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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Bica Amantecada – A Piece Of Cake

Bica is a type of cake made chiefly in Castro Caldelas (Lugo) and Pobla de Trives (Ourense) in the Galician heartland. Milucho and Malena of Panadería Peña in Castro Caldelas have been making it for decades and no breakfast table worth its salt would be complete without their delicious, artisanally crafted Bica Amantecada. After years…

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Vigo Press Race 2015

  Galicia plays host throughout the year to many prestigious sailing events. Venerable institutions such as the Monte Real Yacht Club de Yates Bayona, Real Club Naútico Vigo and the Real Club Naútico Sanxenxo attract renowned yachtsmen and yachtswomen from all over the world. On Sunday 18th October the Liceo Marítimo Bouzas was the setting…

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In pursuit of Shad, both Allis and Twait

The River Miño/Minho has long attracted gourmands from all over Spain, mainly during the first quarter of the year for sea lamprey and elvers which are on their annual ‘run’ upstream at this time. One other migratory species that shows up on the gourmand’s radar is the Allis Shad (Alosa Alosa). The Allis Shad and…

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Atlantic Ambassador

With a name that’s guaranteed to raise a titter among Galician and Portuguese speakers, Fai un Sol de Carallo 2013 is the latest high end D.O. Ribeiro to seduce punctilious palates across the Atlantic, achieving an impressive 93 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Galicia, in Spain’s verdant misty north west is definitely not the…

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Pazo de Galegos

Pazo is the Galician word for palace. Most of them were built from the 16th to the 19th centuries as the grand country residences of aristocrats. These potentates employed servants to farm their land, rear their livestock and tend their vineyards while they tended to the affairs of state. The presence of a private chapel…

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