Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter Nov 12, 2009

Provençal Musings

We have very special memories of southern France. Many years ago we flew into Barcelona and picked up a rental car. We drove to our favorite hidden beach at Aiguablava and dined on parillada: charcoal grilled monkfish steak, a sardine, squid, langostino & clams all drizzled with a mixture of Spanish purple garlic, broadleaf parsley and arbequina olive oil and served with the simplest fresh salad.

The next day we drove into France, changing money at the border in those days before the Euro. We poked across southern France, stopping first in Aix-en-Provence to drink vermouth under the Plane trees. We moved on to St Paul de Vence to pay our respects at the grave of Marc Chagall. In Menton, we lingered over dinner of mesclun salad followed by steaks cooked in a wood burning oven in a sidewalk café next to the public market. In the morning, we crossed over into Italy on our way to Lucca. All across the Languedoc and Provence, we enjoyed local Vin de Pays wines which connoisseurs even then knew were terrific values. And thanks to advances in wine making, the wines of southern France are now better than ever. Come by and get a six pack from our hand-picked selections!

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.

Paris Grocery is now open Sundays to up your shopping opportunities to 6 days a week. To celebrate, we are offering a 10% discount on purchases of six (or more) bottles of wine.

New products at Paris Grocery

Herbs de Provence Fancy clay crocks from France to a plain-Jane but practical plastic tubs filled by our own deli staff as well as herbs de Provence flavored salts and vinegars.

D’Artagnan Duck bacon: ($9.99/8 oz) Uncured, smoky and lean, this sensational bacon will transform any dish. Drape strips of this bacon over a whole turkey and take Thanksgiving up a notch!

Just arrived today – Boujolais Nouveau!

2009 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais Primeur 2009 ($14.99) The ultimate Thanksgiving wine, this is not a soda pop-style Beaujolais! The Chermettes were among the pioneers of sustainable viticulture in the Beaujolais and their wines are made in a traditional way. Using natural yeasts and little or no fermentation, Chermette Beaujolais Primeur is a true expression of terroir. Serve it at Thanksgiving and lay down the leftover bottles; it improves with bottle age.

2009 Pierre-Marie Chermette Cuvée vieilles vignes Beaujolais ($17.99) From the Chermette’s oldest vineyard, this Beaujolais has concentrated strawberry and raspberry notes, with a hint of licorice. Fresh, and with a purity of fruit, it has elegance and finesse.

Sale Books:

Savor Provence: A coffee table book inspired by Williams Sonoma. Gorgeous photos; great recipes. $21.99

The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells ($14.99): The first few times we were in Paris, we used Patricia Wells’ now out-of-print “Food Lover’s Paris” as our bible. Her words guided us into the wine bar where Trotsky drank (and where some still undusted bottles lingered on) and down to Poulaine’s basement bread ovens and to E. Dehillerin kitchen store. From covering the Paris beat for a newspaper, Patricia moved on to write a series of cookbooks and then moving to Provence.


Up in the hills inland of Aiguablava and the Costa Brava is the Pla de Bages wine region. 2004 Campo Linda (pretty field) Reserva is a scrumptious blend of tempranillo and syrah for a mere $11.99. Clean and bright cherry fruit flavors, this is an elegant and very quaffable red.

2008 Cepas Antiguas Rioja ($14.99)

“Ripe cherry and dark berries on the nose, along with a whiff of tobacco. Solid, chewy cherry and blackberry flavors are enlivened by a kick of cracked pepper and are a touch rigid on the back. The blackberry note repeats on the finish, which is nicely focused…” 87 points International Wine Cellar

2008 Verasol MCS, Jumilla ($9.99)

This young 100% Monastrell delivers a lot of complexity for the price. Verasol MCS has black pepper spice on the front palate and ripe flavors of black cherry with earth notes on the mid-palate. It’s aged in stainless steel which gives it structure without overbearing tannins. With a persistent and focused finish, this is a great match for flavorful curries or meat stews.

2007 Artazuri, Navarra ($10.99)

“100% garnacha from vines reportedly over 60 years of age. Vivid ruby-red. Bright, sharply focused nose offers spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas, with a tangy white pepper overtone. Deeper cherry and blackberry flavors stain the palate and gain sweetness with air, picking up dusty tannins. More ample than past vintages of this wine, with excellent finishing sweetness and energy. Terrific value.”

90 points Stephen Tanzer


Need a special wine shipped to someone as a holiday gift? We’ve just launched our new wine-only website: We feature the best in white, rosé and red wines from Spain and Portugal, Cavas, Sherries, Madeiras and Ports. Note: An adult must be present to sign when delivered. All orders will be shipped from our Berkeley store.


2007 Cuvee Francoise Blanquette de Limoux ($12.99) This festive sparkler comes straight from it’s traditional home in Limoux, France. Cuvee Francoise is fresh on the palate with fine soft bubbles, white fruit flavors and zesty acidity. Clean and dry, this is excellent with rich holiday foods.

2008 Domaine de Couron Marselan ($9.99 ) The Marselan grape is a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, and is grown on only four vineyards in the world. Domaine de Couron is aged in stainless steel, and it has a rich, ripe core of fruit. “Ripe, sweet and smoky, with lots of blackberry and black cherry fruit laced with sweet toast and spice notes.” 88 points Wine Spectator

2007 Domaine Roc de Châteauview Malbec, Touraine ($12.99) Malbec is generally associated with the Cahors appellation, but Domaine Roc de Châteauview from the Loire Valley is stellar. Produced from a 38 hectare estate, it has an elegant, full-bodied style. Notes of mineral with pure and concentrated black fruit are wrapped up by a long, satisfying finish. Served by the glass at Purple Wine Bar.

2007 Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge ($9.99) This tasty wine is perfect for pouring on a weeknight or at a big party. A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Carignan, Les Deux Rives is rich and soft. It’s black cherry and currant fruit flavors have licorice notes, and it is extremely easy to drink. “Clean and quenching, this is bright and savory with pomegranate fruit and juicy purple highlights. A bargain!” 86 points Wine Enthusiast.

2006 Chateau Douley Côtes de Bordeaux ($11.99) Crafted in collaboration with world renowned winemaker Michel Rolland, this harmonious blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon has layered, bright, and rich berry fruit flavors. Aged in oak barrels for one year, Chateau Douley has a vibrant bouquet of strawberries, crushed coffee beans, tar and minerals. Highly recommended with short ribs!

2008 Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Val De L’Ours ($9.99) The wine makers of Rothschild (Lafite) have brought their immaculate standards to the Languedoc region to create delicious Val De L’Ours (Valley of the Bear). Since 1999, Rothschild (Lafite) has revitalized the vineyards and renovated the cellars of Château d’Aussières, the producer of Val De L’Ours. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, it has balanced acidity and bright fruit throughout. With a touch of countryside herbs and medium tannins, this is an affordable and uber-quaffable red from a legendary producer. It’s a great match for meals with rich stuffing or savory bread puddings.

Come on in and 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


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