Just another day in Spain

To give you a sense of life in Andalucia Spain, I present to you the short journey from my office in Marbella, to the small restaurant where I frequently have lunch.

We begin with the city employee doing some trimming. As we all know, safety equipment—i.e. a face shield and ear protection—are best left sitting off in the distance somewhere.

You can also see that the weed-whacker has no shield itself, so I feel fortunate to have made it past without having my life brought to a sudden end with a stone shot through my forehead.

(What’s actually surprising about this photo, is that there’s not five other city employees watching this guy do his job. My guess is that they’re around the corner somewhere on break.)

Now it’s time to cross the road. But as you can see, the driver of the Spa Experts van felt the zebra pedestrian crossing made an excellent parking place instead. (BTW, this van is parked here nearly every day.)

One last obstacle before arriving at the restaurant—the Mapfre driver evidently forgot what the purpose of a sidewalk is for.

All in all, just another day in Spain.

Bodega Marcelino Serrano

We were recently invited to attend the Christmas lunch of the “Hockey Alcalá” mountain running team, at the Bodega Marcelino Serrano in Alcalá la Real, in the Jaén region of Andalucia.

In addition to a great day spent with family and friends, it was also a wonderful wine discovery. The bodega is owned by Marcelino Serrano, the father — and now business partner — of none other than Blanca Serrano, one of the top female mountain runners on the planet!

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Blanca and her father run the small, artesan winery in Jaén, started some 15 years ago. Today, they have an annual production of only about 15,000 bottles, but the product is high quality and the prices are very economical — between 4€ and 10€ per bottle!

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Before leaving, I purchased a case of the Marcelino Serrano black label red, and the Blanca Maria rose Cabernet-Sauvignon. When I asked Blanca where I can purchase their wine in the future, she said I’d need only email her, and they’d ship wines to us by courier.

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What a great find — fine, artisan wines, economically priced, and delivered conveniently!

Be sure to check out the Bodega Marcelino Serrano.