The sardine is fished at different times of the year, although that of September is the highest quality. For its preparation, it is steamed and packaged in olive oil sauce.
Located in Vilassar de Mar (Barcelona), Espinaler is famous both for its tavern and for its top-quality seafood preserves from the Galician estuaries, as well as its well-known sauce for dressing these seafood conservas.
The Espinaler brand was born in 1896, when Miquel Riera moved to Vilassar de Mar and opened the Espinaler tavern. Miquel Tapias Roldós, the founder’s great-grandson, took over the reins of the business in the 1970s and started to travel to Galicia to choose the best shellfish in person at the auctions. This was the start of the marketing of Espinaler canned seafood preserves, also know as Conservas. Now run by the fifth generation of the Riera family, the Espinaler tavern and shop has been voted the best Specialized Gourmet Shop in Spain.