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Wine + "Tapas" dinner party suggestions

izzizzi | Jun 22, 2007 11:12 AM

I am having some people over for a dinner party. I wanted to do a "wine tasting" of wines from around the world and have small tapa-like dishes to serve with each wine. My ideas so far:
Start with a sparkling wine (we like St. Hilaire - sp?) and some nuts then onto a Portugese wine (maybe a vinho verde - sp?) and have a plate of empanadas
From portugal we'd move to Spain - this dish is posing the most trouble for me. I initially thought maybe a gazpacho, but I didn't want it to overpower the wine. Any ideas here?
From Spain we'd go to a french wine - here I wanted to do a cheese plate with some fresh fruit.
Then it would be Italy - I wanted to have a vin santo with some cantuccini.

So...any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'm also not tied down to these countries...but I liked how they each progressed into one another, sort of like "traveling" through Europe. Also...does that not sound like enough food? I was going to bake some baguettes to have throughout the dinner.

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