Last Minute Gift Ideas

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                       December 19, 2011

To our customers and friends: Thank you for shopping at The Spanish Table this year and best wishes for a glorious holiday season! The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery will have special hours for last minute purchases on Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve). Both stores will be open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR COOKS

 

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, or North African cookbooks, from $9.99 to $45.00

Paella sets with an 8 serving pan and all of the ingredients to get one started! From $54.00

Copper Portuguese Cataplanas (clam steamers) in 4 sizes, from $90.00

Clay Tagines (North African slow cookers) from $45.00.      

 

 

 

 

cazCazuelas (clay cookware) from 1/8 cup to 7 liters, in brown, red, black or beige, from $2.99 to $105.99

 

 

A whole leg of Jamon Serrano….

INEXPENSIVE GIFTS AND STOCKING STUFFERS

A ceramic crock of sweet Asturian honey ($11.99) — excellent on toast or with a fresh goat cheese.

A jar of olives ($3.99-$10.99) with a package of fancy skewers ($1.99).

Wooden spoons or forks made from olive wood ($5.99 to $19.99).

A ceramic salt cellar ($10.00) and some Mediterranean sea salt.

A selection of Taza spiced hot chocolate discs ($4.99 each), a jar of Nocilla ($7.99) and/or individually wrapped Rabitos (chocolate covered figs, $.89 each) for the chocolate lover in your life.

Spanish Daily Phrase Calendar ($13.99)

Aged sherry vinegar from $12.99

Small bottles of port, cava or Spanish red wine, including 375 ml bottles of 2005 Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja ($9.99)

SPECIAL WINES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo ($45.00) “Exotic aromas of fresh raspberries and cherry-cola. An expansive, sweet fruit bomb with intense raspberry and blackberry flavors enlivened by juicy acidity; this doesn’t come off as jammy. Finishes bright, sweet and long, with an echoing raspberry note.” 92 points Stephen Tanzer  We have two bottles left of the 2008 vintage, and a case of the spectacular 2009 vintage just arrived.

2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton ($29.99) “Explosively perfumed scents of ripe blackberry, blueberry and candied violet. Appealingly sweet flavors of dark fruit preserves are framed by velvety tannins and pick up spiciness with air. Shows good freshness on the finish, which echoes the blueberry note.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer.  We have a couple of bottles left of the 2008 vintage, and a case of the spectacular 2009 vintage just arrived.

Bodegas R. Lopez Heredia “Library” Gran Reservas   Once per year, Bodegas Lopez Heredia offers us the opportunity to order a limited number of Gran Reservas from their cellars.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the vintages we have on hand. These one-of-a-kind Riojas make fantastic gifts for the wine connoisseur in your life:

1985 Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva ($150.00) 95 points Stephen Tanzer: “Knockout perfumed nose of great purity and complexity: an extremely elegant, very intensely flavored Rioja with superb persistence on the palate.”

1981 Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva ($150.00) 90 points Stephen Tanzer:  “Citrus skin and cinnamon on the nose. At once penetrating and suave, with lovely subtlety and cut; still evolving. Very long, ethereal back end.”

1981 Viña Bosconia Rioja Gran Reserva ($150.00) 94 points Stephen Tanzer: “Gorgeous , multidimensional aromas of dried red fruits, white flowers, spicecake, leather, underbrush, graphite and lavender sachet. Silky and seemingly weightless, with a haunting crystalline purity to the sweet strawberry and redcurrant flavors. A remarkable wine that’s completely out of step with today’s styles: this is the stuff that gets die-hard Rioja traditionalists all weepy.”

1976 Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva ($375.00) 92 points Wine Advocate: “The outstanding 1976 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva offers a multitude of tertiary nuances in its suggestions of leather, licorice, coffee beans, earthiness and dried prunes on a medium-bodied frame of notable elegance.”

1970 Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva ($650.00) 93 points Wine Advocate

1970 Viña Bosconia Rioja Gran Reserva ($650.00) 93 points Wine Advocate: “The 1970 Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva is a captivating effort, with endless, well-defined nuances of pine, minerals and sweet red fruits that emerge from the glass in a breathtaking display of purity and class. It shows the extraordinary length, great expression and the pure breed of a truly great wine.”

HOLIDAY PARTY WINES 

2010 Viña Reboreda Blanco, Ribeiro ($12.99) It opens with a mild lime bouquet with a hint of green pear. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and clean. The flavor profile is a gently mineral infused Anjou pear with jus a drop of tangerine and lime mixed in. The finish is dry and very refreshing. This wine is excellent with shellfish.

2008 Adagio Reserva Malbec, Mendoza ($13.99)   One of our favorite Malbecs, 50% is aged in French oak for 12 months which gives the wine notes of vanilla and baking spice.  Two years of bottle age offers up a voluptuous, juicy, it is elegant and superbly balanced. 2008 Adagio Reserva has well integrated tannins, a medium body and a persistent finish.   Wonderful with smoked meats and charcuterie.

2009 Mencos Tinto Rioja ($14.99) A delicious old-vine Tempranillo, unoaked. Ripe fruit aromas on the nose with notes of boysenberry and menthol on the palate. Medium-bodied, Mencos shows a purity of fruit with an expressive and balanced finish. ” The entry-level 2009 Mencos is an unoaked cuvee of 100% Tempranillo. Aromas of earthy minerals, spice box, violets, cherry blossom, and blackberry inform the nose of a ripe, firm, savory red with good balance and length. It is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 5-6 years.” 90 points Wine Advocate

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