Wines From Around the World

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Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                           March 25, 2011

We'll be carrying freshly made, ready-to-eat Empanadas every Saturday. Owner Rodrigo of Maria Luisa Empanadas will deliver them at noon and feature six flavors, including vegetarian. They are $3.00 each, with a 10% discount for purchases of 6, and 20% off for a dozen. Great for parties! We receive 8 dozen each Saturday, so please pre-order if you'd like to pick up a large quantity.

We've restocked some staples and brought in new bulk spices:  Whole Green Cardamon, Five Peppercorn Blend, Pink Peppercorns, and Dried Chives.

New book: Squeaky’s Farm "A Seattle stray becomes a rural landlord on a remote Spanish farm when his adoptive owners decide to live their dream (who needs electricity anyway?)"  Written by ex Seattlite Carolyn Parker, who bought a farm in rural Spain with her husband Scott. 


2010 Santa Julia+ Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza ($9.99) Sustainably farmed and produced with hand-picked grapes. Santa Julia is aged in stainless steel without the use of oak, revealing a purity of perfectly ripened  fruit.  Hints of pepper give complexity to this expressive wine and adds depth to notes of blackcurrant and cherry.  With supple tannins and a persistent finish, this is an excellent Cabernet worth buying by the case!

2007 Bercial, Utiel-Requena ($9.99) A blend of 65% Tempranillo and 35% Bobal which has been barrel aged for 4 months. Bobal is a lesser-known varietal that offers up rich layers of aroma, flavors and a meaty consistency. 2007 Bercial brims with mouth filling, juicy red fruit, toast and a hint of vanilla from the barrel. Medium-bodied and round, this well integrated wine has a persistent finish with a hint of spice. 

2008 Bouza Tannat, Uruguay ($15.99) The Tannat grape is native to southwestern France where it produces highly tannin, structured reds. A Basque immigrant brought the Tannat grape to Uruguay in the late 1800’s where it yields a round, silky red. We’ve also got a few French reds made from Tannat at our Paris Grocery store. Buy one of each and compare the differences!

Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. A global icon for their distinctive style, they’ve managed to produce wine even during wartime. Established in Lebanon in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, son Serge has been the winemaker since 1959. Château Musar Red wines are made with a variable blend of Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The varietals then spend up to 24 months in French oak barriques at which point Serge creates his final blend, depending on the development of each varietal. Unfined and unfiltered, there are no chemical additives utilized, except a small amount of sulphur at bottling. The wines are then bottled and stored in the cellars at Château Musar until their release after about 5 years. One taste of these wines and we knew we had to stock them.  

We carry the 2004 Cuvée Blanc, a savory white made from local varietal Obaideh($16.99), 2008 Musar Jeune, an unoaked red, fermented in cement tanks ($16.99) and 2001 “Gaston Hochar”,  a signature wine from this producer ($45.00). 

2007 Belezos Crianza Rioja ($17.99) Incredibly elegant and aromatic; intense and full bodied. Smooth and suave in every sense of the word. This wine boasts bright red and black fruit, spice as well as earthy nuances. A wine that compliments any meal.

2008 Quinto do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, Douro ($40.00)  “A solid core of savory spice and leaf notes provides a supple overlay to the flavors of dried berry and smoke. The deft finish lingers, with touches of cream and vanilla as well as plenty of cocoa powder notes. Very elegant and suave. Drink now through 2017.” 93 points Wine Spectator

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

VISIT US ON LINE!  Shop our wine website at Spanish Table Wines. For food, cookbooks, paella pans and all non-wine items, go to The Spanish Table website. For the latest product news from Paris Grocery, visit the PG Facebook page.



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