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Pairing Spanish Tapas & Wine - A festive evening

  • Dec 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In Spain the philosophy tends to be, "Eat when you drink, Drink when you eat" so traditionally tapas are always served with wine and both are perfect companions to each other.

As we get into the festive season, lets celebrate the evening by Pairing Spanish Tapas and Wine amid cheerful spirits and fun conversations.

Our restaurant pick for this event, is a classic Tapas restaurant, with a wonderful ambiance and an old-fashioned elegance - "La Taberna del Alaberdero" - “Tavern of the Palace Guards”. The story of this restaurant goes back more than 25 years ago, when Luis de Lezama rented a 16th-century townhouse outside the Royal Palace in Madrid and began serving Spanish cuisine. Today, there are three Tabernas, one of them in Washington, Lezama’s first venture outside of Spain (the other is in Seattle).

"Taberna del Alabardero", which has now completed over 20 years in DC holds the unique distinction of having been designated the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain by the Spanish government.

Pairing Spanish Wines

Spanish wines are naturally great with the broad spectrum of Spanish traditional cuisines and here are just a few ways, of pairing them with Tapas.

Sherry (Jerez) - Spain’s great classic wine, sherry which can range in style from dry to richly sweet, has long been pigeonholed as a wine to be served with Spanish tapas or perhaps, in its sweeter versions, sipped in front of a fireplace. Dry sherries, served chilled, are a great match for shrimp, oysters, scallops, clams, and other shellfish; it is a quintessential accompaniment to tapas;

Cavas - Cava, the Spanish equivalent of champagne, made mostly in Catalunya is very versatile; it is ideal with with Spanish tapas; and all kinds of seafood.

White Wines (Blancos) - Albariños from Rias Baixas region of northwestern Spain are fresh, lively, well-balanced and delicious are a versatile companion to a variety of Tapas pairing, specially seafood. Catalonia also has a broad range of superb Mediterranean-influenced whites, including some chardonnays from Conca de Barberà (Tarragona) and Penedès that rank among the best in Spain.

Rosé wines (Rosados) - Refreshing, delicious and versatile, the dry ones pair well with seafood, pork, and chorizos. La Rioja, Navarra and Valencia are some of the more popular producers of Rose.

Red wines (tintos) - Tempranillo-based wines from la Rioja,
Ribera del Duero’s are always a good recommendation for pairing with Tapas. 


So join in for a fun, festive evening as we shall nosh some authentic Spanish Tapas with an extensive Wine list at "La Taberna del Alaberdero".

Seating is very limited, So please RSVP with responsibility.

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  • Rodolfo

    A great night, with a fun group of people and the most eclectic conversations through the evening. This restaurant has a traditional elegant charm to it and the food was delicious.

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Rodolfo

      A chilled Manzanilla dry sherry pairs well with Tapas !

      December 11, 2013

  • jasmine

    A wonderful evening with a great group of people. I look forward to dining with you all again.

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • Rado

    Sorry, Shaun and I will be tad late.

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is upsetting, but I cannot make it to this fabulous tapas event. I love Spain, and enjoyed wine country there, and was really looking forward to meeting new people over great wine and food. I am stuck on a project with an immediate deadline, and would rather give someone else a chance to join, since there is a wait list. Please enjoy!

    December 11, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    With the snow fading out and the sun out tommorrow, looking forward to a fun evening of tapas and wine and seeing you all.

    December 10, 2013

  • Krystal D.

    Sorry...please give my spot to someone else!!

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Jen

    Sorry for the last minute cancel Rodolfo! I love La Taberna but have to go car shopping tomorrow! BTW we are doing karaoke this Saturday if you're interested in coming!

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    With just a few days remaining for this event, If your plans have changed, Please do remember to update your RSVP at your earliest.

    Please do not wait to cancel in the last 48 hours, as its very difficult to get others to take your spot.

    Looking forward to a fun, festive evening of pairing some wines with tapas and good conversations.

    December 6, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    This event shall be announced on November, 30th. Taberna del Alabardero, which has now completed over 20 years in DC holds the unique distinction of having been designated the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain by the Spanish government.

    November 24, 2013

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