Dinner in the Big Apple one night was at Boqueria Tapas Bar & Restaurant in the hip Soho area: http://www.boquerianyc.com/
Wine selection was the Anima Negre AN/2 2009 – love the bottle. Simple, straight up and honest. Anima Negre is a winery South-East of the island of Mallorca off the Eastern coast of Spain dedicated to reviving native grapes of the region (sounding fab even before we pop the bottle open!). The native grape varieties which made up the bulk blend of this wine are relatively new to me – Callet, Mantonegre & Fogoneu. Mantonegre & Fogoneu makes up the foundational fruit (dark cherries & soft plums) and overall setting for the wine, Callet gives it complexity and spice (bit of eucalyptus & black pepper) while a touch of Syrah gives it some body, tannins and a good kick in general…a fantastic sidekick to just about anything we ordered on the menu which included:
1) Datiles con Beicon – dates stuffed with almonds and valdeon (pungent Spanish blue cheese – more stinkier than Stilton apparently) wrapped in bacon…like yum yum and YUM..this was my personal favourite!
2) Gambas al Ajillo – shrimp, garlic and Guindilla pepper in olive oil.
3) Croquetas Cremosas – creamy mushroom and Serrano ham croquetas.
4) Platter of aged Manchego, Monte Enegro (a soft earthy goats cheese aged in ash – this was sensational with the bits of fried chorizo from one of the plates!), Serrano ham and Chorizo Cantipalo
5) Churros & Chocolate sauce (who can honestly resist??)
I only wished I had my camera!