July 24th, 2012 | Events, Food & Wine, Recipes & Tapas | 0 Comments
Last weekend was the Catalan Festival at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, California, a true celebration of the Spanish way of life. And from the crowds, it was apparent I was not the only one wanting to spend a day in Spain. With the heat, artisans selling their beautiful glassware and leather goods, and the pulsing beat of Flamenco dancers and Flamenco guitarist Eric Symons, we were transported to Las Ramblas, the popular main street in Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region of Spain. We didn’t even need a passport, though a passport was issued upon arrival, offering a delicious tour through the various wines of Spain, including Tapeña Garnacha.
Try not to be jealous as you read over this menu of tapas we enjoyed while soaking in the views of the gorgeous olive tree-lined vineyards from a cool shady spot on the Vista Terrace: Crab and shrimp stuffed piquillo pepper from ThirstyBear in San Francisco; goat cheese and corn tartlet from The Girl & The Fig in Sonoma; Manchego cheese with quince paste from La Espanola; paella from Jose Castaneda, The Paella Guy; and Tortilla Espanola from Vineyards Inn in Kenwood.
Have you ever attended the Catalan Festival? If not, I highly recommend putting it on your calendar for next year. Or to recreate the feel of Spain at home, whip up some easy tapas and/or paella (recipe here), turn up some tunes from Eric Symons (click here), and pour yourself a glass of affordable, food-friendly Spanish wine. Salud!