TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

This was our first year attending TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting (TAPAS = Tempranillo Advocates, Producers & Amigos Society) and I have to say, we found it to be quite a fun time!  So what exactly was this event?  Details below:
  • WHAT: It is billed as the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish & Portugese varietal wines in North America.  While Tempranillo was certainly the star, there were plenty of other wines to taste such as Albariño, Verdelho, Graciano and more.
Menu: June 5-11 2011
Sunday Nona’s Umbrian Lentil Soup
Monday Grilled Grouper w/ Apricot Ginger Relish, Grain & Veg
Tuesday Leftovers: Lentil Soup
Wednesday Leftovers: Fish Tacos with beans & spicy brussel sprouts
Thursday Beef Tataki with side noodle salad (DIY)
Friday Eat Out
Saturday Leftovers: Beef Tataki
I actually think I found all of the exact recipes that I am using from my cookbooks online this week...so everything linked is accurate to what I’ll be cooking. I know it’s technically Summer, but it’s been awfully rainy and chilly in San Francisco lately so some good ‘ole lentil soup sounds perfect for a Sunday meal even if it is June!
Our Favorite Red & White Sangria

Christian and I have a special fondness for Spain and Sangria...so when we got married in 2005 we decided to make our own Red & White Sangria to complement our beer & wine open bar. The day before our wedding (and only hours before our wedding-eve beach BBQ!) I wrangled up some of my best girlfriends and together we made 30 gallons of Sangria...half red and half white.

Thinking back that seems crazy to do less than 24 hours before saying I Do...I mean the damage that cutting up all that citrus could have done to my nails alone! Ah, young, crazy, in love and with the eye on creating my perfect & highly personalized dream wedding (which it 100% turned out to be!).  Love it! The two recipes for Red & White sangria below are the ones we used at our wedding...scaled up quite a bit of course.  I hope you enjoy them and they bring you as much love, romance and fun as they have for us.  ¡Salud!