Meat and Moët at Mantequerias Vicente Castillo. Tuna with anchovies. The stunning wine list is supported by an equally exceptional selection of Spanish food. The owner is also a lover of French cheese, which is why the deli offers one of Spain's widest selections. An increasing range of the best of Italian charcuterie complements some of the finest local products. The menu is refreshingly unrefined; simply point at what you want or ask the staff for suggestions, and relax with a glass of wine until your selection is delivered to you elegantly displayed. (about 22, plus another 40 for a bottle of champagne): Brie with truffle. Ventresca de bonito with anchovies, tiny red peppers stuffed with queso petrella and dribbled with olive oil from Masia Altet. And a glass of: Well-chilled Louis Roedrer Millcine Rosé Champagne. Recommended wines: Top end: Valbuena 5º; Valbuena de Duero, Vega-Sicilia, 80 Economic: Viña Pomal Crianza, Rioja, Bodegas Bilbainas, 6 Local: Santa Rosa, Alicante, Bodegas Enrique Mendoza, 22 Mantequerias Vicente Castillo, Gran Via Marqués del Turia, 1 +34 96 351 0423, Manager's lunch the poSh one: laS añadaS de eSpaña When Jose bacete opened Las Añadas de españa in 1989, he was determined to make it the best wine shop in Spain. elegance, top-notch service and an international selection of the best produce on offer reigned supreme from the beginning, and still do. The simple task of choosing a tin of sardines becomes a gastronomic adventure as you are guided through your selection by the knowledgeable assistants. It may appear as if one needs a platinum card to fill his or her shopping basket, but the selection is so cosmopolitan that, as manager miguel angel Pietro says, "To be a gourmet doesn't always require money." Three tables allow customers to take the weight off their feet and nibble at a tapa; it's an opportunity to sample something they might not usually take home in large amounts. An innovative menu of some of the shop's specialities is always available, with wines bought by the glass or bottle. Of course you can simply wander the shop and make a selection that will be prepared and served to you. Las Añadas offers cookery courses built around products that are found on its shelves. Clients whose lives are all hustle-and-bustle learn how to prepare an imaginative meal with little required preparation or clean-up afterwards. brunch is served twice a month on Tuesdays. gourMet doeSn't require MoneY Manager's lunch (about 9): Menestra (freshly boiled vegetables with a sprinkling of salt and a dribble of olive oil) with a few thin slices of Iberico ham mantequeriasCastillo.Com eng 20 BLUE WINGS JanuarY 2011
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