Taste Empanadas This Saturday

The Spanish Table Seattle                                                                       March 10, 2011

A savory pie is an epicurean indulgence, gift-wrapped in an edible crust.  Nourishing and generally portable, what a range of culinary possibilities they offer! In Spain‘s northwest Galicia, the Tuna and Green Pepper Empanadas should not be missed; in Turkey, seek out Boreks stuffed with feta cheese and lamb. If you’re hankering for a local pie, head to Harbor City Restaurant on South King Street for incredible BBQ pork buns and taro root dim sum. In Argentina we got hooked on Empanadas. We ate them everywhere – in Mendoza, Buenos Aires and Salta and relished the differences. Some had thicker pastry, some were filled with corn and vegetables, others were stuffed with  cheese and spices, meat or chicken.  

And then right in our back yard, we discovered Maria Luisa Empanadas.   Made in Seattle, these pies are seriously delicious and savory. The folks behind these delectable empanadas will be sampling them at Spanish Table this Saturday, March 12 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Stop in and try them! If customers like them as much as we do, we’ll carry them on a regular basis.

GREAT WINES 

2002 Mas de l’Abundància, Montsant ($29.99) Regularly $40.00!  Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Carineña, aged for 10 months in French oak, it’s extended time in the bottle has allowed all of the elements to perfectly meld. On the nose, aromas of jam are enhanced by smoky flavors of boysenberry, black tea and licorice. Brooding and meaty, Mas de l’Abundància is full-bodied and complex, with notes of mineral and menthol. The lengthy finish is dry and rich. Great with empanadas!

South American reds:

2008 Kaiken Malbec, Mendoza ($10.99) Kaiken is a well crafted 100% Malbec, 60% aged in American oak for 9 months. It displays a purity of blackberry fruit with mineral and coffee notes. “..Emphasizes size and friendliness” 88 points Wine Enthusiast

2009 Tapiz Malbec, Mendoza ($11.99) In the nose, aromas of violets compliment smoke, raspberry and plum cake notes. Hints of  vanilla, menthol and incense give added complexity on the palate. 2009 Tapiz Malbec is an elegant wine with a velvety, persistent finish.

2008 Trapezio, Mendoza ($16.99) A blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Trapezio is a modern red, offering deep fruit aromas. Structured and full-bodied, it has been aged in oak only moderately to preserve its freshness. Well balanced, it has vibrant notes of black cherry and kirsch with mineral, coffee and black pepper on the finish. Lots of complexity for the price!

2009 Andeluna Malbec, Mendoza ($9.99) Andeluna is dependably one of the best under-$10.00 Malbecs, year in and year out. Full-bodied with roundness and balance, it has aromas of cherry, black currant, cassis and vanilla with notes of dark chocolate and violets. Spice, smoke and notes of coffee compliment the sweet tannins and produce an exceptional wine with a persistent finish. This is a great value!

2008 Valle Azul Cabernet Sauvignon, Rio Negro Valley, Patagonia ($14.99) Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina, after Malbec. Bordeaux-trained winemaker Hans Vindig-Diers produces Noemia (the 2008 vintage received a 95 point score from Wine Spectator; $105.00 retail) and he also makes Valle Azul Cabernet which has a delicious dusty edge to its ripe black and red fruit. “A floral-style Cab, with bright cherry and red plum notes laced with hints of violet and roasted vanilla. Nice supple finish. 250 cases made.” 87 points Wine Spectator. 

FLAMENCO PERFORMANCES 

Carmona Flamenco performs with guest Ana Montes on Saturday March 19th at Cafe Solstice. Details

Ana Montes and Flamenco Danzarte, Big Student Show. Saturday, March 26th,  2011 and  Sunday, March 27th, 2011, Ethnic Cultural Theater, Univ. District. More info.

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