So, first blog on the Snooth site. I'll be sharing longer posts on my website,, but want to keep you guys in the loop here as well when I'm doing interesting trips. Right now I'm visiting friends in London - after NYC the best restaurant town I know. Since we are a group heading to Spain for a wine tour (tomorrow, early morning!!) I thought I'd prep by doing a snacks/tapas crawl. Let me tell you, there are some AWESOME tapas bars in London. Even if, so far, my favorites for nosh in this city are rather places like the natural wine bar and restaurant Terroirs, or the cool bar/snacks place Spuntino, there is a lot of tapas bars. A friend of mine, wine journalist Anthony Rose of the Independent and Decanter, is even writing a book on them!

So, yesterday, the crowning glory ended up being the Opera Tavern, part of the Salt Yard group of bars. They cure their own ham - for FIVE years! We had little iberico ham and foie-gras sliders with cava, pea and mint crocquettas, crispy soft-shell crab, and a perfectly spiced morcilla (blood sausage - my friend was not amused). My highlight, however, was the wines by the glass. It is only the third time I've found my very favorite Spanish producer on the menu. They even had it by the glass. So what was it? It's the white Vina Gravonia from classic Rioja producer Lopez de Heredia. Excellent, slightly oxidized and oily with plenty of toasted nuts on the nose. I'll write more about them when I visit them ON FRIDAY! So excited.

Worth mentioning was also the organic Spanish red, Pittacum. Spicy, velvety, layered.

Now, I feel ready for Spain!