September 2021

POST POWER OUTAGE PART 2 PAIRINGS: Tapas Party Rueda Verdejo Godello Rioja Reserva Priorat Manzanilla Sherry Albondigas Patatas Bravas Spanish Tortilla Croquettas Basque Cheesecakes

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Tapas Party

For this month’s theme we’ve gone to Spain! When we were trying to work out what to make, we decided on Tapas and then it just spiralled out of control from there. So this is why this month I’ve separated out the food and the wine. Ultimately, this is for a party, all the wine…

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Spanish Tortilla

This is a classic Spanish dish that really is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you master it, you’ll make it all the time. Leftovers are the best. I’ve got these paired with the whites in this photo, but honestly this is the kind of dish that goes with everything! Spanish Tortilla Serving Size…

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Albondigas 2 Ways – Classic & Vegetarian

I’ve always loved these classic meatballs in a yummy red sauce! So we did the classic, and it was great, and then we also made vegetarian balls that I actually think are even better. This pairs beautifully with our Rioja and the Priorat! Albondigas Serving Size 6-8 Ingredients Albondigas 1 pd or 16oz ground beef…

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Chicken Croquettas

I mean these are basically fancy creamy chicken nuggets. Essential for any tapas lovers! These are going to pair beautifully with Sherry, Rueda, or Godello. Chicken Croquette Makes about 20 croquettes Ingredients 4 tbsp unsalted butter ½ cup or half of a small onion diced 1 cup of all-purpose flour separate ½ cup of flour…

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Patatas Bravas

Who doesn’t love fried potatoes? When we were talking tapas it was obviously a must to make Patatas Bravas! Here we’ve added a little mayo to the classic Romesco to make it a little creamier. If you’re new to Spanish cuisine, Romesco sauce is one of the classics. This roasted red pepper and almond sauce…

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Rioja Reserva

We already chatted about young Rioja – so here is 2 levels up! Rioja Reserva has a minimum ageing period of 3 years, with at least one year in oak. Most of these wines are going to be aged much longer than that! I’ll be curious to see what vintages you guys. Because these are…

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Verdejo from Rueda

This is a fabulous wine for Sauvignon Blanc lovers, it has a lot of that same apple, citrus, grassy vibe, tons of acidity, and some nice texture. The best examples come from the Rueda DO, which is in Castilla y Leon over in Central Spain. These are clean, fruity whites that are super drinkable. There’s…

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Godello

Godello is a delightful grape grown mostly in Northeastern Spain in the DO of Valdeorras. It’s a chameleon white that can do a lot, it’s got a lot of similar characteristics that make Chardonnay great. Tons of minerality, citrus vibes, high acidity, it’s great unoaked and it’s good on oak. It can age. It’s lighter…

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Manzanilla Sherry

I am obsessed with Sherry, all wine geeks are! These are crazy fortified wines, that means that brandy is added to them to stabilize them. There are few different types of Sherry, and Manzanilla is my favorite. Manzanilla Sherry comes from the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, right on the southern Atlantic coast of…

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