Ethical Foie Gras Tour

A few days ago I ran my ethical foie gras tour which goes to the region of Extremadura directly north from Seville. We spent nearly all our time on the farm where the geese are. The geese undego no force feeding and everything is geared towards following as natural a...

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Iberico Ham Tour

Yesterday, I took a group of British people on my Iberian/iberico ham tour. At the farm we visited most of the pigs that are destined for hams this year have gone on their final journey! There was a group left though that will leave the farm next Wednesday. Some of...

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Two great wines

I get the chance to drink some really good wines and two that I have enjoyed recently are a rare vintage dated manzanilla, Manzanilla de Añada 2012 from Bodegas Callejuela and Viña Real Gran Reserva 2001. The manzanilla has not passed through the solera system and is...

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Pruning olive trees

2017 has started well as I have already run a number of tours. Also, with the bookings that I already have it looks as if it will be a very good year. One of the tours that I ran a few days ago was my half-day olive oil tour, which happens to be one of the most...

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Acorn season for Iberian pigs

A few days ago I ran my Iberian ham tour. This is the time of year that the Iberian pìgs that will produce the best hams are released onto large tracts of land to gorge on acorns. In Spanish this period is known as the "montanera" and lasts 3 - 4 months. It is not...

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The olive harvest

On Friday I spent a few hours at one of the olive mills that I visit observing the picking and processing of olives to produce high quality extra virgin olive oil. The firist photo below shows oilves being picked using electric combs. This is one of the best ways of...

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