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Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter January 26, 2012
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Spain is justifiably proud of its incredible variety of beans, peas and lentils which are used in stews, soups, and even paella. When the weather outside is blustery, I like to get a big pot of beans simmering with some ham hocks and chorizo, and savor the mouth watering aromas filling the house. Put on a movie and serve the bean stew with a glass of Rioja. That’s not a half bad way to spend a winter evening!
Spain’s most famous bean dish is the wonderful fabada, but there’s more in the Spanish bean pot than just fabes. In the Basque country you’ll find many local beans such as deep red Tolosanas. White beans from Leon have a fine and consistent texture; popular in stews, they are principally cooked with potatoes, chorizo sausages, bacon and blood sausage. The recipe below is adapted from “My Kitchen in Spain“, by Janet Mendel (Harper Collins 202, $16.99). It’s not a glamorous, photo-filled book, but for unfussy home-style Spanish cooking it’s one of the best. (I like her blog, too. Check it out.)
Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter June 30, 2011
Millions of people will serve perritos calientes (hot dogs) on the 4th of July. Why not take your dogs up a notch by serving an assortment of grilled embutidos? Our favorite Iberian style sausages include Despana brand Chorizo, La Española Butifarra, and Barcelos Linguiça. All told we offer 16 different grilling sausages between The Spanish Table and our Paris Grocery store, just two doors away. An excellent side dish with perritos calientes is my own “Spanglished” Potato Salad (see recipe below).
BEVERAGES FOR THE 4TH
I simply can’t get enough fresh rosé in the summer and that’s what I’ll be sipping on the 4th of July. Admittedly, I’ve gone a bit crazy ordering them because each one tastes better than the last! Here at Spanish Table, we’ve got 17 different dry rosados to choose from and two doors away at Paris Grocery, there are (gasp!) an astounding 34 French rosés. Visit us to pick up the pink stuff!
If beer is your beverage of choice, we’ve got the best selection of Portuguese and Spanish cervezas in the city, especially since a few new brands came on the market. From Spain, we currently stock Estrella Damm, Estrella Daura (gluten free beer), Estrella Galicia, Estrella Inedit, Alhambra Lager, Alhambra Negra, Ambar (NEW). We also carry Sagres and Sagres Bohemia, Mikate Lager and Tagus (NEW) from Portugal, Casa Beer from Morocco, Jerome Beer from Argentina, and Laziza non alcoholic beer.
|NEW ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Plancha, 150 Great Recipes for Spanish-Style Grilling by Liliane Otal ($21.00) This is simple cooking at its best, with grilled vegetable and seafood recipes that take only 5 to 10 minutes to prepare.
The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden ($39.99) 588 pages of pictures, vignettes and recipes, both classics and little-known dishes. My next must-try recipe is the pork loin cooked in milk with caramel.
Turkish Bakery Delight by Deniz Göktürk Akçakanat ($24.95) The food in Turkey is all-around magnificent and the savory baked goods such as Filo rolls filled with Spinach and Feta made an excellent breakfast. The assortment of sweet cakes and breads filled with nuts, fruit and honey were not bad either.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentices by Lisa Abend ($26.00) details Ferran Adriá’s unique system of running the kitchen at elBulli using apprentice chefs who sometimes camp on the doorstep until they are hired.
“Spanglished” Potato Salad
One day we were headed to a party where The Spanish Table’s reputation for producing Spanish flavored foods would be at stake. I updated Mom’s potato salad recipe by substituting alioli for mayo, pimentón for black pepper and by adding piquillo pepper strips. In a dire emergency, you can actually gussy up store-bought potato salad by mixing in the pinch of pimentón and chopped piquillo peppers.
3 cups Potatoes, boiled and cubed
1 tablespoon Minced sweet onion
½ teaspoon Fine ground Spanish sea salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon Sweet, smoked pimentón
¾ cup Alioli
½ cup Piquillo pepper strips, roughly chopped
½ dozen Caperberries, sliced, for garnish (optional)
Mix ingredients. Taste and adjust ingredients to your personal preference.
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
I feel like Julie Andrews’ Maria as I gaze at a few of my favorite things here in the store. Some are items that we restocked this week, including palleras and burners in all sizes, flaneras and cazuelas. And there are new favorites that we unloaded yesterday from our Spanish container. These make sensational gifts for the foodie or wine lover in your life!
Goblets and Tumblers made of recycled glass
Toro Albala Sherry Vinegar, now in 750 ml bottles
Cataplanas: Nothing steams clams and mussels like a cataplana, which clamps shut to hold in the moisture. Essential for making traditional pork and clams Cataplana.
The Book of Tapas ($39.95) by Simone and Inés Ortega is filled with mouthwatering pictures and easy to prepare recipes such as cardoons in vinaigrette and trout pâté, along with pages of tortilla recipes. The New York Times calls it “irresistible”.
Mediterranean Street Food by Anissa Helou ($18.95) has North African, Turkish and European recipes such as Turkish Meat Bread, Eggplant Salad, Kefta and Kebabs.
Also Children’s books in Spanish!
Rabitos – Brandy filled, chocolate covered figs.
Madeiras: This is the season to sip Madeira! Perfect on a cold and blustery night, the high acidity of a Madeira wine gives it a lighter feeling on the palate. Depending on the varietal used, Madeiras range from bone dry if made from Sercial grape to the very sweet Malmsey.
Delicious Delaviuda Chocolate Florentinos: I fell hard for these circular chocolate disks covered with almonds, hazelnuts and honey. Bite size, and impossible to eat just one.
Tortas: Our selection of these crisp breads keeps expanding! Select a savory style with olive oil or herbs to eat with cheese, or top a sweet torta with honey and ice cream for an easy dessert.
Tagines: There’s nothing easier than combining meat and vegetables in a tagine and slow cooking it for a couple of hours. A North African tradition, the recipes use seasonings such as cinammon, dried fruits, honey, tumeric and olives to produce astonishing flavors.
2007 Gramona Gran Cuvee Brut, Penedes ($19.99) 30 months aging on the lees gives this cava spectacular depth and complexity. Aromas of apple pie with flavors of pastry and dry fruit. Notes of yeast frame this creamy and silky cava. Dynamic on the mid-palate, it has a mineral and citrus filled finish that keeps you coming back for more.
2009 Pacto, Tierra del Bajo Aragon ($9.99) 2009 Pacto comes from just outside the Montsant region in Catalonia and is made from 100% Garnacha Peluda, one of the oldest varietals grown in Spain, thought to be a mutant of Garnacha. The extreme climate in this area produces a wine of juicy substance and bright fruit. Notes of raspberry and black berry fruit have a clean minerality in this medium-bodied red. Serve this versatile wine with pasta dishes, soups or poultry.
2009 Nieto Senetiner Pinot Noir, Mendoza ($10.99) Pinot Noir from Argentina we asked? But after one sip of this juicy red we were asking why there aren’t more Argentinean Pinots on the market! 2009 Nieto Senetiner Pinot Noir has aromas of earth and fresh cherry, kirsch and plum flavors. A depth of black fruit on the mid palate gives complexity and depth. Aged only in stainless steel, this is a medium-bodied Pinot with a velvety finish. Serve with leaner meats, or spicy stews.
2006 Finca Nueva Crianza Rioja($14.99) Finca Nueva, founded in 2004, is a new project of boutique winery Finca Allende. The inspiration was to create a new style of Rioja at a more affordable price. The 2006 Crianza has aged 12 months in French oak and displays a purity of red and black cherry fruit. Understated, elegant and with a lengthy finish, this medium bodied red is crafted in the artisanal style of Finca Allende. ” ..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
2007 Quinto do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, Douro ($40.00) From 70 year old vines, a blend of over twenty varietals, we’ve been eagerly waiting for this phenomenal vintage. Only 5 cases shipped to Washington and we’ve got 12 bottles available.
“The 2007 RESERVA OLD VINES is a lovely Old Vines, comparable in quality to the 2003 and 2004, which makes it one of the best values in the Douro, even with the recent price hike. As is typical of many 2007s, it combines elegance and depth, showing good balance, yet richness and fine flavor. It is richer and fuller bodied than the Maria Teresa, closer to Vinha da Ponte, if you are comparing. Granting that stylistic preferences of individual consumers may differ, this is certainly the smartest buy in this lineup by a long margin, which it usually is every year. It is less than a third of the price of the Maria Teresa, for instance and many may actually prefer it. This will be approachable young, but it will show better in a couple of years and will age well. It drank nicely the next day. Drink now-2023.” 94pts Wine Advocate
“This has a complex array of red and dark fruit flavors, led by blueberry, kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry. Very plush midpalate, with an elegant, caressing finish of spice, mocha and cream. Drink now through 2017. 750 cases imported. 93pts Wine Spectator
September is our January, our season of new beginnings. Our wedding was in September, 23 years ago. We’ve opened three of our stores in September: Paris Grocery launched a year ago in September 2009. The Spanish Table in Berkeley CA kicked off operations on September 11, 2001. The mother ship Spanish Table Seattle opened its doors in September 1995, making this our 15th year in business! Back in 1995, most people were unfamiliar with Iberian cuisine and, wanting to introduce these unique flavors that so influenced our cooking, we were the first to offer only authentic Spanish and Portuguese products. Way ahead of the curve, business languished until Saveur Magazine listed us in their first “Top 100” issue in January 1998. Soon writers like Robert Parker were giving top scores to Spanish wines, restaurants began introducing Spanish flavors in their recipes, and our idea was vindicated. We could finally pay some bills! On Saturday, September 11 at noon, in celebration of our 15th Anniversary, Steve Winston will be cooking a 50 person paella in front of the shop. Come early to watch him cook and enjoy a complimentary sample. Also on Saturday, we’ll be extending our 10% case discount on wine purchases of six bottles or more.
Our new favorite cheese at the Spanish Table is Izarou, a pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese from the Pyrenees. Izarou is deliciously buttery, creamy, and mildly sweet; it pairs perfectly with summer fruits. This cheese is made by acclaimed cheese maker Gabiel Coulet, who also produces the best Roquefort cheese on the planet, “Cosse Noir” Roquefort, which is available at our sister store, Paris Grocery.New to the shop are the incredible ChocoLate Orgániko bars from Madrid, available in three flavors: Dark Chocolate Bar— Soft, delicate, and very aromatic, 56% Trinitario Cocoa Bean. Dark Chocolate Bar with Extra Virgin Olive Oil— soft and creamy black chocolate, enriched with extra virgin olive oil. A contrast of tartly bitter and fruity flavors. Dark Chocolate Bar with Ibiza Sea Sal— My favorite sweet with small chunks of my favorite salt: a perfect balance. Skull Candy! Try one of these skull lollipops to get you thinking about fall and your Día de los Muertos celebrations! Available in two flavors: strawberry cream and grape. We have a new organic smoked peppercorn blend: black, white, and green peppercorns. Look for it in our spice section; it’s packed out in convenient 8-ounce containers. Most of you are familiar with our Peruvian dried Aji Panka and Aji Amarello pods. We now carry Aji Limo pods, similar to Rocotto peppers. These chiles will add a flavorful kick to many of your favorite dishes, especially ceviche. Mexican Duraznos are small peaches in syrup that taste somewhere between a peach and an apricot. Delicious on their own and impossible not to eat the entire jar after opening.
2008 Cantiga Rioja ($9.99)Made of 100% Tempranillo and aged five months in neutral oak, Cantiga delivers a lot of complexity for $9.99. Bright fruit flavors are balanced by balsamic and mineral notes. Notes of raspberries and violets gain depth from the toasted spice flavors of coffee and pepper. The finish is incredibly long for a young wine. Great with tapas or paella.
Taberna del Alarbardero has declared September to be Paella Month and they’ve put together a fantastic menu of 12 different paellas. Click paella to view the choices. The Harvest Vine is now serving paella on Tuesdays beginning September 14th. Each month will feature a different recipe; Paella Valenciano is the September offering. Must call ahead to reserve: 206.320.9771.
Some long awaited products arrived this week! The boxes are stacked high at the store right now as we unload product from our container. The addictive Spanish Table Brand Lemon Stuffed Olives are here! Also newly arrived are more Porrones (glass wine pitchers) and Spanish Table Coarse Ground Sea Salt. Last but not least, we have a new shipment of gorgeous Spanish Hand Painted Ceramics. This would be a great opportunity to pick up a gift or two for the holidays!
The New York Times ran an excellent article last week about the effervescent Txakolina wines from Spain’s Basque country. We have many of these refreshing and low alcohol wines in stock, including: Ameztoi Getariako ($19.99); Ulacia Getariako ($17.99); Xarmant Arabako ($14.99); and also the rare red Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona ($24.99). Click Txakolina to read the full article.
2008 Guimaro Mencia, Ribera Sacra ($14.99) We’ve always been fans of Guimaro and it was fascinating to meet Winemaker Pedro Rodriguez Pèrez personally at The Spanish Table. Pedro brought photos of Guimaro’s infinitesimal terraced vineyards in isolated Ribera Sacra which were, like many in this region, carved out by the Romans. The plots barely hang onto the vertiginous hillsides; the slate and granite soils produce wines that are a pure expression of the terrunyo. 2008 Guimaro is Burgundian-like with its earthiness and silky tannins. Elegant and balanced, this light to medium-bodied wine is juicy and expressive. Excellent with chicken!
2008 Finca El Tesso Tempranillo, Ribera del Guadiana ($9.99) The El Tesso vineyards are located in Extremadura at 600 meters elevation. Cool nights and an unusually long growing season allow the wines to develop a rich, alluring complexity. Delicate and fresh, the ripe boysenberry notes have a hint of coconut, cola and licorice. Juicy and taut, El Tesso has focus, length, and intensity. Perfect with Jamon and La Serena cheese!
2008 Tikal Patriota, Mendoza ($17.99) NEW LOWER PRICE! A touch of candied fruit on the front with a backbone of blackberries, balanced and smooth.”..60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec aged in oak… it has a splendid bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, lavender, black cherry, and plum. Full-bodied, dense, rich, and powerful, this loaded effort has gobs of flavor, succulence, and great length. Only hedonists need apply.” 92 points Wine Advocate
2006 Vistalba Corte B, Mendoza ($19.99) This is an elegant and nuanced Malbec. “Bright medium ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, coffee, mocha and tobacco. A supple claret-like midweight with a subtle sweetness to its flavors of currant, pepper and herbs. Finishes with fairly serious but fine-grained, building tannins.” 89 points Stephen Tanzer
Putting together a cured meat plate or craving something different in your sandwiches? We now offer meats sliced to order at our Paris Grocery store: Iberico Lomo, Jamon Serrano, Zoe Meats Salami and Coppa (Quarter pound minimum of each meat). Paris Grocery is located two doors south of The Spanish Table on Western Avenue.