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Portuguese Wine Tasting, Snack Packs

PORTUGUESE WINE TASTING SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Mark your calendar — a week from tomorrow we’ll be tasting Portuguese wines with Eugenio Jardim from Wines of Portugal.
  Last July, Eugenio led us on an eye-opening trip around Portugal’s gorgeous wine regions.  Each day we toured vineyards of indigenous grape varietals – Portugal has over 250 native grapes; the Douro Valley alone has 116 native grapes.    Most grow nowhere else on earth.      We met passionate winemakers, who, recognizing the treasure of their native grapes, are producing distinctive, character-filled wines with these grapes.
I was a fan of Portuguese wines before the trip, but came home wildly enthusiast about getting more of these phenomenal wines into the shop.  They are mind blowing, especially considering the prices!
Eugenio will be on hand April 23 to talk about the fantastic wines coming out of Portugal right now.  We’ll be pouring samples of several wines that represent what the excitement is about.     Join us between 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for this event!
Ybarra Anchovy Stuffed Olives in JarSALE!! Regularly $3.99, now $1.99

Food tastes better out of a jar, and these anchovy stuffed Manzanilla Olives are selected for high quality, and stuffed with anchovy paste.  Excellent for snacking, or chop up and put on a pizza!
New!  Mina Shakshuka Sauce – A Tunisian sauce traditionally served with baked eggs for breakfast or lunch, its popularity has spread throughout the Middle East.  The sauce ingredients vary with the seasons but typically contains peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic with a variety of spices.  Shakshuka is also excellent on pizza or roasted vegetables.
New!  Snack pack – We’ve packaged up cubes of Manchego cheese, trail mix and dried fruit combination to satisfy that mid-afternoon slump.   Avoid hangriness in a healthy way!
Paul and Pippa cookies:  Featured in Wednesday’s New York Times, these delectable cookies made from organic ingredients are in stock at The Spanish Table.   The Cocoa and Salt Flakes are my personal favorite.
2013 Belondrade y Lurton Verdejo (Rueda) $36.00 Jean Belondrade paid a visit to Spanish Table yesterday and gave a first-hand account of the meticulous vinification process that makes these wines so incredible.  His father, Didier Belondrade released his first vintage in 1994 after tasting a Verdejo wine and becoming convinced of the grape’s potential for aging.   The winery owns 30 hectares with 19 plots, each with differing soils and aspects.   Each vineyard is fermented in oak using native yeast on the lees and aged separately.  Oak barrels are from different French coopers, some given a light toast, others with heavy toast and used based on the characteristics of each plot.
  “2013 was not an easy harvest in Rueda, but those that worked well in their vineyards and were able to harvest early (by hand and sorting the grapes), the result is often a fresh wine. For those that worked well, 2013 could be similar to 2007, which not coincidentally, is my favorite vintage at Belondrade. However, they had to sort and discard lots of grapes (around 10%) for this 2013 Belondrade y Lurton. The nose is really exuberant, very perfumed, very Verdejo, very fresh, open and expressive, with aromas of lilies, aromatic herbs (lavender), fennel, rhubarb and a hint of orange peel; the oak is in the background, much better integrated than in the old times. The palate is very fresh, lively, vibrant (in general there is no malo, but as they use natural yeasts if a barrel starts doing malo they do not stop it) with some citric flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, talcum powder and aromatic herbs; it has with good length and balance. This has the potential to have a long life in bottle, especially in large formats. As a reference, I tasted the 2010 which is aging nicely and developing balsamic aromas that reminded me of some aged Cavas. As some new vineyards had come into production for Belondrade (as a general rule the vines have to be around ten years old and they have to see the potential in the must), the total volume was around the same as in previous vintages, as in 2013 there were 92,000 bottles produced.”  93 points Wine Advocate
2009 Vina Alberdi Reserva Rioja ($20.99) THIS CUSTOMER FAVORITE IS BACK IN STOCK!  100% Tempranillo.   “Aromas of ripe red berries, candied rose, vanilla and pipe tobacco, with a mineral element contributing vivacity. Juicy, penetrating and gently sweet on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows very good heft and power on a long, focused finish framed by harmonious, slow-building tannins.”  92 points Stephen Tanzer/Vinous

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Saturday Raul Perez Tasting; Rare Madeira, Sherry & Port

Saturday Wine Tasting
On Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., stop in at The Spanish Table to taste a legendary Albariño made by Raul Perez, one of Spain’s top winemakers.   Some trade veterans believe that Raul is among the handful of best winemakers in the world.   He hand makes hundreds of artisanal wines in infinitesimal quantities, so the opportunity to taste one of them is rare.  We’ll be pouring a sample of2014 Leirana Finca Genoveva Albariño, Rias Baixas ($49.00) which is 100% Albariño made from vines planted in 1862.   Aged 12 months in 4 year old foudre of 2500 liter.   The 2014 vintage has not yet been reviewed by the wine press, but the 2013 vintage scored 93 points from Stephen Tanzer/Vinous.
Rare Sherry, Port and Madeira Arrive
Lustau Emperatriz Eugenia Very Rare Oloroso, Jerez ($22.99/500 ml)  A stunning Oloroso which has not been available in our market for several years.   From a solera established in 1921 when Eugenia de Montijo (born in Granada) was the last empress of France, visited Jerez.    This Oloroso is the only bottling in the Gran Reserva series from Bodegas Lustau and it has become one of their flagship wines, with an average age of 20 years.
  Displays heady aromas of sandalwood, orange zest and smoke.  Notes of toffee, fig and nougat are viscous with a velvety texture on the palate.   Concentrated notes of dried fruit, molasses, caramelized almonds and toffee are nuanced and seamless with a hint of sweetness.  Hazelnut flavors, baking spice notes and citrus have gentle herbal notes.  The finish is dry with a briny element which adds more depth and complexity.     92 points Wine Advocate  


NV Niepoort 10 year Tawny Port, Portugal ($54.00) We’re so excited to have this revered tawny onto our shelf!   “Amazing aromas of orange and lemon peel, with hints of toffee, caramel and honey. Full-bodied and luscious, with lots of sweet fruit and a long, subtle finish that goes on and on. A benchmark for 10-year-old tawnies.”  95 points Wine Spectator
1968 D’Oliveiras Bual Madeira ($236.00)  “Balanced and plush, with concentrated buttercream, hazelnut, dried apricot and tropical fruit flavors that are still fresh and lively. Citrus zest and sea salt notes show midpalate. The finish lingers with cream, dried tarragon and Asian spice details. Drink now through 2035. 40 cases imported. ” 96 points Wine Spectator

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Recaredo Cava & Cheese

RECAREDO CAVA ARRIVES

Established in 1924, Recaredo is a pioneer in the production of totally dry Spanish cavas, working with oak barrels and extended aging on the lees.

The musts from the oldest Xarello vines ferment in oak barrels, which give structure and greater complexity to Recaredo’s cavas.  Some of the base wine is also aged in oak barrels for a few months and this wine will be used to add greater finesse and structure to the final blending.

  Viticulture at Recaredo is based on dry farming, use of only estate fruit, and vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic.     The wines are meticulously produced, hand-riddled, and aged on the lees with cork stoppers.  They are disgorged manually, without freezing the necks of the bottles which provides the most natural product.   All cuvées are vintage-dated and have zero dosage. These sparkling wines must simply be tasted to be believed!
2010 Recaredo “Relats” Brut Nature, Gran Reserva Penedes ($33.00)  Relats means “little stories in a bottle” and with its extensive 54 months of lees aging, Relats says a ton about depth and complexity.   A blend of  54% Xarel-lo and 46% Macabeo, this is the youngest cuvee made by Recaredo.   With rich brioche aromas, hints of nuts and toast, this bone-dry cava has a fine mousse of bubbles with staying power and elegance.
2008 Recaredo Terrers Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Penedes ($41.00)  46% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo, 14% Parellada, aged 71 months on the lees.  Fresh aromas of yellow apple are bright and creamy on the palate. Ripe white fruit has a hint of nuts and mineral and very fine bubbles, which end in a delicate crown.  Balanced acidity with a persistent finish, showing notes of almond and anise.  “… an elegant bouquet of white flowers, pears, apples and freshly-baked brioche, fresh and elegant, subtle, with a fresh palate with tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles that only seem to add freshness and texture, with clean flavors, superb acidity and balance. A great Cava at a bargain price. Drink now-2017.”  92 points WineAdvocate
Also available from our distributor (call or e-mail to order):
2006 Recaredo “Brut de Brut” Brut Nature Gran Reserva ($60.00)
2004 Recaredo “Particular” Brut Nature Gran Reserva ($115.00)

CHEESE PLEASE
   Infinitely variable in texture, flavor and unctuousness, cheese can play the meal’s starring role or be the fill-in workhorse.   Imagine an artisanal cheese platter accompanied by dried apricots or figs, charcuterie or nuts. Served with Recaredo cava, the seductive platter is a very romantic meal.
  Everyday quick and easy recipes like pizza, lasagna or toasted cheese sandwiches can be brightened up by using a different queso.   Variety is the spice of life; try one of the following tasty Iberian cheeses.
  One of our favorite meals in a hotel room is uber simple:  a selection of great cheeses and a bottle of wine.    This strategy is essential when restaurant options are poor.  Never leave home without emergency supplies!
Recommended Artisanal Cheeses:

Garroxta:  Goat milk.  Semi-hard and luscious, delicately flavored and smooth.   Excellent with cava!
Roncal:  Sheep milk. Made from raw milk of the Lacha and Aragonesa breeds that feed in high Navarran pastures.  Aged 6 months.  Intense flavors, nutty, with hint of mushroom.
Valdeon blue cheese:  Cow and goat milk.  Sweeter than Cabrales, it is smooth, rich and caramelized.
 
Olveha Amanteigado:  Portuguese sheep milk.  A non-DOP Serra de Estrela cheese, it is made with thistle rennet.  Unctuous and soft, sweet with hints of thistle.  Slice the top off this cheese and eat the center with a spoon.
Excellent Melting Cheeses:

Young Mahon: Cow’s milk.  Aged 4 months. Has a slight piquancy, with fruity, rich and nutty flavors.
Tetilla:  Cow’s milk.  Made in Galicia, the cows graze on lush grass and the cheese is aged 15-20 days.  Mild, buttery and semi-soft.
Palhais:  Goat milk.  From Portugal, semi-soft, crumbly and tangy.   Great stuffed inside piquillo peppers and warmed.
Great picnic cheeses:

Pata Cabra:  Goat milk. A washed-rind cheese from Aragon.  Fruity and refined when young, it develops tanginess with age.
El Valle Semi Curado:  Sheep milk.  Everyone knows Manchego sheep cheese from Spain, and we carry a selection from a number of producers.  El Valle is a non D.O. sheep milk cheese that is slightly creamier than Manchego, with fresh flavors of hay, and is a touch sharp.

Beira:  Cow’s milk.  From Portugal, near the Serra de Estrela mountains.  Flavorful, smooth and grassy.
Upcoming Paella class on Saturday March 19, 11-1 PM.
Details:  Hot Stove

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Special Wines From Spain Arrive!

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                       October 20, 2011

  

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In May we took one of the best wine trips of our lives to northern Spain. We discovered a multitude 

of innovative winemakers who are pushing the boundaries to produce phenomenal wines.  Raul Peréz, pictured to the left, epitomizes this group of  groundbreaking innovators.   (He’s sharing barrel samples with us in the photo). Born into the family that owns Bodegas Castro Ventosa, the largest owner of Mencía plantings in Bierzo, he developed his ideals and passions at his family’s winery and by studying intently the world’s wines. As a winemaker, Raul’s mission is to capture all of the potential from each site, and he has an uncanny knack for knowing exactly what a vineyard needs and how to extract the greatest expression from its grapes. In addition to producing his own handcrafted, artisanal wines, he is full-time winemaker at Bodegas Tilenus in Bierzo. His unwillingness to accept anything less than zenith has made him the most sought-after winemaker and consultant in northern Spain.

Many other winemakers that we met on the trip are just as passionate, but lesser known. And unfortunately, many of these wines are produced in very limited quantities with only infintesimal quantities available to the U.S. market. We were able to place small orders at the wineries, and the newest lot arrived late last week. You’ll be unlikely to find these wines anywhere except at The Spanish Table, due to the limited availability. Give these special wines a try or lay some away as gifts for that special Spanish wine lover!

NV Matilde Totus Tuus Brut Cava ($16.99) This delicious cava has bright notes of apple and pear, brioche and finishes dry with hints of toast.   The 17 months aging on the lees offer up a sparkler with intensity and depth. ” Matilde’s Non-Vintage Totus Tuus Cuvee Brut is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarel-lo, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada, and 6% Pinot Noir aged for 17 months on its lees. It reveals a beautiful frothy mousse, fragrant aromas from the Chardonnay, plenty of glycerin, and a Champagne-like personality at a fraction of the price. This lengthy effort is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 12-18 months.” 89 points Wine Advocate

2010 Carro, Yecla ($9.99) A blend of 50% Monastrell, 35% Syrah, Tempranillo and Syrah, aged in stainless steel, 2010 Carro is a seriously delicious wine. Suave, elegant, and full-bodied with a hint of blueberry, it has notes of dust and profound earthy flavors. Rich and muscular, it has a depth of flavor and complexity that most $9.99 wines can only dream about. Highly recommended!

2009 Pinyolet Selección, Montsant ($19.99)

licinia2008 Bodegas Licinia Licinia, Vinos de Madrid ($55.00). Licinia is produced by three extraordinary visionaries whose mantra is “no compromises” and where the team’s attention to detail is paramount. Their only wine, Licinia, is an homage to the soil and soul of Madrid and the first release in 2006 was named the best red wine in Spain in a blind tasting by 50 top winemakers. Not a bad way to start! 2008 Licinia is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Tempranillo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, all farmed biodynamically without certification. The varieties are fermented and oak aged separately for 12 months in 95% French oak, 5% American oak; the wines are not clarified or cold stabilized. The result of this exceptional care is a seamless red wine, layered, with juicy red fruit, spices and complexity, elegant, polished and intense. “Inky violet. Pungent, highly expressive bouquet of dark berries, licorice, Indian spices and strong violet. Juicy, mineral-laced blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate, picking up an exotic floral pastille quality with air. Impressively focused blend with strong mineral cut to the finish… very impressive.” 92 points Stephen Tanzer   1000 cases were produced – 150 cases were brought to the U.S. – we have 12 bottles available. 

 muti2009 Muti Albariño, Rias Baixas ($37.00) Raul Peréz makes a one-of-a-kind albariño called Sketch, which he ages in an underwater cellar below an aquaculture barge in an estuary of Rias Baixas. We motored out to the barge while on our trip and tasted it with plates of fresh mussels and oysters. I can only say that drinking Sketch was a an incredible experience and we hope to one day carry it at the store! In the meantime, we’ve obtained 4 bottles of Raul’s 2009 Muti Albariño which actually contains a half barrel of Sketch in the blend. It is 50% oak aged in large barrels for 12 months with grapes from three vineyards, one of which has 100 year old vines. It is expressive, with high toned fruit, lean and rich simultaneously. Only 133 cases were made. ” Deeply pitched aromas of smoky lees, bergamot, apricot pit and salty minerals. Viscous, palate-coating orchard and pit fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and complemented by honeysuckle and a hint of spun sugar. Wild, complex and singular wine with strong finishing cut and sappy persistence. This is far removed from your classic albarino.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer

r per2009 Ultreia Saint Jacques Mencia, Bierzo ($26.99)  ultr Raul Peréz produces 100 cases of this wine, and less than half is available to the U.S. market – we have 12 bottles. Made of 100% Mencia, it is fermented in egg shape Austrian barrels made of French oak. Intensely aromatic, it displays the beautifully ripened red fruit of the stellar 2009 vintage. Loaded with minerals, it is succulent, brooding and concentrated. Herbal and earthy notes offer layers of complexity with silky tannins. It’s a great introduction to his style of wine making at an affordable price!

2008 Tampesta Imelda Prieto Picudo, Tierra de Leon ($36.00) The Prieto Picudo grape is only grown in a small area of Leon, near Valdevimbre.   Raul Peréz makes 50 cases of this wine with Noelia de Paz; we have 12 bottles available. It displays bright and juicy red fruits, rich and balanced, backed with spice notes and an elegant finish. “The 2008 Tampesta Imelda is 100% Prieto Picudo from 70-year-old vines that was naturally fermented and aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak. Purple in color with an inviting perfume of Asian spices, incense, lavender, leather, and cigar box, on the palate it displays enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This nicely proportioned, suave offering will have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.” 90 points Wine Advocate, 90 points Stephen Tanzer

Photos by Friederike Paetzold

This excellent red made from old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena displays black fruit aromas with notes of crushed rock. Laced with minerals, it shows bright fruit and dark velvety elements, layered with notes of chocolate and road dust. Full-bodied and expressive, this has the stuffing to age for 3 to 5 years. “The 2009 Pinyolet Seleccion is made up of 80% Garnacha planted in 1945 and 20% Carinena planted in 1928 aged for 8 months in two-year-old French oak. Asian spices, incense, mineral, and a confiture of black fruits inform the nose of this juicy, incipiently complex red. Plush, friendly, and nicely proportioned, it can be enjoyed over the next 6 years, It is an outstanding value in pleasure-bent Montsant.” 91 points Wine Advocate  2000 cases made; we have 12 bottles available.

Governor Chris Gregoire proclaims the week of October 30 – November 5 as Flamenco Awareness Week! Seriously, flamenco in Washington is hitting the mainstream. The Spanish Table will be playing exclusively flamenco music in the store that week, and the top-shelf flamenco group from Madrid, Casa Patas will be performing and teaching in the following greater Puget Sound locations. Don’t miss this group if you are a flamenco aficionado.

 November 2    Evergreen State College    Olympia    1:30p.m.    

Master Class Open to the Public   

November 2    Washington Center for the Performing Arts Olympia     8:00p.m.    

Flamenco Show    http://www.washingtoncenter.org/     

November 4    Benaroya Hall Seattle 8:00p.m. Flamenco Show 

November 5    Benaroya Hall Seattle 6:00p.m. Flamenco Show  

November 6    Community Gym Makah Indian Reservation Neah Bay    2:00p.m.    Flamenco Show 
November 7    University of Washington  Seattle Brechmin Auditorium – School of Music   1:30p.m.    
Master Class   Open to the Public   

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Exclusive Wines From Spain

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Peñafiel Castle, Ribera del Duero

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                       August 10, 2011      

We were fortunate to take an extraordinary trip to Northern Spain this year with wine importer Olé Imports. baconWe met incredible winemakers, helped out with viticultural work in their vineyards, and best of all, tasted a spectacular array of wines.  We placed special orders for new wines and the first shipment finally arrived last  week, which coincided with a visit by our friends from Olé Imports, Patrick Mata (owner) and Ben Carson (General Manager). B. Don Sancho de Londoño barbequing bacon over vine clippings in his Calma Rioja vineyards. Both the wine and the bacon were incredible.

New Wines from Olé Imports Trip

2008 Bodegas D.S. Londoño Calma Rioja ($15.99) Winemaker David Sampedro grew up in Rioja Alavesa in a family connected to the land and viticulture. Early on, he realized that the Graciano grape is an essential element in a great Rioja, contributing color, spice and acidity. 2008 Calma is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, aged in barrel for 12 months. Aromas of spice, cigar box and vanilla display a purity of red fruit and dusty earth; well integrated oak provides  structure, elegance and balance. This is absolutely delicious and a great value! 89 points Stephen Tanzer “… black cherry and violet scents and a kick of cracked pepper. Tightly wound at first, then opens to offer chewy dark fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish, which leaves cassis and bitter cherry notes behind.”

2009 Barco de Piedra  Ribera del Duero ($13.99) Special price while the first shipment lasts! A small production red which shows the bright fruit and power of Ribera del Duero. Oak aged for 5 months, it displays enticing violet aromas with fresh notes of blackberry, hints of blueberry and tar, a firm structure and a depth of flavor. This is from a great vintage and has the stuffing to age for a year or two, but it is already  irresistible.

2010 Bodegas Hnos del Villar Oro de Castilla Verdejo, Rueda ($13.99)special price while first shipment lasts. Wines made from the Verdejo grape are easily oxidyzed, so the del Villar brothers take every possible step to ensure freshness and flavor, including harvesting at night. The wines are fermented with the natural occurring yeasts from their own grapes, and the wine undergoes battonage which provides a creamy texture. Rich lemon-lime flavors have herbal notes and a hint of grassiness. This is an excellent wine with salty foods or fresh shellfish. 

2005 Barón de Magaña, Navarra ($19.99) Expressive and complex with ripe dark fruit, spice and fine leather. Well-balanced, bright spicy fruit with very well integrated lively tannins. Aged in French oak for 14 months. “Good lift to the Bordeaux-like aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry, tobacco and rose. Juicy and focused, offering sweet red fruit and floral flavors and a lashing of cracked pepper. Finishes lithe and sweet, with a note of candied cherry. This is delicious now.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille, Bierzo ($87.00) 100% Mencia, fermented in egg shaped Austrian barrels. 315 cases made, 15 for the U.S. This wine is an exraulperience; like a gift that keeps on giving, it continues to entrance over the course of an evening as it develops complexity with air, displaying earth notes, subtle spice and silky red fruit. One of the most graceful wines I’ve ever enjoyed. The wines of Raul Perez must be tasted to be believed! 

 Barrel tasting with Raul Perez

 

 Photos by Sharon Baden 

NEW PRODUCTS ARRIVED MONDAY! 

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4 pallets of paella cookware. All sizes of carbon steel pans and burners are back in stock including the complete paella burner and pan set. We’ve added a stainless steel flat-bottom paellera for cooking on ceramic stoves (40 cm – 9 servings).  

 

3 pallets from Ybarra, including one liter wine vinegar ($4.99) and three liter PET Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($31.99).  water

 1 pallet of green glassware with four new styles, including “water” and “wine” tumblers.

 

2 pallets of terra cotta cazuelas have restocked all sizes .

Traveling to Spain in early September?   

Bodegas Artadi is pleased to announce the inaugural harvest party for their El Sequé winery in Pinoso, Alicante Spain on Monday, September 5, 2011. It was ten years ago when Artadi first arrived in the D.O. Alicante to learn, enjoy and share their experiences around the Monastrell variety. Today, Artadi crafts two beautiful wines from this region made of young and old vines: Viñedos de El Sequé and El Sequé. We carry the delicious 2009 Viñedos de El Seque ($10.99) here at the shop. Contact The Spanish Table, Seattle if you’d like to attend. We’d go if we could….

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Spanish Vermouth and Asturian Cider

 

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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 seattlewine@spanishtable.com 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. 

Sherry-Martini

 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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Cava Tasting and Party Wines

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 seattlewine@spanishtable.com.

NEW PRODUCTS

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!  chur 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

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