Spanish wine and snack pairings

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We’ve teamed with Marqués de CáceresTo provide the perfect snacks and sips for Spanish-themed Sundays, no matter if you are actually there or not. Their award-winning wines range from velvety, rich Rioja Reservea to crisp, bubbly Cava.


Sundays are considered sacred in Spain. Except for a few bars and restaurants, most businesses are closed on Sundays. This means that people have two choices: to spend the day at their home or with friends. Both activities usually involve eating, drinking, or both at the same time—to enjoy a Sunday to its fullest even has its own verb in Spanish, dominguear.

My favorite Sunday activity when I lived in Barcelona was to have snacks with friends and drink cava or vermut, vermouth mixed with olive oil and a slice orange. If I was really, really lucky, a friend might invite me over to their house for paella—the Sunday-afternoon holy grail. The sentiment is the same regardless of where you are, and it’s to enjoy the sunset of the weekend before the new week begins. To help you dominguear as best you can, I’ve pulled together a list of my three favorite wines from Marqués de Cáceres, an award-winning, family-run winery led by owner Cristina Forner and based in Rioja.

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Forner family has been involved in the wine trade in France and Spain. Five generations of Forners have learned and perfected the wine trade, so it should come as no surprise that when they finally opened their own family label, Marqués de Cáceres, it was a booming success. Since the 1970s, the family has made and internationally exported top-quality Spanish wines, so even if you can’t make it to Barcelona for a relaxing Sunday afternoon, a bottle (or three) of Marqués de Cáceres can help you dominguear on your own.

Julia Gartland. Brooke Deonarine is the Prop Stylist. Food Stylist: Lauren Lapenna.

Marqués de Cáceres Cava NV, D.O. Cava

Cava is like prosecco’s drier cousin and is made using the same fermentation method as French Champagne. Marqués de Cáceres Cava, like most of the cava in Spain, hails from the Catalonia region and is light and crisp on the palate, which makes it my choice for kicking off a Sunday gathering. With cava’s crisp, zingy profile it’s time for some classic Spanish bites that match its energy: ham croquettes and a crunchy salad with a bold, punchy vinaigrette.

Marqués de Cáceres Rosé, Rioja

After the bubbly, it’s time to graduate to something a bit bolder, but still refreshing nonetheless. Enter: Marqués de Cáceres Rosé, from the Rioja region. This luminous, coral-pink wine is made from Tempranillo and Grenache grapes but isn’t aged in a barrel, which ensures the flavor stays springy, bright, fresh, and vivacious. As your domingo carries on, enjoy your rosé with a few different tapas that involve a touch more nuance, like a warm potato salad flecked with chorizo or a chilled salmorejo soup (like gazpacho, only better). A Spanish tortilla would be delicious now.

Marqués de Cáceres Crianza, Rioja

End on a high note because bold dishes need bold pairings. With delicate notes of spice and juicy red fruits, this Marqués de Cáceres is made from Tempranillo grapes that are grown in chalky soil and aged for a year in oak barrels. Paella is the highlight of any Spanish Sunday. Don’t be intimidated: With some guidance, paella isn’t tough to master. Below are some options whether you prefer meat or seafood—just omit the meat if it’s a vegetarian version you’re after. At this point, you’re probably full, and this Crianza is the perfect wine to sip as the sun sets on another week.



What are your favourite Spanish snacks? Leave a comment!

Our friends at Marqués de CáceresFor decades, they have been making fine Spanish wines. It’s been a family tradition. Five generations of Forners have perfected the winemaking process to produce luscious Rioja Crianza and vibrant Verdejo wines, as well as more traditional wines from Spain’s Rioja, Rueda and Ribera Del Duero regions. Learn more about the wines as well as where to find them. Here.

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