Tapas on Toast: Spanish Montaditos + 2017 Sierras de Málaga Laderas de Sedella Anfora #WorldWineTravel
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- Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla offers Tapas on Toast: Spanish Montaditos + 2017 Sierras de Málaga Laderas de Sedella Anfora.
- Lynn of Savor the Harvest reveals Three Facts About Sherry and Why You Need to Try a Bottle.
- Terri of Our Good Life gives us A Beginner’s Guide to Amontillado and Spanish Tapas.
- Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm brings us A Friday Night Cocktail that starts with Alvear Tres Miradas Vino de Pueblo 2018.
- Susannah of Avvinare is Learning to Love Sherry One Style at a Time.
- Reggie at Wine Casual offers 10 Tips for Sherry Lovers & Wine Geeks Visiting Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
- Jeff Burrows of Food Wine Click! asks Sherry is a Fortified Wine, or is It?
- Nicole of Somm’s Table dishes Bodegas Dios Baco PX and a Banana Cake.
- Gwendolyn of Wine Predator…Gwendolyn Alley declares Spanish Songs in Andalucía with Soup and Sherry: Oh My Corazón.
- Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog serves up 2018 Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Moscatel Old Vines Botani + Trout Tartine with Stone Fruit.
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.