Buy wine for tapas should be at this point our favorite subject, but if it is not, we are still on time to become the Cum Laude of wine choices for starters, that kind of expert who becomes essential at any meeting, whenever there is good food involved. We will choose the best Spanish wines to go with tapas.
The first thing to do is getting straight down to the business. Let’s get inspired with two examples: one sunny day in the Calle Laurel in Logrono or an afternoon at La Latina area in Madrid. Streets full of bars, bars full of people and tapas, glasses of red wine, white wine, rosé and also some beers.
The important thing in tapas and the basic to enjoy an original “tapeo” are the moment, the conversation and the combination of flavours. Clearly, a Spanish omelet could taste better accompanied by a Gran Reserva or a known Crianza, but it is also true that the wine itself is not fundamental, but an accessory, only one element.
The wine we choose for tapas has to be good, it has to taste good and has to be consistent with the tapas that we will have, but it does not need to be expensive. I recommend doing a small selection of inexpensive wines with ten or fifteen affordable ones, in which we will have to include different grape varieties, different backgrounds and multiple red and white wines to choose from. Just in case, we can also include some rosés.
This will be our basic list to choose which wines will go with the tapas. It should often be updated and improved. To do this all the wines on the list must have been tasted before, it is best not to risk. In this way we will also know how to be right in our choice depending on the menu and guests.
It's easy to find good wines from Rioja for less than
10 euros: El Coto, Ramón Bilbao, Cune, Luis Cañas, Vina
Albina, Viña Herminia Excelsus, Beronia or Azpilicueta. Many
wines are around 6 euros what means that success is guaranteed in
return for very little investment.
La Planta, Protos, Prado Rey or any of Pago de los Capellanes are red wines from Ribera del Duero that may be on our table from 6 euros to just over 8.
We cannot ignore in our list wine regions as Penedes, Extremadura, Toro, Jumilla, etc ... So, in our selection of inexpensive wines we have to include wonders like Habla del Silencio 2010, Erumir Crianza 2006, Finca Constancia 2009, Martúe 2008, Prima 2009 or Gotim Bru 2008. In addition to their low price these are some extraordinary wines.
As for buying white wines, I can sum up my choices in Albariño and Verdejo, with some contributions to the list of Txacolís, wines from Catalunya and wine of Cadiz, a land of which I have great memories: Protos Verdejo, José Pariente Verdejo, Blanc Pescador Premium, Txomin Etxainz Txacoli, Txacoli Eizaguirre, Martin Códax, Barbadillo Castillo de San Diego and Oda Blanc.
Finally one of the pink wines I usually have, if given the chance to take them: Marqués de Riscal Rosado, Peñascal Rosado Aguja and Enate. I am waiting for your contributions to my list!
Blanc Pescador, the jewel from Catalonian Coast to share with fish tapas.
Palacio de Monsalud, a red wine to pair with meats.