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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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Cataplanas and Flor de Pingus

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                       December 8, 2011

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

Our first trip to Iberia in September 1985 took us through southern Portugal’s Algarve region. Populated by fishing villages with expansive sandy beaches, it is paradise for both beach goers and seafood lovers. This is where we first ate Clams Cataplana, a dish made with pork and clams in a copper steamer catthat latches shut to keep all of the juices inside.  

We have our own cataplana at home that we experiment with, and the shop just received a new shipment of them in four sizes.   Last week we made a fantastic combination by sautéing 1/2 an onion, one clove garlic and 1 cup chanterelle mushrooms in 3 Tablespoons of olive oil for 3-4 minutes. cat sea  Then we added 1 pound of fresh clams in the shell, 1 pound of large prawns, 1/4 cup of sliced jamon serrano and 1/4 cup sherry, stirred it all together and latched shut the cataplana. In 10 minutes it was ready. We sprinkled some parsley on top and served with crusty bread to soak up the juices. Yum!

 New shipments of holiday foods and gifts keep rolling in!  Yesterday, 11 pallets from Spain were delivered. We now have Peces Mazapán Figures, Tarta de Santiago (almond cake turrón), Spanish Judión beans (giant, creamy white beans that are excellent in a broth with chorizo).  New cazuelas with handles in red or black; Churro Mix and churro makers; Quijote brand chorizo and salchichón, sold individually or packaged with a cazuela and 5 new styles of green quijglassware.

 

 

 

 

 SPECTACULAR NEW WINES

2010 La Cana Albarino, Rias Baixas ($16.99) “Pungent aromas of citrus pith, beeswax and minerals, with a deeper note of pear skin coming out with air. Taut and spicy, with very good density and a distinct pungency to its flavors of candied citrus fruits, pear and lemon zest. A suggestion of licorice builds with air and carries through the broad, supple, energetic finish.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Muga Reserva Rioja in 375 ml bottles ($14.99) Great stocking stuffer! The full bottles of 2007 Muga Reserva will appear as soon as the distributor sells out of the 2006 vintage. The 2007 Muga Reserva has “powerful cherry and blackberry on the nose, with alluring smoked meat and licorice notes and a suggestion of candied rose. Full, fleshy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are lifted by a gentle mineral note and are supported by silky tannins. Gains sweetness on the persistent finish, which features an exotic note of resiny, cured tobacco. This is the only wine that Muga commercialized from the 2007 vintage.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer

Arriving Friday Dec 9th2008 Cautivo Rioja ($11.99) This tastyand value-priced Rioja was a customer favorite in October and quickly sold out. Fortunately we were able to get another 5 cases that are arriving tomorrow. 2008 Cautivo Rioja is versatile, balanced and clean. Loaded with bright and juicy red fruit, it has a hint of smoke and tobacco. It’s paired well with everything we’ve thrown at it, especially cured meats and cheeses. This would be an excellent party wine! 

2009 Flor de Pingus, Ribera del Duero ($90.00) “The 2009 Flor de Pingus (3000 cases produced) is 100% Tempranillo and spends 14 months in a mix of new and used French oak… a primary perfume of pain grille, mineral, spice box, incense, and blackberry. Locked and loaded with remarkable concentration and depth, this mouth-coating lengthy offering manages to incorporate some elegance into its powerful physique. It will drink well for 30-40 years.there is no doubting that the 2004 and the 2009’s are the greatest wines of [owner] Sisseck’s career. Flor de Pingus is one of the great values in winedom.” 95-98 points Wine Advocate

El Maestro Sierra VORS Amontillado 1830 ($90.00) The exact age of this solera is impossible to determine as the wines have been here for as long as the bodega owners can remember. The barrels themselves were built in 1830 and have been used for aging sherry ever since; what is known is that the freshest 14 butts of this wine have spent at least 50 years aging in the solera system. This wine is ethereally light and profound with a seemingly never-ending finish.   Medium bodied, very dry, with notes of butterscotch and pungent green olives, “…Vinos Viejos Amontillado is racy and intense and would work well with lobster bisque.” 92 points Wine Advocate

We now have 375 ml bottles of Rare Wine Madeiras ($32.00). Choose from Charleston Sercial, New York Malmsey, Boston Bual or Savannah Verdelho.

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New Cheeses and 1994 Grahams Vintage

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                               September 26, 2011      

George, cheesemonger here at Spanish Table and Paris grocery, located some spectacular quesos at the summer Fancy Food Show. We had a special order of lucious cheeses flown in, and just have a few wheels of each, so come in now for the broadest selection!

  Tou del Til.lers: A raw cows milk from Lleida in Catalonia with a bloomy rind and soft paste. Spreadable, nutty, and mushroomy. Melts well and is ideal for recipes that include melted or grilled cheese. This cut-to-order cheese can be found at our Paris Grocery store.

Viejo Maestro: from Extremadura, produced by the family who pioneered Torta del Casar. Viejo Maestro is just like Torta del Casar except made with goats’ milk cheese. With a creamy and intensely goaty flavor, it is phenomenal! This cheese is cut-to-order at our Paris Grocery store.

Petit Odre: A cousin to Catalan goat cheese Nevat, it is produced by same cheesemaker but with sheeps’ milk cheese. Odre has a full rich buttery flavor with herbal overtones and a sweet finish. Think slightly chalky sheep camenbert. Small wheels, approximately half pound, in the grab-n-go case at Spanish Table.

Quinta da Rigueira: Portuguese cured sheeps milk cheese in half pound wheels. A less expensive version of the intensely flavored Azeitao, look for this in the Spanish Table grab-n-go case.

Casa Lusa Amonteigado: Soft and delicious Portuguese cured sheeps milk cheese in half pound wheels, wrapped in fabric. In The Spanish Table grab-n-go case.

Torta de Barros: Produced in Extremadura from raw sheeps’ milk cheese, it is made with a vegetable rennet. Soft, with a piquant touch, it has intense flavors and herbal notes. Winner of a gold medal at the 2009 World Cheese Awards. This cut-to-order cheese can be found at our Paris Grocery store.

Our cut-to-order cheeses are now stocked at Paris Grocery, our French store two doors south of Spanish Table on Western Avenue. At Spanish Table, we stock fresh, in-house cut and wrapped cheeses such as Manchego & Argentinian Reggianito, as well as the above selection of small whole wheels.  

NEW WINES 

1994 Graham’s vintage port ($94.00) A small amount of this stunning 1994 port has just been released; last week we were supremely fortunate to taste it. Superbly balanced with an intriguing and subtle note of herbs to offset the sweetness, it can absolutely be enjoyed now but also has the stuffing to age for another 10 to 15 years. An excellent gift for port afficiandos!. “In a [1996] port tasting, Graham’s is almost like tasting a big, rich, succulent Merlot after a group of blockbuster, tannic Cabernets. Sweeter and more obvious than many ports, the opaque purple-colored 1994 is fruity, powerful, and rich, with an addictive hedonistic quality. It will be ready to drink in 8-10 years and keep for up to 30. As always, this is a showy, flamboyant port that has the advantage of being slightly sweeter than other 1994s. A great Grahams.” 96 points Wine Advocate

2008 Mas Doix Salanques Priorat ($29.99) I’ve been hounding our distributor for the new vintage of Salanques ever since the exceptional 2007 vintage sold out. The 2008 vintage is fabulous, indeed just as delicious as the 2007. “the [winery] owners consider 2008 to be one of the top 3 vintages of the decade, a great vintage with low yields and vibrant acidity. A blend of 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena, and the balance Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has been aged in second year barrels. Medium purple in color with a fragrant nose of cedar, mineral, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry, on the palate it is smooth-textured, intense, and concentrated with 2-3 years of aging potential. It will perform optimally from 2014 to 2023.” 91 points Wine Advocate

We’ve got Czech pilsner! There are only seven independent breweries left in Prague. When we discovered that a pilsner from one of the independents is available here, we had to have it. Zatec Lager is deep gold, with complex malt, bright hop aroma and finish.   

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers?

Our staff has put together a list of favorites: Half bottles of vintage port or wine; a can of Smoked Paprika; Chupa Chups; a box of Piedras de Chocolate (Chocolate covered Marcona Almonds); Small Bags of Ybarra Olives; Pinchitos (seasoning for kebabs or pinchos); Taza Mexican Chocolate rounds for eating or drinking;  Picnic-sized plastic olive oil or vinegars; 2.5 oz Moroccan Tagine Seasoning.

Special hours on Christmas Eve, Friday 12/24/2010: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

If we’re not able to personally wish you happy holidays this season, we hope that your festivities are full of good cheer, excellent food and  superb wine!   Feliz Navidad – Feliz Natal!

ARRIVED YESTERDAY!  2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton ($29.99) and 2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo ($45.00).   Made from old vine Garnacha in Campo de Borja, prior vintages of these stellar wines have consistently earned well over 90 point scores.  The 2008 vintage has not yet been rated but once the scores are published, it will fly off the shelves.    Limited quantities produced.

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An Excuse to Revist Portugal

Pulpo in Portugal

We were thrilled to attend our former employee’s June 4th wedding in Oporto, Portugal. (Many long time Spanish Table customers met Claudia Soares-she worked at Spanish Table for eight years, from her Ballard High School days until graduation from college.) It was a pleasure to watch her grow up and become a great friend, and incredible to share her Portuguese wedding day! After the ceremony where they were read their legal rights as a married couple, the reception began.  Plates of fish- or meat-filled pastries were served, along with fresh shrimp and crab, feijoada, ribs, assorted cheeses and glasses of vinho verde. Then we sat down to a four course dinner followed by a dessert buffet, then danced until 3:00 AM when the cake was cut and toasts proposed.

Before and after the wedding we’ve had a chance to revisit some favorite Portuguese villages and find out if the food is as good as we remember. We’ve been lucky to eat the superb Serra da Estrella cheese almost every day – we just cut the top off and eat it with a spoon.   And it’s even better on top a slice of toothsome Portuguese bread!

In the beach town of Nazaré where women traditionally wear knee length skirts with aprons and petticoats, bacalhou (salt cod) is served everywhere and can be purchased from friendly vendors at local markets. Grilled sardines and mackerel are fantastic;  clams are superb as ever. And then there is frango and the duck rice…

Have I mentioned the glorious Portuguese red wines? By far, the wines have gotten exponentially better every year. In the Douro region, we spent two nights at Quinta de la Rosa and tasted through their new wines and ports after a visit to the barrel room under the lodge; and over lunch at Niepoort winery, we drank their silky and elegant reds. And the wines of the Dâo region have been a revelation! They are supremely balanced, full-bodied and velvety reds which pair wonderfully with roast duck or meat. We’ll be looking to bring in more of these wines at Spanish Table after we get back to Seattle late next week!

For the next three days, we are in Spain.   In both Spain and Portugal there talk about the economic crisis, but really, people just can’t wait for the first soccer world cup game on Friday.

VISIT US ON LINE! Shop our wine website at Spanish Table Wines. For food, cookbooks, paella pans and all non-wine items, go to The Spanish Table website. For the latest product news from Paris Grocery, visit the PG Facebook page.

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Count Down to New Years

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

December 30, 2009

The year 2009 is almost behind us. It was the year in which spring time brought not only daffodils but a letter from E&J Gallo Winery’s attorney, Kristi Whalen, Kristi.Whalen@ejgallo.com . The letter demanded that we cease and desist selling Pastas Gallo fideo and fideuá from Spain even though the Spanish company markets its pasta in thirty countries. Pastas Gallo was established as a brand in 1874 and thus predates E&J Gallo Winery by half a century.

We resisted them until June when their attorney, Paul Reidl, reidl@sbcglobal.net, formally served us with legal documents to appear before the Federal District Court in Fresno, California (E&J Gallo Winery’s home turf). So you don’t, don’t, don’t, get to buy Pastas Gallo fideo at The Spanish Table any longer. The E&J Gallo publicist, Susan Hensley, susan.hensley@ejgallo.com, could explain this madness but probably won’t.

Our new cocker spaniel, Marcello, got a big rubber El Gallo, for Christmas. He calls his new toy E&J Gallo. Something to chew on in 2010.

Special Wines for New Year’s Eve

We had planned to write about our top 10 wines of 2009, but we found out yesterday that our allocation of these sensational wines are arriving today. Serve one with a special New Year’s dinner, or cellar a few bottles for the future!

2007 Bodegas El Nido Clio, Jumilla ($47.00) 24 bottles available “… a blend of 70% monastrell and 30% cabernet.. A pungent, smoky bouquet displays rich dark berry preserves along with notes of licorice, violet, cured meat and black pepper. Brighter red fruits on the palate, which is surprisingly energetic for such richness. Tangy cracked pepper and mace notes build with air and carry into the finish. Leaves sweet red and dark berry notes behind on the very long, sappy and sweet finish. This energetic wine is already delicious.” 93 points Stephen Tanzer

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines ($45.00)12 bottles available. “Aromas and flavors of kirsch, chocolate and dark plum are the hallmarks of this sumptuous Portuguese red. Very silky tannins and zesty acidity carry the long, sandalwood- and cherry-filled finish. Drink now through 2014.”

92 points Wine Spectator

We are great fans of the wines of R. Lopez Heredia. Drinking one of their red silky Gran Reservas is a singular experience. And from time to time, a few historic Gran Reservas are released from the Bodega’s cellars, where they have been aging since they were bottled. We placed a special order for some of these Gran Reservas which are arriving today, direct from the winery. Prices are close estimates, to be confirmed upon arrival.

1976 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $180.00 1980 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $150.00 1985 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva $130.00 95 points Stephen Tanzer

For people who are curious about what it is like to be an American living in Spain, check out cookbook author Janet Mendel’s blog, including recipes, it’s a great read!

We’ve got several of her cookbooks in stock, including Cooking From The Heart of Spain and My Kitchen in Spain ($16.99 each).

PARIS GROCERY NEWS

Our new shop features French cheeses and wine, and other foods with a French mood. It’s located 1/4 of a block south of Spanish Table at 1418 Western Avenue.

Back in stock: Kaikou cheese from the French Basque country.

Come and choose from our selection of French grower Champagnes and Cremants. There’s nothing better than a bottle of bubbly on New Year’s Eve!

Visit our websites!

The Spanish Table wine website has wines organized by staff pick, by score, by price, and by country. Our virtual wine store has everything you’re looking for from Spain, Portugal, Madeira, or South America. Click The Spanish Table wine to visit the site. All orders are shipped from our Berkeley, CA store.

For all food and cookware products, click on The Spanish Table to check out our original and now revamped, website. It’s much easier to navigate and has a plethora of additional items. Now you can shop at home for Spanish food and wine!

Come in and see us before the New Year!

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- Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, except

Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays

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Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter November 6, 2009

A Visit to Blandy’s Wine Lodge, Madeira

Madeira lies in the Atlantic Ocean 378 miles west of Morocco. A volcanic island, its sub tropical climate and abundant rainfall seem an unlikely place for wine production. But its shelves of terraced land rise up the flanks of 6105 foot Mt. Pico, which on the sunny side of the island provides a climate ideally suited to viticulture.

The urban port city of Funchal is the heart of wine production and retains its 18th century Portuguese charm despite a modern profusion of traffic encouraged by European Union road projects. But when we drove a few minutes away from Funchal on our visit last month, we found peaceful country lanes bordered by New Guinea Impatiens, Hydrangeas, Trumpet Flower and Eucalyptus forests, much the same as it was 200 years ago. Madeira is a verdant garden, nourished by its volcanic soils and ample precipitation.

Uninhabited until 1427, Madeira was discovered and settled by the Portuguese who soon began making wine. By the mid 16th Century it was a refueling stop for ships crossing the Atlantic and its wines were brought on board to prevent scurvy. The U.S. quickly became one of Madeira wine’s principal markets along with England and Brazil. It was a favorite drink of Thomas Jefferson who toasted the signing of the Declaration of Independence with a glass of Malmsey.

Originally a table wine, it was fortified with brandy to stabilize it for long ocean journeys. On one fateful hot voyage to Brazil, a cask of Madeira (called a “pipe”) was accidentally left on board and eventually traveled back across the tropics to Funchal. When the wine merchants tasted it, all agreed that it was much better than when it left! Since then, Madeiras have been aged with the use of heat, and for a time pipes were actually shipped to the colonies and back to replicate that famous voyage. Eventually winemakers realized that they could recreate the tropical conditions of a ship voyage by storing the pipes in the eaves of Funchal’s wine lodges, where temperatures would climb to 45 degrees Celsius.

Madeira has an elegance and finesse not found in other fortified wines. Warm temperatures and evaporation concentrate flavors, and ongoing oxygen contact produce wines that are long lived and extremely stable. Open a bottle today and ten months from now it will taste as fresh as the day it was opened! Volcanic soils give the grapes high acidity which produce wines with a light mouth feel, intensity and a persistent finish.

The canteiro system: slow aging of varietal Madeiras at Blandy’s wine lodge

A glass of Madeira warms and satisfies on a cold, wet night. It’s also stellar served with creamy foods and holiday desserts such as pumpkin pie. Madeira adds richness to sauces and is excellent used in place of wine for deglazing sauté pans.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe using Madeira:

Chanterelle Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce (Two servings)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, diced

1 cup fresh chanterelles, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup creme fraiche or whipping cream

1/4 cup Feist Full Rich Madeira

1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

Heat olive oil over low heat and when warm, saute garlic and onion until translucent. Add mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for five minutes, then add Madeira and simmer for another two minutes. Add creme fraiche and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately. This is excellent as a sauce for grilled pork chops or chicken, and would be a great side dish for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

MADEIRA WINES

We have the largest selection of Madeiras in the country. Here are some of our favorites:

Feist Full Rich ($17.99) Aged 3 years, it is smooth, viscous and full bodied. Feist Full Rich is a great introduction to a sweet Madeira as a tasty dessert drink or for use in cooking.

“Full Rich” Madeiras are made from the Tinta Negra grape which is the most widely grown grape on the island. “Full Rich” Madeiras are produced by the “estufagem” process which warms the wine by means of a pipe in the tank filled with warm water.

The most complex Madeiras are made from four traditional varietals (Sercial, Verdelho, Bual, Malmsey) whose production is declining in favor of the easier to grow Tinta Negra grape. Varietal Madeiras are produced in the “canteiro” method, in which pipes are aged slowly in the warm eaves of Funchal’s wine lodges.

Blandy’s 5 Year Bual ($22.99) Medium sweet, with light caramel flavors and spice. A hint of countryside herbs provides an intriguing background to this smooth Bual. Great acidity and concentration.

Leacock’s 10-year Bual ($41.00) “Very distinctive burnt treacle aroma, followed by concentrated flavors of caramel, walnut, iodine and green tea. There’s grip and length, with power on the back end.” 90 points Wine Spectator

Blandy’s 10 year Sercial ($37.00) Sercial is the driest Madeira and Blandy’s Sercial is a richer style than other brands. With butterscotch aromas, it is a bit sweeter than bone dry. Round and smooth on the palate, it’s flavors of roasted nuts with high acidity give Blandy’s Sercial a light and elegant mouth feel. The finish is lengthy and clean.

FLAMENCO PERFORMANCES Hot on the heels of last night’s passionate flamenco show at Benaroya Hall, Isabel Lopez from Casa Patas Flamenco Company in Madrid is performing at Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown. The Sunday show is sold out, but Taberna has added another show on Monday November 9th at 8:00 p.m. For information, call 206.448.8884.

FLAMENCO DE RAIZ presents RAFAEL DE UTRERA with Eric and Encarnación from Children of the Revolution with special guest percussionist Juanma Lucas

2 shows Saturday, November 7th, 2009 7PM & 9:30PM, Kirkland Performance Center (425) 893-9900

Rafael and Juanma are top level flamencos coming directly from Sevilla, Spain. Rafael is one of the most respected flamenco singers in the world today and will be coming off his current tour with Vicente Amigo. This will be a “flamenco puro” performance with dance numbers and cante jondo(deep or profound song).

PARIS GROCERY NEWS

Our new shop features French cheeses and wine, and other foods with a French mood. It’s located 1/4 of a block south of Spanish Table at 1418 Western Avenue.

New cheeses just in!

Tomme du Segala is produced in small amounts in the city of Carmaux in southern France, this raw goat’s milk cheese has an elastic texture that crumbles slightly. The flavor has hints of olives and grass.

Tomme Crayeuse is a semi-soft raw cow’s milk cheese from the Savoie that undergoes two stages of cave-aging. The final, intensely rich flavor is earthy, with mushroom and citrus notes. Created by one of France’s top affineurs, Max Schmidhauser.

Crémeux de Bourgogne is a cow’s milk triple-crème cheese from a small family of producers in Burgundy. This pasteurized, bloomy-rind cheese has a dense texture and a rich flavor with hints of fresh butter.

Tomme de Savoie is a pleasant table cheese form the Savoie with a distinct raw milk flavor – beefy, hazel nutty and pleasantly milky. With approximately 30% fat content, this is the most creamy ‘low fat’ cheese available. Enjoy with liver-stoked pâtés and light red wines like Beaujolais.

Pavé de Jadis So named because of its shape: pavé is a small paving stone. This fresh goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley is dusted with vegetable ash and has a fudge-like texture. The taste is very clean, mild and lemony.

NEW SPANISH TABLE CHEESES

Evora: This small Portuguese cheese (each wheel is only 6 ounces) is made from raw sheep’s milk which is filtered through a mesh lining after being immersed in a salt brine solution. Aged over 60 days, it is made with raw sheep milk and cardoon thistle near the historic city of Evora. Spicy and slightly acidic, it is fruity with a light-yellow color. Because of its slightly higher level of salt, it is well-suited for salads.

We now have Israeli feta!

Have a great week!

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

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