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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Olive oil and tapas

One of the tours that I did this week combined a morning olive oil tour and a tapas tour at lunchtime. At the mill that we visited it is only a matter of a few weeks before they start making olive oil. This year it seems there will be a good crop of olives with the...

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Three days with a group of Australians

Earlier this week I spent three days with a fantastic group of four Australians, two of whom had been with me in 2012. I took them on a tapas tour, on my Iberian ham tour and a tour with a visit to an olive mill and to a winery where we had lunch. The first photo...

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