Assyrtiko, Limnio and Agiorgitiko

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

February 25, 2010


If you’ve eaten at Yanni’s Restaurant in Seattle or spent any time travelling in Greece, chances are you’ve sampled wines made from the Assyrtiko, Limnio or Agiorgitiko grapes. These unique and utterly delicious wines are the perfect compliment to herb-infused Mediterranean foods or anything cooked on the grill. We’ve brought in a sampling of these wines because they’re terrific and not widely available. Try one for a change of pace!

2007 Argyros Assyrtiko, Santorini ($22.99) White wines made from the Assyrtiko grape flourish under the extreme climatic conditions in Greece and are characterized by freshness and high acidity. The 2007 Argyros has flavors of lemon peel and is loaded with minerals which give the palate a clean and refreshing experience. Excellent with grilled octopus!

2008 Thalassitis Santorini ($28.99) Made of 100% old vine Assyrtiko, the vineyard has dramatically low yields which produce extremely concentrated fruit. The grapes are chilled and cold soaked prior to fermentation which greatly preserves the fresh aromas. Bone dry with delicate honeysuckle aromas, it has flavors of rich melon and a hint of nuts. Crisp and delicious, it will age beautifully for 3 to 5 years.

2007 Tsantali Halkidiki ($11.99) A blend of Limnio and Merlot, this smoky red is one of Yanni’s best sellers. Medium bodied, it’s black cherry flavors have abundant acidity which make Halkidiki a stellar match with herb crusted, roast leg of lamb.

2004 Atioptitiko Agiorgitiko, Nemea ($19.99) The Agiorgitiko grape (also known as St. George) has both structure and smoothness. 12 months aging in oak barrels give Atioptitiko a full-bodied roundness with balanced acidity. On the mid palate are ripe tannins with rich flavors of cassis, cloves and vanilla. It wraps up with a soft, persistent and dry finish. Excellent with savory dishes, such as pan seared chicken with wild mushrooms and oregano.

We also stock retsina!

PARIS GROCERY NEWS

Celebrate our early spring with a French rosé! It’s a perfect excuse to pop the cork on a chilled, dry rosé and say goodbye to winter! Our selection includes wines from the Cote du Rhone to Provence, priced from $6.99 to $15.99. Our top choice is the salmon colored, minerally 2008 Commanderie de la Bargemone ($15.99) from Provence.

Brasserie Lebbe L’Amalthée beer: This delicious beer is hand produced by the Lebbe family. Organic farmers and goat cheese producers, their self-sustaining farm is powered by natural goat compost and the wind. They grow their own barley for the beer and the spent grains are fed to the lucky goats! Light, pleasantly malty, with flavors suggestive of citrus, herbs, and hops. Their highly limited production means that our distributor is usually out of stock, so when a new shipment arrived last week, we grabbed two cases! $10.99 (750 ml)

2006 Domaine Jo Pithon 2006 Anjou Cab Franc ($29.99) Anjou is produced from 50 year old organically farmed vines grown in St. Aubin’s slate and volcanic soils. Winemaker Jo Pithon believes in minimal intervention during the winemaking process. No sugar or yeast was added, yielding a pure expression of Cabernet Franc and a reflection of the terroir. Aged in oak for 18 months, it is brooding, full-bodied and loaded with black fruit flavors. Showing great lift, it has excellent balance, structure and complexity. This is a delicious Cab Franc!

Beginning Monday March 1, Paris Grocery will be open seven days per week. Our hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday and 11-5 on Sundays.

Winemaker dinner tomorrow! There are a couple of tables still available for the

CUNE Rioja Winemaker dinner at Andaluca Restaurant on Friday, February 26th, 6:00 p.m.

Established in 1879, Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (CUNE) is a historic Rioja producer whose wines are served at top restaurants all over Spain. Join David Tindall of Pasternak Wine Importers at Andaluca Restaurant for a savory five course meal, paired with the wines of Cune and Viña Real. For details, follow this link: CUNE Winemaker dinner

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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

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

Hours at both stores: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

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