Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

April 8, 2010

One of our favorite parts of this job (besides the yummy free samples we get to take home) is advocating for misunderstood or overlooked products. It’s easy for things to get lost in translation or misrepresented when they leave their native home. Beaujolais wine is often dismissed outside of France, and we often are left wondering why. The Gamay grape flourishes in the mild climate and gravelly soil of the region, resulting in a delicious array of ethereal wines. Perhaps they are misunderstood it because their appeal lies in a certain subtlety and finesse, whereas wines produced and consumed in the States tend to be powerful and brash. Beaujolais’ lightness and grace, however, is what makes them ideal for pairing with food– they match well with fish and fowl alike, and elevate the flavors of sauces, stuffings, and side dishes. It is easy to mistake a dark color and heavy body for complexity, but Beaujolais’ brilliant rubies hold incredible length and a fusion of aromas and flavors that are earthy, floral, and fruity. With the weather turning slowly towards warmth and sunshine, it the perfect time to explore (or rediscover) these undervalued wines, especially since they are available for truly stellar prices!

2009 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais Primeur  ($14.99)

The ultimate food 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. Unlike many Beaujolais Nouveaus, it improves with bottle age.

2007 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages ($11.99)

Josh Reynolds said, “Fans of graceful, tangy, minerally Beaujolais will find plenty to like from both 2007 and 2008,” and this bottle is a fine example. The great-grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin still run the centuries-old winery. For their Beaujolais-Villages, the grapes are hand-harvested and some of them undergo carbonic fermentation. The resulting wine is graceful, with a refined, highly aromatic nose and silky tannins. Bright red berries, cherries, and peonies dominate, with the fresh fruit persisting on the finish. A convivial wine, ideal for dinners with Cornish hen and flavorful dishes, this wine is also a winner on its own.

2008 Terres Dorées Beaujolais “L’Ancien” ($16.99)

Domaine des Terres Dorées is located just north of Lyon, in the area known as “The Land of the Golden Stones.” The founder and winemaker, Jean-Paul Brun, is a relentless advocate for winemaking à l’ancienne. While Beaujolais has come to be associated with a “fruit candy” genre of winemaking, Brun makes 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: consider it a poor man’s Burgundy! 90 points Wine Advocate

NEW CHEESES AND FOODS AT PARIS GROCERY

We are thrilled to be carrying two kinds of charcuterie from renowned charcuterie maker Creminelli. We can’t pick a favorite so you’ll have to try them both!

Salame Tartufo

This award-winning truffle salame is the perfect example of excess being just enough. The delicate aroma of truffles allows the full pork flavor to shine through. $9.25/ quarter lb

Wild Boar Salame

Made from wild boar meat and pork belly, this Creminelli salame is seasoned with wine-soaked cloves and juniper berries. Lean yet silky, with a full, distinctive flavor, it lends an exotic touch to your recipes and charcuterie platters. $10.75/ quarter lb

Now in Stock!

Fabrique Delices Cured Duck Salami, Gabietou (raw cow’s and sheep’s milk cheese), Boursin Cheese in Roasted Red Pepper and other flavors, Griottines (morello cherries in brandy), and Scharffen Berger Roasted Cocoa Nibs.

NEW FOODS FROM SPANISH TABLE

Vlahotiri – Greek pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese. Slight elastic texture with a wonderful sheep tang, it almost has the same piquant bite as a raw goat’s milk cheese. $19.99/lb.

Queso Naboulsi– Fresh Turkish cow’s milk cheese. This dense, compact, squeaky cheese is perfect for salads and delicious served as a simple tapa. Fry in some tasty olive oil and toss in some herbs. Packaged in the grab & go cooler. $4.49/ea.

Parnassos – Greek sheep milk’s cheese. Made by Krinos. Packaged in the grab & go coolers. $10.99/ea.

Classic Seafood Stock – Great for paella! Made by More than Gourmet, Glace de Fruits de Mer Gold, no msg or preservatives. Also creates classic French stocks and sauces. Delicious recipes included. $7.99 1.5 oz.

Turkish Coffee – Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. Never had Turkish coffee? Well, we just got some in give it a try! $10.49 250g

Greek Olive Oil Soaps – 4 aromatic luxury bar soaps: Lavender, Magnolia, Musk, Pure Olive Oil (unscented) $1.79/ea. 4.4 oz.

Roasted Cacao Nibs – we pack them out! Great for baking and sprinkling on desserts! Scharffen Berger brand. $22.99/lb.

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites!

Go to The Spanish Table wine website for wines arranged by staff pick, by score, by price, and by country.

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

Visit Paris Grocery Facebook’s page for updates on new 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

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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