Unique Picks from Celebrated Wine Regions

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Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

January 28, 2010

Spanish Table Wines

Travel off the beaten path with these unique picks from the famed wine regions of Rioja, Douro, and Mendoza!

2008 Monopole Blanco Rioja ($12.99) Round and creamy, this is 100% Viura is a knockout white to serve during the winter months. “Light, green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of white peach, pear, nectarine, honey and minerals. Dense and chewy, but the flavors of nectarine and orchard fruits are kept fresh by zesty acidity and a minty quality. Slightly dry-edged on the finish, which features good spicy lift and a suggestion of fennel.” Excellent with gambas al ajillo. 87 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 CARM Quinto do Côa, Douro ($17.99) Full-bodied and lush, this brawny Portuguese red packs a punch. “A plush red, with a pretty array of raspberry and plum flavors that are supple and supported by medium-grained tannins. Notes of milk chocolate and cream fill the plush finish.” If you’re a fan of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, you will love this with barbecued ribs. 91 points Wine Spectator

2008 25 Lagunas Cabernet-Syrah, Mendoza ($6.99) Malbec from Argentina usually takes center stage, but this fruity and well-balanced blend really got our attention. Ripe red and black fruits on the front palate are supported by soft tannins and notes of white pepper on the finish. Very quaffable, this would be a perfect red to serve at a party, or to share on a mellow evening with friends. It’s an amazing value!

Back in stock: Gem Basque Chorizo, Manna Pate de Sardinha Picante, and Kalamata Crown Figs from Greece.

PARIS GROCERY NEWS

Maybe we’re just missing the warmth of the bright yellow sun, but lately we’re obsessed with Mimolette and its cousin, Pavé du Nord, two ridiculously orange cheeses from the north of France. We admit, it took some tasting to fully appreciate the Mimolette: first of all, it looks like a cantaloupe from Mars, and all we knew was that it was Charles de Gaulle’s favorite (generals not generally being our preferred source for food advice). The texture is, as the French would say, un peu bizarre: when cold, it takes an effort to slice through, and it is so dense that you often end up with only shavings. The flavor seems muted at first, but as it melts on the tongue, deeply savory and nutty notes come through. It’s as though a glamorous, Vespa-riding Parmesan picked up a proper English Cheddar on the road from Lille to Rennes, and they rode off into the sunset together. Yes, it may have taken some time (and arm muscles) for us to fall under Mimolette’s spell, but now we can’t stop thinking of ways to use it in recipes both retro and innovative.

Clotilde Dusoulier, of Chocolate and Zucchini fame, has a fantastic use for the inedible rind of Mimolette, in her Broccoli Mimolette Soup. The rind adds a nutty edge to the soup while it simmers that lasts after you discard it.

While the Pavé du Nord has the same rich taste, its more tender texture makes it an excellent melting cheese. We love it broiled over tomato slices on rustic brown bread. And a Mac & Cheese made with either results in an unpretentious, incredibly savory gratin.

Mac et Mimolette

Topping

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs

1/4 tsp piment d’espelette

1/2 cup lb coarsely grated Mimolette or Pavé du Nord (1 1/2 cups)

1/8 cup coarsely grated Cantal

Pasta and sauce

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups whole milk

1/6 lb coarsely grated Mimolette or Pavé du Nord (1 cup)

1/6 lb coarsely grated Cantal (1 cup)

1/4 pound elbow macaroni or farafalle

Melt butter, then stir together with bread crumbs, piment and topping cheeses in a bowl until combined well.

Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in flour. Cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes, then whisk in milk. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, then simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cheeses, salt and pepper to taste.

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain macaroni in a colander. Stir together macaroni, reserved cooking water, and sauce in a large bowl. Transfer to a buttered shallow baking dish. Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes. Serves 4.

Also new at Paris Grocery: Vignette Wine Country Sodas and Lillet Blanc and Rouge!

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites!

The Spanish Table wine website has wines arranged 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. Orders are shipped from our Berkeley CA store which may have different inventory and prices than our Seattle store.

For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other products.

Have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Sincerely,

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- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM. Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays

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One response to “Unique Picks from Celebrated Wine Regions

  1. Interesting blend from Mendoza, will look for it, thanks!

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