Yesterday we had an interesting dinner at La Penela, Madrid, the famous Galician restaurant of La Coruña that has also opened in the capital, in Infanta Mercedes 97.

La Penela reached culinary heights thanks to its “carne asada” (roasted meat) and specially, “tortilla de patatas”, no need to translate this, I hope, besides other great Galician goodies like fish, seafood, Padron peppers…

Our dinner revolved with equal passion around the super yellow tortilla and the US presidential elections. Consensus was that the Clinton-Obama contest has become a true globalized race, so much that newspapers all over the world spend a lot of time analyzing it, as if non US citizens could vote in the primaries or in November (NB: in my other blog, on European affairs, http://www.blogeuropa.eu, I have endorsed Obama, not just because we went to law school together). We drank our humble and delicious semi-liquid tortilla with a sophisticated wine, El Rincón, from Madrid, a new-new thing of Pagos de Familia del Marqués de Griñon (check out the beautiful label and presentation of the wine, way to go!). Everybody around the table agreed that it was a very different wine from any others we had tasted -we had among us the former Master of the Cellar of one of the Oxford Colleges and he was pleasantly surprised. El Rincon is made with shiraz and garnacha grapes and will shock you with its wondrous mineral notes and a touch of spices like cinnammon. The combination of this powerful and ambitious wine, designed to have a global projection, with the simple tortilla was another metaphor of the US elections being experienced with trepitation by citizens of so many different countries.