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If you’re a foodie who fancies something different, try Viva el Vino – a collaboration between one of the hippest tapas joints in town (Pinchito Tapas) with the equally cool Spanish wine label, Campo Viejo.
This marriage made in heaven involves first choosing your wine and then allowing the talented Pinchito chefs to match the tapas to the wine.
Pinchito Tapas is a young, funky, friendly and informed tapas restaurant. We loved it because the all the action takes place around the bar. This is not because we’re obsessed with drinking (well, not totally) but because we loved the sociable, buzzy atmosphere – and it reminded us of Spain.
My friend and I had the tough job of sampling the menu. We were given eight different wines with matching tapas. It was a delicious, easy and exciting experience. Surprises included Campo Viejo Gran Reserva 2002 served with morcilla (Spanish blood sausage), caramelised apple, cabrales (Spanish cheese) and golden onions and rocket.
The menu we tried costs £30. For that you get eight generous samples of wonderful wines and are inundated with delicious matching tapas, things that you probably wouldn’t choose yourself, but actually work brilliantly.
The Viva el Vino menu is available until Janaury 2010 and if you’d like to try it, it’s best to book ahead. We’ll definitely be back for more
Do you have a favourite Spanish restaurant in London?