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Sherry wine: trend on the UK again

 TAGS:The retro is trendy and it is quite interesting to see that all those things that were in years ago, are suddenly back into fashion even in a stronger way than originally. I’m not talking about music or neither clothes, I mean the sherry wine which is gaining prominence in the UK, at any party and after work that rules.

In spite of that the famous song and world hit Macarena which since the Barcelona Olympics 92 is biding his time for a global return in 2.0 (or 3.0, as to baptize many era we live) will still have to wait for its return time, the fact is that Spain is on everyone’s lips, if not for one thing, for the other.

And I’m not talking about the crisis, which also makes us the gossip of many of our continental neighbors, not for good precisely, but the Spanish football team, the tapas, the Costa del Sol (a classic which never dies) and the sherry wine, the last in the list, which gives so much joy to people from Gibraltar up all over Andalusia.

The thing is that when you are away from Spain and start to remember your vacation, the first thing that comes to your mind are those lunches, those dinners, the vermouth time, the snacks in the middle of the afternoon: Spanish omelette, paella, Iberian ham (Guijuelo, Jabugo or Extremadura: all excellent). It is true that a vast majority of us can be won by a good meal.

And there’s that little wine from Jerez (or Sherry), that goes with everything. And it is not because it is more versatile than others, if not that, although many have not yet noticed, there are different types of wine within the PDO Jerez.

Let’s see, who can say no to a plate of prawns from Huelva accompanied by a fine wine from Jerez? Or, who is reluctant to take some cakes while taking a few sips of sweet wine from the same land?

Perhaps the result with the fish and chips is not the same, but the variety is the spice, so we have to experience the British way, and try to make a trade and plan for an afternoon watching Premier League with a beer from the UK to help digest potatoes with mojo picon, a Galician empanada, a Rioja spicy sausage tapa, etc…

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Tío Pepe

 

 

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Canasta Cream Canastilla 1L

Buy wine for tapas

 TAGS:Buy wine for tapas should be at this point our favorite subject, but if it is not, we are still on time to become the Cum Laude of wine choices for starters, that kind of expert who becomes essential at any meeting, whenever there is good food involved. We will choose the best Spanish wines to go with tapas.

The first thing to do is getting straight down to the business. Let?s get inspired with two examples: one sunny day in the Calle Laurel in Logrono or an afternoon at La Latina area in Madrid. Streets full of bars, bars full of people and tapas, glasses of red wine, white wine, rosé and also some beers.

The important thing in tapas and the basic to enjoy an original ?tapeo? are the moment, the conversation and the combination of flavours. Clearly, a Spanish omelet could taste better accompanied by a Gran Reserva or a known Crianza, but it is also true that the wine itself is not fundamental, but an accessory, only one element.

The wine we choose for tapas has to be good, it has to taste good and has to be consistent with the tapas that we will have, but it does not need to be expensive. I recommend doing a small selection of inexpensive wines with ten or fifteen affordable ones, in which we will have to include different grape varieties, different backgrounds and multiple red and white wines to choose from. Just in case, we can also include some rosés.

This will be our basic list to choose which wines will go with the tapas. It should often be updated and improved. To do this all the wines on the list must have been tasted before, it is best not to risk. In this way we will also know how to be right in our choice depending on the menu and guests.

It’s easy to find good wines from Rioja for less than 10 euros: El Coto, Ramón Bilbao, Cune, Luis Cañas, Vina Albina, Viña Herminia Excelsus, Beronia or Azpilicueta. Many wines are around 6 euros what means that success is guaranteed in return for very little investment.
La Planta, Protos, Prado Rey or any of Pago de los Capellanes are red wines from Ribera del Duero that may be on our table from 6 euros to just over 8.

We cannot ignore in our list wine regions as Penedes, Extremadura, Toro, Jumilla, etc … So, in our selection of inexpensive wines we have to include wonders like Habla del Silencio 2010, Erumir Crianza 2006, Finca Constancia 2009, Martúe 2008, Prima 2009 or Gotim Bru 2008. In addition to their low price these are some extraordinary wines.

As for buying white wines, I can sum up my choices in Albariño and Verdejo, with some contributions to the list of Txacolís, wines from Catalunya and wine of Cadiz, a land of which I have great memories: Protos Verdejo, José Pariente Verdejo, Blanc Pescador Premium, Txomin Etxainz Txacoli, Txacoli Eizaguirre, Martin Códax, Barbadillo Castillo de San Diego and Oda Blanc.

Finally one of the pink wines I usually have, if given the chance to take them: Marqués de Riscal Rosado, Peñascal Rosado Aguja and Enate. I am waiting for your contributions to my list!

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Blanc Pescador, the jewel from Catalonian Coast to share with fish tapas.

 

 

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Palacio de Monsalud, a red wine to pair with meats.