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Food Republic teamed with Pacific Rim wines and Spanish restaurant Salero in Chicago to demonstrate the versatility of Rieslings. (Photos: Tina Smothers Photography.)

Earlier this week, Food Republic teamed with Pacific Rim wines and Chicago restaurant Salero to showcase how well Riesling pairs with food — particularly Spanish flavors.

Around 35 invited guests from the Chicago area — among them restaurant industry members, wine buyers, distributors, social-media influencers and bloggers — joined Pacific Rim winemaker Nicolas Quillé for dinner on Tuesday evening. Salero chef Ashlee Aubin, an alum of Alinea, served a number of Spanish dishes, such as Galician-style octopus, jamón croquettes, albondigas and paella mixta to the crowd. Quillé kept everyone buzzing throughout the crisp fall evening with prodigious pours of Washington state–produced Rieslings, including a legendary 2010 vintage of its world-class Solstice. Check out some photos from the joy-filled evening here below.