Tuna Cruda with Spice Almonds

Pair with Fino

We like Fino that has some age and this compliments the nutty, salty and bold flavours of the dish. Pairing both softens the edges of the ingrediants and brings out the subtle nuances of Sherry.


200 grams 
Lemons juiced & strained (lemon dressing)
young fino Sherry 2-3years (lemon dressing)
extra virgin olive oil (lemon Dressing)
whole skinned almonds
1 tablespoon 
fennel seeds
1 tablespoon 
ground cumin
1 tablespoon 
ground coriander


Roast almonds at 180C for about 15 minutes until you smell the nutty aroma. In a pot place sugar, fennel seeds, cumin & coriander and 50ml of water and bring to boil at low temperature. Once sugar is dissolved bring heat up to form mid-size bubbles and add almonds. Leave to boil 5 minutes. Strain in fine strainer until almost all sugar syrup is drained. Place of grease proof paper and sprinkle about to tablespoons of salt. Bake at 160C for around 30 minutes.Take out of oven and place nuts into a bowl to cool, whilst at the same time constantly tossing nuts so they don't stick together. Once cool chop nuts down to desired size.

Slice Tuna to desire thickness, place of plate, and season with sprinkle of salt and pepper. Drizzle over Tuna balsamic vinegar & lemon dressing, and add spiced almonds. Serve.

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Pairing Fino with food

It is an ideal aperitif wine and goes well with all types of tapa, especially olives, nuts and Iberian cured ham.

Also providing the perfect companion for shellfish and fish, especially those with a marked salty taste (anchovies) or even raw (sashimi).

Its low acetic acid content combines exceptionally well with dishes of marked acidity (vinaigrette salads, marinades, etc.) as well as with cold soups (gazpacho, ajo blanco, etc.).


Fino fast facts

Always serve chilled

Use an ice bucket with both ice and water to serve chilled between 6º & 8º C.

Perfect for Tapas

It adapts perfectly to a diverse range of salty and intense flavours.

Style of Glass

In traditional wide-rimmed catavinos, or in white wine glasses.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content between 15 y 18% vol. (generally, 15% vol.)
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (usually < 1 gr. / litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 3 - 5 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) <0,25 gr. / litre
  • Very Low In Glycerine Content < 2 gr. / litre
Renee Anderson , Tapavino Sydney Australia Visit Website
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