Tapas – Marie McDonald

The Cuisine of Conversation

By Tricia Brown
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Tapas by Marie McDonald

Tapas by Marie McDonald [©New Holland]


Nestled into the pretty countryside of West Gippsland, Marie McDonald and Rick Stockdale have established Brandy Creek Wines and View Café, one of Victoria's premier wine and food destinations.

Bringing together a tapas menu with Brandy Creek's premium cool climate wines including Tempranillo and Sparkling Pinot Gris has proven a winning formula for owner Marie McDonald whose passion for wine and food resulted in the choice of Spanish tapas for the café.

Tapas – meaning 'little dishes from Spain' – is a popular form of Spanish dining and perfect for sharing with friends as well as accompanying a glass of wine. It was designed to be a cuisine that encourages conversation because diners were not as focussed on eating an entire meal.

Brandy Creek uses local and imported ingredients for their tapas reflecting seasonality and flavour but ultimately it is about the taste.

Tapas by Marie McDonald shows how to create these popular dishes at home for friends and family and takes you on a tantalising journey through this popular form of Spanish dining.

From mushrooms glazed with garlic and sherry vinegar, olives dripping in marinade, gazpacho and empanadas, blue cheese and anchovy tarts – the variety in the book is endless!

The book includes more than 60 recipes that cover every meal of the day, from breakfast tapas, vegetables, seafood, meat, sweets and wine tips. The whole world comes to the table when tapas is served.

So whether you're having a dinner party or just a romantic meal for two, kick back, relax and be transported to Spain – the land of Sangria, Flamenco and of course, tapas.


Tapas – The Cuisine of Conversation by Marie McDonald is published by New Holland (2010 RRP $47.95). Subscribers of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Tapas at 12.5% discount via our book partners Seekbooks (postage extra).



  • Gippsland (VIC)

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