Right now, we’re all spending more time in our kitchens, on our couches and ordering food and wine online. Now more than ever, we’re looking for life’s little luxuries, easy access fun, and ways to bring cool, new and fun experiences into our homes and our lives.
We all know two things. Chefs can whip up a tasting menu and a fancy dish to pair with wine and you can order a full-on recipe online and dive into a big Spanish menu. But how about we take things down a notch and look at the simple things in life that can bring you pleasure.
Here are 5 simple food pairings you can enjoy with some delicious wines from Spain without having to think too hard, plan too much, or even cook (in some cases at least)!
Cava + Crepes
Cava is the perfect brunch solution. Crepes are easy to make at home and can also very easily be gourmet. Whether your filling is strawberries, ham and cheese, spinach and ricotta, chocolate if you have a sweet tooth, or even caviar if you’re looking to elevate things, the fresh bubbles will be the perfect companion to this dish!
Albariño + Asparagus
Albariño is a crisp, light and refreshing white wine that will truly remind you of spring. Pair this wine with grilled or roasted asparagus (feel free to add in some seafood as your entrée), or fettuccine with asparagus, or quite frankly any dish where asparagus is the main or most flavourful component. The bitterness of the asparagus will be complemented perfectly by the crisp, clean freshness of the wine.
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Rosado + Ricotta
Find your favourite mild cheese and pair it with rosado! This amazing pairing will be both comforting and delicious. The freshness of the cheese with the fruity notes of the rosado makes for a tingling palate sensation you’re bound to love! Also, another easy wine and food tip for Rosado is to match the colour of the wine with the colour of your food! #ProTip
Tempranillo + Tenderloin
Whether you’re grilling in your kitchen or cracking open your BBQ, a bottle of Tempranillo Tinto is the perfect match for tenderloin, or any red meat dinner really. The tannins in the red wine break down the protein in the red meat, helping with digestion. In contrast, the fruit in the wine paired with the savouriness of the meat offers a dynamite combination for your palate.
Sherry + Salami
One night when I was in Spain, I drank dry Fino Sherry all night long with an unlimited amount of jamón, and that taught me something. Dry Sherry and charcuterie boards go together! The saltiness of the meat paired with the nuttiness of the Sherry made for an absolutely perfect combination. Order your favourite chorizo and charcuterie from your online grocery store, and make your own charcuterie board, open a bottle of Fino. Dry styles of Sherry include Fino (and Manzanilla), Amontillado and Oloroso.
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