Xavier Domingo writes in La cocina española antes del descubrimiento in Cultura, identidad y cocina en el Perú (1996) that Augustus Caesar signed protectionist decrees prohibiting the planting of new vines in his Spanish provinces of Tarraconensis and Lusitania, where the import of Italian wines was encouraged, permitting it only in Baetica, and even encouraging it in the limy fields of Jerez. There Phoenician viticulturists had reproduced a Carthaginian wine much favoured by the Romans, passum, which is still made, ahem, in Moriles and Montilla under the Pedro Ximénez brand.
Many Barcelona “Pakistanis” have dropped Catalan cava from their selection and now sell Italian lambrusco. I am told this is because of the latter’s superior price/quality relationship and more romantic image. AC Nielsen says its Spanish sales have risen by 43% in the past year. It would be amusing if Lahoris succeeded in promoting Italian plonk where Latins failed.
(Passum wasn’t banned during the Caliphate because of its low alcohol content. Muslim shopkeepers in contemporary Barcelona couldn’t give a toss.)
- Maté a mi señora como me da la gana
Por Higinia Balaguer.
- Mosque in Siurana
Apparently they’ve found the remains of a mosque down in Siurana de Prades, which was the last Muslim stronghold in these
- Arsing around in 16th century Spain
Vaguely re this, I was surprised to find that medieval Spanish local legal codes are thick with arse. Fueros sometimes proscribe
- Catalan banned in Sants
Not so much flogging as snogging a dead horse, here is an excerpt from Rafael Miralles Bravo’s Memorias de un comandante
- Ayuntamiento de Jerez bets on tourism … but can’t afford a translator
This is the The Great Guide of Jerez (La gran guía de Jerez), part of an on-going, multi-million-euro campaign that may