Trangallan Galician wine bar – Petiscos naturally: a Portuguese natural wine & food evening

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I am Portugal-bound tomorrow, judging at The Wines of Portugal Challenge 2013 so I am sure that, in and amongst, I shall be sampling some delicious petiscos – the Portuguese equivalent of tapas.

In fact so delicious are they that my local Galician tapas/natural wine bar Trangallan – a favourite haunt – is turning Portuguese two weeks today (27th May) and hosting a petiscos & wine evening. It’s in collaboration with wine suppliers Portuguese Story (who will be showing their wines at RAW natural wine fair the previous week) and hostess Ana Dias (Twitter handle @petiscoana).

I’m told that most of the natural wines on offer come from very small producers in the north of Portugal near Galicia. In ancient times these two regions shared the same language, same food and grapes – Loureiro for example (Trangallan lists Portugal’s excellent Aphros), while Portugal’s Alvarinho & Spain’s Albarino are the very same.

Doors open at 7pm for nibbles and a welcome drink, with the feast being served at 7:30. Here is the menu petisco and click here to find out more/to book tickets:

Something to start
A glass of Mica (pictured) Vinho Verde, which I gave a rave review earlier this year here.
Tortilla tradicional
Berberechos al bar Samuel

Dinner Menu
Peixe mariñado e sopa de améndoas
Ensalada de calabacines
Tripas de bacallao
Carrilleras de cerdo guisadas
Queixo Villarejo con romero
Flan e Ganache de chocolate

And there’s more. When I caught up with Trangallan’s co-founder, Xabi Alvarez last week he told me about his idea for “cloudy Sundays – my version of a Sunday Roast.” The pilot event takes place on 2 June. It will be a relaxed Sunday lunch (set menu £20) with country food partnered with a short, by the glass list of “high quality, rare, but radical cloudy/natural wines.” Says Alvarez, “it’s about making these wines affordable as they’re not cheap at all.” If all goes well, he would like to make it a regular first Sunday of every month slot. Click here for more details/to book tickets.

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  1. joão rosé


    Mica is interesting in many ways.
    The wine is great, the cooperation between small growers to blend and bottle together is not common in Portugal.
    Vinibio, the groupment of growers that makes Mica, is kept simple and focused.
    Hats off!


    • sarah

      Yes, thanks for your comments – love to see collaborative projects like this, especially with such a rare shared grower philosophy around organic too!

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