Stocking Stuffers

The cold weather has been keeping people close to home but now Christmas is less than a week away with New Years hard on its heels.  While snow storms have us dreaming of a day on the slopes, the staff made it through the weather to open the store.   We will be open December 24, Christmas Eve from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed Christmas Day.  If the ice and snow keep you away this week, ¡Feliz Navidad! From all of us at The Spanish Table.
 
PARTY HELP If you still have a party to plan, tapas are easily assembled from our ready to serve, authentic Spanish foods.  For a delicious and fast tapa, serve green or black olive spread on Aegean Gourmet Golden Toasts. Piquillo Pepper Strips are delicious on top of bread covered with alioli.   A plate of mixed Iberian charcuterie with jamon iberico is always a crowd pleaser.   And a selection of artisanal cheeses is always a hit at the party table, especially when served with fried Marcona almonds and luscious dried mission figs.
 
GIFT IDEAS
For cooking and presenting unusual entrees, we have red clay tagines from Morocco, copper Cataplanas from Portugal as well as our stand-by favorite: paella pans.  For dessert (or just to accompany a glass of port), chocolate truffled dried figs are back in stock as well as our belated shipment of La Casa Pralinés which has finally arrived from Spain.  For decorating, we have ¡Feliz Navidad! Papel picado banners from Mexico.   Back in stock are Urban Accents Spanish Smoked Seasoned Salt and Chipotle Popcorn salt.  Just arrived from Tunisia, olive wood cooking spoons and spatulas as well as sets of nesting bowls and preserved lemons with harissa pepper. And don’t forget our selection of imported beers from Argentina, Portugal, Morocco and Spain (Estrella Damm beer is back in stock).
 
NEW WINES THIS WEEK Complimentary red gift bags for wine are available in one or two bottle sizes.
2006 Arido Malbec, Mendoza $9.99 Called “Arido” due to the arid growing conditions in the vineyard at 3500 feet elevation.  Made of 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot, Arido has enticing aromas of vanilla and ripe berries.  Plush and intense flavors of fully ripened cherry end with a long licorice finish.   Another great value from Argentina!
2007 Cueva de Las Manos Old Vine Bonarda, Mendoza $14.99 Named for a prehistoric site in Patagonia featuring a very early form of human art and made in limited quantities, Cueva is a full bodied Bonarda.  Concentrated flavors of deep fig and black fruit with nuances of oak and black pepper are balanced by structured tannins.   The winery donates $.60 per bottle of each sale to the Cuevas de Las Manos World Heritage Site.
2006 Bodega Matarromera Melior, Ribera del Duero $11.99 I drank this wine the other night at Taberna del Alabardero and loved it!   Graceful, with well integrated tannins, it is smooth with rich, ripe black fruit.   Medium bodied with nuances of oak, it paired wonderfully with our delicious croquetas and perfectly fried calamari. 
2005 Matarromera Crianza, Ribera del Duero $26.99   “Purple colored, it has a fragrant nose of cedar, pencil lead, tobacco, spice box and blackberry. This leads to a dense, medium to full-bodied wine with significant structure.  With more than enough fruit for balance, this packed wine will evolve for 3 to 5 years and drink well through 2025.”   90 points Wine Advocate
2001 Viña Amezola Crianza Rioja $16.99 OK, this isn’t a new wine but it’s been a customer favorite and we just picked up the last 3 cases of this vintage from the distributor.   It was terrific the other night with our lamb moussaka.   2001 was a powerful vintage and Amezola is drinking beautifully right now.  With a traditional Rioja bouquet of cedar and leather, it finishes with clean black cherry notes and plenty of vibrancy on the palate.
           
Ask about our bottles of very old Riojas! 
 
STOCKING STUFFERS FOR WINE DRINKERS

Kopke 10 year Tawny Port 375 ml $14.99   This would qualify as a 15 year Tawny if that category existed.  With macaroon and almond flavors, it has earthy tones and a creamy finish.  Deep, ambrosial flavors and mouth-filling richness result from masterful blending. 
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva cava 187 ml $2.99
Segura Viudas Brut Rose cava 187 ml $2.99
Codorniu Brut Cava 187 ml $3.59
2005 Michael Florentino
Vintage $24.99 This port-style wine is a blend of Touriga, Tinta Cao, Soyzao, and Tinta Madeira.  Rich and full bodied, this hand crafted artisanal wine is made in Columbia Valley, WA.
Wines of Spain by Jan Read ($14.95) Compact enough to take on a trip to Spain, it covers the classic wines of Spain plus many emerging regions.  Details on the top bodegas, and includes notes on gastronomy, recommended hotels and restaurants.
STOCKING STUFFERS FOR COOKS AND FOOD LOVERS
Mini Chinata olive oil soaps  $.89   Rich and creamy soap made from olive oil.
Blanxart Cacao $4.99   I think about hot chocolate when it snows!
Serpis Manzanilla pitted olives $1.79/6 oz plastic bag
Tapas Deck by Jose Andres $14.95 The award-winning Spanish chef shares 50 classic tapas recipes.
Piment d’Esplette A.O.C.  We’ve got this hard to find pepper! $14.49/45 gram
Valor Chocolate “Little Secrets” chocolate truffles   $5.39/63 gram
European Travel Journal Planning a trip in 2009?  This slender journal is lightweight but big enough to hold a ton of travel experiences.      $4.99  
Mini tins (50 gram) of Ybarra anchovy olives $3.99/set of 3
The Tagine Deck, a box of 25 recipe cards for slow-cooked meals ($14.95)
Olive wood mortars with pestles (various sizes)
 
CHEESE CORNER    This is the year of Catalan Cheeses here at the Seattle Spanish Table and we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of two new artisinal cheeses this week:
GARROTXA BLANCAFORT: We brought this one back by popular demand. Many of you are already familiar with this young luscious goat’s milk cheese.  Garrotxa is a certified D.O. cheese and has nuances of flowers, hints of thyme and rosemary which reflect the goats’ Mediterranean diet. Nutty flavors are encased in a smooth and velvety texture that has a long buttery finish.
CANTELL: From the makers of Nevat comes another new exciting cheese from Catalonia. This aged goat cheese is made from pasteurized milk and tastes of dry fruit with no bitterness, leaving clean perfumes on the palate. The hard rind of this cheese is both smoky and sweet-a flavor that permeates throughout the whole wheel.
 
Eating out during the holidays?  Craving Spanish food?  We recommend these restaurants: Olivar, Taberna del Alabardero, Txori, the Harvest Vine, Bilbao, and Gaudi.

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