February 19, 2004 |
The armed Basque separatist group ETA unilaterally declared a cease-fire for the northeastern region of Catalonia, but the move was immediately criticized by Spain's premier and other politicians, who refuse to negotiate with the militant group. "We don't want any pardon from ETA," said Catalan regional President Pasqual Maragall.
October 21, 2007 |
The Spanish sky was robin's-egg blue. My knuckles were frightened-guy white. As I clutched the door of our four-wheel drive, my wife, Colleen, pretzeled herself into a modified fetal position. Her face ashen, she said, "I never knew mushroom hunting was a contact sport." It's not supposed to be. But as guide Gregori Ruiz swerved to avoid a deep rut in a mountain road, I wasn't so sure. To our left was a dense red pine forest. To our right, a 1,000-foot drop-off. Ahead, basketball-sized boulders.
October 3, 1999 |
Head north from Barcelona, past the beaches and rolling foothills of Catalonia, and look for this drab little city about 15 miles south of the French border. Head up the main drag. Then turn right at the big red building, the one with the 6-foot-high eggs balanced on its roof and the loaves of faux bread plastered to its sides in a sort of lunatic wallpaper pattern. These are clues. Pause at the plaza where the tractor tires and television sets stand artfully stacked.
December 4, 2006 |
WHEN Elvira Lindo, a Spanish writer, delivered the opening speech at the annual festival of the patron saint of Barcelona one autumn afternoon this year, she arrived under the protection of an armored car. Men with black umbrellas, symbolizing mourning and death, blocked her entry into City Hall. They shouted insults, tossing out words like "fascism" and "genocide." Was Lindo a kind of Spanish Salman Rushdie, writing something that inflamed passions to a fever pitch?
March 27, 2002 |
This elegant Spanish red from the Tarragona appellation just south of Barcelona has a finish that belies its relatively modest price tag. Dry, austere, fascinating, made from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a little Carinyena (Carignane) and Garnatxa (Grenache), it's quite a wine for the money. Finca L'Argata comes from the 200-year-old Joan d'Anguera estate, one of the first in Spain to plant Syrah in the late '70s.
September 16, 2009 |
Hot days are not going away any time soon, and so begins the search for that elusive bottle -- a crisp, refreshing white for less than $10. I've found one in the 2008 Las Colinas del Ebro from Spain. Clean, cool and crisp, with hints of tropical fruit yet very dry, this is a basic summer white to keep chilled in the fridge, ready to break out at a moment's notice. Drink it as an aperitif, with bruschetta and jamÃ³n serrano , with salads and soups, a simple grilled fish.