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A Few Favorite Things

I feel like Julie Andrews’ Maria as I gaze at a few of my favorite things here in the store. Some are items that we restocked this week, including palleras and burners in all sizes, flaneras and cazuelas.  And there are new favorites that we unloaded yesterday from our Spanish container. These make sensational gifts for the foodie or wine lover in your life!

Goblets and Tumblers made of recycled glass

Toro Albala Sherry Vinegar, now in 750 ml bottles

Cataplanas:  Nothing steams clams and mussels like a cataplana, which clamps shut to hold in the moisture.    Essential for making traditional pork and clams Cataplana.

The Book of Tapas ($39.95) by Simone and Inés Ortega is filled with mouthwatering pictures and easy to prepare recipes such as cardoons in vinaigrette and trout pâté, along with pages of tortilla recipes.  The New York Times calls it “irresistible”.

Mediterranean Street Food by Anissa Helou  ($18.95) has North African, Turkish and European recipes such as Turkish Meat Bread,  Eggplant Salad, Kefta and Kebabs.

Also Children’s books in Spanish!

Rabitos – Brandy filled, chocolate covered figs.

Madeiras: This is the season to sip Madeira!   Perfect on a cold and blustery night, the high acidity of a Madeira wine gives it a lighter feeling on the palate.    Depending on the varietal used, Madeiras range from bone dry if made from Sercial grape to the very sweet Malmsey.

Delicious Delaviuda Chocolate Florentinos:  I fell hard for these circular chocolate disks covered with almonds, hazelnuts and honey.   Bite size, and impossible to eat just one.

Tortas: Our selection of these crisp breads keeps expanding!  Select a savory style with olive oil or herbs to eat with cheese, or top a sweet torta with honey and ice cream for an easy dessert.

Tagines: There’s nothing easier than combining meat and vegetables in a tagine and slow cooking it for a couple of hours.   A North African tradition, the recipes use seasonings such as cinammon, dried fruits, honey, tumeric and olives to produce astonishing flavors.

NEW WINES

2007 Gramona Gran Cuvee Brut, Penedes ($19.99)  30 months aging on the lees gives this cava spectacular depth and complexity.   Aromas of apple pie with flavors of pastry and dry fruit.  Notes of yeast frame this creamy and silky cava.  Dynamic on the mid-palate, it has a mineral and citrus filled finish that keeps you coming back for more.

2009 Pacto, Tierra del Bajo Aragon ($9.99)  2009 Pacto comes from just outside the Montsant region in Catalonia and is made from 100% Garnacha Peluda, one of the oldest varietals grown in Spain, thought to be a mutant of Garnacha.  The extreme climate in this area produces a wine of juicy substance and bright fruit.   Notes of raspberry and black berry fruit have a clean minerality in this medium-bodied red. Serve this versatile wine with pasta dishes, soups or poultry.

2009 Nieto Senetiner Pinot Noir, Mendoza ($10.99)  Pinot Noir from Argentina we asked?  But after one sip of this juicy red we were asking why there aren’t more Argentinean Pinots on the market!  2009 Nieto Senetiner Pinot Noir has aromas of earth and fresh cherry, kirsch and plum flavors.  A depth of black fruit on the mid palate gives complexity and depth.  Aged only in stainless steel, this is a medium-bodied Pinot with a velvety finish.   Serve with leaner meats, or spicy stews.

2006 Finca Nueva Crianza Rioja($14.99) Finca Nueva, founded in 2004, is a new project of boutique winery Finca Allende.  The inspiration was to create a new style of Rioja at a more affordable price.  The 2006 Crianza has aged 12 months in French oak and displays a purity of red and black cherry fruit.  Understated, elegant and with a lengthy finish, this medium bodied red is crafted in the artisanal style of Finca Allende.   ” ..aromas of violets, spice box, and blackberry, on the palate it is ripe with excellent volume and savory flavors. It is a lot of wine for the money.”

89 points Wine Advocate

2007 Quinto do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, Douro ($40.00) From 70 year old vines, a blend of over twenty varietals, we’ve been eagerly waiting for this phenomenal vintage.  Only 5 cases shipped to Washington and we’ve got 12 bottles available.

“The 2007 RESERVA OLD VINES is a lovely Old Vines, comparable in quality to the 2003 and 2004, which makes it one of the best values in the Douro, even with the recent price hike. As is typical of many 2007s, it combines elegance and depth, showing good balance, yet richness and fine flavor. It is richer and fuller bodied than the Maria Teresa, closer to Vinha da Ponte, if you are comparing. Granting that stylistic preferences of individual consumers may differ, this is certainly the smartest buy in this lineup by a long margin, which it usually is every year. It is less than a third of the price of the Maria Teresa, for instance and many may actually prefer it. This will be approachable young, but it will show better in a couple of years and will age well. It drank nicely the next day. Drink now-2023.” 94pts Wine Advocate

“This has a complex array of red and dark fruit flavors, led by blueberry, kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry. Very plush midpalate, with an elegant, caressing finish of spice, mocha and cream. Drink now through 2017. 750 cases imported.  93pts Wine Spectator

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Stocked Up For Thanksgiving

Legs of Jamon, Curing

Extremadura means “extreme” which aptly depicts its remote location.  Located in western Spain, enclosed by mountain ranges, rivers and forests, this traditionally backward region offered a hardscrabble life for its pig and sheep farmers.    While its lands are still passed over by most travelers, its stellar foods have taken the culinary world by storm.   The legendary smoked paprika from La Vera is produced here, as is Jamon Bellota, the suave melt-in-your-mouth jamon that tastes like meat butter.   Incredible cheeses such as Queso Torta del Casar, Queso de los Ibores and La Serena come from Extremadura.    Thousands of olive trees grow here and produce exceptional oils.

On our last trip through Extremadura, we discovered an extraordinary line of olive oil products and just received a new shipment including the best nourishing hand cream that I’ve ever found. We now have an extensive line of La Chinata products made from extra virgin olive oil, including exfoliant, bath salts, bath gel, liquid soap, toner and shaving cream.   These make great and unique gifts, and are available exclusively at The Spanish Table.

NEW PRODUCTS

Whole Legs of Jamon Serrano.  One of our vendors had to free up space in their cooler for holiday specialties and offered us an incredible price on whole jamones.  We’ve now got whole Redondo Iglesias bone-in jamon for approximately $265.00 (based on actual weight) and Jamones Segovia whole, boneless legs of jamon that range from $235.00 to $270.00 each.  These boneless jamones are nitrate and nitrite free, aged 12 months.

200 Años Extra Virgin Olive Oil, regularly $14.00 now $11.99.  A blend of olive varieties, it is flavorful and buttery with light spice notes.

Authentic Angulas in Olive Oil from GaliciaThese are the real thing – serve them at your special holiday meal!  $50.00/115 gr tin.

Rose Petal Harissa Sauce:  Customers have been raving about this sauce for a few weeks now, and I finally tried it on scrambled eggs the other morning.   I almost swooned!  At once earthy and spicy with exotic spice flavors, it’s also great with cheese or even on a grilled pork sandwich.

E. Moreno Almendras Rellenas:   Baked pastry surrounds a soft almond and cinnamon filling.  What’s not to like?    E. Moreno Piñones, sugar coated.

Just arrived today! Delaviuda chocolate confections – Mendiants (chocolate with nuts) Crujientes (biscuits with chocolate), Chocolate Florentines and Butter Waffle Crisps.

We still have fresh Padron Peppers – our latest shipment arrived yesterday.   It’s 80 degrees in the Bay Area this week, so we should be able to get them for another week or so.

SUPERB THANKSGIVING WINES

2009 Muga Blanco Rioja ($14.99) Made of 90% Virua and 10% Malvasia. Slow fermentation in new French oak and three months aging on the lees give this wine a fresh crispness, round texture and pleasing weight on the palate.  Well-integrated oak flavors with bright citrus and white fruit notes have a mineral spine and a clean, dry finish.

2005 Albak de Elviwines, Ribera del Jucar ($9.99)  Close out! A blend of 45% Tempranillo, 21% Syrah, 18% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red is all-around exceptional. Elviwines’ winemaking group got their start in the Priorat region, producing top notch Cims de Porrera and Clos Martinent cuvees.  In Ribera del Jucar, the aim was to produce a moderately priced, delicious red from an unknown region with great potential.   2005 Albak has ripe fruit aromas with notes of boysenberry and black cherry have elements of mushroom and licorice.  ” Smoky redcurrant, and strawberry aromas are complicated by incense and musky underbrush. Light-bodied red fruit and dried rose flavors reminded me of a Piedmont wine, as did the fine-grained texture and gentle herbal qualities. Finishes with gentle grip and tangy minerality.”  88 points Stephen Tanzer

2001 Viña Lanciano Reserva, Rioja ($22.99)  Traditionally, the fruit for Rioja wines come from a number of disparate vineyards. Viña Lanciano is one of the few Riojas produced from a single plot.  The vineyard, encircled by the Ebro River with its special microclimate and soils, is where the grapes for LAN’s best wines are grown.  “From what will go down as a legendary vintage, the ’01 Lanciano is a full-boned but elegant wine with deftly balanced aromas of chocolate, mint, graphite and berry compote. The feel is satisfying and chewy, while the flavors of cherry cola, black plum and cocoa are pure and lasting.”  Wine Enthusiast

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, Portugal ($40.00) This is my pick to serve on Thanksgiving!  “Aromas and flavors of kirsch, chocolate and dark plum are the hallmarks of this sumptuous Portuguese red. Very silky tannins and zesty acidity carry the long, sandalwood- and cherry-filled finish. Drink now through 2014.”  92 points Wine Spectator

2004 Remelluri Rioja ($34.00)  “Captivating aromas of cherry, cured meat, tobacco and licorice. Lush and juicy, with fresh red and dark fruit flavors, silky tannins and slow-mounting herbal qualities. Turns sweeter on the finish, with sexy oak spices lingering seductively. This is really delicious and already complex enough to enjoy in the near term.”  93 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Alto Moncayo, Campo de Borja ($45.00)   “Deep, bright ruby. Complex bouquet offers scents of blueberry, boysenberry, cola, dark chocolate and mace. Broad, sweet dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and power and are nicely framed by velvety tannins. A tangy mineral note gains strength with air and adds vivacity to the long, sweet, spicy finish. I’d drink this alluring wine on the young side for its exuberant fruit character.”   93 points Stephen Tanzer

NV Torres Floralis Aqua D’Or dessert wine, Penedes ($20.99) Sipping this sweet Moscatel from Penedes is like drinking nectar. Floralis has aromas of lemon verbena, orange and seductive floral notes.  With concentrated flavors of roasted almond and citrus peel, its zippy acidity keep its unctuousness at bay.

Cune Rioja Bottle Library Offering!   Bodegas Cune has decided to release a limited number of old Reservas and Grand Reservas.   Pre-orders are due no later than December 8th and the wines will be shipped directly from Spain.   Expected arrival is beginning of March 2011.   Standout offerings include a 1917 Imperial Gran Reserva ($603.00), 1964 Viña Real Gran Reserva ($467.00), and vintages from the 1940′s through the 1990′s.   If you are looking for a special bottle for an important birthday or anniversary, one of these wines will make a fantastic gift.   Please let us know if you are interested in viewing the list and we will email a complete list.

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Frango Assado

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Frango Assado in Oporto

One of our favorite meals in Portugal is Frango Assado.   We’ve never been disappointed by one of these  platters of marinated and grilled chicken, served with fries and mixed green salad, washed down with a cold Sagres beer.  (Of course, eating this on a hot sunny day just doubles the pleasure!!)  Portuguese birds are smaller than their American counterparts, and grill up to a succulent finish like nobody’s business.   Don’t leave Portugal without stopping in at one of these humble establishments; look for a hand painted sign reading ‘Frango Assado’ or ‘Churrecaria’.  Inside will be a huge grill covered with sizzling chickens cooking over flames. Here, you’ll be rewarded with great flavor and very cheap prices.

If you’re not traveling to Portugal in the near future, you can replicate Frango Assado at home.   We carry Sagres Portuguese beer ($10.99 per six pack) and now have Sagres beer steins ($6.99) and schooners ($4.99).

Here is our recipe for Frango Assado, from The Spanish Table Cookbook:   (Serves 4)

Each bird is butterflied and marinated in piri piri pepper sauce, then roasted over coals that crisp the sauce-saturated skin while leaving the meat moist and succulent.  It is appropriate that we associate this dish so closely with Portugal because the folk art symbol of Portugal is a rooster and gallo logos are everywhere.

1                                 Chicken, cut into halves or quarters

1 tablespoon                 Course sea salt

4 cloves                        Garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon                 Hot smoked pimentón

¼ cup                           Piri piri Sauce

¼ cup                           Olive oil

Put the salt in a mortar and add garlic.  Mash together, then grind in pimentón.

Smoosh in the piri piri followed by the olive oil.  You should now have a nice paste.

Using a brush, coat chicken on all sides.   Refrigerate for 24 hours then grill or bake at 450º for 45 minutes to one hour.

NEW WINES

2007 Calma Rioja ($14.99)   Calma Rioja reveals spice, cherry and cigar box aromas on the nose.  Made in a traditional Rioja style, it displays tasty cherry and berry fruit, mixed with spice and dusty earth.  With silky, ripe tannins and excellent persistence, this food friendly red is a great match for cured meats or rice dishes.

2008 Valle Azul Cabernet Sauvignon, Rio Negro Patagonia ($14.99)  Cabernet is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina, after Malbec.    Valle Azul Cabernet from Patagonia has a delicious  dusty edge to its ripe black and red fruit and a lengthy finish with minerals.  Winemaker Hans Vindig-Diers produces Noemia (the 2008 vintage received a 95 point score from Wine Spectator and sells for $105.00 if you can find it); Hans trained in Bordeaux and a group of Rio Negro vintners asked him to turn their fruit into wines that would show all of its potential.   “A floral-style Cab, with bright cherry and red plum notes laced with hints of violet and roasted vanilla. Nice supple finish. Drink now. 250 cases made.”   87 points Wine Spectator

2007 Viña Sastre Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($35.00) From the highest elevation vineyards in Ribera del Duero, this vineyard sometimes supplies fruit to Vega Sicilia.   Fermented with native yeast and aged 12 months in new French oak, this is a harmonious wine with elegance and nuance.   “Complex, seductively perfumed nose melds raspberry, cherry-cola, Asian spices and dark chocolate. Dense, sappy and focused, with allspice, vanilla and mineral tones to go with the powerful red fruit. Finishes with broad, palate-dusting tannins and excellent persistence. Owner Jesus Sastre told me that he wasn’t crazy for 2007 so [he made only] one wine: all the Pago de Santa Cruz and Pesus juice is in here. It shows.”  92 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Marc Ripoll Sans Black Slate Gratallops, Priorat ($19.99) “A village appellation wine from Priorat, the 2007 Black Slate is a blend of 46% Garnacha, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Carinena, Merlot and Syrah aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored with an expressive bouquet of slate/mineral, Asian spices, mocha, and black cherry, on the palate it is loaded with succulent fruit, has superb concentration, and exceptional length. It has the structure to evolve for 1-2 years although it can be enjoyed now. It may be the finest value in quality Priorat in the market.”  91 points Wine Advocate

2007 Roquers de Porrera Priorat  ($40.00)  rice!  “The 2007 Roquers de Porrera is composed of 80% Garnacha and Carinena with the balance Merlot and Syrah aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. Aromas of wet stone, licorice, underbrush, black cherry and plum lead to a silky-textured, elegant yet powerful expression of Priorat.  Incipiently complex, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2022.”  93 points Wine Advocate

NEW ITEMS & PRODUCTS BACK IN STOCK

A steady stream of new products have been rolling in the door for the last couple of weeks!     OCTWe’ve restocked the round wooden plates used for serving Pulpo A La Gallego (stewed octopus served on slices of boiled potato with paprika).  VUV We’ve had many requests for the “Vuelve Tortilla” pedestal plates – now we have them in wood, 20 cm and 30 cm size.  Handmade potholders from Panama, made by Kuna Indians in colorful bird and flower patterns.  Great for housewarming gifts or just to brighten up your own kitchen!

Our first shipment of Turron is now in!  We’ve got Casa Real, Delaviuda, 1880, and El Lobo brands; Blando, duro and Yema Tostada styles.   More is on the way…

Hand painted ceramic Portuguese rooster bottle stoppers and large boxes of Maria crackers are back in stock.

We still have Padron Peppers – a fresh shipment arrived yesterday.   Sadly, with colder weather, the pepper season will not last much longer, so get them while you can!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the performers from Madrid’s Casa Patas flamenco tablao.  They performed in Benaroya Hall last weekend, and will be at Taberna del Alarbardero for four nights starting today.    They are absolutely phenomenal!   Contact Taberna del Alarbardero for information:  206.448.8884.

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Great Wines From Three Countries

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Bodegas O. Fournier, Uco Valley Argentina

We arrived around 6 pm at Bodegas O. Fournier in Argentina’s Uco Valley. arg After a wine tasting and late dinner in their newly opened restaurant, we ended up sleeping in owner José Manuel Ortega’s spare bedroom.  What incredible hospitality… mc his young daughter even served us wine on the patio!   Energetic and creative, José Manuel was born into Spain’s Fournier family, a famous manufacturer of playing cards.  In 2000, he turned away from a career in investment banking to enter the wine industry and by 2009 was nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Innovator of the Year.    He’s now running successful wineries in Argentina, Chile and Spain, producing wines that each reflect the uniqueness of place.   He says: ‘Wine is a way of life. I swapped a prestigious career for it, with no regrets.’ (Decanter Magazine)  We’ve been trying to bring in these wines since our 2006 winery visit, especially given the increasing attention by the wine press.  Finally this week were able to get our hands on wines from all three of O. Fournier’s bodegas.

2007 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Ribera, Ribera del Duero ($13.99)  “The 2007 Urban Ribera is a strong candidate for the best new release Ribera del Duero under $25. Made from 100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo), the wine spent four months in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of scorched earth, violets, and black cherry that leaps from the glass. Smooth-textured and suave on the palate, it has loads of succulent black fruit, silky tannins, excellent depth and grip, and a juicy finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next four years.”   91 points Wine Advocate

2005 Bodegas O. Fournier Spiga, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) “Coffee and tar notes frame black plum and prune flavors in this well-structured red. The dense texture is supported by firm tannins, which give way to black pepper and licorice notes on the finish. Brooding but balanced. Best from 2009 through 2016. 4,000 cases made.”   91 points Wine Spectator

2009 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Uco Malbec, Mendoza ($11.99) Rich black cherry fruit and exotic spice notes have an edge of blueberry.  Medium bodied with pliable tannins make up this balanced and versatile wine. “This is ripe and friendly, with a mix of raspberry, boysenberry and blueberry compote notes that mingle through the licorice-tinged finish.”  88 points Wine Spectator

2009 Urban Maule Red Blend, Chile ($12.99)  A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 5% Carignan   Intriguing aromas of eucalyptus on the nose blend with concentrated ripe fruit in this cuvee.   Notes of kirsch, black currant, boysenberry and  tobacco make up this superbly balanced value red.

Photos by Sharon Baden

Travel to Spain with a wine importer! Discover Spain; A Gourmet Wine Tour May 8-16, 2011 From Barcelona to Priorat, Zaragoza, Basque Country, Valladolid, Toro, Toledo &  Madrid.  Includes hotel stays from Sunday May 8th-Sunday May 15th; ALL breakfasts, lunches & dinners in the finest restaurants of each region; first class private tour bus featuring a private driver; travelers Insurance while on the bus;  and visits to the wineries; wine tasting & tapas.  Price:  $3800.00, not including air fare.   Please send us an e-mail to sign up or for more information.

MORE GREAT WINES
1998 Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva Rioja ($32.00) After we drank this amazing Gran Reserva  last weekend, we bought out the distributor’s supply.  Get a bottle of this before it runs out! “Wild aromas of smoked meat, musky underbrush and spicy pomegranate. Energetic and spicy in the mouth, with vivid red fruit flavors lifted by minerals and tangy acidity. The brisk, firm finish features an exotic floral pastille accent to go with its red berry flavors. A wine of noteworthy complexity, and possessing the balance and vivacity for further aging.”  92 points Stephen Tanzer

2003 Bodegas H.A. Barcelo Secreto Reserva, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) “This syrupy red shows the heat of the vintage in its dried cherry, fig, marmalade and espresso flavors. This is thick and chewy, yet retains a lively freshness that keeps it youthful. A modern style, complex and rich. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases made.”  94 points Wine Spectator

2005 Finca L’Argata, Montsant ($21.99)  Close out price on a great vintage!  Joan d’Anguera is a family run winery whose origins date back 200 years.   This single vineyard wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache from 50 year old vines and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in French oak.  Rich and powerful with great balance and length.  ” Exotically perfumed aromas of sexy cherry, blueberry, cinnamon and clove, underscored by vanilla and mocha. Juicy red and dark berry flavors are gently lifted by suave minerality and gain sweetness on the finish. Impressively focused wine with surprising elegance for its flavor impact.”  90 points Stephen Tanzer

2008 Triumvirat Priorat ($35.00) A partnership between Ramon Farre Marti and Ester Nin Llort in the Vilella Baixa del Priorato region beginning in 2005. Their Carignan based wines (they make only two) have already received much critical praise, securing them among the top handcrafted producers in this prestigious region.  Farmed biodynamically.  “The 2008 Terra de Verema Triumvirat is made by Ester Nin, vineyard manager of Clos Erasmus. It is a blend of 90% Carinena, 5% Garnacha, and 5% Syrah aged for 12 months in French oak. Dark ruby-colored with an already complex bouquet of pepper, Asian spices, mineral, and black cherry, on the palate it is supple, suave bordering on opulent, succulent, and very long. It can be approached now but will be more expressive with another 2-3 years of bottle age.” 94 points Wine Advocate

Diana Kennedy has been called “the Julia Child of Mexican cooking” and her latest cookbook “Oaxaca al Gusto” ($50.00) is an encyclopedic masterpiece of Oaxacan Gastronomy.  With three hundred authentic recipes, mostly from home cooks, the book is loaded with pictures and a glossary of herbs and ingredients.  A must for Mexican cooks!

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NEW CHEESES
San Ignacio Blue cheese from Argentina- Young, creamy, crumbly with a distinct mild blue flavor. The best part of this cheese is the price – $7.99/Lb is unheard of for a blue cheese!
Paski Sir Croatian Queso!!! This is the first cheese from Croatia we have been able to import. This 1 year pasteurized sheeps milk cheese comes from the island of Pag. The small indigenous sheep feed on the islands scarce salt grasses. Paski Sir has a unique crystalline texture and complex layered flavors: notes of Parm, a unique sweet and saltiness with a lingering savory tangy finish.
Thank you for being our customer!
Sincerely,
Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA  98101  phone: 206.682.2827

SPANISH TABLE HOURS:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday
Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA  98101 phone: 206.682.0679
PARIS GROCERY HOURS:  Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM.  Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

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Discover Lustau Sherries

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Barrel Tasting Fino at Emilio Lustau

White washed villages resonate with Phoenician, Greek and Moorish history.  cab Fiery Andalucian horses, the ancestors of  Austrian Lipizzaners.    Flamenco, fiestas and alegria.  Shrimp, clams and sherry!   These are just some of the pleasures of Southern Spain.

Massive bodegas surrounding  the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barremeda and El Puerta de Santa Maria announce that you’re in one of the three sherry producing towns in D.O. Jerez.   On our first trip to Jerez de la Frontera years ago, we made a beeline for Bodegas Emilio Lustau where Manolo, the general manager, led us through a tasting of 18 amazing sherries:   Some dry, some sweet, others with incredible complexity.   What an underappreciated wine! From that day forward, I’ve been a sherry aficionado.

An excellent opportunity to learn about Lustau’s sherries is coming up on Tuesday October 26th, 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Vine. Ignacio Lopez of Bodegas Emilio Lustau will be leading a tasting of nine sherries, paired with tapas.    The cost is $45.00 per person and there are only 20 spaces available, so call Harvest Vine right away to make a reservation: 206.320.9771. e ind The sherries to be tasted are:   Light Fino “Jarana”;  Puerto Fino;  Manzanilla Papirusa;  Amontillado Los Arcos;  Palo Cortado Peninsula;  Oloroso Pata de Gallina;  Deluxe Cream Catataz Andres;  East India Solera Sherry;  Moscatel St. Emilin.

NEW WINES:

2008 Temperamento Bobal, Utiel-Requena ($12.99) One of Spain’s lesser known indigenous grapes, Bobal has the potential to produce powerful reds from old vines.  The 2008 Temperamento  exhibits this robustness with an oaky structure from 6 months in French oak.  Ripe red cherry fruit  and cola notes have ample tannins and a clean finish.

2009 Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Mendoza ($21.99)  “A minerally spine drives this, with the core of damson plum, raspberry ganache and blackberry fruit staying sweet but racy and defined. Violet and graphite hints add length on the mouthwatering finish.”   91 points Wine Spectator

2009 La Cartuja Priorat ($14.99)  This is a stellar Priorat for the price!  Juicy red berry fruit with hints of mineral and dried herbs, it is a medium bodied red with silky tannins.   Aged in French oak for 8 months, it has a rich finish with spice and black cherry notes which linger on the palate.   La Cartuja completely over delivers.

We can’t get over how delicious the 2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja is!     2001 was a spectacular vintage which is eximplified in the Reservas and Gran Reservas that are now coming in.  2001 Viña Arana Reserva ($32.00) is packed with dried plum and cranberry which explodes on the palate.   An elegant texture with silky tannins leads into a lengthy, dry finish with notes of earth and tobacco.   This is so good that we bought the last four cases available from the distributor.

Choose from our stack of favorite 2001 Spanish reds:   2001 Luis Cañas Reserva de Familia Rioja ($33.00); 2001 Beronia Gran Reserva ($26.99); 2001 Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva ($22.99) and 2001 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva ($57.00).  Now is the time to stock up on these wines before they sell out!

ANNOUNCING “CHEESE OF THE MONTH!” We’ve worked out a new cheese program with our favorite distributor to bring better value to our loyal Queso customers. Each month, we’ll be offering special pricing on a selected cheese. This month’s selection is Amarelo, one of our tastiest Portuguese cheeses.  A handcrafted, small production cheese which usually retails for $27.99 per pound is now $22.99 per pound. Buy a whole wheel (1.5 Lb) and receive an additional 10% off!  Fresh and soft, it is a blend of sheep and goats milk from the Beira Baixa region. This astounding buttery, slightly piquant washed rind cheese has flavors of roasted onion, sea salt, notes of sweet lemon and a lingering savory finish with grassy overtones.   Cut the top off a and have your guest spread this insanely delicious cheese over a crusty baguette at your Halloween party!

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Gonzalez Byass Tasting & More

GONZALEZ BYASS SHERRY AND WINE TASTING AT HARVEST VINE OCTOBER 6
Anyone interested in the different styles of sherry and Spanish wines will not want to miss next Wednesday’s Gonzalez Byass tasting at the Harvest Vine from 6 to 8 pm.  Fifth generation family member, Felipe Gonzalez will lead us through four flights of wines from their portfolio for a total of twelve samples, each flight paired with a tapa specially prepared by The Harvest Vine.

Gonzalez Byass, established in 1835, celebrates its 175th anniversary of family ownership this year and is one of Spain’s most historic and important family owned wine producers.  Combining a balance of tradition with modern innovation, their portfolio of sherry, sparkling and still wines include Gonzalez Byass Sherries, iconic Tio Pepe Fino (which holds Spain’s first registered trademark), valued priced Altozano (Castilla-LaMancha), classical Beronia (Rioja), Finca Moncloa (Cadiz), Villarnau (Cava) wines and Vinas del Vero from the Somontano region of Northern Spain. Gonzalez Byass is committed to traditional styles of Spanish winemaking with sustainable production.

Perhaps best of all, the cost is only $25.00! The tasting line up includes samples of two very old sherries, including one of my favorites, the incredible Noe Pedro Ximenez.  Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to taste through an exceptional array of Spanish wines, guided by one of the owners of this historic firm.  Seats are limited and are booking quickly.   For reservations, call The Harvest Vine at 206.320.9771.

This is what we’ll be tasting:

Flight 1: – Sparklers and White

Vilarnau Brut Cava

Vilarnau Brut Vintage Reserve Cava

Vinas Del Vero Garnacha Blanca – Somontano

Flight 2: – Old vines/ New vines

Vinas del Vero Garnacha Tinto – Somontano

Vinas del Vero “Secastilla” Garnacha – Somontano

Finca Constancia Red Blend – Castilla-La Mancha

Flight 3: – Rioja

Beronia Crianza

Beronia Reserva

Beronia Gran Reserva

Flight 4: – Sherries

Tio Pepe – Fino

Del Duque – Rare Amontillado

Solera 1847 – Oloroso Dulce

Noe – Rare Old Pedro Ximenez

GREAT WINES FOR FALL AT SPANISH TABLE

2008 Zaumau, Priorat ($17.99)  A blend of Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and Pedro Ximenez,  Zaumau is a white wine from the Priorat with aromas of flint and white flowers.  Very dry, it is round on the palate with notes of beeswax, subdued stone fruit flavors, nuts and a refreshing minerality.  This graceful white is unoaked which allows the pure expression of Priorat’s terrunyo.   This is excellent with the Catalan cheese Garroxta.

2008 Valera Monastrell, Bullas ($10.99) Rich, structured and bold, this wine has aromas of smoke, blackberries and exotic spices.  Wonderfully complex with notes of dust and olive, it finishes long and dry.

2008 Mas dels Frares Priorat ($17.99) Accessible and balanced with notes of graphite and mineral, Mas dels Frares is structured with a persistent red fruit finish.  “The 2008 Mas del Frares is an unoaked blend of 50% Carinena, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Garnacha. The nose gives up earth notes, mineral, lavender, and black cherry. Substantial on the palate with good density and ripe flavors, this friendly effort is a good introduction to the region and an outstanding value.”  89 points Wine Advocate

2005 Lopez Cristobal Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) Fresh, balanced and structured with notes of coconut, blackberry and minerals, the winemaker is a former bullfighter who used to sell his grapes to Pingus.   Lopez Cristobal Crianza was a New York Times’ favorite in the September 15, 2010 article “From Spain, Big Reds, Well Tuned”  where it is described as “sleek and balanced with plummy, floral aromas and flavors.”

CELEBRATING A SPECIAL OCCASION?

1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha, Madeira ($261.00) “The 1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha reveals stunning balance between the elements of sweetness and acidity, both of which are integrated with notable balance. This dark-hued wine possesses gorgeous aromatics that lead to intriguing notes of worn-in leather, baking spices, toffee, roasted coffee beans and dark plums. This is an unctuous, full-bodied style of Madeira that is simply breathtaking. The wine’s haunting perfume lingers on the long, seductive finish.”  95 points Wine Advocate

NEW PRODUCTS & FAVORITES BACK IN STOCK

Molcajetes:    We’ve been trying to bring these in for months and finally have them.   Made of stone, they grind anything to a pulp in just a few turns of the wrist.   I grind spices and make guacamole with mine.

More cazuelas, including a larger selection of the bright red color!

A new shipment of paella pans, burners, leg sets, and hoses just arrived.  This may be our last shipment before the holidays so if you’re thinking of gifting a paella set this year get it now while the full selection is available!

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Segura Viudas Wine Dinner This Week

Bodegas Segura Viudas, Catalonia
Don’t miss this Thursday’s wine dinner at La Taberna del Alabardero, featuring the the cavas of Segura Viudas and the wines of Freixenet. Eva Bertran, a native of Catalonia and V.P. of Wine Education will lead us through the tasting with David Brown, Marketing Director of Freixenet U.S.A. David, formerly in advertising, moved to Spain to learn flamenco guitar and from there had the opportunity to enter the wine industry.   Too bad he won’t be playing his guitar for us, but it will be a  lively and educational evening in any event!

La Taberna del Alabardero has put together an amazing five course menu to pair with the wines for a cost of $75.00.   The menu is shown below; please call La Taberna at 206.448.8884 to make reservations.   The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday September 23rd.

If you’re unable to attend the dinner, stop by La Taberna that afternoon to sample special pintxos, Freixenet wines and cocktails made with Segura Viudas cavas for $5.00 each.

Segura Viudas Fall Harvest Dinner Menu

Segura Viudas Bubble Cocktail:  Segura Viudas Brut Rva with Saint Germain and Mango “Bubbles”

Duck a L’orange Alabardero Style

Coffee and Foie Gras Bonbon

D.O. Cava-Reserva Heredad (Macabeo, Parellada)

Scallops Over an Edamame Emulsion with a Ñora Pepper Sauce and Wild Rice

D.O. Rias Baixas- Vionta 2009 (Albariño)

Vionta vineyards, Rias Baixas

Red Snapper in a Cava Sauce with a Gnocchi Stew with Onions and Sundried Tomatoes in a Demiglas Sauce

D.O. Penedes- Mas D’aranyo Rva 2003 (Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon)

Beef Sirloin with a Carrot and Cauliflower Faux Cous-Cous, Pedro Ximenez Sauce and Potato Crystal

D.O. Ca. Priorat- Morlanda 2003 (Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon)

Carrot Cake with a Creamy Milk Chocolate Frosting and a Bay Leaf Breton Shortbread

D.O. Cava- Aria Brut Rosé (Pinot Noir)

$75.00  (Tax and Gratuity not included)

Call for reservations: La Taberna del Alabardero, 2328 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (206)448-8884   www.alabardero.com

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This Saturday: Anniversary Celebration & Paella Demo

Paella Demo on Saturday, September 11th at noon
See how to make Paella for 50 people.  Try a sample!

September is our January, our season of new beginnings.    Our wedding was in September, 23 years ago.  We’ve opened three of our stores in September:    Paris Grocery launched a year ago in September 2009.  The Spanish Table in Berkeley CA kicked off operations on September 11, 2001.   The mother ship Spanish Table Seattle opened its doors in September 1995, making this our 15th year in business! Back in 1995, most people were unfamiliar with Iberian cuisine and, wanting to introduce these unique flavors that so influenced our cooking, we were the first to offer only authentic Spanish and Portuguese products.   Way ahead of the curve, business languished until Saveur Magazine listed us in their first “Top 100″ issue in January 1998.   Soon writers like Robert Parker were giving top scores to Spanish wines, restaurants began introducing Spanish flavors in their recipes, and our idea was vindicated.   We could finally pay some bills! On Saturday, September 11 at noon, in celebration of our 15th Anniversary, Steve Winston will be cooking a 50 person paella in front of the shop. Come early to watch him cook and enjoy a complimentary sample.   Also on Saturday, we’ll be extending our 10% case discount on wine purchases of six bottles or more.

NEW PRODUCTS

Our new favorite cheese at the Spanish Table is Izarou, a pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese from the Pyrenees. Izarou is deliciously buttery, creamy, and mildly sweet; it pairs perfectly with summer fruits. This cheese is made by acclaimed cheese maker Gabiel Coulet, who also produces the best Roquefort cheese on the planet, “Cosse Noir” Roquefort, which is available at our sister store, Paris Grocery.New to the shop are the incredible ChocoLate Orgániko bars from Madrid, available in three flavors:   Dark Chocolate Bar– Soft, delicate, and very aromatic, 56% Trinitario Cocoa Bean.  Dark Chocolate Bar with Extra Virgin Olive Oil– soft and creamy black chocolate, enriched with extra virgin olive oil. A contrast of tartly bitter and fruity flavors.  Dark Chocolate Bar with Ibiza Sea Sal– My favorite sweet with small chunks of my favorite salt: a perfect balance. Skull Candy! Try one of these skull lollipops to get you thinking about fall and your Día de los Muertos celebrations! Available in two flavors: strawberry cream and grape. We have a new organic smoked peppercorn blend: black, white, and green peppercorns. Look for it in our spice section; it’s packed out in convenient 8-ounce containers. Most of you are familiar with our Peruvian dried Aji Panka and Aji Amarello pods. We now carry Aji Limo pods, similar to Rocotto peppers. These chiles will add a flavorful kick to many of your favorite dishes, especially ceviche. Mexican Duraznos are small peaches in syrup that taste somewhere between a peach and an apricot. Delicious on their own and impossible not to eat the entire jar after opening.

NEW WINES
2009 Con Class Rueda ($11.99)   “The 2009 Con Class is composed of 60% Verdejo, 25% Viura, and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. Light straw-colored, it has an expressive perfume of baking spices, spring flowers, and tropical aromas. Dry, crisp, and with excellent volume on the palate, this tasty effort will provide much pleasure over the next 12-18 months. It is another example of how special 2009 is in Rueda.”  88 points Wine Advocate

2008 Shaya Habis, Rueda  ($29.99) “The 2008 Shaya Habis is a special selection that is barrel-fermented and aged on its lees in large oak. It displays a nose of toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. A bit richer and more complex on the palate than the “regular” cuvee, this vibrant effort could evolve for 1-2 years but is drinking well now.”  92 points Wine Advocate

2008 Cantiga Rioja ($9.99) Made of 100% Tempranillo and aged five months in neutral oak, Cantiga delivers a lot of  complexity for $9.99.  Bright fruit flavors are balanced by balsamic and mineral notes.  Notes of raspberries and violets gain depth from the toasted spice flavors of coffee and pepper.  The finish is incredibly long for a young wine.  Great with tapas or paella.

2007 AR Guentota Old Vine Malbec, Mendoza ($19.99) Produced from 100 year old vines using native yeast and aged in French oak for 12 months.  ” Reticent aromas and flavors of dark berries, licorice, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Juicy, supple and fruit-driven, with a pliant texture, a restrained sweetness and good depth to the middle palate. Finishes with good lingering fruit and sweet tannins. A very suave malbec bottling.”  90 points Stephen Tanzer 2007 Prazo de Roriz, Douro ($15.99) “Prazo de Roriz….has knit together as well as I thought it would from my first look-and quite a bit better, in fact. I fear I underrated it the first time around. Bright and silky, it seems a little harsh on opening, as it did initially, but that does not last long now and it evolves beautifully. It is never going to be a wine that impresses with its depth-it is certainly well on the elegant side in the mid-palate-but it proves to be an impeccably balanced wine, graceful and sunny, with more structure than is apparent at first. Although I think this will hold a reasonable time, it will probably show best in the short to mid-term, now to the next few years.”  89 points Wine Advocate   89 points Wine Spectator

SPECIAL EVENTS

On Thursday September 23rd, join us at La Taberna del Alabardero for a five course wine dinner featuring the wines of Freixenet and Segura Viudas.    A leading cava producer, Freixenet also produces red wines in Ribera del Duero, Penedes and Priorat.  The dinner will pair both bubbly and red wines with amazing cuisine, all for $75.00.   Click menu for details and call 206.448.8884 to make reservations.

All day on September 23rd, La Taberna’s bar is featuring special pintxos and cocktails made with Segura Viudas wines and cavas for $5.00 each.

Taberna del Alarbardero has declared September to be Paella Month and they’ve put together a fantastic menu of 12 different paellas.  Click paella to view the choices. The Harvest Vine is now serving paella on Tuesdays beginning September 14th. Each month will feature a different recipe; Paella Valenciano is the September offering.   Must call ahead to reserve:  206.320.9771.

I love special occasions!   Firstly, they’re a great excuse to open that tempting but too-special-for-tonight bottle of wine.   Last Friday was our 23rd wedding anniversary and after considerable debate, we decided to stay in and cook ourselves an over-the top meal.   It didn’t hurt that at the last minute, our good  friends invited us to their house and they cooked.   Our first course was all seafood:   Delicate  crab cakes, lightly sauteéd; fresh clams cooked with Palacios Chorizo; and grilled fat sea scallops wrapped in bacon.   A bottle of 2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé was superb with the shellfish.  Crisp, minerally, rich and complex, this was one of the best rosés I’ve ever tasted. Our main course of veal chops cooked on the grill had sides of fresh garden tomatoes and arugula.  We served a 2005 Pingus from Ribera del Duero which was amazing with the meat course.  The Pingus was astonishing in its powerful concentration while simultaneously displaying a suave elegance.   Incredibly complex with layers of fruit, graphite notes and smoke, the silky tannins wrapped around a one minute finish with notes of minerals.    A bottle of Pingus would make any evening a special occasion!

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Cheese Festival & New Products

The biggest cheese party of the year is converging in Seattle this weekend! The American Cheese Society has chosen Seattle to host its annual Cheese Conference and Competition. With seminars being held at the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya Hall and the Convention Center, The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery are at the epicenter of this Seattle Queso Quake. CheeseTo celebrate this event we’ve pulled out all the stops and we are carrying every rare delicious cheese we are able to get our hands on.   Stop by this weekend and taste some of these incredible quesos.  Some of the rare cheeses we’re featuring include:

Torta del Casar:  A staff favorite!  This famous Spanish cheese is so well-loved, only 10% of it is exported. Rich, buttery, nutty, herbaceously sweet with a long, piquant finish.  This raw sheep’s milk, washed-rind cheese from Extremadura takes 20 sheep milked twice daily to create one wheel of cheese.  Serve by cutting off the top and spooning out the delightfully oozy center.  This cheese is perfectly balanced and complex; the more you enjoy, the more nuances you discover!

Buenalba Iberico Reserve: This cheese combines the creaminess of cows’ milk, the tanginess of a sheeps’ milk and the kick that goats’ milk offers and combines them into a symphony of flavors that explode on the palate. Alfonzo Álvarz Valera, maker of 1yr. Artequeso Manchego, perfectly blends this unique Iberico with raw milk from his own herds at Finca La Prudenciana. The wheels are aged one year to allow this savory blend to fully develop. Wonderfully balanced, nutty and grassy with notes of sweet honey, a goat tang and a clean finish on the palate.

Picon Azul Deliciously blue and wonderfully spreadable! This creamy Asturian cheese starts out strong but ends with a soft and subtle salty finish. This cheese makes a perfect toasted baguette and grilled beef tenderloin sandwich. Give it a try; you know you’ll like it…

 

CHEESE DEMO ON SATURDAY

We will be holding a demo with Fromage Diva Extraordinaire, Raquel Danes from Forever Cheese at the Spanish Table on Saturday August 28th between 11:00 A.M. and 2:30pm. Raquel, a native of Vic, Catalunya will be coming from NYC to sample:

 

Azeitão – A small concentrated round of pasteurized sheeps milk cheese from Portugal. 

Abrigo – A 5-month-aged goat’s milk cheese in the format of Tronchón from the town of Catί in the region of Valencia.

Mitica® Apple Paste. This wonderful fruit pastes comes from our Membrillo producer in Valencia, Spain. They are completely natural, refreshing and flavorful. Apple Paste is perfect accoutrement for your cheese plate.

SOME GREAT WINES TO SERVE WITH CHEESE

2007 Pago de Valdoneje Mencia, Bierzo (ON SALE AT $10.99 - REGULAR PRICE $13.99) Produced from a tiny 5 hectare family estate from 60 to 100 year old vines, Pago de Valdoneje is a superb expression of the Mencia grape.  Black currant and savory red fruit flavors mingle in this full-bodied red.   With excellent balance and lively minerality, this vibrant red has a persistent finish.   For 3 generations, the Garcia family has been making wine for friends and family.  In 2001, they decided to begin exporting their wine as its reputation grew.  The winemaking is overseen by renowned  local enologist Raul Garcia.   Excellent with the earthy goat cheese Ibores.

2007 Almirez, Toro ($27.99)  The Eguren family, renowned winemakers of  Numanthia, sold that estate in 2006 and began producing Almirez from a new property. Made from 30 year old vines and aged 12 months in used French oak barrels, “…it displays an expressive nose of spice box, espresso, plum, and blackberry compote. Full-bodied on the palate with layers of savory black fruits, lots of spice, and enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 1-2 years, it will drink beautifully from 2011 to 2019. It is an excellent value that over-delivers in a big way.”

91 points Wine Advocate Superb with Rosemary Manchego cheese.

2008 Flor de Pingus, Ribera del Duero ($80.00)  “The 2008 Flor de Pingus …offers up an enticing nose of smoke, Asian spices, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it displays outstanding volume, intensity, and balance. Rich, dense, and succulent, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years and will offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2028.
Owner/winemaker, Peter Sisseck, an oenologist originally from Denmark, started the estate in 1995; the flagship wine is Pingus. The vines for Flor de Pingus are all over 35 years of age and have been farmed biodynamically since 2005… Flor de Pingus is a very close approximation of Pingus at a fraction of the price. The wine is 100% Tempranillo typically aged for 14 months in new French barriques.”  96 points Wine Advocate Pairing Flor de Pingus with the incredible Serra da Estrella cheese is a hedonistic experience.

NEW IN STOCK

Trabanco cider from Asturias arrived yesterday! $11.99/700ml.Cheese

Another container arrived this week.  We now have Duc de Foix Extra Virgin Olive Oil back in stock.  Also we’ve restocked clay cazuelas in many sizes; and have a new shipment of our value-priced Zaitum extra virgin olive oil ($10.99/750 ml), and the Zaitum EVOO in the ceramic container ($14.99/500 ml).

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Lemon Stuffed Olives, Porrones, More Cazuelas Are Here!

Some long awaited products arrived this week! The boxes are stacked high at the store right now as we unload product from our container.  The addictive Spanish Table Brand Lemon Stuffed Olives are here!  Also newly arrived are more Porrones (glass wine pitchers) and Spanish Table Coarse Ground Sea Salt. Last but not least, we have a new shipment of gorgeous Spanish Hand Painted Ceramics. This would be a great opportunity to pick up a gift or two for the holidays!

NEW WINES

The New York Times ran an excellent article last week about the effervescent Txakolina wines from Spain’s Basque country.   We have many of these refreshing and low alcohol wines in stock, including:  Ameztoi Getariako ($19.99); Ulacia Getariako ($17.99); Xarmant Arabako ($14.99); and also the rare red Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona ($24.99).  Click Txakolina to read the full article.

OTHER RECOMMENDED WINES

2008 Guimaro Mencia, Ribera Sacra ($14.99)  We’ve always been fans of Guimaro and it was fascinating to meet Winemaker Pedro Rodriguez Pèrez personally at The Spanish Table. Pedro brought photos of Guimaro’s infinitesimal terraced vineyards in isolated Ribera Sacra which were, like many in this region, carved out by the Romans.  The plots barely hang onto the vertiginous hillsides; the slate and granite soils produce wines that are a pure expression of the terrunyo.   2008 Guimaro is Burgundian-like with its earthiness and silky tannins.     Elegant and balanced, this light to medium-bodied wine is juicy and expressive.  Excellent with chicken!

2008 Finca El Tesso Tempranillo, Ribera del Guadiana ($9.99) The El Tesso vineyards are located in Extremadura at 600 meters elevation.  Cool nights and an unusually long growing season allow the wines to develop a rich, alluring complexity.  Delicate and fresh, the ripe boysenberry notes have a hint of coconut, cola and licorice.  Juicy and taut, El Tesso has focus, length, and intensity.   Perfect with Jamon and La Serena cheese!

2008 Tikal Patriota, Mendoza ($17.99) NEW LOWER PRICE! A touch of candied fruit on the front with a backbone of blackberries, balanced and smooth.”..60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec aged in  oak… it has a splendid bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, lavender, black cherry, and plum. Full-bodied, dense, rich, and powerful, this loaded effort has gobs of flavor, succulence, and great length. Only hedonists need apply.”  92 points Wine Advocate

2006 Vistalba Corte B, Mendoza ($19.99)  This is an elegant and nuanced Malbec. “Bright medium ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, coffee, mocha and tobacco. A supple claret-like midweight with a subtle sweetness to its flavors of currant, pepper and herbs. Finishes with fairly serious but fine-grained, building tannins.”   89 points Stephen Tanzer

Putting together a cured meat plate or craving something different in your sandwiches? We now offer meats sliced to order at our Paris Grocery store:  Iberico Lomo, Jamon Serrano, Zoe Meats Salami and Coppa (Quarter pound minimum of each meat).  Paris Grocery is located two doors south of The Spanish Table on Western Avenue.

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