When the Thanksgiving leftovers run out, the holiday party season can’t be far behind. We have a sensational time noshing on finger foods, experimenting with seasonal beverages and catching up with old friends – it is indeed a special time of year! And there is absolutely nothing more festive than a glass of bubbly at a party. Thus our Cava tasting dinner at Harvest Vine could not be more timely. Join us on Wednesday December 8th, at 6:30 p.m. to taste the cavas of preeminent winemaker Augustí Torelló Mata. Here’s an opportunity to taste the acclaimed Kripta cava which influential French wine critic Michele Bettane described as comparable to the very best champagne. Click Cava to view the complete menu; the cost is $65.00 per person. For reservations, please contact Harvest Vine at 206.320.9771. “The Agustí Torelló Mata Cavas rank with the best I have tasted.” Jay Miller, Wine Advocate
AFFORDABLE AND DELICIOUS PARTY WINES
2008 Ique Malbec, Mendoza ($9.99) Juicy and lush, this 100% Malbec has notes of violet and ripe berry. With firm structure, flavors of coffee and hints of licorice add complexity to the lengthy finish. This unoaked Malbec is meant to be enjoyed young and is excellent served with pizza or burgers.
2009 Prado Rey Verdejo, Rueda ($11.99) 100% Verdejo, Prado Rey comes from a 75 year old vineyard. It displays intense citrus aromas with notes of fennel. A serious white, it is lean and steely, fresh and balanced. It has a long and polished finish with notes of bitter almonds, characteristic of the Verdejo varietial. This is excellent with steamed clams or mussels.
2008 Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja ($15.99) We’ve never been disappointed by Tres Picos. Reliably delicious year after year, “The 2008 Tres Picos is 100% Garnacha old vines in which 50% was aged in tank and 50% in French oak for 10 months. It gives up a compelling nose of black cherry fruit that jumps from the glass along with earth and mineral notes. Plush on the palate bordering on voluptuous, this pleasure-bent, full-flavored effort will drink well for another 3-4 years although few will be able to resist its charms for that long.” 91 points Wine Advocate
2008 La Planta, Ribera del Duero ($15.99) La Planta is the youngest red produced by Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro, whose wines are full-bodied and suave. 2008 La Planta has fresh aromas with high fruity notes of blackcurrant, licorice, and toasty notes from noble woods. A meaty wine with ripe tannins, it has a fine tuned velvety texture. The finish is persistent and smooth.
Last chance to pre-order special vintages of Cune Rioja! Bodegas Cune will be shipping a limited number of old Rioja Reservas and Grand Reservas directly from Spain in February 2011. Pre-order now to assure availability of a special anniversary or birthday wine! Pre-orders are due no later than December 8, 2010. Standout offerings include a 1917 Imperial Gran Reserva, 1964 Viña Real Gran Reserva, and a 1939 Corona, (a cache of this golden-colored Rioja blanco was recently discovered during the winery’s renovation.) There are over 30 wines available from vintage 1917 through 1995; pre-sell prices range from $68.00 for a 1988 Imperial Reserva to $510.00 for the 1917 Imperial Gran Reserva. For a complete list and prices, just send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal Spanish Food Cookbook by José Pizarro ($32.95) This is not a vegetarian cookbook but it’s loaded with delicious salads, soups and sautés that make you want to rush home and start cooking. I can’t wait to make Artichoke and Sheep Cheese Salad and Green Asparagus Soup with Romesco Sauce.
New shipment of Churreras! We now have plastic ($19.99) and metal ($45.99). Fry up some of these bits of dough deliciousness and dunk them into a steaming mug of thick Spanish hot chocolate. This indeed, is true decadence! We also carry Blanxart, Amalia and Valor brand hot chocolate mix.
Marcona Almond Butter: A healthy alternative to peanut butter, and a great option for those folks with peanut allergies. Marcona Almond Butter can be substituted in any recipe you would normally use peanut butter. We suggest: Changing your PB&J into a MAB&J, high-brow take on the quintessential classic, substitute MAB for your Thai peanut sauce or fold into your ice cream. Think of it like liquid Turron!
Armenian Walnuts Steeped in Syrup: They look like black olives, but they are whole walnuts packed green in the Ararat Valley of Armenia and steeped in sugar syrup until they turn lush, sweet, tender and irresistible, a little like marron glaće, only moister. The walnuts are perfect foil for pungent cheeses, pâté or roast duck or game. You can also nibble them after dinner or slice them to decorate your pumpkin pie.
CHEESES OF THE MONTH
Caña de Oveja: This snow-white, fluffy coated, soft-ripened sheep’s milk cheese hails from Murcia, a region known for its goat milk. The pale ivory creamy interior is suave, silky tangy and spreadable. Enjoy with a glass of sparkling white wine or cava. 14.99/LB
Queso de Oveja en Aceite de Oliva: From Jumilla in Spain’s southeast, this sharp and herbaceous sheep’s milk cheese is soaked in virgin olive oil and rosemary. Tangy with a bit of harrumph! The flavors are more infused than our Spanish Table customer favorite, Rosemary Manchego! 15.99/LB