Spanish Vermouth and Asturian Cider



It’s time for Spanish Vermouth!

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                           June 15, 2011      

 Perucchi Vermouth from Spainhas finally arrived — we’ve been working to bring this in for months. Made in Badalona, it comes in two styles: a dry and smooth red vermouth with notes of baking spice and a sweeter white style, redolent with ginger and cardamom flavors. Excellent in cocktails (see the Sherry-Martini recipe below), or served neat. $19.99 each


Sparkling Trabanco Poma Áurea Sidra de Asturias  ($16.99) is produced through the Méthode Champenoise with secondary fermentation in the bottle, utilizing only indigenous yeasts. In the glass, exuberant aromas of apples mingle with an earthy component reminiscent of the natural aromas of the cider house. Bone dry on the finish and very festive in the glass. 

The Spanish Sips and Bites  tasting is sold out, but the restaurant has given us a few slots for Spanish Table customers. Call us at 206-682-2827 or send an e-mail to if you’d like to attend.

Date: Tuesday July 19, between 6-8 p.m at Pintxo @ 2207 2nd Avenue, Seattle 206.441.4042. Cost: $10 per person 

Spanish Sips and Bites is hosted by Pintxo Seattle and special guest, Lucia Ramos, of Frontaura winery. Join us for four savory pintxos matched with delicious wines from Toro, Rueda, Penedes, Rias Baixas, and Cava. Spain is home for Lucia and she is coming with photos, stories, tasting notes, and maps that show the rich history and spectacular range of Spanish wines. All wines tasted are available for purchase at The Spanish Table – orders placed at the event will receive a special 10% discount.

NEW WINES – A Spanish winemaker in Washington – no bull!

Idilico Wines is named after  a famous bull that performed in the 2008 Barcelona Corrida. Idilico performed so magnificently, with such bravery, that it was spared from the matador’s sword, something that very rarely happens. 

Idilico’s owner, Javier Alfonso, comes from a family of viticulturists in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. Javier himself lives in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, having come here to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. As so often happens, one thing led to another. Javier now has an American wife and in the course of exploring the magnificent wines of Washington, they began making his own wines using Spanish varietals grown in the Yakima Valley.   

2009 Idilico Garnacha, Yakima Valley ($20.99) displays an old-world heritage and a refined character, very reminiscent of a Spanish Garnacha. Made with fruit from a Snipes Mountain site near Yakima, it’s 12 months in neutral French oak lend aromas of smoke and spice. On the palate, ripe red fruit, chocolate and mineral notes have lift and persistence. Velvety tannins on the finish bring you back for more of this harmonious red. We simply had to bring in this wine when we heard about Javier and tasted his delicious red! Only 74 cases made.

We also carry 2010 Idilico Albariño, Yakima Valley ($20.99), a fresh white with notes of ripe stone fruit, citrus and a zesty finish. 


 2 ounces of Vodka
1 ounce Valdespino Amontillado Sherry
1/2 ounce dry Spanish Vermouth 

Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Give the shaker a good shake for about ten seconds. Pour contents of shaker into a chilled glass with two Ybarra Anchovy Stuffed Olives. If you enjoy your martini a bit on the dirty side, add a splash of olive juice from your container of anchovy stuffed olives.



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