Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter December 29, 2011
|In Spain on New Year’s Eve, people eat grapes as each bong of the clock counts down the final 12 seconds of the year. A group of shrewd farmers started this tradition when one year there were too many grapes left after the harvest. The King of Spain gave everyone grapes to eat on New Year’s Eve and the ritual was born! This is easy and fun to do at a party, and works best with seedless grapes and a delicious bottle of cava to wash them down. For each grape consumed at exactly the right time, you will get a month’s good luck. Get your grapes and cava, and celebrate the holiday Spanish style! We will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31 – from 10 AM to 6 PM. We will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1 and will reopen on Monday, January 2.
FELIZ AŇO NUEVO!
OUR FAVORITE CAVAS - Spanish bubbly is delicious and affordable!
2008 Vilarnau Brut Nature ($16.99) “Pale yellow color with green reflections and fine and expressive bubbles. Powerful nose with aromas of apples and pears and toasted bread notes due to its aging period. Round structured and well-balanced. Great with seafood or as an aperitif.” 89 points Wine Enthusiast
2007 Jane Ventura Brut Reserva de la Musica ($14.99) A small family run winery, Jane Ventura started production in 1914 by selling to the local market. Their wine making process is artisanal and hands-on rather than efficient. The earnestness for quality over quantity is palpable, which is evident in this tasty cava. 2007 Brut Reserva de la Musica is aged on the lees for 30 months. Fresh and rich, this low dosage cava has notes of pears, brioche and toast with a dry and crisp finish and a fine mousse of beautiful bubbles. 3800 cases made.
2004 Llopart Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava ($29.99) This limited production vintage cava has been aged a minimum of 48 months on the lees. Hand produced from four monovarietals (40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel-lo, 10% Parellada and 10% Chardonnay), it is bottle fermented in the Methode Champenoise. Llopart Gran Reserva has tiny and refined bubbles with a complex bouquet of butter, yeast, and elegant spicy notes. Light flavors of orchard fruit have a creamy texture; the crisp acidity and prolonged aging tones have a persistent and dry finish. This will delight any lover of bubbly wines.
NV Matilde Totus Tuus Brut Cava ($16.99) This delicious cava has bright notes of apple and pear, brioche and finishes dry with hints of toast. The 17 months aging on the lees offer up a sparkler with intensity and depth. “Matilde’s Non-Vintage Totus Tuus Cuvee Brut is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarel-lo, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada, and 6% Pinot Noir aged for 17 months on its lees. It reveals a beautiful frothy mousse, fragrant aromas from the Chardonnay, plenty of glycerin, and a Champagne-like personality at a fraction of the price. This lengthy effort is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months.” 89 points Wine Advocate
NV German Gilabert Brut Nature Cava ($15.99) Rich buttered toast and white fruit aromas. Zesty, with notes of dried white fruit and beautiful bubbles. “Pale yellow with an abundant bead. Pear skin, white flowers and minerals on the nose, along with a gentle leesiness. Juicy, pure orchard fruit and spice flavors offer very good cut and precision. Nicely supple if not exactly fleshy, with strong mineral lift and good clarity. Finishes with a note of dusty minerals and attractive lingering perfume.” 89 points Stephen Tanzer