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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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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log, Wine in the Glass

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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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

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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Posted in Wine FAQ

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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Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

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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Posted in Wine Buzz

Pairing Wine With Spanish Cuisine

Spain has a long reputation for spicy cuisine, but in recent years, other European influences have helped tame the heat and made Spanish fare, in general, more wine-friendly. Here are a few pairing possibilities beyond the ubiquitous tapas-and-sparkling wine offerings…

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5 Tips for a Tantalizing Tapas Experience

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” I’ve heard that observation credited to everyone from Mark Twain to Katherine Hepburn. A little research reveals that it more likely originated with a little-known writer named Ernestine Ulmer, who actually put it slightly

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