With Summer almost at our doorsteps, Many Montrealers are other suburbs residents profit of the sunny good weather and tend to do outdoor activities. I, for one, love spending a summer exploring different parks. This is the perfect excuse to have a picnic in the park. With a little vino on hand and some simple but really tasty food, it is the best atmosphere to have quality time with your family and friends.
Like I said before, Simplicity is the key word. My idea of a Spanish picnic would include dishes such as Tortilla Espanola, Ensalada de Bonito con Pimientos asados, Croquetas de Pollo. However, no Spanish picninc would be complete without some Jamon and fish preserves.
Two food staples that you can find in Spanish Gastronomy are Jamon Serrano and preserved fish.Jamón Serrano ham is a source of great pride among Spaniards. For centuries, the people of Spain have rolled fresh hams in sea salt and hung them from their rafters to cure. A year to eighteen months later the jamones are ready to mount on special stands that are designed so that anyone can stop by, carve a few paper-thin slices, and enjoy. A special, very sharp knife is used for the job.Jamón serrano is more than a delicacy in Spain; it is a normal part of every family’s life. Every tapas bar and neighborhood café have their own hams. Most families will have one on the go at home
Spaniards are also passionate fish-eaters, second only to the Japan who are the world’s leading consumers of fish. This craziness for fish and seafood eating culture has developed out of a number of different factors – geographical, historical, cultural, and even religious factors.
Here are some suggestions for Spanish wines for Picnic drinking. Remember to favor more pleasure than complexity. Wine drinking is supposed to be not all the time serious.
Torres Vina Esmeralda. Price: $15.85. SAQ Code: 10357329.
A well known value at the SAQ, this blend of Moscatel and Gewürtztraminer display very aromatic notes of pear, honey and rosewater. In the mouth, it has a bit of spritz with a fresh acidity. Fruity and more floral flavors jazz up the palate delivering a crisp and delicate finale. 88\100.
Freixenet Mia 2013. Price: $13.05. SAQ Code: 12478976
On the nose, this Catalan white wine displays notes of white and tropical fruits with subtle vegetable and mineral nuances. On the mouth, medium body, fruity with a refreshing acidity. In addition, notes of melon dew and flowers. A nice touch of residual sugar adds deliciousness in the palate. 90\100.
Borsao Blanco Seleccion 2013. Price: $13.95. SAQ Code: 10856161
On the nose, aromas of peaches, lemon and nuances of grilled cashews and brazil nuts. On the mouth, round with a fresh mouthfeel. Crisp acidity with a broad texture. and a clean finish. 88\100
Freixenet Cordon Rosado. Price: $14.80 SAQ Code: 00352369.
Great aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberries with aromatic flowers and vanilla bean. On the mouth, medium body. Refreshing and balanced with a crisp acidity. Great summer sparkler. 91\100.