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Spanish wines and tapas tasting

Barbara S | Sep 29, 1999 01:20 PM

We went to a tasting of tapas prepared by 6 (NYC)local chefs, with wines wines and more wines from Spain last night, sponsored by the Commercial Office of Spain. In my experience Spain's wines are not well represented in wine shops or on any but a few wine lists, and to date I'd sampled a few of Spain's reds - personal favorite being Tinto Pesquero, but only the occasional white, so I took full advantage of the whites on offer.

Favorites: Conde de Valdemar Fermentado en Barrica White 1997 (buttery from the oak - complex, great alternative to a California chardonnay); Godeval White 1998 (crisp, dry, very good); and Fillaboa Albarino 1998 (tropical fruit tastes, dry). One red that stood out: Vega Sindoa Cabernet Tempranillo 1997 (full, some black cherry but balanced, dry). The most surprizing thing about all of these was the price: at retail, no more than $10, usually around $8. Great bargains. I'm not an expert but I was struck by the overall quality. These deserve more than just being loaded up with fruit for sangria.

Also tried Don PX Gran Reserva 1972, which retails for about $35 (a substantial port-like after dinner wine).

As for the tapas: The selections from from Calle Ocho (rabbit loin wrapped in serrano ham), Beacon (wood smoked oysters with shallot vinaigrette), and Red Cat (sauteed scallops), got our votes. We trundled home quite happy.

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