Day 2’s Holiday Gift Idea also comes from our first show….our very first guest on Cocktails for Everyone! was Denis Toner, Founder of the Nantucket Wine Festival. How about 2 tickets to the 2011 Grand Tasting or Harbor Gala in your stocking? Works for me!
Along with that, why not include a gift certificate to Nantucket’s American Seasons? Co-owners Michael La Scola (episode 1) and Orla Murphy LaScola (episode 3) run one of the best restaurants on the island, as well as have one of the best wine lists on the East Coast.
I was very happy to be invited to Cape Cod last night by the people at Tapena Wines. They were hosting one of their “Grab a Fork” events at The Port, one of my favorite lower Cape restaurants. Tapena picked up the tab for some fantastic tapas while guests enjoyed the delicious wines from Tapena. Tapena is made by the Ferrer family, whose Spanish wine experience dates back several centuries. Today, the Ferrers operate over 11 wineries in Spain, perhaps best known as the owners of Freixenet, one of the world’s favorite sparkling wines.
All the Tapena wines are very food-friendly, and are crafted from varietals native to Spain – Garnacha ( a beautiful violet hue, dark fruit & spice on the palate, full bodied); Tempranillo (rich and bold with a soft mouth feel, cherry fruit on the palate, a long finish with a hint of coffee & chocolate); Verdejo ( a pale yellow hue, vibrant nose of tropical fruit, bright stone fruit on the palate, crisp & lingering finish) and a Rose (Garnacha, Monastrell & hint of Shiraz – bright strawberry aromas, fresh cherry flavors with a crisp & refreshing acidity). The grapes are cultivated in the heartland of Spain – Tierra de Castilla. Grown outside the highly regulated DO system, these wines benefit from a broader diversity of soils, microclimates and approved grape varieties.
The many guests really enjoyed sampling the variety of different Tapena wines which all went great with the tapas – there were clams casino, quesadillas, bruschetta, tuna and spinach in phyllo. People were surpised and pleased to learn that the wine retails for approximately $10 per bottle – many thought it tasted much more expensive! Guests also got to enter to win copies of “The Spanish Table” cookbook, t-shirts, and a beautiful Tapena copper firepit. It was a really great experience.
The Tapena Grab a Fork tour continues tonight at EmBargo in Hyannis as well as next week in Chicago & Dallas. You can find out more at tapenawines.com or on facebook.com/tapenawines.