It was sunny today in Santiago. It shouldn’t be news, at this time of year, but believe me we’re still in early spring weather-wise. So off we went to Deulpo, just around the corner from home, to try out a couple of simple traditional dishes. Most of all, I was determined to have a good bowl of fine.
Yep, you read me correctly: a BOWL of wine. A bowl –cunca or taza– was used traditionally to drink simple, daily wine. Bowls were cheap and easier to pile up I guess. I’m sure they were common in many places, not only in Galicia, but they’ve remained something traditional here. You can get white or red wine, either way it will be a simple wine of the year. Nothing special, and quite cheap (anything from 0,50€ to 1 € per bowl).
There are people who don’t like their wine in a bowl, understandably so: the vessel is important when you’re drinking – imagine drinking champagne from a mug, or tea from a plastic cup. I must take the side of the cuncas though: the wine you drink in them is always simple, just as the bowls. Not bad, just young and fresh. It goes with the food – simple and cheap and hearty. I think there is a time and place for everything: finger food, greasy spoons, fine silverware, comfortable chairs or hard benches. the same goes for wine: I do not want to have also the most amazing wine, because there are so many good wines, and they each have their moment.
Today, it was a BOWL moment.