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Taken from the word tapar, which means “to cover”, tapas are small plates traditionally served in Spanish taverns to accompany glasses of sherry. And while their origin is unclear, the most popular theory is that small slices of bread topped with cured ham were used to cover the sweet wine, serving the dual purpose of keeping flies out of the glass and stimulating the patrons’ thirst. A tapas party can be as simple or lavish as you choose. Here are some uniquely Spanish offerings to get you started.
Don Juan Manchego
Aged 6 months
A PDO certified cheese from the La Mancha region in central Spain, Manchego is made with whole milk from pure-bred Manchega sheep raised on registered farms. Don Juan 6-month Manchego exhibits a nice level of complexity and has just the right mix of savory and sweet. Its rich golden paste is firm and surrounded by distinctive herringbone prints that mimic the traditional look when cheese curds were drained and pressed in esparto grass baskets.
ITEM 563066 or 563934
Packaging: 2/7lb or 12/5.3oz
Country: SPAIN
Type: HARD
Milk Type: Sheep
For the quintessential Spanish plate, serve Manchego along salty Jamón Serrano and sweet membrillo.
Pairing: While sherry is traditional, other wines such as Rioja, Albariño, or sparkling Cava also fit the bill nicely.

El Cerro Jamón Serrano, boneless
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One of Spain’s iconic delicacies
Jamón Serrano is prepared from the whole legs of Spanish cerdos blancos (white pigs) and dry-cured for a minimum of nine months. The traditional, rigorously controlled process that is followed in the making of each leg of Jamón Serrano ensures its flavor is complex, nutty, and buttery, with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy as part of a tapas plate, in sandwiches, or on pizza.

ITEM: # 560025, 1/13lb
Don Juan Hand Crafted Quince Paste
The golden-yellow quince fruit is a relative of the apple and pear and native to the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. This unique fruit is typically cooked to yield a sweet, candied paste called membrillo. Don Juan quince paste is hand crafted in Malaga, Spain, using artisan techniques with only the highest quality fruit. No additives, preservatives or artificial colors are used in production. This traditional Spanish snack features a sweet floral bouquet, slight tang and delicate overtones, making it an ideal complement to salty meats and cheeses.
ITEM # 563761, 12/300g
ITEM # 563767, 3/3.4k

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