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First Bite: Sipping Spain in Walnut Creek

Telefèric Barcelona’s chefs pair wine and food well in their monthly five-course dinners.


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Chefs are known to be gypsies, moving on when routine threatens. But at 2.5-year-old Telefèric Barcelona, where chefs Oscar Cabezas and Rodrigo Vazquez have been co-creating since the restaurant’s inception, there is always something sultry—and satisfying—on the horizon.

Last fall, I partook in the expansive eatery’s dazzling flamenco show (it takes the starch out of any Monday), and last week, I attended the chefs’ monthly Sipping Spain series—a formal yet fun take on the prix fixe, executed with tapas and vino. May’s wine theme was Cava, the Spanish sparkler produced in the same painstaking fashion as fine Champagne. Varietals made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as the more classic blends of Macabeo, Xarello, and Parellada gave Cabezas and Vazquez plenty to play with.

Clamshells tipsy with garlic cream and kissed with seaweed, buttery prawns paired with velvety eggs and crisped prosciutto, and petite oysters splashed with tangy strawberry salsa were the prelude to a refined composition of saltimbocca.

The next Sipping Spain party, slated to take place on the patio on June 19, will keep these chefs’ creative juices flowing at Telefèric for at least another month! And at $65, the meal’s a steal, although be warned: The wines poured with each course are for sale, so it’s easy to slip home with a bottle (or three).

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 300-3826, telefericbarcelona.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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