Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter
March 4, 2010
March is full of madness with springtime’s newness busting out all over. Here at The Spanish Table, we love the new — especially new products! Last Saturday we unloaded two pallets of Portuguese and Spanish specialties that we haven’t been able to stock for a long, long time. In addition, we brought in items that customers have been asking for, and some things that no one’s asked for, but are really delicious. Give them a try!
Taza Chocolate Mexicano, Stone ground and organic 2.7 oz discs in 3 flavors: Guajillo Chile, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Makes a tasty hot chocolate.
Avocado Blossom Honey from Spain
Portuguese Bacon – Appx 1/2 pound packages – $7.95 per pound
Goulart’s brand Linguica
Sumol soft drinks
Portuguese Berberechos – $5.99 (4 oz) Wild caught, from the Galician coast.
Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Ortiz brand Tuna – Serve as a simple tapa or with mixed greens to take your salad up a notch.
Sugar roasted Spanish coffee
Migos Pajarero Figs: Delicate and sweet with thinner skin than other varieties. Thumb-sized, they make a stellar addition to a cheese platter.
ChocoHigos: Pajarero Figs hand-dipped in Dark Chocolate.
Portuguese Chouriço: Special price while they last! Bulk links, appx 3/4 pound, $2.99 each.
Spanish Kitchen cookbook by Jane Lawson ($12.99) Written by an Australian foodie with a love of Spain, her recipes are inspired by meals eaten during her travels. Hardback, with mouth watering photos.
2008 Naia, Rueda ($14.99) Another stellar favorite returns! Just in time for white wine season, Naia has zesty notes of grapefruit and hints of pine, with creamy flavors of ripe apple and melon. Laced with minerals, it is vibrant, fresh and clean. Absolutely delicious!
2006 Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo, Zamora ($14.99) “The 2006 Venta Mazzaron is 100% Tempranillo aged in oak for nine months. Deep crimson-colored, it offers up a smoky perfume of mineral, licorice, espresso, and blackberry. This leads to a firm, structured wine with plenty of succulent fruit, spice notes, excellent balance, and a pure finish. Although it will improve in the bottle for 1-2 years, it can be enjoyed now.” 90 points Wine Advocate
Rioja in half bottles! We spotted these 375 ml bottles at Bodegas R. Lopez Heredia last summer and asked our distributor to bring them in. Absolutely perfect on those nights when you crave a really good glass of wine but not a whole bottle.
2000 Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja ($29.99) Aged six years in barrel, it has delicate red fruit flavors, notes of earth and coffee with velvety tannins.
2004 Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja ($19.99) Aged in oak for 3 years, it is fresh and silky smooth. With notes of licorice and cherry aromas, it has consistent texture and a persistent finish.
2007 Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus Priorat ($190.00) Two bottles available! The 2006 vintage received 97 points from Wine Advocate and 95 points from Stephen Tanzer. (Our two bottle allocation of the 2007 vintage has not yet been rated). Winemaker Daphne Glorian was one of the pioneers who revived D.O. Priorat in the 1980’s, and Clos Erasmus is one of benchmark wines from this region. A blend from four vineyards totalling 2 hectares, the annual production is less than 140 cases per year.
1976 Blandy’s Terrantez Madeira ($189.00) Wines made from the Terrantez grape are very rare. Low yielding, the total annual harvest does not even fill a 500 liter cask. Rich and medium sweet, it has outstanding roasted aromas and a little musk, then a touch of something wild and leathery, with a lot of dried fruits. On the palate it has a sweet nuttiness, powerful acidity, a layer of bitter walnut, lots of caramel, raisins, molasses, and a persistent finish. Try this stellar Madeira while you can!
Our friends on Madeira were hit by a massive storm on February 21, the worst in 100 years. Thankfully, everyone at Blandy’s and Madeira Wine Company are safe, although at least 40 other people lost their lives. To see a video of the storm, click Madeira.
PARIS GROCERY WINES
2008 André Neveu Sancerre “Le Grand Fricambault” ($24.99) André Neveu’s vineyards are located in Chavignol, on the silex soil of Sancerre’s hillsides. Highly aromatic, his exquisite Sauvignon Blanc reflects this flinty terrain. Bone-dry and chalky, it exudes aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and limestone. Tart, concentrated, and marvelous with Crottin de Chavignol, the local goat’s milk cheese. It drinks like a Grand Cru Sancerre!
2008 Terres Dorées Beaujolais “L’Ancien” ($16.99) Traditional Beaujolais wines have amazing fruit and depth, and this wine really overdelivered at a recent tasting. Winemaker Jean-Paul Brun is a relentless advocate for winemaking à l’ancienne and seeks to make old-style Gamay wines. He does not add sugars to his wine and uses only indigenous yeasts for his fermentation, instead of the lab-developed strain popular in the region for its banana and candy aromas. This Beaujolais is 100% old-vine Gamay, delicate and pure, showing excellent balance, freshness and acidity. Mineral-driven, with bright cherry, cranberry and sweet spices melding into a lengthy finesse. A remarkable value! 90 points Wine Advocate
We happily sneeze our way through this early touch of spring, as long as we have some yummy new items to snack on and cook with. Here are some of our much-anticipated new and returning items:
French lavender and tarragon. Packed out here at Paris Grocery into 8 ounce containers. Tarragon plays a starring role in a classic Béarnaise sauce. Try the lavender on a leg of roasted spring lamb, or sprinkled on a log of fresh chèvre.
Pamplie Salted Butter.From Poitou-Charentes, a region famous for its dairy products. Pamplie is preferred by chefs for its firm consistency, pale color, and rich flavor with hints of hazelnuts. Made with fleur de sel from Île de Ré, this butter just gets better.
Tome d’Acquitaine is back! This is one of our absolute favorite cheeses. The beautiful snow-white interior of this washed-rind goat’s milk cheese will catch your eye. Washed in Sauternes by the respected affineur Jean d’Alos, it displays delicately balanced fruit and floral notes.
Abbaye de Tamié cheese makes a stunning debut. We asked Olivier to bring us a fantastic example of a monastery cheese, and he did not disappoint. The monks of Tamié have been producing this cow’s milk cheese since the year 1135. We think they are getting the hang of it- this cheese is marvelously creamy, almost spreadable, with a pungent fruitiness and undertones of sweet hay and fresh cream.
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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