The Great Spain Wine Heist

Atrio’s world-famous wine cellar. Site of a historic theft of a historic bottle of wine

In today’s podcast we look at a bit of very recent history. In October, 2021, 45 bottles of wine were stolen from the cellar of a famous upscale restaurant called Atrio, located in the magnificent city of Caceres, Spain. But they weren’t any ordinary bottles of wine; they were some of the finest in the world, and one, in particular, has a unique history of its own, turning it into one of the most expenisve bottles around. This most recent chapter has probably only increased its value. Find out what it was, and how the theft took place. 

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Spanish History 101 Ep. 5, The Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians in Spain

Phoenicians and their world-famous purple dye

For hundreds of years, cultures and civilizations from the other side of the Mediterranean made contact with the peoples from Spain, mainly the Iberians and Tartessos, and established a commercial relationship with them. They also founded Spain’s oldest cities and made many contributions that would impact Spain down the road, even to this day. Check out this latest podcast and learn more! Enjoy!

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Kings (and Queens) and Lovers (part 2)

It’s the second part of our 2-part miniseries looking at the lives of the monarchs and their “special friends”. We started off mainly with the Habsburg dynasty, but now we are going to focus on the Bourbons. In this image we have Isabel II, faithfully fulfilling the Bourbon reputation for being faithless to their spouses while she enjoys the attention of several suitors. In Isabel’s case, some of her actions may have been justified by the fact her husband, Francisco de Asís, was almost assuredly homosexual. Learn about her situation and that of the rest of the dynasty all the way up to modern times. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 4 – The Iberians, Tartessos and the Vascones

In this episode we continue our journey through the history of Spain during the pre-Roman age, and we get to know some of the other cultures that existed then. The Iberians, who lived along the Mediterranean coast, the Vascones, who inhabited in what is today the Basque Country, and the mysterious Tartessos in Andalusia. Hope you enjoy it!

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The History of Halloween in Spain?

Sort of! The popularity of Halloween has rocketed in the past ten years in Spain and has been a hit with kids but a source of controversy among many adults who feel this cultural outsider is invading and pushing out Spain’s traditions. But are celebrations that focus on a relationship between the living and the dead really that foreign? Does Spain actually have of its own kind of festivity? Is there a tradition of jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating that goes back way further than this recent newcomer? Listen to this latest podcats from Brian’s Spain Domain and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101 (EP. 3) – Pre-Roman Spain and the Celts

We’ve now reached the 1st Millennium BCE and with it the assumed arrival of migrating people from different parts of Europe to settle. This period is controversial as scholars wrestle to find the truth about who actually lived there, where they really came from and how they lived. We will talk about the general situation and focus on one of the groups, the Celts. Enjoy!

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A Brief History of Spain and Volcanoes

The island of La Palma in the Canary Islands has catapulted into the news these days as a result of the recent eruption of one of its volcanoes: Cumbre Vieja. Though most people don’t associate Spain with volcanic activity, the Canaries’ volcanoes have made plenty of statements over the past 500 years, with La Palma leading the pack. In fact it is on the “Isla Bonita” (the nickname for La Palma) that some experts say a massive landslide as a result of a volcanic event could trigger a mega-tsunami that could obliterate places as far away as the entire eastern coast of the United States. And, of course, the social media has eaten this story up with delight! What’s the truth? Listen to this podcast on the hisotry of Spain and volcanoes and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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HISTORY OF SPAIN 101, EP.1: Atapuerca and the Dawn of Time

We start off our story of Spanish history by taking a look at the very earliest periods of human (homonin) activity in Spain, which has become known to us thanks to the findings and discoveries at the Atapuerca Archeological Site in the province of Burgos. Hope you enjoy it.

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Kings and Lovers (Part 1)

Charles I of Spain doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself very much in this picture as he listens to the German singer Barbara Blomberg perform. It looks more like his gout is acting up. Nevertheless, the two would have an affair and a son, John of Austria, one of the most charismatic figures of the 16th Century. Barbara wasn’t his only lover, nor was Charles the only king to have one. In fact, the world of monarchs and mistresses seemed commonplace in most courts over the centuries, even to this day. In today’s podcast we look at how much of that was true, starting with the Ferdinand and Isabella all the way to the last Habsburg king, Charles II.

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Kings and Killers: The Assassination Attempts of Alfonsos XII and XIII

The photo you see for this podcast just may be the first image in history of a terrorist attack in progress. It happened in Madrid on the very day King Alfonso XIII and his bride Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg got married. They were returning from the church. The vividness of the chaos captured on film makes it one of the most extraordinary pictures ever taken. Listen to the podcast about three assassination attempts that took place during the turbulent days of the turn of the 20th Century. Enjoy.

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