For the Mediterranean people food is not only a question of good nutrition, it is a question of lifestyle, of pleasure and in their culture no food tastes great without being shared in company. You have to take time, lay back, try and taste and share with the family and with friends. The same happens with the wine and desert. Food has an intrinsic social aspect; the culture of the Tapas couldn't have flourished without this outgoing character of South-European people.
For Spaniards the terms of generosity and hospitality are a question of education, pride and above all, a matter of course. Naturally, people of the countryside neither eat that abundantly every day, nor do they indulge themselves with dishes such as brown crab or scallop fish on a daily basis. However, on festive days and family gatherings, their efforts and details are almost unsurpassable and it seems that only the best is just enough, when family members return to their grandparent's house.
Favorite Spanish Wines with D.O. - Denominación de Origen/Designation of Origen. Actually there are 69 different designations of origen in Spain, some of them mentioned below:
D.O. Rioja (La Rioja-Aragón) D.O. Somontano (Huesca-Aragón)
D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicien)
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Kastilien-León) D.O. Valdepeñas (Kastilien-La Mancha)
D.O. Rueda (Valladolid, Segovia, Avila) D.O. Penedés (Barcelona, Tarragona-Katalonien)
D.O. Ribeira Sacra (Lugo, Orense-Galicien) D.O. Ribeiro (Orense-Galicien)
The best way to try and taste them in Spain is with a "tapa" or of course, with cheese or Spanish ham.
Typical dishes of the North of Spain:
Food of the centre of Spain, Madrid’s Cocido Madrileño
Arroz caldoso: it's a soggy or soupy rice, usually with lobster and shellfish
Merluza con Salsa con gambón: hake in it's own sauce
Sopa de Marisco: fish soup with prawns and mussels
Tostón: roast sucking pig