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Pairing Spanish Tapas & Wine - A festive evening

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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.