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All About Tempranillo

The couple had been sitting at the restaurant’s bar for just over 90 minutes. They’d been noshing on an array of tapas — mushroom carpaccio with wasabi vinaigrette, a mini Spanish omelet with chorizo sausage, fried eggplant with honey, chicken

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Do Not Fear Tapas… or the Wines That Go With Them

What is it about Spanish tapas that seem to intimidate people? Look around. Small plates are everywhere. Even restaurants not focused on small plates often offer an appetizer combo platter. But the cuisine that started it all — tapas —

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When in Spain, Drink as the Spanish Do

I’ve told you a little bit about my recent wedding, and some of the things that made it anything but “normal” — a live band playing a full concert in two sets, the request for donations to the Bowlers to

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Are There Any ‘Key Words’ to Use When Ordering Tapas in Spain?

QUESTION: We’re planning a trip to Spain, and hope to visit several tapas bars while in Barcelona. Only one problem: It has been a long time since I took Spanish in school. Are there any “key words” you could give

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The History of Sangria… and a Sparkling Suggestion

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about breaking my personal 35-year ban on Sangria while having dinner at a tapas bar in Barcelona. Intrepid reporter that I am, at one point during that meal I asked one of our servers,

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Sangria: The Perfect ‘Wine Cocktail’ of Summer

My first experience with Sangria was at a then-popular Mexican restaurant chain that included the ice-cold, sweet drink as part of its Sunday brunch. It was an all-you-could-eat buffet, accompanied by all-you-could-drink Sangria. I don’t remember much about that morning

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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Sangria: Red or White, It’s a Fun Drink for Summertime… or Anytime

It’s close to summertime, and in Spain, that means it’s Sangria time. Actually, the residents of Spain — at least the ones we encountered in Barcelona last fall — enjoy Sangria all year-round. And why not? It’s fun to drink,

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Vinous Adventures in Barcelona

Barcelona is a magnificent city, brimming with history, culture and compelling cuisine. But it wasn’t until Democracy was restored in 1978 and the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1992 that it became one of Europe’s top destinations. Today, Barcelona

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Red Wine and Music: A Global Perspective

The first three letters of Greg Trooper’s last name provide a clue as to what he does for a living. That’s T-R-O as in troubadour — a singer/songwriter extraordinaire who glides under the radar of most people, but has a

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