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what to drink w/ tapas besides sherry

jerryj Mar 24, 2007 10:55 AM

We're doing a little tapas party - chorizo, shrimp, sardines, frittata, etc (not sure of the whole menu yet) - will be serving sherry but would also like a wine to serve for those who don't like sherry - suggestions??

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    zin1953 RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 02:49 PM

    Well, not that I know anyone that doesn't like Sherry . . . (make sure you are serving a *fresh* Fino or Manzanilla, well chilled but not ice cold).

    Sticking wth Spain: a dry crisp white, such as an Albarino; a lighter but flavorful red, such as a Garnacha . . .

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    1. re: zin1953
      Megiac RE: zin1953 Mar 24, 2007 08:57 PM

      There are some wonderful old vine garnachas from Spain. I really love Las Rocas, if you can find it.

    2. Husky RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 03:04 PM

      Beer or Champagne.

      1. wineguy7 RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 03:09 PM

        Txakolina is a wine I am starting to see more of. It comes from the Basque region. Great with seafood!

        1. Rabbit RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 03:14 PM

          Oooo - tapas. Mr. Rabbit and I are recently back from Spain and looooved the food (although I probably would have gotten scurvy if we stayed much longer... not a lot of vegetable action). But on to the libations... Spanish cava (Espagne's answer to champagne) is often inexpensive and pretty great. Segura Vidas is my brand of choice. Definitely Rioja for red drinkers. You could also mix a pitcher of sangria.

          PS - for menu... the Spanish are pork loving people and I recommend trying to access some jamon (serrano is most traditional).

          1. Suzie RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 03:37 PM

            Sangria, red and white

            1. ChefJune RE: jerryj Mar 24, 2007 09:20 PM

              Based upon the dishes you mentioned above, I think I'd add a Spanish Cava... but NOT Cordon Negro!

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                Bruce in SLO RE: ChefJune Mar 25, 2007 05:15 PM

                Recently we enjoyed a nice dry Palomino fino white wine
                from Rioja currently available at Trader Joe's for less than $ 5.

              2. Bill Hunt RE: jerryj Mar 25, 2007 07:34 PM

                I love a new-style, young Rioja, and also second the rec. for a Garnacha, either a full Tina, or Rosé.


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                  Bill Hunt RE: Bill Hunt Mar 25, 2007 09:51 PM

                  Oops, should have been "Tinta."

                  Note to self: do not post, when you are tasting!!!!


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