It doesn’t get much better than spending an afternoon on the terrace of La Vinya del Senyor taking in the glorious Gothic facade of the church of Santa María del Mar—especially if there’s a wedding taking place. The vinoteca serves glasses of wine with a modest tapas menu. It’s not uncommon to find several Priorats, several more Riojas, and a selection of Ruedas and Albariños by the glass. If you’re drinking a bottle, you can choose from more than 300 still wines and cavas, sherries, and Moscatels. Tapas include many usual suspects—Manchego cheese, jamón serrano—and some Catalan surprises like walnut rolls drizzled with Catalan olive oil. La Vinya also serves the sweet, crisp version of coca, a Catalan flatbread scented with anisette and rolled in sugar and pine nuts. Because it absorbs the tannins in your mouth, it’s a great complement to a powerful red wine.
- Frommer's Staff