century. Is it true? Surprisingly, many guides will tell you it is. But listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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