Wine and Tapas Pairings
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.
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
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).
almonds - the classic pairing is with Fino
croquettes - Tempranillo or Granacha
gambas 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