Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wine'ing Wednesday: The Tale of Tapas

How could we discuss Spanish wines without mentioning tapas? The tapas trend started way back when Spanish bartenders were loosing their battle against flies. One day a frustrated bartender decided he would cover* his customer's drink with a slice of bread to act as an edible fly shield. This simple yet innovated idea caught on and soon the slice of bread morphed into bread + cheese and then bread + cheese + olives and then bread + cheese olives + cured meat…. and so on and so on …. until there was a need for ‘small plates’ to accompany drinks.


*The word Tapas is a conjugated form of the Spanish word Tapar meaning ‘to close or cover’

2 comments:

Roomie said...

What does Tapeo mean??

joannE. said...

Tapeo is the masculine noun form of tapar

ir de tapeo -> to go out for some tapas
bar de tapeo -> tapas bar

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