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Wine and Tapas Pairings

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Tapas is a wonderful Spanish phenomenon that has become popular around the globe, and with good cause. What could be better than delectable small plates of Spanish food, paired with good wines and friendly conversation? In Barcelona, hopping from taberna to taberna for a few tapas plates with one's friends is part of the culture, and is a wonderful way to explore the food and nightlife of this vibrant city.

Tapas and a glass of wine in at the Boqueria Market You can recreate the experience at home, as well, especially after you learn to make wonderful, authentic Spanish recipes during a cooking vacation or one-day cooking class in Spain (see the links for details on what we offer). But no meal is complete without a wonderful wine pairing, so here is a quick guide to what to serve with Spanish tapas dishes.

aged cheese (such as an aged Manchego, the famous Spanish sheep's milk cheese): serve with a Tempranillo, or another medium- to full-bodied red.

tortilla española - try a Duoro red

Jamon Iberico chorizo/jamon - salty cured meats work well with lighter or sweeter whites like Verdejo or Albariño, to complement the salty pork flavors, or with Fino sherry (read more about Spanish sherries here).

Spanish tapas olives olives - the same as for chorizo/jamon, a light white or Fino

almonds - the classic pairing is with Fino

croquettes - Tempranillo or Granacha

Gambas Pil Pilgambas pil pil - this spicy seafood dish pairs well with a white with some sweetness, or a sweeter sherry like Amontillado

When in doubt? Do as the Catalans, and try a Cava sparkling wine: a Cava could pair with any of these dishes!

By Peg Kern

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