Tapas and wine are an integral part of Spanish culture, you can find a great Tapas bars in every city, but in some places they go by another name. In northern Spain, where I often encountered tapas on a recent trip to Navarra; they are called "pintxos" while most of the rest of the country they call them Tapas.
But whatever you call these small, yet very delightful snacks which are easy to make, I'm sure like me, you will call them delicious. You'll find they come in many shapes, sizes and various styles. One thing you can be sure about; these small tasty "bites" are ready to rock your taste-buds.
Tapas take appetizers to new heights and they tend to disappear off of plates as quickly as they can be ordered. One of the funny things about being in Tapas-Bar whether it's abroad or here in San Diego, is being at a complete lost to correctly pronounce many of names myself, most of my ordering came via pointing or gesturing to the new one I wanted to try next.
If you're not familiar with the Tapeña brand, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you, they produce four different wines, a Tempranillo, Garnacha, Verdejo and a dry Rosé. These wines are part of the Ferrer family portfolio, like Frexinet of which you may already be familiar with iconic black bottled Cava.
You should be able to find that these Tapeña wines are widely available. Their wines are produced in the Tierra de Castilla, a region near the heart of Spain. You will often find that just like people wines often have their own style; these wines are no exception as you will find them to be fresh and fruit forward, a great wine to uncork at your next Tapas party or get together. Feel free to connect with Tapeña wines on FB or give them a quick shout-out on Twitter.
Now for the contest portion, I have one of my favorite Tapas dishes pictured here, your job is figure out and name this very popular Tapas dish. If you're looking for some inspiration for finding the name of this very tasty Tapas dish, you can check here for some great recipes from the fine folks at Tapeña.
The contest will run from today November 28th through Friday, December 9th which is a Monday, one winner will be chosen at random, so feel free to comment as often as you like, I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Tapeña Wines want to give you a head start on planning your very own Tapas get-together by awarding a "party-pack" to one of my readers. The pack includes some great items to help you get you going in the right direction, finding your favorite wine and Tapas pairing. You will find, multi colored wine charms, a great tapas cookbook to help you get creative, corkscrew [waiters friend style] to help you uncork your own adventures, and of last but certainly not least you will get all four of their wines pictured above as well.
By the way; in order to enter this contest, you must be 21 years or older to enter; by entering the contest and leaving a comment below you verify you are over 21. Big apologies to all my readers outside the U.S. but you must also be a legal