Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter
December 10, 2009
We all have our favorite holiday memories, and mine is celebrating Christmas at my Aunt Lillian’s with her Cocker Spaniels. Blonde Duchess was my favorite, but she was an older dog without much patience for adolescents. After a few minutes of play, the she would signal with a low growl that it was time for us to find other entertainment. We’d head up the creaky stairs to the attic and tell ourselves it wasn’t really haunted. Downstairs, as the adults poured libations, the evenings turned raucous and then we’d all settle down for a savory holiday meal.
Our Christmas dinners always included a salad of oranges, nuts and greens. We’ve taken that classic recipe up a notch and here’s our favorite Clementine Orange Salad recipe from The Spanish Table cookbook:
Boxes of little Clementine oranges from Spain are now in our markets. They are easy to peel and after the segments are dressed with a drizzle of saffron syrup and topped with toasted almond slices, they can be served as a festive salad or as a dessert, the sweetness adjusted accordingly. Serves 6
8 Spanish Clementine Oranges
1 tablespoon PX Sherry Vinegar
1 teaspoon Saffron syrup or orange blossom honey
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Sliced almonds, toasted
Gently toss the segments in the dressing then top with almond slices.
If you haven’t already shopped on our new websites, take a look today! On The Spanish Table wines website we’ve got amazing wine values which are arranged by staff pick, by score, by price, by country. This virtual wine store has everything you’re looking for from Spain, Portugal, Madeira, or South America. Click The Spanish Table wines to visit the site.
For all food and cookware products, click on The Spanish Table to search our original and now revamped, website. It’s much easier to navigate and has a plethora of additional items. Now you can shop at home for Spanish food and wine!
We’ve extended our hours during the holiday season at The Spanish Table beginning Friday December 11th and continuing through December 23rd!
Holiday hours at The Spanish Table: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday.
Sunday hours at The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
GREAT GIFT IDEAS
The Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenechea ($27.99) Explores the regional home cooking of Spain, with pictures and loads of background information about ingredients.
Cook España, Drink España ($24.99) by Mario Sandoval and John Radford A gastronomic tour celebrating the diversity of Spanish food and wine with recipes from Spain’s hottest chef matched with wines from Spanish wine expert
Tapas by Joyce Goldstein ($22.95) Traditional recipes accompanied by an overview of how history has influenced Spanish food.
Jose Andres’ Made in Spain DVD ($31.49) From the PBS series, follow Jose around Spain and then back to his Washington, DC kitchen to recreate authentic Spanish meals.
One Pot Spanish by Penelope Casas ($19.95) Over 80 easy, authentic recipes for soups, stews and braises. Great winter foods!
Sangria pitchers, glass or ceramic
Wine books: We’ve dedicated an entire shelf to the Wines of Spain and Portugal.
Mexican Hand Painted Ceramic Angel candle holders ($38.00)
Kid’s Corner: Plastic Luchadora figures!
NEW SPANISH TABLE WINES 2008 Lícia Albariño, Rias Baixas ($16.99) Racy & zesty citrus flavors have notes of ripe melon laced with minerality. Finishing with impressive length, Lícia strikes the right balance between ripe fruit and acidity.
2004 Rioja Bordón Reserva ($14.99) Established in 1890, Bodegas Franco-Españolas stays true to tradition while coaxing expression and elegance from the grapes. A burst of smoked bing cherry meats earth, balsamic notes and a hint of clove. Silky and supple, it’s fine acidity provides balance and the length finish ends on a high note. A fantastic value for Rioja lovers!
2007 Alto Moncayo ($45.00) This compelling and polished wine is a knock-out! “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
2007 Alto Moncayo Veraton ($27.99) ” Sexy aromas of red and dark berries, sandalwood, spicecake and fresh rose. Spicy, concentrated raspberry and blackberry flavors are given spine by zesty minerals and pick up a smoky quality with air. Impressively lively for such a rich wine, with strong finishing spiciness and lingering notes of licorice and red berries.” 92 points Stephen Tanzer
Vinhos Justino Henriques Full Rich Madeira gift packs ($19.99). Packed in a wooden gift box, the set includes a 750 ml bottle of Full Rich Madeira and two Madeira glasses. Great value!
IT’S PORT SEASON!
The 2007 vintage ports are arriving, and we have the following four brands in stock:
2007 Porto Rocha Vintage Port ($58.00) Loaded with ripe fruit, Rocha has citrus notes, is medium sweet and balanced. Value priced, it has the structure for long ageing. 94-96 points, For the Love of Port
2007 Grahams Vintage Port ($88.00) Sweet, with a delicious nuttiness and smooth tannins.
Wine Spectator score 96-99
2007 Dow’s Vintage Port ($75.00) Incredibly structured with a seemingly never-ending finish.
Wine Spectator score 94-97
2007 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port ($75.00) 100% foot trodden and very drinkable already with notes of dense roasted nuts, fine grained tannins. Excellent!
Wine Spectator score 93-96
Other brands are available by special order:
2007 Gould Campbell Vintage Port ($55.00; 92-95 points Spectator) 2007 Warres Vintage Port ($78.00; Spectator score 95-98)
2007 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port($90.00; Spectator score 94-97) 2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port($99.00; Spectator score 94-97).
Please let us know if you’d like to order any brands that we don’t have in stock.
PARIS GROCERY NEWS
Our new shop features French cheeses and wine, and other foods with a French mood. It’s located 1/4 of a block south of Spanish Table at 1418 Western Avenue.
NEW AND DELICIOUS CHEESES
Tome Jacquin: a creamy chevre from the Loire Valley.
Mothais Sur Feuille: a “wrinkly-rind” goat cheese, refined on a chestnut leaf. Sold individually.
Les Truffiardises: Hor d’oeurves-shaped fresh goat cheeses garnished with truffles and berries.
Fougerus: a cousin to Coulommiers, it’s a brie-style cow milk cheese and decorated with a fern leaf.
Bleuet de Savoie: a blue cow milk cheese with very Alpine characteristics- those who don’t usually like blue cheese will love this!
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, A NEW SHIPMENT OF D’ARTAGNAN CHARCUTERIE ARRIVED THIS WEEK! Back in stock are Duck Bacon, Wild Boar Bacon, Confit Duck Legs.
Among new items we now have
Pheasant Terrine with herbs, Chicken/Apple Sausage. and Jambon de Bayonne. Jambon de Bayonne is thinly sliced French ham, made in USA with only salt, no nitrates. $8.99 (4 oz).
FRENCH GIFT IDEAS
Dinner napkins with literary quotes ($35.00, set of four)
Culinaria France ($24.95) A virtual encyclopedia of French foodstuffs and wines, explanatory text and recipes with great photos on every page.
The Cooking of Southwest France by Paula Wolfert ($37.50) We’re big fans of Paula Wolfert’s cookbooks which meld detailed information about ingredients with authentic recipes.
The Paris Cookbook by Patricia Wells ($30.00) We used Patricia Well’s guide to Paris wine bars when we visited that city for the first time. An American who has lived in Paris since 1980, this cookbook and gastronomic guide to the City of Light is the next best thing for those who can’t afford a trip to France.
“Cooking French” 2 set DVD ($11.99) Disc One covers the cuisine of Northern France; Disc Two covers Burgandy and Southern France.
Compagnie de Provence organic skin care products. Choose from hand cream, soap, or body lotions made from natural and vegetable products.
Tunisian ceramics with multi colored flower design. We’ve got a whole mix of bowls and serving platters which make beautiful gifts.
NEW FRENCH WINES
TAKE 10% DISCOUNT ON SIX BOTTLES OR MORE AT PARIS GROCERY!
2005 Chateau Bonnet Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux ($9.99) André Lurton’s family has presided over the vineyards of Chateau Bonnet for over one hundred years. Ripe and juicy wild black fruit flavors have structured but accessible tannins. Serve it with a French cheese plate and charcuterie.
2007 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes ($10.99) Concentrated berry flavors with focused aromatics, it is aged exclusively in tank with minimal fining and filtering. 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, it is concentrated and lush, an ideal match for the hearty cuisine of Southwestern France. “A juicy, polished palate of fruit pit, cocoa powder, salt, and herb-tinged cherries leads to a long, subtle finish, made more memorable by stony underlying notes and hints of floral perfume.” 91 points Wine Advocate
Dolin Vermouth Blanc and Rouge ($13.99) Dolin is the last independent producer of Vermouth de Chambéry and they continue to make the authentic product according to the principles which earned Chambéry France’s only A.O. for Vermouth back in 1932. This means production in Chambéry itself, maceration of real plants grown in the region rather than pre-prepared infusions, and the unique addition of sugar as opposed to other sweetening products. Dolin Vermouths are notably lighter, drier and less pungent than their larger commercial counterparts.
We look forward to helping you in the shop as you stock up for the holidays!
Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners
The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.2827
Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.0679