Thursday, December 17, 2009

Made in Spain Brindemos esta Nochebuena con Tapeña Tempranillo

In this newsletter:

Tapeña for the holidays
Spain's holiday traditions
A Spanish feast
A look back at 2009
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¡Felices Fiestas!

Bring Spain to your holiday table this winter with wines as vibrant as Spain itself. Tapeña's contemporary wines offer a unique twist to the traditional turkey wine pairing - all for an exceptional value! Keep reading for delicious wine pairings and tapas recipes to help add some Spanish flair to all your merrymaking.

Your friends at Tapeña

Tapeña wines for the Holidays
Tapeña's expressive, fruit-forward wines are crafted to be the ideal complement to your holiday table.
Learn more about Tapeña wines.

Tapeña Tempranillo
This is a classic Tempranillo, full and luscious, with intense flavors of earth, plums and violets, fine tannins and great balance. No Spanish table is complete without paella, the perfect company dish.

Tapeña Garnacha
Rich, ripe, dark fruits are balanced by soft tannins and a lovely spicy mouthfeel. If you're looking for a Spanish alternative to the traditional honeybaked ham, try pairing Garnacha with slices of Spanish ham.

Tapeña Verdejo
A full-flavored wine with a fine apple fruit beautifully balanced by a refreshing and lingering acidity, Tapeña Verdejo is an excellent choice for seafood, a staple among Spanish feasts.

Tapeña Rosé
A silky palate with a ripe berry flavors and bright stone fruit is balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity. Tapeña Rosé is a versatile wine that pairs with a long list of dishes, from appetizers to seafood paella. Try pairing with your holiday bird!

Fun Spanish Fact - Spain's Holiday Traditions
Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no es noche de dormir.
"This is the goodnight, therefore it is not meant for sleep."

Spain marks the holidays with feasts and joyous celebrations, from traditional Christmas festivities to local traditions. Hogueras (bonfires) is a winter solstice tradition where people jump over bonfires as a symbolic protection against illness. Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) starts with the lighting of oil lamps as the stars come out. The family feast is often eaten well after midnight and may include pavo trufado de Navida - Christmas turkey stuffed with truffles.

A Spanish Feast
Were you salivating over the suggested pairings for Tapeña wines? We were! Spanish cuisine has taken the world by storm, and for good reason. Tapas are the ideal complement for an evening of laughter and conversation among close friends. Bring Spain home tonight with these delicious recipes for your holiday spread.

Chiringuito Seafood Paella
A must-have for any Spanish-style gathering!

Truffled Turkey and Wild Mushroom Croquettes
A Spanish twist on a traditional holiday staple.

Catalan Stuffing
From PBS's "Made in Spain" host chef José Andrés.

New Tapas recipes
Perfect as appetizers or finger food before the big feast.

View all Spanish recipes

"In the Know" - A Look Back
The past year has been very exciting for Tapeña. We were honored to sponsor PBS's "The Wine Makers", a reality series that followed competitors as they competed for a chance to create and launch their very own wine label. Tapeña wines received high praise from wine critics, including several medals from the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. We continue to expand Tapeña's website to include tasty new tapas recipes and will soon add engaging information about Spanish culture, events and traditions. Be sure to stay tuned as 2010 looks to offer even more exciting events and news.

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