Padron Pepper Plants and Empanadas This Friday

 

Pick Up A Padron Pepper Plant This Weekend

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                    April 14, 2011

Tomorrow, Friday, April 15th kicks off sales of Padron Pepper plants. Unfortunately it’s too early to plant them outside, so keep the plants in a warm and sunny window until Memorial Day. Give them fertilizer so they’ll be strong and ready to produce peppers when they go outside. $4.99 each.   

 If you’ve never tasted these habit forming peppers, here’s how to enjoy them at their peak:  Pick them when they are no more than 3 inches long, take them inside and immediately fry in olive oil until they are blistered. Remove from heat, sprinkle with sea salt and eat as soon as they cool down. Be warned: occasionally you’ll get a hot one! This is part of the appeal.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be carrying freshly made, ready-to-eat Empanadas every Friday and 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’ll be getting 4 dozen on Fridays and 8 dozen each Saturday, so please pre-order if you’d like to pick up a large quantity.  

On Tuesday April 19, 2011 we've got a special dinner coming up at The Harvest Vine featuring the stellar wines of Rioja's Bodegas Ontañón. Fifth generation family member Raquel Perez Cuevas will be in town and will guide us through an evening of wines paired with The Harvest Vine's always glorious food. $65.00 per person, includes four wine flights - 2008 Vetiver Blanco, 2007 Ontañón Crianza, 2004 Ontañón Reserva and 2001 Ontañón Gran Reserva. Click Ontanon Dinner for the menu. 6:30 Guest Arrival.

A shipment of flags, decals and lapel pins just arrived. Use them to decorate at parties, or show your colors at a Sounder Game!

We sell fresh Macrina baguettes every Friday and Saturday, regular and sourdough. Pick up some cheese and a fresh baguette for lunch!

GREAT VALUE WINES 2009 Fillaboa Albariño, Rias Baixas (now $12.99, regularly $16.99) special price while supply lasts. Produced with estate-grown fruit, Bodegas Fillaboa makes only a single bottling of each vintage for the U.S. market to prevent bottle variation and ensure quality. 2009 was an excellent vintage, and Fillaboa displays spectacular aromas of citrus, pear and green apple. Elegant and with intense minerality, it is clean and fresh on the palate. A well integrated acidity and balance enhance its complexity and finesse. This spectacular Albariño has a lingering and dry finish.

2008 Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec, San Juan Argentina ($9.99) 80% of Argentina’s wine is produced in Mendoza Province, and it is the origin of most Argentinean wines that reach the USA. In contrast, Graffigna winery is located in small-scale San Juan, north of Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Fruit for 2008 Centenario Reserve Malbec comes from Pedernal Valley and is grown at an altitude of 4600 feet. Nights are cool at this elevation which preserves acidity in the grapes, resulting in outstanding complexity and a leaner style of Malbec. Red and black berry fruit flavors have lift and abundant minerality, and the oak aging gives a delicate spiciness. Smooth and elegant, Centenario Malbec completely over delivers for the price. Perhaps because Graffigna has been making wine since 1865?

2009 La Vendimia Rioja ($12.99)  Made with organically grown grapes and unfiltered, La Vendimia expresses the full potential of a young Rioja wine at a budget-friendly price. Aged in used oak barrels for 5 months, it offers up spiced fruit aromas and notes of currants.  Its bright red fruit is rich and layered with flavors of vanilla, baking spice and a hint of wild herbs. With its lingering finish, this is a lot of wine for price!

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