My husband and I are going to seville the end of january 2011. We'd love to take a tapas/wine tour while there. There's only about a zillion choices when I tried to do a search. Any recommendations as to who would be relaxed,fun, and casual? Looking forward to hearing from U!
Debbie, if I were going to Seville I would check out the Food Network, or Travel Channel and find some of the chef/travel shows and find out where they went. Most of the famous chefs/show hosts have discussed tapas lately. When I was in Seville, many years ago, I found that the best tapas were in the smallest bars. You only had one or two choices, but they were the freshest and usually the tastiest.
We spent 3 nights in Seville in mid-October and went for both tapas and dinners around the Barrio Santa Cruz area. Keep in mind that most restaurants don't serve dinner until around 8:30pm. Have fun.
Quit thinking about it and just go wander and eat. I was there a couple of nights ago and they´re all over the place.
Between the Giralda and Plaza Nueva there are three streets: Gamazo, Harinas and Jimios. They spread away in a "w" from the center south entrance to the plaza. This is where I suggest to begin your own, independent Tapas Tour. I saw other people with a personal "guide" with them, but the only way it seemed of much value, is if they we're so painfully shy, they could barely order a meal in their own home town. Half the fun was practicing Spanish vocabulary and carefully observing what other people were ordering. For us, after a half day of serious walking on the cobbled streets, it's time for the first meal of the day. Most of the serious eateries open at one p.m. We think it's a perfect, pre-siesta time to get your grub on. As for the wine tour, find a place where everyone is having the Pescadito Fritos, and pair that, or Calamres, or Tortillas de Camarrones, with a bottle of Rueda--consistently pleasant white like Pinot Grigio. Moving onto red, you can try the Andalucian wines if you want, we did too, but I say, get a Ribiero, as darkly colored as any you see being poured, and pair that bottle with tapas of Carrillada, Pringa, or just a racion of good "Bellota" Jamon. With a breakfast like that, believe me, you will soon embrace this Iberian concept of "Siesta." Venture out again around five p.m., and you'll have a full two hours of walking time, helping you prepare for the even livelier, evening session.