There is always a good selection of fresh meats on sale at the larger supermarkets and indoor markets to be found in most towns and villages throughout Spain. Beef is eaten quite a lot in Spain and is called ternera. Other favourites include fillets of ternera, chuletas de cerdo ( pork chops ) lamb chops, chuletas de cordero. Galicia is well know for producing the best Spanish beef due its extensive are of green pastures and temperate climate.
The wine in Spain is by excellence, the preferred Spanish drink when dining out. Along with France and Italy, Spain is one of the top producers in the world. It has a wide variety of quality wines from 57 different areas. Spanish Rioja is the king of wines and Sherry is the international wine of Spain, due to the increasing exports in recent years. This world renowned wine whose name derived from Jerez, the reason being the first vines of this type were raised in the city of Jerez de la Frontera. Sherry (or Xerez) is available in various versions: dry fino, manzanilla very dry, semi-dry amontillado or Oloroso semi-sweet.
White wine is “vino blanco”, red is “vino tinto”. Some of the most famous vineyards are found in Rioja, in the picturesque northern central area of Spain and at Penedes, near Barcelona. Sangria is known in Spain as a sort of punch prepared either with wine or champagne, mixed with pieces of fruit and sometimes with spirit drinks. Sangria is usually served in mugs with a kind of ladle, being very refreshing.
Cheese from Spain
Spain is also home to some fine cheeses, there are around 100 different varieties. Every region has its own speciality, covering a full range of cheese types, from fresh to cured and fermented to blue-veined. One essential characteristic is the type of milk used in the production. Depending on the area, time of the year, climate, or tradition, cheese in Spain is made of cows milk, sheep’s or goats’ milk, or indeed a mixture of all three.
Eating and drinking in Spain represents more than a necessity, it defines the country’s culinary traditions and customs, really delicious and one of the major attractions of the country is the opportunity to try out countless bars, cafeterias and restaurants, as a way to relax at dusk, after a tiring day at at work or after spending the day on one of Spain’s top beaches.