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The 4 restaurants that best match wine and food in Barcelona

Wine has become an essential element in most restaurants. Currently you can find there several Appellations of Origin from many different places and special gastronomic wine lists, endorsed by sommeliers who join forces with the chefs to create perfect pairings. Follow our route of the best restaurants with wine pairing in Barcelona.

1. Barcelonas, at the Gran Hotel La Florida

At this restaurant you can enjoy high cuisine, not only for its location, 500 meters above the city, near the Tibidabo, but also because it takes good care of every detail of its cuisine, Mediterranean and Catalan, where the chef Jordi Delfa offers two different tasting menus for those who wish a total immersion in the new gastronomy. These are paired carefully with wines of varieties of geographical proximity represented in the appellations Montsant, Priorat or Penedés, taking also into account other areas such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero, organic wines, Sherry wines, French wines and a wide variety of champagnes.

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2. Sintonía

The ex-Bulli Pablo Tomás proposes a menu that one can build “a la carte”, according to the dishes that are available at that moment. But the highlight is that they have a wine list of 100 references, eminently from small producers, focusing on the gastronomic side. Prepared by Patricia Pacho, maître of the restaurant, Catalan wines take centre stage, as well as champagnes, sparkling wines or wines by the glass. Its pairing pays attention to combining products from the land with wines also from the same origin. The bouillabaisse stands out with a rosé from the area of ​​Soria, and the red wine Ferret from Priorat for the veal knuckle with vegetables, cut in front of the diner. “Some vegetables with a light and aromatic wine could help that intended balance. A barrel with deeper notes is perfect for a white meat that has a more complex elaboration”, explains Patricia Pacho.

sintonia restaurant wine pairings

3. Caelis

The Caelis wine list is based on local and Spanish wines, as well as French, Italian, German and American wines. They offer 350 references and also different and new options that the sommelier and the chef try, in order to offer something outside of the usual. Here we find several tasting menus: the Tierra y Mar (“Land and Sea”) is shorter and paired only with Catalan wines, while the Celebration is longer, and there are wines from all over the world.

4. Nora BCN

There are restaurants that surprise for their thorough and extensive wine list. At Nora there is a “wine room” where you can eat or dine with wine pairings to combine perfectly, with a mix of Catalan and international cuisine.

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Porta 6 2017

PPorta 6 2017 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquero and Cadaval, in the mountains in the North of Lisbon.

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Hortas do Caseirinho

An excellent white wine from Portugal with a unique price-performance ratio.

Every Little Sip You Take: 4 Surprising Facts About Sting’s Wine Estate


Whether you are a fan of Sting and the Police or not, there is a wine that you will be a fan of. Sting’s Tuscan estate Il Palagio is home to the production of one of the best wines in Italy. So, what is the wine about and where can you get it? Here are some facts about Sting’s Tuscan wine that will surprise you:

An Estate That Sting Bought Fifty Years Ago and Lives at With His Family

Fifteen years ago, Sting bought an estate in the rolling Tuscan hills, which is home to a 15-century villa and more than 900 acres of pristine vineyards, orchards and forests. It is also where he lives with his family when he is not on tour.

The Fine Grapes That Are Grown at Stings Estate to Make Wine

There are several different types of grapes that are grown on the estate, which are used in several different wines produces on the estate. Several of these wines carry names of his hit songs including:

• Sister Moon
• Massage in a Bottle
• When We Dance

The first of these, Sister Moon is a wine that has been recognized by experts around the world as one of the finest Italian wines today.

American And Tuscan Wine Experts Contributed to The Development of Stings Wine

The wines produced on Sting’s estate have been developed by wine experts from Tuscany and the United States of America. These are wines that were developed using some of the grape varieties that are important to the Tuscan wine region, such as Sangiovese and Brunello di Montalcino.

The Centuries-Old Estate Produces A Lot More Than Just Fine Wine

In addition to the wine that is produced by the centuries-old vineyards, it is also home to the production of organic produce, oils and honey. So, for honey glazed ham dinner, you may want to try using Sting’s organic honey and pairing it with a bottle of Sister Moon.

These are some of the facts about Sting’s wine that will surprise you. If you want to try Sting’s fine Tuscan wine, it can be found right here on Uvinum.

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Il Palagio Sting Message In A Bottle Bianco 2016 is a dedication to the pop hit of musician and winemaker Sting. 



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Il Palagio Sting Chianti When We Dance 2016: A red wine from the region of Chianti produced with Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo from the 2016 vintage. 


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Il Palagio Sting Sister Moon 2013 is a delicious red Tuscan wine named after Sting’s famous world hit “Sister Moon”. 

How to alternate different wines at New Year’s Eve dinner


Very special holidays are coming, where gastronomy will be the star and wine is central axis of friends and family gatherings. You can already choose your wine for Christmas if you want your dinner to be a success; choose quality and variety, and be sure they will thank you for it.

Fish, meat, desserts… at Christmas we eat too much and so varied, that is why we must alternate different wines especially on New Year’s Eve dinner, which is usually longer.

From white to red. It is a traditional way to alternate them and as some tastings are usually carried out. This is usually because of what we eat, since usually we begin, as starters, with snacks, soups and some fish, so white wines are preferred. Sirloin steak, turkey or pork as main courses open a wide field for us to finish the dinner with a powerful red. In this way, the flavours will be more intense at every moment of dinner. Normally, a white and two or three red wines are served to produce more impact on the palate.

From dry to sweet. Everything depends on the menu, but another way is to start with white or dry red wines to switch to sweet wines, such as Muscat, with desserts. The combination of dry with starters and main courses will be much better when paired properly, and the soft and sweet ones (where white grapes are lifted), pair perfectly with nougat and marzipan. Also, in this way, dinner is less indigestible.

By protocol. The first wine is usually uncorked and tasted by the host of the dinner, although he may make honours to some guest to taste it. After opening the bottle, it can be left on the table, although the right to do is leave it on a side table and serve it as the glasses get empty. The first glasses are filled halfway and then to consumer tastes. The protocol marks to serve firstly white and rosé wines at a temperature of 10°, then the reds at room temperature of 20º and finally sherry, sweet wine or sparkling wine at about 8º.

Do you already have the wines for New Year’s Eve dinner? We recommend:


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Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO made with tinta fina of 2014 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º. Pruno 2014 is ideal to combine with barbecue and game. 



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Juan Gil 4 Meses 2014: a wine red with the Jumilla DO vinified with monastrell from 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º.



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El Novio Perfecto 2014  is a white wine with Valencia DO from vintage 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 12º. 



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Recaredo Brut de Brut 2006:  a sparkling wine from this DO: Cava with the best bunches of 2006 xarel·lo and macabeo and with an alcoholic strength of 11.5º.



3 delicious Italian recipes


To end our Italian week, we want to share some Italian recipes we think you’ll love. Of course, we have pasta, more lightly cooked, considering the time of year, but also an ossobuco dish that you’ll enjoy anytime. Buon appetito!

Rabe broccoli Lasagna

Rabe broccoli is known as “rapini”; it is the main ingredient in this vegetarian lasagna and gives it a delicious flavor that has nothing to envy to meat.


For the bechamel

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream (half-and-half)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A little cayenne
  • Grated nutmeg to taste

For the lasagna

  • 1 pound dried pasta for lasagna
  • 2 bunches of rabe broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese or a combination of Parmesan and Pecorino


  1. For the bechamel, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and cook for 1 minute over medium heat.
  2. Gradually add the cream (half-and-half) and stir until obtaining a sauce. Reduce heat.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon salt, black pepper, cayenne and nutmeg. Continue stirring for 5 minutes. Remove and place in a pan in hot water bath to preserve heat.
  4. Place over high heat a pan with ¾ parts of well-salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook it for 5 minutes. Once cooked, remove and rinse the pasta in a bowl with cold water, drain it and place the sheets on a towel.
  5. In the water of the lasagna pasta proceed to blanch the vegetables for 1 minute, rinse them with cold water and chop each one into small pieces.
  6. Place the vegetables, garlic and ½ cup olive oil into the blender to make pesto and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In a bowl mix the ricotta and lemon zest.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, grease the mold with 2 tablespoons butter.
  9. Place into the mold a layer of lasagna pasta, a layer of bechamel sauce, a layer of ricotta, a layer of vegetables, a bit of pesto and a layer of grated cheese. Continue adding layers in this order to complete the mold. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and add a few pieces of butter.
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the paper to brown a little and wait 10 minutes before serving.

Lasagna with tomato sauce and grilled eggplant

This lasagna is a healthy and delicious alternative to share the weekend with family. Eggplant is rich in antioxidants, it is also an effective diuretic and provides minerals to our diet.


  • 1 ¼ pound sliced ??eggplant
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small pinch cinnamon
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • ½ pound lasagna pasta
  • Chopped fresh basil to taste
  • ¼ pound mozzarella (optional)
  • ¼ pound grated Parmesan cheese.


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil dipped in olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and olive oil the eggplant slices, then place them in the tray and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and put the eggplants away.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and grease another baking mold.
  4. Mix the ricotta, egg, water, cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. Spread a layer of tomato sauce in the mold, then add a layer of lasagna pasta, a layer of ricotta, half the baked eggplants, sprinkle with basil and Parmesan. Add another layer group in this order and end with a layer of lasagna pasta, one of ricotta, one of sauce and one of Parmesan.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and cover with foil to bake for 40 minutes. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Ossobuco al vino rosso

The ossobuco al vino rosso is a main dish that is consumed throughout the year, it can be accompanied with steamed potatoes and a salad, and the combination of meat with vegetables promotes intestinal transit.

The ossobuco is a slice of beef about 3 centimeters thick, with the bone in the center. It was called this way in Milan (it means “bone with hole”) and has an average calories level. The contributions of group B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc make this a good alternative for a balanced diet.


  • 1 Ossobuco
  • 1/3 yellow pepper
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 1/3 green pepper
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Vegetable broth
  • Red wine to taste
  • Rosemary to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Parsley
  • Oil


  1. Place in a casserole the onion and peppers, chopped beforehand, with 4 tablespoons oil.
  2. Let soften and then place the ossobuco, chopped rosemary and thyme to brown for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and cover the pan to simmer for 30 minutes, then add the red wine and leave uncovered for 30 additional minutes.
  4. When serving, garnish with chopped parsley.

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Valdo Prosecco Cuvee di Boj Double Jeroboam is a Veneto from the Valdo Spumanti cellar vinified with prosecco.



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Antonini Ceresa Fragolino Rosso: a red wine from the Alto Adige DO



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