A couple of quick thoughts after a lunch of seafood paella and two kinds of Aria cava:
• Toni Domenech, who does PR for Segura Viudas, is a native of the Penedes region, ewhre e picked cava grapes as a teenager. Gives him a perspective that not many PR people have.
• For sale at the wine bar in the Madrid airport -- a glass of Santa Digna rose for ¢3.45, or about $5. I can't remember the last time I saw a quality glass of wine like the Digna at that price in an airport. Good coffee there, too, though I didn't cover myself with glory when I dropped my espresso cup and broke it.
• Chickpeas are very big in this part of Spain, and they are sold fresh. The difference in taste between fresh and dried (and especially the dried we get in Dallas) was amazing. We had a chickpea stew with sausage and garlic last night for dinner, at the appropriately Spanish time of 9 p.m., that was astounding.