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How to Order Wine in Spain Without Sounding like an Idiot

2017
26 June
2017-06-26 00:00:00
2017-06-26 00:00:00

How to Order Wine in Spain Without Sounding like an Idiot

Rosé is not called “rosé,” and yes, this is a common mistake.

On a recent trip to Mallorca, a small island off the coast of Barcelona, my Americanfriend told me she’d been trying to order rosé but had been met with puzzled looks.

“They don’t seem to have rosé here,” she said, demoralized. The thing is, they do, but it’s called rosado. Before traveling to one of the most spectacularly diverse winecountries in the world, brush up on all the terms you need to know so you don’t getlaughed at or end up with an overpriced carafe of wine that’s not the color you wanted.

Jonah Miller, chef and owner of the Basque-inflected East Village restaurant Huertas, spent hisformative years cooking (and drinking) across Spain. He says ordering wine in the country ispretty straightforward once you know the basics.

“At your typical tapas or pintxo bar, don't expect a long list,” says Miller. “That makes
things easy. Simply order a glass of tinto (red)—not rojo!—or blanco (white). If you're ata more modern restaurant with a large wine list, instead of going for the familiar Rioja orAlbariño, ask the server or sommelier what their favorite local wine is.”

While sangria is ubiquitous across the country—and can be quite good, especially whenmade fresh—Miller suggests opting for a different refreshing drink. “Avoid ordering sangria, and if you see a place offering vermút del grifo, or vermouth on tap, give it a try,” he says. “It's often served with a splash of soda and a slice of orange and hits the spot on a warm Spanish night.”
 

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