Spanish food and wine fiesta


This year’s Spanish food and wine fiesta in London promises to be the most exciting yet.

Co-hosted by Square Meal and Wines from Spain, the tasting is a great opportunity to taste from a selection of nearly 120 wines, as well as enjoy the Cava and Sherry bars, and signature tapas from some of the capital’s top Spanish restaurants.

The tasting begins at 6pm, but visitors are welcome to arrive a little earlier and head for the Cava Bar, which will be open from 5.30pm, where a range of up to five different Cavas will be available to try.

During the main tasting, wine expert Susy Atkins (a regular on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen) will be on hand to take visitors on ‘wine walks’, introducing them to popular styles or wines from regions they may not be familiar with; elsewhere, a 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.

The wines to taste stretch from affordable, sub-£10 bottles such as the 2001 Tinta Joven from Bodegas Covila, through classics such as the 2006 Marqués de Riscal Reserva (£17.95), up to top-end wines such as 2005 Dalmau Reserva from Marqués de Murrieta (£70) and 2007 Durius Magister from Marqués de la Concordia (£40).

Spain is one of the most exciting wine countries in the world, and boasts a line-up of top-class regions, from the well known (Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat) to the up-and-coming (Bierzo, Campo de Borja). And Spain is just as adept at white wine, too: Galicia is home to vibrant Albariños; Rueda produces zesty Verdejos and Sauvignon Blancs; and Catalunya is the home of Cava, the excellent sparkling wine that never breaks the bank.

And any true Spanish tasting needs some food to accompany the wine, so bespoke tapas dishes will be offered on the night from a stunning line-up of some of the best Spanish restaurants in the capital, including Brindisa, Camino, River Café Sergi Arola, Ibérica and Moro.

Last year, some of the best matches included wood-roasted pork belly with Tio Pepe Fino; beetroot gazpacho with cod brandada paired with 2009 Martín Códax Albariño; and Manchego biscuits with piquillo mousse served with 2005 Marqués de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva. Read Patricia Langton's guide to matching Spanish wine with food.

Tickets cost £25 and are strictly limited - click here to book tickets online. Come and meet the winemakers and the chefs who are earning Spain such a high reputation for excellent food and drink. ¡Salud!

Your ticket prices includes:

  • Cava Bar
  • Sherry Bar
  • around 120 wines to try
  • signature tapas from some of the best Spanish restaurants in London
  • wine walks with expert Susy Atkins
  • fresh carvings of jamón
  • a tasting book with key information on regions and grape varieties