I returned to Bar Lolo to check out their Spanish tapas after enjoying them last year. See the 1.27.13 post. I started with a glass of the Gran familia rioja which is 90% tempranillo and 10% graciano. The meat and cheese plate was a nice place to start.
I then moved on to their Potato chips with sea salt and fried herbs. Each of the small plates that followed had delicious flavor. I particularly enjoyed the sherry syrup.
Chickpea stew with spinach, saffron, and sweet paprika.
Serrano ham and manchego cheese croquettes with smoked paprika aioli.
Grilled chicken skewers with moorish spices and sherry syrup.
I tried to learn about the various sherries in order to select one that I’d enjoy. My husband and I traveled to southern Spain a few years ago, however, we didn’t make it to Jerez de la Frontera which is essentially the sherry capital of the world.
What I learned is that the fino or manzanilla sherry are aged the least, the amontillado is a mid level aged sherry, and the oloroso sherry is aged the most. So, I tried the amontillado. I enjoyed it, however, I think I need more experience with sherry to really decide. This Wine Folly post on Sherry: the dry wine that everyone should love is informative.
Unfortunately, this restaurant closed as of May of 2014.