A Week in San Sebastian Part 2

A Week in San Sebastian Part 2

On three of the days of the San Sebastian trip we ventured outside the city. The first visit was to a cheese producer not far from the city. They produce a cheese calle Idiazabal which has its own Denominación de Origen or Appelation, located in both the Basque...
A week in San Sebastian Part 1

A week in San Sebastian Part 1

It’s been some time since I last posted on my blog which of course is not good. I could blame it on being very busy, which is true, but it’s a lame excuse. Anyway, I wanted to talk about some interesting tours that I have done over the last few months. The...
Olives are now forming

Olives are now forming

I ran yet another half-day olive oil tour a few days ago. For olive trees this is a crucial time of the year as flowering is taking place which of course brings on  poliination and the resulting formation of olives. This process has started between two and three weeks...
Visit to an Iberian/iberico pig farm

Visit to an Iberian/iberico pig farm

I recently took a group on a tour to an organic Iberian/iberico pig farm. I have been there quite a few times and will be visiting again next week. I love going there as it is such as beautiful place and the family who run it are wonderful people. We normally spend...
Half-day olive oil tour

Half-day olive oil tour

I ran our half-day olive oil tour yesterday and wanted to share a photo of  the buds which have now formed on the olive trees. These will become flowers at the end of this month/start of next month. Only a small percentage of these flowers will them become...
Ethical Foie Gras Tour

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...
Iberico Ham Tour

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...
Two great wines

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...
Pruning olive trees

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...
Acorn season for Iberian pigs

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...