Stocked Up For Thanksgiving

Legs of Jamon, Curing

Extremadura means “extreme” which aptly depicts its remote location.  Located in western Spain, enclosed by mountain ranges, rivers and forests, this traditionally backward region offered a hardscrabble life for its pig and sheep farmers.    While its lands are still passed over by most travelers, its stellar foods have taken the culinary world by storm.   The legendary smoked paprika from La Vera is produced here, as is Jamon Bellota, the suave melt-in-your-mouth jamon that tastes like meat butter.   Incredible cheeses such as Queso Torta del Casar, Queso de los Ibores and La Serena come from Extremadura.    Thousands of olive trees grow here and produce exceptional oils.

On our last trip through Extremadura, we discovered an extraordinary line of olive oil products and just received a new shipment including the best nourishing hand cream that I’ve ever found. We now have an extensive line of La Chinata products made from extra virgin olive oil, including exfoliant, bath salts, bath gel, liquid soap, toner and shaving cream.   These make great and unique gifts, and are available exclusively at The Spanish Table.

NEW PRODUCTS

Whole Legs of Jamon Serrano.  One of our vendors had to free up space in their cooler for holiday specialties and offered us an incredible price on whole jamones.  We’ve now got whole Redondo Iglesias bone-in jamon for approximately $265.00 (based on actual weight) and Jamones Segovia whole, boneless legs of jamon that range from $235.00 to $270.00 each.  These boneless jamones are nitrate and nitrite free, aged 12 months.

200 Años Extra Virgin Olive Oil, regularly $14.00 now $11.99.  A blend of olive varieties, it is flavorful and buttery with light spice notes.

Authentic Angulas in Olive Oil from GaliciaThese are the real thing – serve them at your special holiday meal!  $50.00/115 gr tin.

Rose Petal Harissa Sauce:  Customers have been raving about this sauce for a few weeks now, and I finally tried it on scrambled eggs the other morning.   I almost swooned!  At once earthy and spicy with exotic spice flavors, it’s also great with cheese or even on a grilled pork sandwich.

E. Moreno Almendras Rellenas:   Baked pastry surrounds a soft almond and cinnamon filling.  What’s not to like?    E. Moreno Piñones, sugar coated.

Just arrived today! Delaviuda chocolate confections – Mendiants (chocolate with nuts) Crujientes (biscuits with chocolate), Chocolate Florentines and Butter Waffle Crisps.

We still have fresh Padron Peppers – our latest shipment arrived yesterday.   It’s 80 degrees in the Bay Area this week, so we should be able to get them for another week or so.

SUPERB THANKSGIVING WINES

2009 Muga Blanco Rioja ($14.99) Made of 90% Virua and 10% Malvasia. Slow fermentation in new French oak and three months aging on the lees give this wine a fresh crispness, round texture and pleasing weight on the palate.  Well-integrated oak flavors with bright citrus and white fruit notes have a mineral spine and a clean, dry finish.

2005 Albak de Elviwines, Ribera del Jucar ($9.99)  Close out! A blend of 45% Tempranillo, 21% Syrah, 18% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red is all-around exceptional. Elviwines’ winemaking group got their start in the Priorat region, producing top notch Cims de Porrera and Clos Martinent cuvees.  In Ribera del Jucar, the aim was to produce a moderately priced, delicious red from an unknown region with great potential.   2005 Albak has ripe fruit aromas with notes of boysenberry and black cherry have elements of mushroom and licorice.  ” Smoky redcurrant, and strawberry aromas are complicated by incense and musky underbrush. Light-bodied red fruit and dried rose flavors reminded me of a Piedmont wine, as did the fine-grained texture and gentle herbal qualities. Finishes with gentle grip and tangy minerality.”  88 points Stephen Tanzer

2001 Viña Lanciano Reserva, Rioja ($22.99)  Traditionally, the fruit for Rioja wines come from a number of disparate vineyards. Viña Lanciano is one of the few Riojas produced from a single plot.  The vineyard, encircled by the Ebro River with its special microclimate and soils, is where the grapes for LAN’s best wines are grown.  “From what will go down as a legendary vintage, the ’01 Lanciano is a full-boned but elegant wine with deftly balanced aromas of chocolate, mint, graphite and berry compote. The feel is satisfying and chewy, while the flavors of cherry cola, black plum and cocoa are pure and lasting.”  Wine Enthusiast

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, Portugal ($40.00) This is my pick to serve on Thanksgiving!  “Aromas and flavors of kirsch, chocolate and dark plum are the hallmarks of this sumptuous Portuguese red. Very silky tannins and zesty acidity carry the long, sandalwood- and cherry-filled finish. Drink now through 2014.”  92 points Wine Spectator

2004 Remelluri Rioja ($34.00)  “Captivating aromas of cherry, cured meat, tobacco and licorice. Lush and juicy, with fresh red and dark fruit flavors, silky tannins and slow-mounting herbal qualities. Turns sweeter on the finish, with sexy oak spices lingering seductively. This is really delicious and already complex enough to enjoy in the near term.”  93 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Alto Moncayo, Campo de Borja ($45.00)   “Deep, bright ruby. Complex bouquet offers scents of blueberry, boysenberry, cola, dark chocolate and mace. Broad, sweet dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and power and are nicely framed by velvety tannins. A tangy mineral note gains strength with air and adds vivacity to the long, sweet, spicy finish. I’d drink this alluring wine on the young side for its exuberant fruit character.”   93 points Stephen Tanzer

NV Torres Floralis Aqua D’Or dessert wine, Penedes ($20.99) Sipping this sweet Moscatel from Penedes is like drinking nectar. Floralis has aromas of lemon verbena, orange and seductive floral notes.  With concentrated flavors of roasted almond and citrus peel, its zippy acidity keep its unctuousness at bay.

Cune Rioja Bottle Library Offering!   Bodegas Cune has decided to release a limited number of old Reservas and Grand Reservas.   Pre-orders are due no later than December 8th and the wines will be shipped directly from Spain.   Expected arrival is beginning of March 2011.   Standout offerings include a 1917 Imperial Gran Reserva ($603.00), 1964 Viña Real Gran Reserva ($467.00), and vintages from the 1940’s through the 1990’s.   If you are looking for a special bottle for an important birthday or anniversary, one of these wines will make a fantastic gift.   Please let us know if you are interested in viewing the list and we will email a complete list.

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