Small bar snacks at the centre of a national culinary phenomenon. Tapas comes from the Spanish verb ‘to cover’ and refers to the covering of bread that bartenders in Spain once placed over drinks to keep out dust and flies. Now it refers to hundreds of different bar snacks. A tapa is one piece of food, a bit like a canapé. So when you see ‘24 tapas’ in a recipe you know that it makes 24 little snacks. Tempranillo — A variety of red grape, native to Spain, that produces an aromatic wine that is ruby-red in colour. It is now also grown much further afield.