Galician summer is finally here (ok, except for the cold and rainy weekend we just had – it’s definitely summer now! I’m sure of it!). The best thing about summer in Galicia is sitting outside with a glass of wine and some tapas. A classic that I’m a huge fan of is melon with jamón serrano. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty, which makes them very, very addicting.
Of course if you’re outside of Spain, jamón serrano might be hard to come by. But don’t fret! There are tons of options. Italian prosciutto would work just fine, for example.
When having wine outside in Galicia, it’s really typical to drink it out of cuncas, those little white bowls in the picture above.
A short Wine History lesson for you:
The white little bowls filled with wine that you see in the above picture are cuncas. They’re the traditional way of drinking wine here in Galicia, especially in older taverns and local traditional pubs (you know the kind – the super old pubs filled with 85 year old men who have been showing up there for decades).
Most likely the cuncas originate from Roman times, near Pompeii. In fact, there are similar pieces of pottery found in various museums, such as the archeological museum in Naples.
And in modern times, well, there’s something special about drinking wine like an ancient Roman.
- Jamón Serrano (or any kind of cured ham, i.e prosciutto)
- Melon, cut into cubes
- Place a folded piece of ham onto each cube of melon.
- Optional: slide a toothpick into each ham-covered melon