Let’s Open a Bottle (3) – D.O. Rueda

We’ll start our wine region review with a visit to what just may be the white wine capital of Spain, D.O. Rueda. Not that there aren’t other regions with fantastic white wine, but I think we’d be hard pressed to find one which has taken the market by storm the way Rueda has. It’s one of the most successful chapters of the Spanish Wine Revolution. Listen and enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 17: Rise of the Kingdoms

We are now right smack in the middle of the Middle Ages and many regions are ready to establish kingdoms and move south to push out the Muslims. These kingdoms and other territories will draw the regional map of modern Spain. To understand this period is to understand Spain today. In this episode we have tried to help you get a basic grasp of the different kingdoms, counties and territories. Hope it has worked. Enjoy!

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A Brief History of Droughts in Spain

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Unusual and extreme weather seems to be the news of the summer around the globe in 2022, and Spain is proving to be no exception as it is enduring a very long dry spell and high temperatures, even in places that were traditionally immune to this kind of weather. Despite the arid times, the fact is this country has a long history of suffering from droughts, going all the way back to Roman times. How do we know? Listen and learn more! Enjoy! 

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Spanish Wine EP. 2: The basics

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Before we dig in and start talking about some specifics, we thought we might get some basic information about wine in Spain to help you get by, and help you buy. We’re talking about the wine regions (D.O.’s, etc.) and the general types of wine you can get. We’ll even touch on the the different types of aged wine (crianzas, reservas, etc.) Enjoy and ¡salud!

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What’s happened to the caña?

Spain’s iconic mini glass of beer, the caña, an outright classic when out and about for tapas, has become nearly an endangered species. Is it possible? Reports assure it is. What’s the cause behind this cultural crisis? Listen and find out. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 16: The Emirate of Cordoba

In today’s episode we take a look at the first stage of the Muslim occupation of Spain. After several decades of confusion, Al Andalus becomes the Emirate of Cordoba, and even though division and infighting continue to hinder progress, the territory slowly becomes more organized and Cordoba turns into a major cultural center in Europe. Enjoy!

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SPANISH WINE: An ongoing revolution

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Years ago I wrote two books about Spanish wine and its major tranformation since the 1970s. That was twenty years ago and I can assure you that the revolution is still going on and it’s quite possibly more dynamic than ever. This is a new series by Brian’s Spain Domain. We want to share its history, its regions its diversity, because by learning about Spanish wine, in many ways we learn about the wonderful richness and diversity of its culture, of its many cultures. Enjoy!

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FIESTAS IN SPAIN: The mid-August fiestas

It’s a long weekend here in Spain and that’s because August 15th is a public holiday. It’s also when the most fiestas are celebrated in the entire year. Some 1,200 parties will energize nightlife throughout the country. From big cities like Madrid to the tiniest hamlet, music and revelry (as well as a religious act or two) are the order of the day. Most mark the Feast of the Assumption, but in today’s podcast we’ll pay special attention to a lesser known figure, San Roque, or St. Roch, whose feast day is August 16th. Enjoy!

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Operación Salida: Departure Day

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Every year in early August the Spanish take flight from the cities and head for the coast or the mountains or anywhere that takes their minds off their routine lives and the heat. Their aim: summer vacation. And it usually kicks off with “Operación Salida”, or Departure Day. Before the journey was a nightmare, long, treacherous and sometmes deadly. Nowadays, the way it’s done is a lot different, but tradition is tradition, and the roads continue to fill up! Listen and learn more! 

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 15. The Kingdom of Asturias

In today’s episode we take a look at the first major kingdom to arise during the famous Reconquista period, when the different regions of Spain, mainly Christian regions, began to ever-so-slowly push back the Muslim presence. The Kingdom of Asturias is sometimes seen as the cradle of modern Spain, and even though that would be inaccurate, there is no doubt that its role in those early medieval years was crucial to the deveopment of Spain. Listen and learn more. And enjoy!

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