No tapas night is complete without your favorite winebota filled with a delicious wine by your side. In our humble opinion, a perfect tapas night should start with a decent bottle of wine from Spain. Whether you like Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, Penedes or any other wine region from Spain, you need to get a bottle of wine that it’s at least $13.00 Seriously, you can’t get a decent bottle of good wine for under $13.00
In this case we recommend a mid-price ‘Ribera del Duero’ called Mogar Vendimia Seleccionada 2006 by Bodegas Pagos de Mogar located in Valladolid, Spain. The color is bright ruby red. Fresh and complex notes on the nose. Excellent harmony that includes coffee, oak and berries aromas. On the palate, powerful and sophisticated. This wine pairs nicely with all types of cold cuts and cheeses. On a scale from 0-10 we give this wine an 8.6 Retail Price Range in the U.S.: $18-22 Overall is a good everyday wine.
Now, when it comes to food, you need good quality cold cuts straight from Spain. Some reputable makers are ‘Campofrío’, ‘Redondo Iglesias’, ‘Sanchéz Romero’, ‘Cinco Jotas’ or ‘Fermín’. Your tapas selection should include: ‘Jamón Serrano’, ‘Lomo Embuchado’ and ‘Chorizo Cantimpalo’.
When it comes to cheeses you can’t go wrong with a 3-6 month aged ‘Manchego’ or an ‘Idiazabal’ or a ‘Cabrales’. Additionally make sure you accompany everything with some good warm bread, olives in ‘aliño’, ‘Marcona’ almonds and ‘Piquillo’ peppers.