Party Tapas and More New Shipments

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                 December 2, 2011      

Two Hours FREE PARKING at the Market from December 1 – 15, 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.! To qualify, PARK in the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. SPEND at least $30 at Market businesses and VALIDATE  your parking ticket and receipts at the Market Information Booth at 1st & Pike prior to returning to your car, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday entertaining. tapa arrayOur greatest party inspirations come from travels in Spain, especially to San Sebastian, Sevilla and Madrid where every bar counter is laden with a glorious tapas array. Most tapas are simple finger foods which make excellent and quick bites to serve at gatherings, easy to prepare and quite delicious. To make the evening complete, always serve tapas with Spanish wine!  

  Montaditos are simple party snacks – small morsels of food “mounted” atop a slice of bread. These easy-to-eat toasts look elegant and taste sublime! To prepare, toast slices of baguette under the broiler or fry the bread in Ybarra Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then drain on paper towels before continuing. Spread plain mayonnaise, or use mayonnaise flavored with saffron or anchovy paste on the toasted baguette. mont sauce

Other great spreads that work well are Ferrer brand Alioli (garlic mayonnaise) or Romesco sauce (almond – pepper sauce). On top of the sauce, spread a dollop of baby shrimp meat, or a single medium-large prawn. For a vegetarian alternative, top with a quarter of an artichoke heart, a section of a white asparagus spear, a slice of piquillo pepper, pitted Ybarra Manzanilla olives, or a combination of all four. A toothpick can help stabilize the layers. TO UPSCALE: Add a slice of hard boiled egg, a boqueronBoqueron tapa (white anchovy), sprinkle a few capers or smoked pimentón on top for a more San Sebastian-style pintxo. For more tapas suggestions, stop in and see us.  We’ll help you put together a tapas spread. 

 New and returning products from our latest shipments: Spanish Table 2012 calendars — Free with purchase! Chocolate covered figs; Rose petal Harissa sauce; Kalamata crown figs from Greece; Date & Walnut cake – great with cheese! Cases of Sumol soda; Macarico Piri Piri sauce in 1 liter, 200 gram, and 100 gram containers, Zergüt brand Ajvar pepper sauce – hot & mild; Barcelos Medium Linguica. 

 The film El Bulli: Cooking In Progress opens today at The Varsity Theater for one week only! 

SPECTACULAR NEW WINES FROM RIBEIROarman

Bodegas Casal de Arman is in Galicia’s little known D.O. Ribeiro. They’ve received numerous awards over the last several years for their wines in Spain and in England, including just released 91 points reviews from Guia Penin and a 94 point review from Guia Proensa, Spain’s two most famous wine publications. We’re excited to offer their wines!

The 2010 Casal de Arman Blanco ($17.99) is super enticing and powerful with lemon curd, apricot, white flowers and seashells. Rich and lingering flavors of lemon, lime, white peach, lychee, and enticing crushed seashell notes on the finish.

The 2008 Casal de Arman Blanco Sobre Lias ($24.99) spends 6 months resting on the lees in French oak barrels which add a textural richness. Luscious and complete on the palate with flavors of spiced yellow pear, apricot and herbal freshness with an underlying mineral note that makes me think this is what rock juice would taste like. Balanced and with lingering notes of said crushed rocks, citrus and a hint of stone fruit pit bitterness which I really like. Only 100 cases produced, very limited.

The 2010 Casal de Arman Tinto ($17.99) has a silky textured with gorgeous floral notes of violet, lilac, dried rose & lavender filled out with flavors of tart red cherry, sweet plum and black raspberry. Savory, umami notes of cracked pepper and exotic spice and wild herbs only get more interesting with air and a vibrant, cracked stone/mineral undertone is just flat out delicious.

HOLIDAY PARTY WINES 

2008 Dão Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada, Portugal ($9.99) Shows all of the the elegance which Portugal’s Dão region is famous for. “A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015.” 90 points Wine Spectator, Best Value, #42 Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011

2010 Bodegas Martinez Corta Cepas Antiguas Rioja ($10.99) Produced from manually harvested, head-pruned vines that are over 40 years of age. 100% Tempranillo, unoaked. “The [2010] Cepas Antiguas Selección Privada offers up a fruity perfume of violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Savory with a bit of structure, this tasty effort is a great value for drinking over the next 4-5 years.” 90 Points Wine Advocate

2005 Miranda Tinto Rioja SALE! NOW $8.99, WAS $14.99 Take advantage of a close-out price on a tasty Rioja from a great vintage! Fresh aromas of pie cherry with a hint of earth on the front palate lead to a mouthful of bright cherry and intense, ripe plum flavors. 2005 Miranda is 100% Tempranillo; its 8 months aging in used oak casks provide a food-friendly structure and silky tannins. Herbal undertones compliment tar and licorice on the persistent finish. Miranda is a well-knit red that will appeal to any fan of Rioja wines.

2006 Finca Nueva Crianza Rioja SALE! Originally $14.99, now $10.99 Finca Nueva is a younger red Rioja wine produced by Bodegas Allende. “Purple-colored with aromas of violets, spice box, and blackberry, on the palate it is ripe with excellent volume and savory flavors. It is a lot of wine for the money.” 89 points Wine Advocate 

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