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Cinco de Mayo Wines & Foods

CINCO DE MAYO WINES & FOODS
Next Thursday May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.  Oddly enough, it is more widely celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico, as it’s a great excuse to enjoy Mexican fare.
Sayulita Mexico is a laid-back surfing town about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.  Surprisingly, the town has several wine shops with an unimaginable selection of Mexican wines.    Most wines are produced in the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja Mexico, and are typically blends containing Cabernet Sauvignon.   We tried numerous bottles during our recent stay.  Many were excellent, and paired well with the spicy cuisine.
We’ve got two Mexican wines from Valle de Guadalupe in the shop.
Try one on Cinco de Mayo!
2009 Jubileo Meritage, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico ($18.99) 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc.  Aromas of bing cherry, plum, espresso, wild herbs and vanilla fill the glass.  More red fruit comes through on the palate, with plenty of acidity to keeps things in balance.  Finishes long, with supple tannins.   400 cases produced.
 
2009 Villa Montefiori Cabernet-Sangiovese, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico ($24.99) 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Sangiovese, aged 15 months in French oak.  Paolo Paoloni was formerly an enologist at Perugia University in Italy until he moved his family to Mexico and planted vineyards.   Structured and vibrant with excellent balance.   Full-bodied with spicy notes, it offers up silky tannins.
PARA COMER – MEXICAN FOODS FOR CINCO DE MAYO

Mole sauces:  Making a mole sauce from scratch is rewarding but time consuming.   Buying pre-made mole sauce simplifies everything, and by purchasing one of the  scrumptious Mexican-made sauces we stock, it taste as good as homemade.   We  stock many styles of mole sauces, including Negro, Rojo, Coloradito and  Poblano.  Chicken Mole on Cinco de Mayo, anyone?


Santa Fe Ole sauces:   When in New Mexico I order “Christmas” style entrees to get equal parts red and green chile sauce.  The roasted pepper flavors in these chile sauces are sublime with everything.    Santa Fe Ole sauces are the best jarred chile sauces we’ve found.    Try the red or green chile sauce (mild or medium hot), Green Chile Salsa or Ancho Salsa.
 

Miss Marjorie’s Plantain chips:  These are phenomenal with guacamole!  A creation of Marjorie Restaurant in Seattle, these plantain chips and guacamole are their signature appetizer.
 
Amor y Tacos by Deborah Schneider  SALE!  $9.99 (regular price $18.95) A cookbook inspired by roadside stands in Mexico, it contains recipes for appetizers, salsas, drinks, and loads of taco recipes.   Comes with mouth-watering photos.
 
 
PADRON PEPPER PLANT UPDATE:   We’ve got about 3 dozen plants for sale now, and when the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens, we’ll have more plants available (hopefully around May 13).
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Spanish Pantry Essentials

Not a fan of slogging through pounding rain to the grocery store?   Or don’t have time?   By keeping a few essential Spanish ingredients on hand, it’s easy to pull together a nutritious, tasty meal in a flash and save a run to the store.
Conservas are a must.  In Spain, vegetables are picked at their peak of flavor, roasted or simmered and then packed in jars or cans.   Equally delicious are a wide range of fish and shellfish, many packed in olive oil.  The oil can and should be used in recipes.
Rice is a versatile staple to have in the pantry.    Rice simmered with chorizo and jarred, roasted red peppers is delicious and quick to prepare.   If there is chicken in the frig, make a fast and toothsome rice soup with Aneto chicken broth, Spanish garbanzo beans and a sprinkling of dried lime.   Or, make a complete paella in 30 minutes with an Aneto Paella broth.   Choose from Seafood, Squid Ink or Valencian Paella; comes in easy to store tetra paks with a one year shelf life.     
In Spain, pasta called fideo is used to make a dish called fideau.   Fideo, simmered with broth in a paella pan, can be prepared in minutes by adding jarred ingredients.   For example, toss olive-oil packed Spanish tuna with strips of piquillo pepper, the oil from tuna, capers, water and pasta.
Or use Aneto Squid Ink Paella with fideo and revel in this different take on a traditional Spanish dish.   If Mac n’ Cheese is a favorite, upscale it.  Combine chicken stock with pasta and saffron; simmer until the pasta is done, then drain and stir in Manchego cheese to melt.
Gluten intolerant?    A jar of lentils, cooked with spicy chorizo makes a hearty and simple meal.   Canned mackerel or anchovies are fantastic tossed with lentils or white beans.
 
Got a freezer?  Store packages of Bilbao Chorizo, Chistorra or Morcilla for the right moment.  Scramble choistorra with eggs.  Grill chorizo and serve with de la Estancia organic polenta from Argentina which cooks in 3 minutes.  Just add grated Mahon cheese.
NEW!  Hernán products from Mexico, made by artisan producers.    Just arrived are Mole Poblano andMole Pipián sauces.   Mole Poblano is a blend of chiles and spices, tempered by an infusion of nuts, chocolate and other ingredients. Typically served on chicken or pork.   Mole Pipián contains roasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and peanuts with spicy chiles and epazote and is excellent on fish.
  Hernán Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon is now available, in powder and squares.
Brush up on Spanish with Spanish Circle on Wednesday evenings.  Held at the Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Room 1.  Jan 13-March 16 at 6 p.m.   Free!   For more information call 206.684.0849.

WINES
 
2013 Narupa Alala Albarino, Rias Baixas   ($26.99)   First vintage!  Sustainably produced from a 30 year old, family-owned vineyard planted by the winemaker’s Grandfather.  The grapes are pressed by foot and fermented with native yeast.  Raised in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, it has extended aging of one year to develop complexity.   Fresh aromatics with a hint of tropical fruit have notes of citrus and dust.   Mineral-laden with great mouthfeel and a pleasurable weight, this is a terrific expression of Albariño.   Limited availability – only 3 cases came to the state of Washinton, and we have 6 bottles.

2012 Carramimbre Roble, Ribera del Duero   

SALE!  Regular price $14.99, now $10.99  

We rediscovered this tasty gem last weekend, accompanied by a tapas assortment.  Versatile and nuanced, and it’s now 25% off!   (6 cases available).  90% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged four months in oak.  Offers up aromas of ripe blackberry, hints of earth and road tar, reminiscent of an old-school California Zinfandel.  Very smooth and full-bodied, it displays lifted notes of white pepper, tobacco leaf and mushroom.  Black fruit and mineral notes on the lengthy finish.   Decant for 20 minutes to fully release aromas and depth of flavors.

2012 Lagar de Robla Premium, Castilla y Leon ($10.99) 100% Mencia, aged about 18 months in oak.    Plush, with soft tannins and a hint of earth.   Round and smooth, Lagar de Robla is mineral-laden, with well-integrated notes of oak.   This is really good!   “This firm red is reserved, but shows depth and integration, with mulled plum, licorice, mineral and smoke flavors that mingle over well-integrated tannins, giving way to the juicy finish.”  91 points Wine Spectator

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New Year, New Wines; Chorizo Restocked

WE ARE OPEN REGULAR HOURS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (MONDAY, JANUARY 18)  10 AM-6 PM  
 
Our cured meats, cheeses and groceries have been restocked since the new year began.
Need Bilbao chorizo or Bomba rice for paella?   It’s here.    Looking for Morcilla, Chistorra or Cantimpalitos?  Back in stock.   
All manner of dried beans are here for making robust winter stews.  My new favorite is Zursun Dapple Grey Beans.   Creamy and ideal for soups, the bean’s mottled grey and ivory colors are reminiscent of a cowboy’s horse.

Mini wheels of 3 month aged Maese Miguel Manchego are available again.  This is a buttery and flavorful manchego cheese with tangy hints.   Slice and serve, or make into a sandwich with rustic bread.
  
New!  Smoke-dried Ñora peppers from La Vera.  Use these to make a smoky romesco sauce (see recipe below).

New Year, New Wines!

2014 Castillo de Mendoza Vitarán Cepas Viejas Blanco, Rioja ($14.99) 100% Viura produced from old-vine, estate vineyards in Rioja Alta.   Aged on the lees and in neutral French oak, 2014 Vitarán offers up aromas of tropical fruit.   Fleshy and rich on the palate with a hint of oak, it is smooth and bright, with a touch of spice.  Finishes clean and dry.   Great with Asian or spicy foods.

2012 Valdecampana Crianza, Ribera del Duero($16.99)   100% Tinto del Pais (Tempranillo) aged 12 months in oak.  A delightful sipper, this medium to full bodied red is also a stand out with hearty meals.   Delivers heavenly aromatics with well-knit flavors of marionberry and black cassis.  Very fresh and lifted, its graphite and mineral notes add complexity to this distinguished red.    Shows some grip on the lengthy finish.   Great value!
2007 Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja ($22.99)   Bodegas R. Lopez Heredia is a benchmark producer of traditional style Rioja wines.  Family owned and operated since 1877, Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia passionately adheres to her great-grandfather’s vision of making wine only from their own vineyards, using natural yeasts, long aging in wood and no filtration at bottling.
  The Viña Cubillo vineyards average 40 years of age.  The wine is a blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, aged at least 3 years in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.  Most producers would label this a Gran Reserva; and at $22.99 per bottle, it’s a steal!
  Viña Cubillo seems to get better with every vintage.  The 2007 is intensely aromatic, showing a bouquet of dried cherry fruit and iron. Bright, aromatic, and satiny on the palate, it offers up layers of dried leaves, mushroom, plum, red currant fruit and incredible length.   With cigar box spice, it is medium-bodied, dry and relatively low in alcohol (13%).
   91 points  Stephen Tanzer/Vinous, 91 points Wine Advocate: 
  “Lively smoke- and spice-accented cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by floral oils and pipe tobacco. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors that deepen with air. Shows very good energy and appealing floral character on a long, penetrating finish that’s given shape by harmonious tannins. Drinking nicely now, this fruit-driven Rioja should provide plenty of pleasure over the coming decade.”  (Vinous)
  “This could well be the best Cubillo of recent times.” (Wine Advocate)
2013 Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha, Campo de Borja, ($26.99)   NEW VINTAGE  The grapes for this wine come from Campo de Borja, thought to be the birthplace of Garnacha.  Veraton is made with grapes from ancient vines which are placed in open vat fermenters, then aged 17 months in 60% French, 40% American oak barrels.  Bottled unfiltered.
  “This is a blockbuster, 100% Old Vine Grenache cuvée, with a deep-purple color, great intensity, loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, with licorice, lavender and touch of graphite and earth. It is full-bodied and powerful.”  92 points Wine Advocate

SMOKED ROMESCO SAUCE
Romesco is a Catalan sauce of tomatoes, red ñora peppers, garlic, vinegar and hazelnuts or almonds with stale bread as a thickener.  It is one of those sauces of infinite variation with every cook having different proportions and variations on the ingredients.
4-5                     Smoked Ñora peppers, re-hydrated with boiling water
2 tablespoon      Olive oil for frying
1 slice (½ cup)    Stale Bread
1 clove                Garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon         Coarse sea salt
¼ cup                 Marcona Almonds and/or hazelnuts and/or pine nuts.   (In a pinch, walnuts can even be used.)
1                        Fresh Tomato, peeled and seeded, or grated.  (Or roasting the tomato first, which adds depth).
1 tablespoon      Red Wine vinegar or sherry vinegar (optional)
4 tablespoon      Reserved liquid from ñoras
2 tablespoons    Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (if needed)
Cover ñoras with water and bring to a boil.  Allow to steep for half an hour. Reserving the liquid, remove stems and seeds saving flesh and skin.
Fry nuts in olive oil until brown, remove with slotted spoon. Fry bread in olive oil adding more if needed.
Put garlic and salt in a mortar and blend together with a pestle or put them in food processor and give it a couple of bursts.
Add cooled nuts with bread and grind. Add ñora and blend in.
If using tomato, blend it in now.
Season with a splash of vinegar.  If serving with vegetables, go a little heavier on the vinegar.  If using with fish, use a lighter hand or omit.   If too thick, add a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
As with all sauces, running this sauce through a food mill gives a smoother, more sophisticated product.
Serve with baked or grilled seafood.  Delicious with halibut or prawns!

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Sole sips: Apaltagua Carmenere Reserva 2011

Chilean Carmenere

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I am fortunate to have worked in several different valleys within Chile. Firstly in Elqui Valley at the border with the most arid desert in the world, surrounded by mountains where the sun spills over the grapes during the day and the stars shine and marvel at night. Then further south in Leyda Valley, a new wine growing region where the vines play with the sea breeze of the Pacific Ocean producing fresh and crispy whites and smooth, spicy reds.  And finally I worked south of Santiago, in Colchagua valley, one of the most popular and old wine areas in Chile.
This incredible, magic length of land that forms Chile bares multiples terroirs along valleys and mountains enclosed between the Atacama Desert to the north, Patagonia and Antarctica to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the majestic Andes to the east.

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While many varietals are grown in Chile, the most iconic is Carmenere.  This red varietal disappeared from European vineyards in the mid-19th century only to reappear miraculously among Chilean Merlot vines a hundred years later. It was not until 1994 that Professor Jean-Michel Boursiquot from the Montpellier’s school of Oenology confirmed that an earlier-ripening vine was Bordeaux Carmenere and not Merlot, as had been thought for the past century.  Today Chile excels in Carmenere and without doubt this is a varietal wine that you will love. Fresh and fruity, Chilean Carmenere is showing all the potential of this magic and remote land.

carmenere 4Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2011 ($11.99) From Colchagua Valley, this wine shows the good expression of the grapes. Deep ruby in color with violets tints, on the nose it offers fresh, ripe red berries with a touch of oak and tobacco; on palate, it is bright with sweet and rounded tannins. Good balance and fresh finish.

Enjoy this Carmenere with spicy dishes like an Indian curry or a Mexican Mole.  And if you have the chance, try it with the classic Chilean “Pastel de Choclo” a pie that combines meat and corn….Delicious!!!

– Soledad Claveria

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Great Wines From Three Countries

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Bodegas O. Fournier, Uco Valley Argentina

We arrived around 6 pm at Bodegas O. Fournier in Argentina’s Uco Valley. arg After a wine tasting and late dinner in their newly opened restaurant, we ended up sleeping in owner José Manuel Ortega’s spare bedroom.  What incredible hospitality… mc his young daughter even served us wine on the patio!   Energetic and creative, José Manuel was born into Spain’s Fournier family, a famous manufacturer of playing cards.  In 2000, he turned away from a career in investment banking to enter the wine industry and by 2009 was nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Innovator of the Year.    He’s now running successful wineries in Argentina, Chile and Spain, producing wines that each reflect the uniqueness of place.   He says: ‘Wine is a way of life. I swapped a prestigious career for it, with no regrets.’ (Decanter Magazine)  We’ve been trying to bring in these wines since our 2006 winery visit, especially given the increasing attention by the wine press.  Finally this week were able to get our hands on wines from all three of O. Fournier’s bodegas.

2007 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Ribera, Ribera del Duero ($13.99)  “The 2007 Urban Ribera is a strong candidate for the best new release Ribera del Duero under $25. Made from 100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo), the wine spent four months in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of scorched earth, violets, and black cherry that leaps from the glass. Smooth-textured and suave on the palate, it has loads of succulent black fruit, silky tannins, excellent depth and grip, and a juicy finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next four years.”   91 points Wine Advocate

2005 Bodegas O. Fournier Spiga, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) “Coffee and tar notes frame black plum and prune flavors in this well-structured red. The dense texture is supported by firm tannins, which give way to black pepper and licorice notes on the finish. Brooding but balanced. Best from 2009 through 2016. 4,000 cases made.”   91 points Wine Spectator

2009 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Uco Malbec, Mendoza ($11.99) Rich black cherry fruit and exotic spice notes have an edge of blueberry.  Medium bodied with pliable tannins make up this balanced and versatile wine. “This is ripe and friendly, with a mix of raspberry, boysenberry and blueberry compote notes that mingle through the licorice-tinged finish.”  88 points Wine Spectator

2009 Urban Maule Red Blend, Chile ($12.99)  A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 5% Carignan   Intriguing aromas of eucalyptus on the nose blend with concentrated ripe fruit in this cuvee.   Notes of kirsch, black currant, boysenberry and  tobacco make up this superbly balanced value red.

Photos by Sharon Baden

Travel to Spain with a wine importer! Discover Spain; A Gourmet Wine Tour May 8-16, 2011 From Barcelona to Priorat, Zaragoza, Basque Country, Valladolid, Toro, Toledo &  Madrid.  Includes hotel stays from Sunday May 8th-Sunday May 15th; ALL breakfasts, lunches & dinners in the finest restaurants of each region; first class private tour bus featuring a private driver; travelers Insurance while on the bus;  and visits to the wineries; wine tasting & tapas.  Price:  $3800.00, not including air fare.   Please send us an e-mail to sign up or for more information.

MORE GREAT WINES
1998 Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva Rioja ($32.00) After we drank this amazing Gran Reserva  last weekend, we bought out the distributor’s supply.  Get a bottle of this before it runs out! “Wild aromas of smoked meat, musky underbrush and spicy pomegranate. Energetic and spicy in the mouth, with vivid red fruit flavors lifted by minerals and tangy acidity. The brisk, firm finish features an exotic floral pastille accent to go with its red berry flavors. A wine of noteworthy complexity, and possessing the balance and vivacity for further aging.”  92 points Stephen Tanzer

2003 Bodegas H.A. Barcelo Secreto Reserva, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) “This syrupy red shows the heat of the vintage in its dried cherry, fig, marmalade and espresso flavors. This is thick and chewy, yet retains a lively freshness that keeps it youthful. A modern style, complex and rich. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases made.”  94 points Wine Spectator

2005 Finca L’Argata, Montsant ($21.99)  Close out price on a great vintage!  Joan d’Anguera is a family run winery whose origins date back 200 years.   This single vineyard wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache from 50 year old vines and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in French oak.  Rich and powerful with great balance and length.  ” Exotically perfumed aromas of sexy cherry, blueberry, cinnamon and clove, underscored by vanilla and mocha. Juicy red and dark berry flavors are gently lifted by suave minerality and gain sweetness on the finish. Impressively focused wine with surprising elegance for its flavor impact.”  90 points Stephen Tanzer

2008 Triumvirat Priorat ($35.00) A partnership between Ramon Farre Marti and Ester Nin Llort in the Vilella Baixa del Priorato region beginning in 2005. Their Carignan based wines (they make only two) have already received much critical praise, securing them among the top handcrafted producers in this prestigious region.  Farmed biodynamically.  “The 2008 Terra de Verema Triumvirat is made by Ester Nin, vineyard manager of Clos Erasmus. It is a blend of 90% Carinena, 5% Garnacha, and 5% Syrah aged for 12 months in French oak. Dark ruby-colored with an already complex bouquet of pepper, Asian spices, mineral, and black cherry, on the palate it is supple, suave bordering on opulent, succulent, and very long. It can be approached now but will be more expressive with another 2-3 years of bottle age.” 94 points Wine Advocate

Diana Kennedy has been called “the Julia Child of Mexican cooking” and her latest cookbook “Oaxaca al Gusto” ($50.00) is an encyclopedic masterpiece of Oaxacan Gastronomy.  With three hundred authentic recipes, mostly from home cooks, the book is loaded with pictures and a glossary of herbs and ingredients.  A must for Mexican cooks!

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NEW CHEESES
San Ignacio Blue cheese from Argentina- Young, creamy, crumbly with a distinct mild blue flavor. The best part of this cheese is the price – $7.99/Lb is unheard of for a blue cheese!
Paski Sir Croatian Queso!!! This is the first cheese from Croatia we have been able to import. This 1 year pasteurized sheeps milk cheese comes from the island of Pag. The small indigenous sheep feed on the islands scarce salt grasses. Paski Sir has a unique crystalline texture and complex layered flavors: notes of Parm, a unique sweet and saltiness with a lingering savory tangy finish.
Thank you for being our customer!
Sincerely,
Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA  98101  phone: 206.682.2827

SPANISH TABLE HOURS:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday
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Values From Bordeaux’s Left Bank

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

March 11, 2010

Among French appellations scrambling to sell wine during the recession, Bordeaux is perhaps the region struggling the hardest. Prices of older wines are being slashed as newer vintages are released, providing a great opportunity to load up on delicious bottles that were previously unaffordable. We’ve brought in four new red wines from the left bank, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon blends, which we think are steals.

2006 Domaine Lapalu “La Patache” Médoc ($14.99) A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from different parcels of the Lapalu family’s vineyards, the fruit has been skillfully selected and blended. A lively, juicy Bordeaux that is approachable in its youth, it also has an ability to develop with age. It is deep ruby, aromatic with strong notes of cassis and plum supported by dusty tannins and softer notes of vanilla. Wonderful as an accompaniment to roasts, it is also delicious all on its own!

2006 Sorbey Haut-Médoc ($14.99) The second label of the prestigious Chateau Julien, Chateau Sorbey uses grapes from the same gravel vineyards to create outstandingly priced Médoc wine. This 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot shows great minerality and balance. It spends at least a year maturing in oak barrels. Concentrated, nicely structured, with chewy black fruit and hints of spice and cedar. Delicious with lamb crusted in herbs and lavender.

2007 Chateau Semonlon Haut-Médoc ($15.99) Olivier Dumora inherited this small estate, which sits very close to Margaux, from his great-grandfather. The gravel and mud soil of the area is known for its finesse, and Dumora respects the terroir and pays homage to the traditional winemaking style of Bordeaux. All the fruit is harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by a year of aging in both cement vats and in oak barrels. The 35-year-old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot yield a supple wine with deep notes of black currant, plum, and earth. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity and tannins, it is very appealing now but can also be cellared for a couple of years.

2005 Château Bibian Listrac-Médoc ($24.99) Julien Meyre, winemaker at Chateau Bibian, stopped in at Paris Grocery last week with his wonderful wines. From clay and limestone vineyards with deep pockets of gravel, the 2005 vintage was the estate’s best bottling since 1990! 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, it was kept 6 months in French oak. Full-bodied, it shows exceptional structure. The ripe black fruit is persistent, and balanced by notes of the terroir: graphite, pencil lead and chalk. Incredibly delicious and a great addition to your cellar. “Rich and layered, with blackberry, currant and toasty oak on the nose and palate. Full and silky-textured, with a long finish.” 90 points Wine Spectator

NEW CHEESES AND FOODS AT PARIS GROCERY

 

Soumaintrain – A cow’s milk cheese from Yonne in northern Burgundy, the wheels are washed with brine and marc de Bourgogne. Pungent, gooey, rich, mushroomy, and barnyardy- some even say it displays umami. Try it with a Chablis for a blissful experience. $25.99/wheel

Comté de Fruitière -A raw cow’s milk cheese from the Jura, aged 5-6 months. A delicious fruit nectar aroma and a more delicate nuttiness than more aged comté. Almost sweet and bursting with flavors of fresh milk and butter. Great in salads or with fruit! $16.99/lb

Tomme Haut Berry -From a remote and arid region of southwestern France, this sheep’s milk cheese has a firm yet creamy texture. An aroma of spring wildflowers and a bright flavor that is both sweet and acidic make this cheese a new favorite. $28.99/lb

Saint Nectaire Fermier -A fermier (farmstead) version of an ancient style of cheese. Made with the milk of Salers cows who graze on the volcanic pastures of Auvergne, this cheese has all the earthiness, nuttiness, and raw milk flavor a cheese can possess! Pair with a light, fruity Gamay.

 Tarbais Beans— the traditional bean for cassoulet! $17.99/lb. We now have the full line of Clément Faugier chestnut products– chestnut cream with vanilla, chestnut puree, and whole chestnuts in water. Traou Mad de Pont Aven cookies from Brittany– made with salted butter, these thick biscuits are supremely dunk-worthy!

And, Salted Black Licorice is now in stock!

NEW WINES AND FOODS FROM SPANISH TABLE

 

2006 Bodegas Emina Crianza Ribera del Duero ($15.99) “…aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Purple colored, it offers an attractive perfume of cedar, vanilla, violets, coffee, blueberry, and blackberry. This leads to a layered, up-front, forward wine with excellent depth and concentration. It will evolve for 1-2 years but this lengthy, tasty effort can be enjoyed now.” 89 points Wine Advocate

2008 Altovinum Evodia, Calatayud ($9.99) “Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas are deepened by notes of licorice, black tea and pungent herbs. Supple in texture, offering sweet red fruit flavors and showing no rough edges. A smoky note comes up with air, adding complexity to a nicely persistent, red berry-dominated finish. Extremely easy to drink, and offering excellent depth and clarity for the money.” 89 points Stephen Tanzer

2004 Obra Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($12.99) The 2005 Obra Tinto was an excellent and food-friendly red which sold out all too quickly last fall. When we tasted the 2004 Obra Crianza, we were impressed by its heft and structure which opens up after extended airing to reveal concentrated boysenberry liqueur, spice box and notes of cedar. This delicious full-bodied wine is best after decanting.

We unloaded 4 pallets of new products on Tuesday at Spanish Table! Some of the tastiest are Mamia brand Piquillo peppers stuffed with Hake and Shrimp or Salt Cod, Tonnino Yellowfin Tuna Fillets with Jalapeño in Olive Oil – Makes a spicy tuna sandwich! Anko White Asparagus Mousse – Spread on crostini for a great tapa. Tukas Stuffed Vine Leaves from Turkey – Vegetarian, with rice, lemon and spices. Acćent Seasoning packets with Cilantro and Achiote – adds color and flavoring and a touch of Central America to chicken dishes. Spanish Flan – Ready to eat and does not need refrigeration. Ethiopian Shiro Powder: Made from a base of garbanzo beans, garlic, ginger, Berbere pepper and other spices. It is used to make a hearty vegetarian paste served with Injera, a traditional Ethiopian flatbread. Mix the powder with water to make a delicious spicy hummus spread, or use Shiro as a flavor ingredient in other dishes such as mashed potatoes. Berbere Pepper: Quintessential spice blend in Ethiopian cooking, it is a mélange of red chili peppers with fenugreek, cardamom, ginger, garlic, nutmeg and other spices.

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Have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Sincerely,

 Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.2827

Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.0679

Hours at both stores: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

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Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

February 18, 2010

Our shelves are groaning with pleasure at the abundance of new ingredients that have arrived in the last week. At both The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery, a veritable flood of gastronomic specialties have arrived! We tasted, we slurped, we fell in love and generally worked our way around The Fancy Food Show in January and these latest products are the result. Add scrumptious new flavors to your meals with these culinary delights!

At Paris Grocery:

Riz Rouge (Camargue Red Rice) – serve this nutty Provençal rice with roast game hens or pork.

Pates and Pork Rillettes in 4.5 oz tins and 2.8 oz jars – perfect for porkaholics!

Red Pepper Chutney with Esplette Chili – the Esplette gives this Chutney a kick.

Provence Black Fig Jam – divine with goat cheese.

Lemon Curd – spread this creamy goodness on scones or use as a tart filling.

Sauce Aioli and Bernaise – great with poached eggs, wonderful with oven roasted halibut.

Truffle Mayonnaise – this will really take your sandwich up a notch!

E. Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Wafers – use for baking or snacking.

Dark Orange Chocolat Fondue: Warm for two minutes in the microwave and then start dipping strawberries, orange slices or just your fingers into this chocolate deliciousness!

At Spanish Table:

Cod Crumbs (Tacos de Bacalao): Tired of having to soak salt cod for hours on end? These cubed up pieces of bacalao take about 30 minutes. Soak, rinse and sauté in olive oil. If you’re a purest, you can have them as is. Toss them with cooked lentils and chopped piquillo pepper if you want to be fancy.

Dried Mulberries: High nutritious and highly addictive. Looking for a quick breakfast idea? How about yogurt, mulberries, chopped walnuts and honey to start off your day.

Tomato Jam: Everyone starts acting strange when you tell them how sweet tomato jam can be. I first tried it on salmon. All it takes is heating the jam up tossing in a little bit of chopped cilantro and topping a piece of sauteed salmon. Be adventurous and try it on a slice of toasted bread with butter.

Ajvar: This savory Bulgarian pepper and eggplant sauce is packed with flavor. Simply heat and spoon over meat loaf or toss with spaghetti and chopped parsley.

Picon Azul: Deliciously blue! This creamy Asturian cheese starts out strong but ends with a soft and subtle salty finish. When I tasted this cheese I couldn’t help but to want spread it on a baguette topped with grilled tenderloin and arugula for a spicy peppery note.

PARIS GROCERY WINES

On a bizarrely bright and mild Monday afternoon in January, we arrived at Campagne restaurant for “Vin et Cassoulet.” The bar was loaded with French wines and a chance to sample them with the eternal comfort food of southern France, cassoulet. The portfolio of wines did not disappoint, and tasting them with the hearty bean and meat stew only strengthened our feelings on the importance of the compatibility between what you eat and what you drink. We have brought to Paris Grocery two wines from that tasting that delighted us. – Rachel & Abi

2007 Les Restanques de Cabassole “Roucas Toumbas ” Vacqueyras ($40.00) Between Chateauneuf-de-Pape and Gigondas lies the high and stony plain of Vacqueyras, planted with old vine Grenache and Syrah. Vinter Eric Bouletin eschews all chemicals, commercial additives and synthetic material in his 3ha vineyard and in the winery, and his passion for this terroir comes through in his wines. Roucas Toumba is pure and poetic, full of red fruit and blackcurrant, supported by silky tannins. Notes of Provence herbs and spice round out the nose and it maintains a beautiful acidity and lift. Incredible with cassoulet! Only 300 cases produced.

2008 Domaine Castera Jurançon Sec ($16.99) This dry and lively white from Southwestern France is made from two native Basque varieties- Gros Manseng (95%) and Petit Manseng (5%) and is aged on the lees. Though relatively unknown in the New World, Manseng has a storied past in France: it is rumored that the lips of King Henry the IV were rubbed with Jurançon, and Colette claimed, ” I was a girl when I met this prince; aroused, imperious, treacherous, as all great seducers are.” We certainly have been seduced by its aromatic, refreshing qualities and lovely body. Bright and tangy, with green apple, tropical fruit and limestone notes; try with scallops in a light cream sauce!

SPANISH TABLE WINES

2008 Las Brisas, Rueda ($10.99) Las Brisas boasts a wonderful range of refreshing aromas, with lovely intensity. Made of 50% Verdejo, it is charmingly complemented by 30% Viura, and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a balanced and focused white with fresh aromas and notes of citrus. Clean and fresh, it has energetic acidity and a slight prickle on the palate. Excellent with ceviche!

2006 Valle Perdido Cabernet-Merlot, Neuquen Patagonia ($11.99) This suave and bold red from Patagonia, Argentina is an excellent choice to serve with burgers or steaks. Rich and earthy, it has tannic grip, brims with ripe black fruit and notes of coffee. The finish is smooth, elegant and long. An excellent value, it also makes a great sipping wine.

2007 Mano A Mano Tempranillo, Tierra de Castilla ($9.99) Mano a Mano was a best seller here at Spanish Table before it disappeared from the market. We happily jumped on it when it reappeared last week, especially since the 2007 vintage may be the best yet! Slow fermentation is followed by gentle aging in French oak, producing an extremely balanced wine. Expressive bright red fruit with notes of cigar box, vanilla and spice make up this robust red. A rich and dry persistent finish make this an all around great value. Recommended Value Wine (Under $25.00) Wine Advocate

2007 Castelo do Sulco Reserva, Estremadura ($8.99) “Well-balanced, showing plenty of elegance to the crushed red fruit, blueberry and wild plum flavors. Finishes with focused minerality that is accented by a subtle creaminess. Drink now through 2013.” 88 points Wine Spectator

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites! The Spanish Table wine website has wines from Spain, Portugal, Madeira, or South America. Orders are shipped from our Berkeley CA store which may have different inventory and prices than our Seattle store. For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other products.

Visit Paris Grocery’s Facebook Page for the latest news from our sister store.

Have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Sincerely,

Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.2827

Hours: Monday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.0679

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM. Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays

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