Join me for Iberian Nights at Trangallán: a series of Spain Vs Portugal tastings

It may not have escaped your attention from earlier blog posts that I am a fan of Trangallán.  It’s easily the best restaurant in my Hackney ‘hood (and I’ve lived here for 19 years).

What’s more, it has a small but savvy wine list. Perfectly formed you might say.  And don’t just take my word for it.  Trangallán has bagged Imbibe magazine’s Small Restaurant List of the Year and Spanish Wine List of the Year awards.

But, oh what joy, though its roots are Spanish, its Galician owners are positively metro-vinous when it comes to appreciating wines from across the border in Portugal.  Hurrah!

So who better to join me in presenting Iberian Nights – a series of tastings starting this month aimed at sharing our enthusiasm about the ever so food-friendly, uber-characterful wines of the Iberian Peninsula?


No doubt the format will ignite passionate rivalries of old as Spanish and Portuguese wines go head to head in each of five themed tastings.  Not least since, whoever’s country performs best, gets to select a bottle to go with supper –simple rustic, country food served family style.  Xabier Álvarez-Valdés and I are already stroking (my methaphorical, his real) beards over our selections!

The Sunny South

We kick off on Tuesday, 25 February at 7pm with a focus on the sunny south – the rich hearty reds of Spain’s Jumilla and La Mancha and Portugal’s Alentejo and Península de Setúbal.  Everyone needs a taste of sunshine in February!


Tickets cost £36, which includes both tasting wines and supper. Click here to buy your tickets for Iberian Nights at Trangallán and be quick, because this will be a small, intimate affair, with only 15 tickets available for each evening.

Future Themes

Our future themes (dates tbc) are:

  • You say tomato I say tomato part 1: Douro or Duero – The river valley wines of Port country (the Douro) versus the Ribero del Duero (April)
  • You say tomato I say tomato part 2: Minho or Miño – The fresh and aromatic river valley wines of Vinho Verde & Galicia (June)
  • A focus on Spain’s best known grape, Tempranillo – Portugal’s Tinta Roriz or Aragones (September)
  • 100% fortified, but taste the difference – Sherry, Port, Madeira & Moscatel (November)

Hope to see some of you at one or more!

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