The Spanish Food and Wine Fair at Old Billingsgate in The City is one of our highlights of the year. Spain’s food and wine scene is terrifically vibrant and varied, and on Thursday 21 March, you
will be able to try wonderful examples of the country’s vinous and culinary flair.
Co-hosted by Wines from Spain and Square Meal, the tasting is a great opportunity to try a selection of around 120 wines, as well as enjoy dedicated cava and sherry bars alongside signature tapas
from some of the capital’s top Spanish restaurants.
Last year, one of the highlights was the broad range of tapas prepared by the restaurant exhibitors, and this year will see a larger and more exciting line-up of some of the best Spanish
restaurants in the capital, including old favourites such as Tapas Brindisa, Camino
and Ibérica, and newcomers to the event such as Hispania,
Rosita & The Sherry Bar, Tapas Revolution, La Tasca and Bar Tozino.
Some of the best matches in 2012 included Tapas Brindisa’s brocheta de gamba con romesco paired with a lively Albariño from Rías Baixas and Ibérica’s dried salmon with creamy smoked milk, which was
a great match with rosé cava. Other highlights included wood-roasted pork belly with Tio Pepe fino; beetroot gazpacho with cod brandada paired with a crisp Verdejo; and Manchego biscuits with
piquillo mousse served with 2005 Marqués de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva.
Red and white wines
The overall quality of red and white wines from Spain has improved immeasurably over the past two to three decades, and its wines now bear comparison with the world’s finest. Another attraction is
the diversity on offer, be it from top-class, well-known regions such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat, to new faces quickly gaining ground, like Bierzo, Toro and Campo de Borja. With regards
to white wine, the choice is just as broad: Galicia in north-west Spain is home to fresh, food-friendly Albariños; Rueda, a little further south, produces zesty Verdejos and Sauvignon Blancs; and
Catalunya in the north-east is the home of cava, the excellent sparkling wine that is usually very good value.
You will have the opportunity to try many styles of wine – perhaps start with a thirst-quenching 2012 Castell de Raimat Albariño (£9.99/bottle), a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Marqués de Riscal
(£10.95), or a 2011 Godello from Bodegas Valdesil, before moving on to a full-bodied 2006 Bodegas Bohórquez from Ribera del Duero (£22.50), or a top-end 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja from CVNE
(£26.99). Plus, the winners of the 2012 Wines from Spain Awards will be pouring samples of their winning entries for guests to try.
Sherry and cava
In addition, the sherry bar will feature the whole gamut of styles, from bracing, tangy fino and manzanilla to full-bodied amontillado and oloroso, as well as sweet, unctuous Pedro Ximénez, while
the cava bar will allow you to explore a range of up to six different Spanish sparkling wines.
Come and meet some of the winemakers and chefs who are earning Spain such a stellar reputation for excellent food and delicious wines for every occasion, palate and pocket. It's a great way to
entertain friends, colleagues or clients. ¡Salud!
How to book
Tickets to the Spanish Food and Wine Fair 2013 cost £30 and are strictly limited. Find out more and book tickets here.
Your ticket prices includes:
The tasting opens at 6pm, but visitors are welcome to arrive a little earlier for a welcome glass of cava, available from 5.30pm.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Read Patricia Langton's guide to matching Spanish wine with food.