Once in a while I love to attend dinner parties… Actually; I always like attending dinner parties. Great food and no dishes? Who wouldn’t love that? This time I was invited by Rueda wines at an amazing loft in Antwerp for a dinner with fellow bloggers. The theme of the evening was tapas with a twist. But what followed… I guess nobody expected that!
I have never had the opportunity to visit the wine region, and I’m actually not quite familiar with Spanish wine regions at all. What a shame. Note to myself: I should travel more often to Spain! Last year I had the chance to visit Ysios and Rioja, but I couldn’t make it myself. Typical for the white wines of the Rueda region is their crispness, because of the Verdejo grape variety and Duero that runs through the region. The Duero? Yes, the same river (Douro) from that other famous wine region in the neighboring country. You often find wines in Rueda with mainly Verdejo, but however the Spanish love to add some Sauvignon Blanc as well. This gives the wines a more floral touch.
As for the dinner, this was not what I expected at all when I saw tapas on the menu. I guess the menu and recipes will be shared by the chef Gilles Draps on his new blog Eat Warm. But until then, we’ll have to wait and you can already take a look at the mouthwatering pictures below… One of my favorite dishes that night was definitely the beetroot and turnip carpaccio.
Pictures by Jana Germanus: www.janagermanus.com