An Introduction to the Porrón
At Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, we bring you a memorable, genuine Spanish dining experience. We enjoy letting our guest participate in a way that has been a cultural tradition done throughout centuries. Part of that involvement has entailed our extensive hand-picked selection of Spanish wines and the porrón.
What is a Porrón?
A porrón is simply a large traditional glass pitcher that gets narrower at the top and has a long spout like a watering can. Typically, the porron is filled with wine. The goal is to lift the glass vessel and tip it to release a stream of wine to pour into your mouth without touching your lips. The design of the porron allows for several people to drink from the same pitcher requiring much skill to ensure the wine enters one’s mouth rather than their clothing. But don’t worry, we only use Rekalde, Txakolina white wine for our porróns at Ceviche.
History of the Porrón
The history of the porrón is difficult to pinpoint. Some historians believe that the tradition originated during the Egyptian times when the earliest form of grape wine was created and consumed in uniquely designed carafes. Others believe it was designed as an economically smarter way of sharing wine with Catalan communities. Throughout time the concept migrated to the northern region of Catalonia, Spain as the Spaniards perfected it into the Spanish drinking vessel it is today.
Drink like a local and join us at Ceviche to indulge in the delicious Spanish wine tradition of the porron!
A Brief History of Tapas
Here at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, in the spirit of Catalan tradition, friends linger over tasty tapas, signature sangria and aged Spanish wine. While Ceviche is the original tapas restaurant in the region, tapas originally came from Spain.
Tapas are small plates of food that are typically served with alcohol. There is no exact story of the origin of tapas, but there are two popular claims about how tapas began. According to legend, the idea of tapas arose when King Alfonso X of Castile became very ill during his term as king. King Alfonso could only consume small portions of food and wine at a time. As a result, he declared that no one should be served alcohol without some sort of food. Thus, the idea of small plates was born.
Another tale suggests that bartenders would serve wine with a saucer on top of the glass to keep the files out. Soon, people realized they could use the saucer to serve bits of olives or cheese. This makes sense because the word “tapa” literally is defined as a cover or lid.
Today, tapas can be found all over the world and it has evolved to encompass a wide variety of ingredients and flavors. Due to Spain’s diverse landscape, tapas vary greatly by region. The northern coastal region specializes in seafood tapas that are rich in fish and cattle whereas the tapas inspired by the western region have plates that involve more lamb and pig.
At Ceviche, our culinary masters transport you beyond the borders with more than 50 tapas dishes, so there’s sure to be a favorite for everyone at the table.