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Tapas on Toast: Spanish Montaditos + 2017 Sierras de Málaga Laderas de Sedella Anfora #WorldWineTravel


Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog is hosting this month's World Wine Travel group. He has the group exploring Andalucía; you can read his invitation here.

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Andalusia,  Andalucía in Spanish, is the southnermost wine region in the country and home to  renowned fortified wine, Sherry. It is south of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha, west of Murcia, and east of Portugal.

Back in 2018 I did a Sherry tasting and shared Gazpacho, Spanish Small Bites, + Sherry Tasting. I considered doing a deeper dive into Sherry for this event, but was excited to locate a bottle of 2017 Sierras de Málaga Laderas de Sedella Anfora.

Before I get to my main pairings, I opened up the bottle and did a sneak peek with a simple Catalan coca. Find the recipe for coques here.

2017 Sierras de Málaga Laderas de Sedella Anfora

This bottle comes from the Sierras de Málaga DO. Founded in 2006, Sedella is owned and operated by Lauren Rosillo, an innovative Spanish winemaker who worked in Rioja, Rueda, and La Mancha before he fell in love with the Axarquia region in Málaga. Winemaking in the region dates back to 600 BC when the Greeks planted vines in the area. 

Rosillo blended this wine from three Spanish grapes: Romé Tinto, Garnacha, and Jaén. The wine was fermented with wild yeasts in French oak before being aged for a year in cement amphorae. It pours an inky purple. Aromas abound with bright red fruit with layers of spice. There was a tinge of violets on the finish.

Tapas on Toast: Spanish Montaditos

To go with the wine, I decided to serve my version of Spanish montaditos. A montadito is a small, open-face sandwich served as a tapas dish. The name comes from the Spanish verb montar, 'to mount,' because the toppings are piled on top of the bread.

I topped one with manchego and quince paste. Another offering was Chorizo Simmered in Red Wine.

I made Catalan Escalivada and pureed it into a savory paste as a bread topping.

And I flaked Spanish sardines over an olive puree for another montadito.

This was a fun dinner of Spanish finger foods with a beautiful wine. That's a wrap for my Andalusian exploration. Stay tuned for next month's discussion of the wines of Castilla-La Mancha.


  1. I love all the tapas available on this tasting spree.

  2. Your tapas sound wonderful (Especially, the Catalan Escalivada pureed it into a savory paste) I need to do that one of these days! The wine sounds wonderful. It's interesting that Jaen, which is typically knows as Mencia is going by the name it's typically referred to in Portugal. Perhaps it's Andalucia proximity to Portugal

  3. These all look delicious -- and tapas selection always appeals to me so much since I love to sample lots of different tastes. The wine sounds right up my alley as well.

  4. These bites sound wonderful and fun to pair with different Spanish wines.

  5. Focusing in on the grapes, Romé Tinto is a new one for me and looks to be indigenous to Andalucia. I wonder if the producer is of Portuguese descent... Jaén. On the food side, I don't turn down manchego and quince or sardines yet would for your chorizo montadito!

  6. Wow, what a fun wine find. I have learned I enjoy tapas, pintxos, and now montadito when someone else prepares them. too much trouble and dishes for this line cook!


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