Count Down to New Years

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

December 30, 2009

The year 2009 is almost behind us. It was the year in which spring time brought not only daffodils but a letter from E&J Gallo Winery’s attorney, Kristi Whalen, . The letter demanded that we cease and desist selling Pastas Gallo fideo and fideuá from Spain even though the Spanish company markets its pasta in thirty countries. Pastas Gallo was established as a brand in 1874 and thus predates E&J Gallo Winery by half a century.

We resisted them until June when their attorney, Paul Reidl,, formally served us with legal documents to appear before the Federal District Court in Fresno, California (E&J Gallo Winery’s home turf). So you don’t, don’t, don’t, get to buy Pastas Gallo fideo at The Spanish Table any longer. The E&J Gallo publicist, Susan Hensley,, could explain this madness but probably won’t.

Our new cocker spaniel, Marcello, got a big rubber El Gallo, for Christmas. He calls his new toy E&J Gallo. Something to chew on in 2010.

Special Wines for New Year’s Eve

We had planned to write about our top 10 wines of 2009, but we found out yesterday that our allocation of these sensational wines are arriving today. Serve one with a special New Year’s dinner, or cellar a few bottles for the future!

2007 Bodegas El Nido Clio, Jumilla ($47.00) 24 bottles available “… a blend of 70% monastrell and 30% cabernet.. A pungent, smoky bouquet displays rich dark berry preserves along with notes of licorice, violet, cured meat and black pepper. Brighter red fruits on the palate, which is surprisingly energetic for such richness. Tangy cracked pepper and mace notes build with air and carry into the finish. Leaves sweet red and dark berry notes behind on the very long, sappy and sweet finish. This energetic wine is already delicious.” 93 points Stephen Tanzer

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines ($45.00)12 bottles available. “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

We are great fans of the wines of R. Lopez Heredia. Drinking one of their red silky Gran Reservas is a singular experience. And from time to time, a few historic Gran Reservas are released from the Bodega’s cellars, where they have been aging since they were bottled. We placed a special order for some of these Gran Reservas which are arriving today, direct from the winery. Prices are close estimates, to be confirmed upon arrival.

1976 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $180.00 1980 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $150.00 1985 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $130.00 95 points Stephen Tanzer

For people who are curious about what it is like to be an American living in Spain, check out cookbook author Janet Mendel’s blog, including recipes, it’s a great read!

We’ve got several of her cookbooks in stock, including Cooking From The Heart of Spain and My Kitchen in Spain ($16.99 each).


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.

Back in stock: Kaikou cheese from the French Basque country.

Come and choose from our selection of French grower Champagnes and Cremants. There’s nothing better than a bottle of bubbly on New Year’s Eve!

Visit our websites!

The Spanish Table wine website has wines organized by staff pick, by score, by price, and by country. Our virtual wine store has everything you’re looking for from Spain, Portugal, Madeira, or South America. Click The Spanish Table wine to visit the site. All orders are shipped from our Berkeley, CA store.

For all food and cookware products, click on The Spanish Table to check out 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!

Come in and see us before the New Year!


Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

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

Hours: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.0679

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, except

Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays


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