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Spanish Wine Dinner, Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013

I got to visit my dear friend Ameliana while she was living in Zurich in 2005.  She was on her teacher’s break so a group of us girls hopped an Easyjet to Barcelona. Those two cities could not have been more different. Barcelona seemed almost free ($) in comparison to Switzerland. We rented a flat in the gothic quarter and well, did as the Spanish do. Our first meal of the day would consist of red wine and cured meats.  This seems crazy for breakfast, but when clubs and bars don’t even get going till 1 am it is pretty typical to rise closer to lunch time.   We awoke so late one day that everything had already closed for siesta. We ate at a few different tapas bars, the next better than the last, but were lucky when we wandered into Cal Pep.

Even luckier was that the owner Pep Manubens was there to cook for us. We sat at the bar and drank beer with lemonade AKA Clara.  Nothing like an English Shandy, it was more fresh and citrusy. We got to watch everything being prepared and there was no need for menus. You just mentioned what you were in the mood for and they made it. There was a special toaster for the Pan Con Tomate and I watched them rub down the grilled bread with the juiciest tomatoes. So simple and so good.   Next they prepared  Tortilla Espanola to order in a cast iron skillet, which was more like a fluffy omelette compared to what I have had here in the states. There was also loads of seafood, which could be different everyday. Pep was amazing, talking us through all the dishes in his raspy, memorable voice. We must have been there a while because by the time we left there were people waiting three deep behind us for our seats! It was by far the most expensive tapas meal we had but worth every penny. When anyone tells me they are going to Barcelona, I write Cal Pep down for them and make them promise me they will go. This meal inspired lots of dishes here at Jaynes over the years and might be why I had to have an open kitchen.

Next week on Tuesday October 22, Jaynes will be hosting a Spanish Wine Dinner featuring some of our favorite wines from around the country paired with classic dishes.   We will be joined by Spanish Wine expert Alex Stuempfig of Eric Solomon Selections.  Alex and Jaynes go way back and he’s a super fun host and educator.   The dinner will be held on the patio and is a excellent opportunity to drink some 6 world class wines paired with an outstanding Spanish 5 course menu plus amuse.   We keep these dinners small and intimate so we encourage you to make your reservation soon.    We hope you will join us!

Jaynes Spanish Wine Dinner
Tuesday October 22nd, 2013  7:30pm
5 Courses paired with 6 wines
$65 per person plus tax and gratuity
Reservations available online here or by calling us at 619-861-3156


Aged Manchego and Jamon Serrano Croquettes
2008 Gramona Cava Gran Cuvee

Mussels with Spanish Chorizo, braised leeks, heirloom cherry tomatoes & white wine
2011 Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo
2005 Pazo de Senorans Albarino

Braised Oxtail with Crispy Potatoes
2010 Bodegas Aalto Tempranillo

Tortilla Atomica with white beans and blood sausage
2010 Espelt Old Vine Garnacha

Crema Catalana
Equipo Navazos Pedro Ximenez Sherry

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. that looks friggin’ awesome…

    October 22, 2013
  2. jaynesgastropub #

    Thanks Jar. That ’05 Pazo de Senorans Albarino is incredible. Wish you could be here. Alex S. says hi!

    October 22, 2013

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