Zachary Elfman

  In my travels around north-west Spain, I hear time and time again that what differentiates a good wine from one that’s entirely in a class of its own is the toil out in the vineyard, before the grapes even reach the cellar.  If this is the case, then why do the so-called ‘flying winemakers’…

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Zamora, Toro and Sayago wine regions

Wine regions     Zamora The ancient town of Zamora, just 1.5h north of Madrid by train, means different things to different people. For lovers of History and architecture, it boasts the largest collection of Romanesque churches in Spain. Leaping forward eight or nine centuries, many of the buildings in the historic quarter are lovely examples of…

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Old Brigantium in the News

7 things to do in A Coruña     Online international magazine TRAVELMAG this month recommends 7 things to do in A Coruña, decribed by writer Andrea Gambaro as one of Spain’s lesser known cities. Some of the highlights to be enjoyed include the Torre de Hércules, the world’s only still-functioning Roman era lighthouse, the much…

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Cedeira – Gooseneck Barnacle Heaven

CEDEIRA (A CORUÑA) FESTA DO PERCEBE – GOOSENECK BARNACLE FAIR JULY 29 & 30     Cedeira is one of the prettiest fishing villages in Galicia, and the surrounding area is one of breathtaking natural beauty, boasting the highest cliffs in continental Europe at 2,000ft. The town population swells in the summer months due to…

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Kicking up Roman roof tiles in a vineyard

Sílice Viticultores Sober, Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Spain   In a world (Galicia) where some establishments still insist on foisting heavily oaked rioja on you, it comes as a very pleasant surprise when more and more clued in bar and restaurant owners stock vigneron wines from the Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras, Monterrei and Rías Baixas regions. An…

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ACEIROGA – GALICIAN OLIVE OIL

Galician Olive Oil     While most people associate Spanish olive oil with the south of Spain, particularly Andalucía, people here in Galicia have been quietly making the stuff for centuries now, though admittedly in minute quantities. Once one of the most prolific Spanish olive oil producing regions, catastrophe struck in the late fifteenth century…

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A Emoción dos Vinhos

QUINTA DE SANTA LUZIA VALENÇA DO MINHO PORTUGAL 2 & 3 JULY 2016 The 6th edition of A Emoción dos Vinhos is moving just across the border to a beautiful ‘quinta’ or manor house in Valença do Minho in Portugal. The fair had previously been held in the cloister of the Gothic cathedral in Tui…

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Can ideas be bottled?

“For me freedom isn’t about what I want to do but about knowing whether I can do it or not. The starting point was “Can I bottle an idea?”. Eulogio Pomares.  Five years ago, D.O. Rías Baixas Val do Salnés sub-region winemaker Eulogio Pomares embarked on one of his ‘Can I bottle an idea?’ adventures…

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