• Celebrate Love with Our Valentine’s Day Specials!

    Skip the dirty dishes and packed restaurants.

    We have a romantic idea for your Valentine’s date night! Since the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, we created an easier way to impress your Valentine.

    Tapas for 2. Pick-up your platters in our SoHo store on the 14th, and enjoy a evening Spanish-style in the comfort of your own home. Spend more time with your Valentine and less time coordinating!

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  • Mulled Wine with Rioja

    It’s that time of year…the nights are chilly and long.  We crave the cozy comfort of warm beverages in front of the fire (or wrapped up in blankets on the couch).  This is a simple, but heart-warming way, to beat the post-holiday slump and make January a little more festive.

    Rioja Mulled Wine

    Mulled Wine Recipe (serves 4-5) 

    • 1 bottle (750ml) fruity red wine (like young Rioja or Tempranillo)
    • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
    • 1/4 cup Brandy (optional, but much like in Sangria, this adds a little structure)
    • 1/4 cup sugar or honey
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 star anise
    • Feeling fancy?  Optional garnish: slices of citrus, orange peel, float a star anise or cinnamon stick in the glass or add cranberries!

    Directions

    Combine all your ingredients in a stainless-steel pot and gently warm (not BOIL or you burn out all the alcohol) on medium heat to simmer out all the delicious flavors for 20 minutes (up to 3 hours).

    Strain, and serve warm to your guests.  Garnish as you like.  Incredibly easy, and so soul-warming.  Salud!

    (photo credit: Rioja Wine )

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  • Getting Ready for New Years Eve?

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    We know a thing or two about hosting a great fiesta.  Make sure to stop by our wine shop and stock up on all the bubbles and party-friendly bottles to help ring in the New Year right (and help wash down all the delicious Jamón!)

    Special SoHo holiday hours this week are:
    Saturday (NYE) Open: 11am-6pm
    Sunday (New Years Day): Closed
    Monday, January 2nd: Regular schedule

    Happy New Year from all of us at Despaña!

     

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    Weekly Wine Tastings at our Vinos y Más Shop

    We think the best way to learn about wine is to imbibe as much as possible!  That’s why we host weekly tastings in our SoHo wine shop on Wednesday & Thursdays, with some snacks from our next-door café as well.

    Now that we’re in the holiday spirit, for the next week (Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23rd) we will pour a few special bottles every night of the week, starting at 5pm-7:30pm.  For further details give us a call, or better yet, stop by the shop!

     

     

     

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  • All Food Lovers

    Calling all Spanish food and Despaña lovers!

    We have some special guests from @travelchannel coming to film at our café in SoHo.
    We’d love to have you here with us to give them a warm welcome.
    If you would like to eat at Despaña, chat with TV crew members, and be on an awesome Travel Channel program, stop by our store in SoHo tomorrow,
    Thursday, December 15th between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

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    Thanksgiving Wine 6-Packs

    We seriously love the Thanksgiving holiday–the food, friends, football and especially, the wines.  Since the menu tends to be a standard mix of turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes/candied yams/pumpkin pie we’ve selected a group of wines that are anything but the usual suspects.  Also, they are insanely food (and people) friendly.

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    The breakdown: 1 bubbly Cava, 1 mineral-driven crisp aperitif white, a light bright red, a red with a bit more body and spicy oak, and 1 lovely naturally sweet half dessert half bottle for pumpkin pie.

     

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    Envínate: Small Production Wines from the Canary Islands

    Every vintage we purchase tiny amounts of wines from Envínate, a little winery grown from micro parcels in volcanic soils of the Canary Islands (and also some steep slopes of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia).

    Envínate (translated into “Wine Yourself”) is the brainchild of 4 friends, winemakers Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez.  This gang of 4 formed back in 2005 while studying enology at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante.  Upon graduation, they formed a winemaking consultancy, which evolved into Envínate, a project that focuses on exploring distinctive parcels mainly in the Atlantic-inflected regions of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands.  Their collective aim is to make profoundly pure and authentic wines that express the terruño of each parcel in a clear and concise manner.

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  • Gift Baskets: There’s One For Everyone
    Gift Baskets: There’s One For Everyone
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    Gift Baskets: There’s One For Everyone
    Gift Baskets: There’s One For Everyone

    Gift Baskets: There’s One For Everyone

    You’ve been waiting a whole year for the holiday season to arrive and suddenly you are out of ideas of what to get your loved ones. So now what? Fortunately we have a plan!

    We love sharing food all year long, but we especially love it during the holiday season. It’s the perfect time to spread cheer with delicious food and wine at the heart of any celebration. And what better to give than something you can savor and share?

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    Turrón is Here for Christmas

    Christmas is just around the corner and has arrived at our home with all of the desired sweets and delicacies in varied options for Turron! In Spain this is a special time and everyone is looking forward to it. Supermarkets, gourmet stores and bakeries display a huge variety of turrones and other holiday specialties.There is no holiday without turron at the table and everyone buys a bit of this and that to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.

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  • Palacio de Canedo Tasting
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    Palacio de Canedo Tasting

    Palacio de Canedo Tasting

    A few weeks ago we hosted a very special event in collaboration with Palacio de Canedo winery, from El Bierzo (León). This estate has been associated with wine since 1730, when they would make and store 30 thousand liters of wine from the vineyards surrounding the Palace.

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    We have a new website with eCommerce!

    It has been a while since the idea of launching our own online shop crossed our minds a few months ago, and after thinking about it thoroughly and listening to our customer’s requests we have finally accomplished this goal.

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