For a different kind of dinner party, serve up some Spanish nibbles like manchego cheese, jamón serrano, and pimentón-seared shrimp
by Sarah Jay
If the following timeline looks long, it’s only because I’ve broken it down into very small steps
Dry sherry is a traditional partner for tapas. The nutty, briny qualities of a fino or manzanilla sherry match perfectly with the tangy, salty, and savory flavors in the tapas. So when guests arrive, offer them a small glass of chilled sherry to sip as they begin to enjoy the spread. Try Emilio Lustau Puerto Fino Sherry or Bodega Hidalgo Manzanilla “La Gitana” Sherry.
As for wines, crisp dry whites with citrus and mineral notes, such as Albariño, and dry rosés with tart red berry and citrus fruit are both versatile tapas wines. I’d recommend Vionta Albariño, Rias Baixas; Nora Albariño, Rias Baixas; A to Z Rosé from Oregon; and Goats Do Roam Rosé from South Africa.
Finally, a ruby port would be delicious with the Toasted Bread with Chocolate. Good ones include Graham’s Six Grapes and Fonseca Bin 27.
Photo: Scott Phillips
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