Have a bowl of wine!

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.

A large bowl of red Ribeiro wine. Young and fruity.
A large bowl of red Ribeiro wine. Young and fruity.
I used to do this back in Italy. Here in Spain some people recall having bread, red wine and sugar as an afternoon snack. Only do this with young simple wines!
I used to do this back in Italy. Here in Spain some people recall having bread, red wine and sugar as an afternoon snack. Only do this with young simple wines!
Zorza - spicy pork meat, with fries. Typical tavern food.
Zorza – spicy pork meat, with fries. Typical tavern food.
Xamón asado -roast pork. Very common too in taverns all over Galicia!
Xamón asado -roast pork. Very common too in taverns all over Galicia!

 

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