Cheese Festival & New Products

The biggest cheese party of the year is converging in Seattle this weekend! The American Cheese Society has chosen Seattle to host its annual Cheese Conference and Competition. With seminars being held at the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya Hall and the Convention Center, The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery are at the epicenter of this Seattle Queso Quake. CheeseTo celebrate this event we’ve pulled out all the stops and we are carrying every rare delicious cheese we are able to get our hands on.   Stop by this weekend and taste some of these incredible quesos.  Some of the rare cheeses we’re featuring include:

Torta del Casar:  A staff favorite!  This famous Spanish cheese is so well-loved, only 10% of it is exported. Rich, buttery, nutty, herbaceously sweet with a long, piquant finish.  This raw sheep’s milk, washed-rind cheese from Extremadura takes 20 sheep milked twice daily to create one wheel of cheese.  Serve by cutting off the top and spooning out the delightfully oozy center.  This cheese is perfectly balanced and complex; the more you enjoy, the more nuances you discover!

Buenalba Iberico Reserve: This cheese combines the creaminess of cows’ milk, the tanginess of a sheeps’ milk and the kick that goats’ milk offers and combines them into a symphony of flavors that explode on the palate. Alfonzo Álvarz Valera, maker of 1yr. Artequeso Manchego, perfectly blends this unique Iberico with raw milk from his own herds at Finca La Prudenciana. The wheels are aged one year to allow this savory blend to fully develop. Wonderfully balanced, nutty and grassy with notes of sweet honey, a goat tang and a clean finish on the palate.

Picon Azul Deliciously blue and wonderfully spreadable! This creamy Asturian cheese starts out strong but ends with a soft and subtle salty finish. This cheese makes a perfect toasted baguette and grilled beef tenderloin sandwich. Give it a try; you know you’ll like it…

 

CHEESE DEMO ON SATURDAY

We will be holding a demo with Fromage Diva Extraordinaire, Raquel Danes from Forever Cheese at the Spanish Table on Saturday August 28th between 11:00 A.M. and 2:30pm. Raquel, a native of Vic, Catalunya will be coming from NYC to sample:

 

Azeitão – A small concentrated round of pasteurized sheeps milk cheese from Portugal. 

Abrigo – A 5-month-aged goat’s milk cheese in the format of Tronchón from the town of Catί in the region of Valencia.

Mitica® Apple Paste. This wonderful fruit pastes comes from our Membrillo producer in Valencia, Spain. They are completely natural, refreshing and flavorful. Apple Paste is perfect accoutrement for your cheese plate.

SOME GREAT WINES TO SERVE WITH CHEESE

2007 Pago de Valdoneje Mencia, Bierzo (ON SALE AT $10.99 – REGULAR PRICE $13.99) Produced from a tiny 5 hectare family estate from 60 to 100 year old vines, Pago de Valdoneje is a superb expression of the Mencia grape.  Black currant and savory red fruit flavors mingle in this full-bodied red.   With excellent balance and lively minerality, this vibrant red has a persistent finish.   For 3 generations, the Garcia family has been making wine for friends and family.  In 2001, they decided to begin exporting their wine as its reputation grew.  The winemaking is overseen by renowned  local enologist Raul Garcia.   Excellent with the earthy goat cheese Ibores.

2007 Almirez, Toro ($27.99)  The Eguren family, renowned winemakers of  Numanthia, sold that estate in 2006 and began producing Almirez from a new property. Made from 30 year old vines and aged 12 months in used French oak barrels, “…it displays an expressive nose of spice box, espresso, plum, and blackberry compote. Full-bodied on the palate with layers of savory black fruits, lots of spice, and enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 1-2 years, it will drink beautifully from 2011 to 2019. It is an excellent value that over-delivers in a big way.”

91 points Wine Advocate Superb with Rosemary Manchego cheese.

2008 Flor de Pingus, Ribera del Duero ($80.00)  “The 2008 Flor de Pingus …offers up an enticing nose of smoke, Asian spices, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it displays outstanding volume, intensity, and balance. Rich, dense, and succulent, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years and will offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2028.
Owner/winemaker, Peter Sisseck, an oenologist originally from Denmark, started the estate in 1995; the flagship wine is Pingus. The vines for Flor de Pingus are all over 35 years of age and have been farmed biodynamically since 2005… Flor de Pingus is a very close approximation of Pingus at a fraction of the price. The wine is 100% Tempranillo typically aged for 14 months in new French barriques.”  96 points Wine Advocate Pairing Flor de Pingus with the incredible Serra da Estrella cheese is a hedonistic experience.

NEW IN STOCK

Trabanco cider from Asturias arrived yesterday! $11.99/700ml.Cheese

Another container arrived this week.  We now have Duc de Foix Extra Virgin Olive Oil back in stock.  Also we’ve restocked clay cazuelas in many sizes; and have a new shipment of our value-priced Zaitum extra virgin olive oil ($10.99/750 ml), and the Zaitum EVOO in the ceramic container ($14.99/500 ml).
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