refreshing and lively start with a Spanish Cava and time for guests to mingle, the “T, C & C” started with the first of 2 Tempranillo flights and tapas. Each flight had a SpanishTempranillo and 2 from the Northwest. To accompany each flight, the wine bar staff served 3 tapas. Then, a surprise – a complimentary tasting of the 2013 Gordon Estate Tempranillo to “T, C & C” with the 2008 Gordon Estate Tempranillo.
So what was the favorite wine? By the slim margin of just one vote, the 2008 Gordon Estate Tempranillo! Right behind it was the Spanish 2010 Marques de Murrieta. All the other wines did receive votes, too, as favorites of a few individuals; however, the Gordon Estate and Murrieta were clearly the crowd pleasers. Once again, the feedback reveals that palates differ, and that is OK!
A majority of people seemed to prefer the Spanish wines with the tapas and the Northwest wines by themselves. The favorite tapas were the fried goat cheese with caramelized onions, followed by the chorizo in puff pastry and stuffed pork roulade.
An interesting tapa was the beef tartare with egg yolk. Some people enjoyed it, others not so much; but, a few guests did change their minds when they paired it with the Spanish wine! Yes, interesting.
Stephen Hartley and the Gordon Estate Wine Bar staff did a spectacular job in preparing and serving the wine and tapas, helping to make this event a great success. Thank you to them! Also, this was the first TCWS event at this wine bar. From comments received, there should be more!