Before we had the Euro, people paid in Mallorca with Pesetas, and before that with Dublones or Reales. Going even more back, we come to the Dinares and Dirhams of the Muslim Middle Age époque. 2 of these coins come on an auction in Barcelona, minimum offer will be 33.000 Euro and the estimated value is 44.000 Euro. The historical value of the coins is invaluable higher than the auction will bring. They are a 3,3 gr heavy Gold Dinar and a 3.6 gr Silver Dirham. Both coins were stamped during the time of Ishaq Ibn Muhammed Mayurca, a dynasty reigning in the 12th century in Mallorca, before beginning of 13th century the Catalans under the leadership of Jacob the Conqueror (Jaume I.) occupied the island.
Besides vermouth, sherry is another classical drink in Spain. It is the oldest wine in Spain. Ferdinand Magellan, the world around sailor was known spending more money for his sherry than for weapons. The figures in Shakespeare loved to drink sherry. Our great grand parents and grand parents loved sherry as aperitif. Sherries are excellent wines with a complex structure and a similar unique history. Sherry is definitely too low priced considering the amount of job behind the production because for 4 Euro you already get a very good sherry. If the sherry is 20 or over 30 years old, the price for a bottle goes up to 10.000 Euro. The sherry grape Palomino grows mainly on mountain slopes on white chalky soil, called albariza, which stores water very good. Brandy is added to the white wine after the completed fermentation, in order to increase the amount of alcohol from 11 to 13% up to 15 to 18%. The most important Sherries are the “Fino” and “Manzanilla”, both 15-18% alcohol. Fino is light, straw yellow and dry, stayed 3 to 10 years in the barrels. The Mazanilla is a Fino from the harbor village Sanlucar de Barrameda, influenced by the winds from the Atlantic, giving the wine a slightly salty taste, perfect to drink with olives and to Sushi.
“Amontillado” (16-22% alcohol) is a dry sherry, amber - to mahogany colored, tastes a bit of hazelnut and almonds, perfect to fish and light meat dishes. “Oloroso” (17-20% alcohol), like the Amontillado, similar color and taste but more intensive, perfect to cracking meat dishes. “Palo cortado” (18-22% alcohol) tastes like a mix of Amontillado and Oloroso and fits to most of the dishes. “Pedro Ximenez” is the probably most famous sherry, made from the white wine grape with the same name. It is a rich, sweet dessert wine, tastes of raisins and has minimum 17% alcohol. Real sherry only comes from the Andalucía triangle of the villages Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria verified by the origin and control authorities D.O. Jerez/Xerez/Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlucar Barrameda. Founded in 1933, the oldest in Spain and with strongest rules regarding grapes and production. Bodegas to be recommended are Domecq, Osborne or Gonzales Byass (Tio Pepe) and El Maestro Sierra, Tradicion, Rey Fernando de Castilla, Lustau or Gutierrez-Colosia.
The 15 years old Luka Romero is considered to be the new Messi, one of the best football stars in the world. Luka lives now in Mallorca, has Argentine parents, Spanish passport, left foot attacker, strong dribble, agile, performed in young age at FC Barcelona - sounds like Messi. Beginning of June he trained for the first time with the professionals of Real Mallorca. Experts certify him the potential for a similar career as the captain of the Argentine National Team. Luka is the son of the former football professional Diego Romero. His trainer trained before Asensio and he says that Luca seems to have more talent than Asensio who plays today in the Spanish National Team. On 13 June plays the real Messi in Mallorca with FC Barcelona in the stadium Son Moix. The team arrives in the morning and stays in an unknown hotel. Luka has to wait though until November when he becomes 16 until he is allowed to play in the first league.