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NEW #TWSTaste: Tapas night! Thursday 27th August, 8-9pm

Hi everyone!

As it’s summer, and most of us haven’t had a proper holiday this year, we thought we’d bring a taste of Spanish sunshine to our August #twstaste!

Scroll down to find more details on how to take part (essentially, order the wines below, cook up a tapas feast and join us to taste along live!)

#TWSTaste Tapas Night: Thurs 27th August, 8-9pm

We’re just about to launch a Summer Drinking in Style offer which is full of all the sunshine-friendly essentials to see you through the rest of the warmer weather, so we’ve chosen three wines from this offer which we think will be a delicious match for a variety of tapas dishes.

Here’s what we’ll be tasting:

Muga Rosado, Rioja 2019

If there’s one thing you guys seem to agree on, it’s that rosé (or rosado in this case) is an incredibly versatile food match.

The Society’s Cava Reserva Brut NV

I’m reliably informed this is the traditional accompaniment to tapas dishes in northern Spain - but I’ve never tried Cava with tapas before!
This is a wine very close to my heart, though - I’m convinced it’s one of the best-value sparklers in our entire range and I’d love for more of you to try it!

The Society’s Medium Dry Amontillado Blend

We talk about Sherry here a lot, but this is one that never seems to come up, so I thought it would be interesting to try! Plus, it has a hint of residual sweetness which, after last night’s tasting, sounds like it’ll be a great match for cheesy tapas dishes.

And what about the food?

I’m sure you’ve got loads of tapas recipes in mind already, but if you need inspiration, there’s a selection of them on our website:

We’re also just launching a tapas recipes WIKI list so you can all share your favourite recipes.

How do I take part?

If you’d like to join us, here’s what to do:

  1. Order one bottle each of the above wines and make sure they’re delivered by Thursday 27th August
  2. Plan what tapas dishes you’ll be making - there’s some ideas above, or why not give/get inspiration from fellow members in our Tapas recipes topic? Of course, if you live near a tapas bar that does takeaway, you don’t even have to cook!
  3. Reply to this topic once you have your wines ready - feel free to post a picture of your bottle, we love seeing all your photos!
  4. Chill or decant your bottles ready for the event and get your tapas dishes ready!
  5. Log into the Community shortly before 8pm on Thursday 27th August - you’ll find a topic called ‘ LIVE FROM 8PM: #TWSTaste Tapas Night ’ where the event will take place. We’d love it if you could take a pic of your tapas spread and post it to the topic before we start!
  6. We’ll guide you through the tasting from there - it’s all done in written format (you can share photos too!) so don’t be shy to share your thoughts on the wines!

If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting, have a read of our guide ‘How To’ - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events’

So who’s joining us?

  • I’ll be there!
  • I’m hoping to join in
  • I can’t make it this time

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Looking forward to seeing as many of you here as possible! :smiley:


I’m more seriously sticking to the no new wine until the house move happens (we’re a lot closer to it possibly actually happening now), so I’ll be doing a more BYO option, but I should be around for this one.


Weirdly both the Cava and the Muga Rosado are near the top of my to try list. I should be able to make it to The Showroom between now and then to pick up a bottle of each. If not, I’ll do the same as @strawpig and pick something already in the racks.


They’re both excellent (as is the sherry!).

I have a feeling I am going to have to combine the “Muga” and the “Cava” and open a bottle of Conde de Haro.


Great idea ! That’s the best Spanish sparkler I’ve ever tried. Hmm, time to reappraise perhaps. Now, please stop giving me ideas, because like you, I really shouldn’t be buying right now !

Oh and agreed, the Rosado, in previous vintages, was very good too.

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I’ve just had a delivery of the Muga as its a staple summer rosé in this house. Infact, I have a glass in my hand right now :rofl:


Wot no fino/Manzanilla??? Surely we should be sneaking at least one in as well!


Is a litre of amontillado not enough for you!


Definitely. It knocks the socks off some much more expensive ones I’ve had from Raventos, Gramona and Mestres.


Tapas on a warm summers evening…and no Vina Sol?

Surely something is amiss? :grinning:


Just giving this a little bump - you’ve still got plenty of time to get hold of these wines if you’d like to join us! Or if you’d rather bring your own tapas wines along and see how they measure up, we’re up for the challenge! :wink:


It’s tonight!!! Is everyone looking forward to it? :smiley:


Yes, Cava at the ready. No tapas though. Cold snacks only here. Drinking, reading and typing simultaneously is more than enough for someone with my multitasking abilities !


We had a fantastic tapas night on Sunday in a friend’s garden, so unlikely to be repeated tonight :frowning:

Garlic-butter prawns (virtually confit)
Char-grilled cauliflower
Patatas Bravas
Pan con Tomate
Padron peppers (80% spicy !?!)
BBQ Abanico Iberico (strong recommend)
Chorizo in red wine
Churros & chocolate / raspberry sauce

Can confirm that this was fantastic with most of it (Scandal, not Spanish :scream:)

And this was a nice warm-up.

There were other bottles (and Negronis), but no firm details as it was rather a late one.


Need to put ours in the fridge in preparation.

We are planning on having a small paella with the family before hand, and then ordering some Just Eat tapas from a local restaurant for the tasting.

Only wish the weather was better for it!!!



I’d completely forgotten and have entirely different food/wine plans (which probably still involve a bottle of Conde de Haro, because why not!). I have a rather large steak and am braving the potential sacrilege of a 2013 Exhibition Barolo instead.


I’d completely forgotten about this.

Rather fortuitously though, our next door neighbour called in yesterday with some produce from her garden, so we were having a warm runner bean, pea and chorizo salad and some lovely fresh plums for desert anyway.

I’m sure I can can switch out the bottle of Gi Kai Ouranos for a bottle of Rioja (I might even be tempted to go 2001 yet :grinning:). And we have a bottle of Morrison’s Palo Cortado on stand-by at all times anyway (it’s hard to believe the quality for £6). (Although I may also cheat and have a TWS Exhibition Sauternes with the plums). :sunglasses:


For anyone planning to join us tonight, the live topic for the Tapas event is now up:

Please head over and share bottle/food pictures! I’ll close this topic now to avoid any confusion :slight_smile:

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