Ajo Blanco (White Gazpacho)

16 oz. whole blanched almonds
6 Cups ice water
5 oz. stale white bread (about 6 slices), crusts removed
3 garlic cloves
1-1/2 tsp Sea Salt, Fine
6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Single-Varietal Olive Oil
6 Tbsp Sherry Reserva Wine Vinegar
Fresh ground Black Pepper to taste
8 oz. green or gold grapes halved for garnish

Soak bread in a little water until softened. Peel and mash the garlic cloves with the salt forming a smooth and fragrant paste.

Place almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly, using the metal purée blade, until the largest pieces are the size of large breadcrumbs and they are sticking to the side of the bowl. Use a spatula to scrape the nuts from around the edges of the food processor bowl. Add 1 cup of the ice water. Turn the processor back on and process until the almonds form a paste that folds back on itself.

Squeeze the excess water from the bread and add to the almonds along with the garlic paste and olive oil and combine till smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the remaining ice water until the mixture has the consistency of heavy cream.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in the sherry vinegar and black pepper. Chill soup for at least an hour. To serve, pour into individual bowls or clear glasses and garnish with grapes.