Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.
There is a raging battle going on in Andalusia, Spain. The olive mills are fighting for awards at international fairs and everybody is going for SPECTACULAR!  The Olive Oil Times, a very good source for industry information, lists many articles about competitions and awards, and which bottles were selected at the most recent contest. But with … Continue reading Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines
Baby Bacchus is alive and well in Spain. While you won’t find many Spaniards worshiping the Roman God of Wine, you will definitely find wine at most meals.  Wine is an important element of the Spanish gastronomical experience.  But, there are so many wines in Spain it can be a challenge to find a nice… Continue reading How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy
The three of us were sitting on two 125cc scooters on the Island of Capri, off the southern coast of Italy.  The day was a nice, early spring day; a little cool, a slight breeze, and a little overcast with a low cloud overhang.   My wife Pia, my son Vincent and I were set on… Continue reading Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

A Wintry Drive

A Wintry Drive
I climbed into the Penske truck and the first thing I did was pop in an 8-track tape and sing “On the Road Again” with old one lung Willie.  ….Not!  …8-tracks don’t exist anymore.  Actually, I jumped into the truck, plugged in a GPS guidance system and turned the radio to a classic rock station. … Continue reading A Wintry Drive

A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)

A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)
There are many interesting and unique products in Spain but most do not see the light of day in the United States. There are several reasons for this but one of the most important is the cost of shipping. For a product to enter into the US market, it has to leave Spain by boat… Continue reading A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)