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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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Spanish Vermouth and Asturian Cider



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 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. 


 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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Discover Lustau Sherries


Barrel Tasting Fino at Emilio Lustau

White washed villages resonate with Phoenician, Greek and Moorish history.  cab Fiery Andalucian horses, the ancestors of  Austrian Lipizzaners.    Flamenco, fiestas and alegria.  Shrimp, clams and sherry!   These are just some of the pleasures of Southern Spain.

Massive bodegas surrounding  the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barremeda and El Puerta de Santa Maria announce that you’re in one of the three sherry producing towns in D.O. Jerez.   On our first trip to Jerez de la Frontera years ago, we made a beeline for Bodegas Emilio Lustau where Manolo, the general manager, led us through a tasting of 18 amazing sherries:   Some dry, some sweet, others with incredible complexity.   What an underappreciated wine! From that day forward, I’ve been a sherry aficionado.

An excellent opportunity to learn about Lustau’s sherries is coming up on Tuesday October 26th, 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Vine. Ignacio Lopez of Bodegas Emilio Lustau will be leading a tasting of nine sherries, paired with tapas.    The cost is $45.00 per person and there are only 20 spaces available, so call Harvest Vine right away to make a reservation: 206.320.9771. e ind The sherries to be tasted are:   Light Fino “Jarana”;  Puerto Fino;  Manzanilla Papirusa;  Amontillado Los Arcos;  Palo Cortado Peninsula;  Oloroso Pata de Gallina;  Deluxe Cream Catataz Andres;  East India Solera Sherry;  Moscatel St. Emilin.


2008 Temperamento Bobal, Utiel-Requena ($12.99) One of Spain’s lesser known indigenous grapes, Bobal has the potential to produce powerful reds from old vines.  The 2008 Temperamento  exhibits this robustness with an oaky structure from 6 months in French oak.  Ripe red cherry fruit  and cola notes have ample tannins and a clean finish.

2009 Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Mendoza ($21.99)  “A minerally spine drives this, with the core of damson plum, raspberry ganache and blackberry fruit staying sweet but racy and defined. Violet and graphite hints add length on the mouthwatering finish.”   91 points Wine Spectator

2009 La Cartuja Priorat ($14.99)  This is a stellar Priorat for the price!  Juicy red berry fruit with hints of mineral and dried herbs, it is a medium bodied red with silky tannins.   Aged in French oak for 8 months, it has a rich finish with spice and black cherry notes which linger on the palate.   La Cartuja completely over delivers.

We can’t get over how delicious the 2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva Rioja is!     2001 was a spectacular vintage which is eximplified in the Reservas and Gran Reservas that are now coming in.  2001 Viña Arana Reserva ($32.00) is packed with dried plum and cranberry which explodes on the palate.   An elegant texture with silky tannins leads into a lengthy, dry finish with notes of earth and tobacco.   This is so good that we bought the last four cases available from the distributor.

Choose from our stack of favorite 2001 Spanish reds:   2001 Luis Cañas Reserva de Familia Rioja ($33.00); 2001 Beronia Gran Reserva ($26.99); 2001 Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva ($22.99) and 2001 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva ($57.00).  Now is the time to stock up on these wines before they sell out!

ANNOUNCING “CHEESE OF THE MONTH!” We’ve worked out a new cheese program with our favorite distributor to bring better value to our loyal Queso customers. Each month, we’ll be offering special pricing on a selected cheese. This month’s selection is Amarelo, one of our tastiest Portuguese cheeses.  A handcrafted, small production cheese which usually retails for $27.99 per pound is now $22.99 per pound. Buy a whole wheel (1.5 Lb) and receive an additional 10% off!  Fresh and soft, it is a blend of sheep and goats milk from the Beira Baixa region. This astounding buttery, slightly piquant washed rind cheese has flavors of roasted onion, sea salt, notes of sweet lemon and a lingering savory finish with grassy overtones.   Cut the top off a and have your guest spread this insanely delicious cheese over a crusty baguette at your Halloween party!

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Gonzalez Byass Tasting & More

Anyone interested in the different styles of sherry and Spanish wines will not want to miss next Wednesday’s Gonzalez Byass tasting at the Harvest Vine from 6 to 8 pm.  Fifth generation family member, Felipe Gonzalez will lead us through four flights of wines from their portfolio for a total of twelve samples, each flight paired with a tapa specially prepared by The Harvest Vine.

Gonzalez Byass, established in 1835, celebrates its 175th anniversary of family ownership this year and is one of Spain’s most historic and important family owned wine producers.  Combining a balance of tradition with modern innovation, their portfolio of sherry, sparkling and still wines include Gonzalez Byass Sherries, iconic Tio Pepe Fino (which holds Spain’s first registered trademark), valued priced Altozano (Castilla-LaMancha), classical Beronia (Rioja), Finca Moncloa (Cadiz), Villarnau (Cava) wines and Vinas del Vero from the Somontano region of Northern Spain. Gonzalez Byass is committed to traditional styles of Spanish winemaking with sustainable production.

Perhaps best of all, the cost is only $25.00! The tasting line up includes samples of two very old sherries, including one of my favorites, the incredible Noe Pedro Ximenez.  Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to taste through an exceptional array of Spanish wines, guided by one of the owners of this historic firm.  Seats are limited and are booking quickly.   For reservations, call The Harvest Vine at 206.320.9771.

This is what we’ll be tasting:

Flight 1: – Sparklers and White

Vilarnau Brut Cava

Vilarnau Brut Vintage Reserve Cava

Vinas Del Vero Garnacha Blanca – Somontano

Flight 2: – Old vines/ New vines

Vinas del Vero Garnacha Tinto – Somontano

Vinas del Vero “Secastilla” Garnacha – Somontano

Finca Constancia Red Blend – Castilla-La Mancha

Flight 3: – Rioja

Beronia Crianza

Beronia Reserva

Beronia Gran Reserva

Flight 4: – Sherries

Tio Pepe – Fino

Del Duque – Rare Amontillado

Solera 1847 – Oloroso Dulce

Noe – Rare Old Pedro Ximenez


2008 Zaumau, Priorat ($17.99)  A blend of Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and Pedro Ximenez,  Zaumau is a white wine from the Priorat with aromas of flint and white flowers.  Very dry, it is round on the palate with notes of beeswax, subdued stone fruit flavors, nuts and a refreshing minerality.  This graceful white is unoaked which allows the pure expression of Priorat’s terrunyo.   This is excellent with the Catalan cheese Garroxta.

2008 Valera Monastrell, Bullas ($10.99) Rich, structured and bold, this wine has aromas of smoke, blackberries and exotic spices.  Wonderfully complex with notes of dust and olive, it finishes long and dry.

2008 Mas dels Frares Priorat ($17.99) Accessible and balanced with notes of graphite and mineral, Mas dels Frares is structured with a persistent red fruit finish.  “The 2008 Mas del Frares is an unoaked blend of 50% Carinena, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Garnacha. The nose gives up earth notes, mineral, lavender, and black cherry. Substantial on the palate with good density and ripe flavors, this friendly effort is a good introduction to the region and an outstanding value.”  89 points Wine Advocate

2005 Lopez Cristobal Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) Fresh, balanced and structured with notes of coconut, blackberry and minerals, the winemaker is a former bullfighter who used to sell his grapes to Pingus.   Lopez Cristobal Crianza was a New York Times’ favorite in the September 15, 2010 article “From Spain, Big Reds, Well Tuned”  where it is described as “sleek and balanced with plummy, floral aromas and flavors.”


1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha, Madeira ($261.00) “The 1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha reveals stunning balance between the elements of sweetness and acidity, both of which are integrated with notable balance. This dark-hued wine possesses gorgeous aromatics that lead to intriguing notes of worn-in leather, baking spices, toffee, roasted coffee beans and dark plums. This is an unctuous, full-bodied style of Madeira that is simply breathtaking. The wine’s haunting perfume lingers on the long, seductive finish.”  95 points Wine Advocate


Molcajetes:    We’ve been trying to bring these in for months and finally have them.   Made of stone, they grind anything to a pulp in just a few turns of the wrist.   I grind spices and make guacamole with mine.

More cazuelas, including a larger selection of the bright red color!

A new shipment of paella pans, burners, leg sets, and hoses just arrived.  This may be our last shipment before the holidays so if you’re thinking of gifting a paella set this year get it now while the full selection is available!

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Rare Spanish Gran Reservas Arrive!

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter

April 30, 2010

Last December for the first time, Bodegas Beronia opened their library of Gran Reserva Riojas for sale. Our special order of three historic vintages were shipped directly from Beronia’s cellars and arrived at Spanish Table yesterday.

Beronia was founded in 1973 by a gastronomic society and was conceived as a winery dedicated to quality, exclusively making Reservas and Gran Reservas, in the purest, most traditional Rioja style. In 1982, having exceeded its initial expectations, Beronia was acquired by Gonzalez Byass (producer of Tio Pepe sherry) who expanded production to include value priced Crianzas. (For those new to Rioja wines, the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva refer to the aging process. Crianzas are wines matured for at least one year in oak cask and six months further in the bottle. Reservas are aged for at least three years total, with one year minimum in oak cask. Gran Reservas are produced only in great vintages and have been aged at least two years in oak casks and three years in bottle prior to release.) The Beronia Gran Reservas that we received have been aged much, much longer than a normal Gran Reserva, as they’ve been aging in the winery cellars since bottling. Ready to drink now, they would be excellent with a special Mother’s Day dinner, or as a gift.

1981 Beronia Gran Reserva ($54.00) is at its peak right now. A very good vintage, this is soft and balanced with great mouth feel. Dried fruit, leather, green tea, vanilla and dried tobacco aromas in this aged red wine.

1982 Beronia Gran Reserva ($72.00) is an impressive library offering from Rioja. A superb vintage, this is soft and balanced with great mouth feel. Sweet plum, cranberry and cherry, earth notes, vanilla and cigar box aromas in this impressively elegant aged red wine.

1994 Beronia Gran Reserva ($53.00) comes from one of the best vintages in the last several decades. Just starting to show its age with dried tobacco, baking spice, plum and dried red cherry. Nice weight and good balance. This is a treat.

Mothers Day is coming up (Sunday May 9th) and we’re stocked with gifts for cooks and specialty foods. Some gift ideas: Hand painted ceramics in various colors and shapes. Olive oil soaps from Spain and Greece scented with Magnolia or Lavender. Cookbooks are a terrific inspiration for the culinary minded. Our selection includes Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Mexican, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Cuban. Our latest favorite is Michael Psilakis’ “How to Roast a Lamb – new Greek cooking”. An assortment of extra virgin olive oils. If you’re serving brunch, pick up a rosé cava to add a celebratory touch.


New shipment of Graupera cazuelas arrived today. Now in three colors: Clay, Dark Gray and Very Red. Limited quantities available of Very Red.

Ole Ole Fresh Sausages – No preservatives, no nitrates. Available in Butifarra, Merguez, Chorizo, and Chorizo Picante.

Fresh shipment of Spanish saffron arrived this week! We air freighted one and two gram plastic boxes of the latest harvest. 1 gram box: $10.99, 2 gram box: $19.49


1998 Señorio del Aguila Gran Reserva, Carineña ($19.99) Distributor close out! A blend of 60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this food friendly red is perfectly aged. An earthy and medium-bodied wine, Señorio Del Aguila has notes of balsamic and spice. Red and black fruit with licorice flavors are balanced by silky tannins. Full of finesse, it is excellent with pork dishes.

2007 Beryna, Alicante ($19.99) Beryna is produced by a talented and enthusiastic team who bought a 19th century wine estate primarily planted with old vine Monastrell. 2007 Beryna has concentrated black cherry, dried plum and boysenberry flavors with drive and focus. Made of 60% Monastrell and 40% Tempranillo, Cabernet and Syrah, it has notes of chocolate and coffee. With superb lift, mineral notes and a persistent finish, this is a structured red that is excellent with barbequed rib-eye steaks or burgers. Very much like an old style Zinfandel! “Powerful, toasty” 92 points Guia Penin

2006 Riscal Tempranillo, Castilla y Leon ($9.99) Established in 1858, Rioja producer Marques de Riscal quickly became one of the most sought-after Spanish wines. Recently Riscal began producing table wines in Castilla y Leon, crafting value wines with the same care as their top Riojas. The 2006 Riscal is a well rounded Tempranillo with concentrated red fruit. Notes of cherries, raspberries, and cola are held together by soft velvety tannins, making it a perfect food wine. This is an excellent value!

2007 Goulart “The Marshall” Malbec, Argentina ($18.99) “The 2007 The Marshall “M” is 100% Malbec aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a nose of toasty new oak, cinnamon, allspice, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it is rich, savory, and plush bordering on opulent. With excellent depth and grip, this substantial effort will evolve for another 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2029.” 91 points Wine Advocate, 90 points Wine Spectator


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Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

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

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New for Springtime

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

March 4, 2010

March is full of madness with springtime’s newness busting out all over. Here at The Spanish Table, we love the new — especially new products! Last Saturday we unloaded two pallets of Portuguese and Spanish specialties that we haven’t been able to stock for a long, long time. In addition, we brought in items that customers have been asking for, and some things that no one’s asked for, but are really delicious. Give them a try!

Taza Chocolate Mexicano, Stone ground and organic 2.7 oz discs in 3 flavors: Guajillo Chile, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Makes a tasty hot chocolate.

Avocado Blossom Honey from Spain

Portuguese Bacon – Appx 1/2 pound packages – $7.95 per pound

Goulart’s brand Linguica

Sumol soft drinks

Portuguese Berberechos – $5.99 (4 oz) Wild caught, from the Galician coast.

Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Ortiz brand Tuna – Serve as a simple tapa or with mixed greens to take your salad up a notch.

Sugar roasted Spanish coffee

Migos Pajarero Figs: Delicate and sweet with thinner skin than other varieties. Thumb-sized, they make a stellar addition to a cheese platter.

ChocoHigos: Pajarero Figs hand-dipped in Dark Chocolate.

Portuguese Chouriço: Special price while they last! Bulk links, appx 3/4 pound, $2.99 each.

Spanish Kitchen cookbook by Jane Lawson ($12.99) Written by an Australian foodie with a love of Spain, her recipes are inspired by meals eaten during her travels. Hardback, with mouth watering photos.


2008 Naia, Rueda ($14.99) Another stellar favorite returns! Just in time for white wine season, Naia has zesty notes of grapefruit and hints of pine, with creamy flavors of ripe apple and melon. Laced with minerals, it is vibrant, fresh and clean. Absolutely delicious!

2006 Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo, Zamora ($14.99) “The 2006 Venta Mazzaron is 100% Tempranillo aged in oak for nine months. Deep crimson-colored, it offers up a smoky perfume of mineral, licorice, espresso, and blackberry. This leads to a firm, structured wine with plenty of succulent fruit, spice notes, excellent balance, and a pure finish. Although it will improve in the bottle for 1-2 years, it can be enjoyed now.” 90 points Wine Advocate

Rioja in half bottles! We spotted these 375 ml bottles at Bodegas R. Lopez Heredia last summer and asked our distributor to bring them in. Absolutely perfect on those nights when you crave a really good glass of wine but not a whole bottle.

2000 Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja ($29.99) Aged six years in barrel, it has delicate red fruit flavors, notes of earth and coffee with velvety tannins.

2004 Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja ($19.99) Aged in oak for 3 years, it is fresh and silky smooth. With notes of licorice and cherry aromas, it has consistent texture and a persistent finish.


2007 Clos I Terrasses Clos Erasmus Priorat ($190.00) Two bottles available! The 2006 vintage received 97 points from Wine Advocate and 95 points from Stephen Tanzer. (Our two bottle allocation of the 2007 vintage has not yet been rated). Winemaker Daphne Glorian was one of the pioneers who revived D.O. Priorat in the 1980’s, and Clos Erasmus is one of benchmark wines from this region. A blend from four vineyards totalling 2 hectares, the annual production is less than 140 cases per year.

1976 Blandy’s Terrantez Madeira ($189.00) Wines made from the Terrantez grape are very rare. Low yielding, the total annual harvest does not even fill a 500 liter cask. Rich and medium sweet, it has outstanding roasted aromas and a little musk, then a touch of something wild and leathery, with a lot of dried fruits. On the palate it has a sweet nuttiness, powerful acidity, a layer of bitter walnut, lots of caramel, raisins, molasses, and a persistent finish. Try this stellar Madeira while you can!

 Our friends on Madeira were hit by a massive storm on February 21, the worst in 100 years. Thankfully, everyone at Blandy’s and Madeira Wine Company are safe, although at least 40 other people lost their lives. To see a video of the storm, click Madeira.


2008 André Neveu Sancerre “Le Grand Fricambault” ($24.99) André Neveu’s vineyards are located in Chavignol, on the silex soil of Sancerre’s hillsides. Highly aromatic, his exquisite Sauvignon Blanc reflects this flinty terrain. Bone-dry and chalky, it exudes aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and limestone. Tart, concentrated, and marvelous with Crottin de Chavignol, the local goat’s milk cheese. It drinks like a Grand Cru Sancerre!

2008 Terres Dorées Beaujolais “L’Ancien” ($16.99) Traditional Beaujolais wines have amazing fruit and depth, and this wine really overdelivered at a recent tasting. Winemaker Jean-Paul Brun is a relentless advocate for winemaking à l’ancienne and seeks to make old-style Gamay wines. He does not add sugars to his wine and uses only indigenous yeasts for his fermentation, instead of the lab-developed strain popular in the region for its banana and candy aromas. This Beaujolais is 100% old-vine Gamay, delicate and pure, showing excellent balance, freshness and acidity. Mineral-driven, with bright cherry, cranberry and sweet spices melding into a lengthy finesse. A remarkable value! 90 points Wine Advocate


We happily sneeze our way through this early touch of spring, as long as we have some yummy new items to snack on and cook with. Here are some of our much-anticipated new and returning items:

 French lavender and tarragon. Packed out here at Paris Grocery into 8 ounce containers. Tarragon plays a starring role in a classic Béarnaise sauce. Try the lavender on a leg of roasted spring lamb, or sprinkled on a log of fresh chèvre.

Pamplie Salted Butter.From Poitou-Charentes, a region famous for its dairy products. Pamplie is preferred by chefs for its firm consistency, pale color, and rich flavor with hints of hazelnuts. Made with fleur de sel from Île de Ré, this butter just gets better.

 Tome d’Acquitaine is back! This is one of our absolute favorite cheeses. The beautiful snow-white interior of this washed-rind goat’s milk cheese will catch your eye. Washed in Sauternes by the respected affineur Jean d’Alos, it displays delicately balanced fruit and floral notes.

Abbaye de Tamié cheese makes a stunning debut. We asked Olivier to bring us a fantastic example of a monastery cheese, and he did not disappoint. The monks of Tamié have been producing this cow’s milk cheese since the year 1135. We think they are getting the hang of it- this cheese is marvelously creamy, almost spreadable, with a pungent fruitiness and undertones of sweet hay and fresh cream.

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 Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

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

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Special Valentine’s Day Treats

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

February 11, 2007

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year — and unless you’ve missed the ads, you know that it’s coming up this weekend! On Sundays we like to leisurely cook something that we don’t have time to fix during the week, and Valentine’s Day seems like a great excuse to prepare something stellar. Here is a superb starter that we’ll be serving, from The Spanish Table cookbook:


The sweet tanginess of Piquillo peppers enhance the richness of the Dungeness crab, and the sherry adds sinfully Spanish aromas. The peppers are as red as hearts pulsing love!

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons Amontillado or Cream Sherry

¼ pound Dungeness Crab meat

6 whole Piquillo Peppers

½ cup Dry White wine

1 tablespoon Minced parsley

1 tablespoon Marcona almonds, ground in a food processer

Make a white sauce by melting 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook the flour in it until it begins to sizzle, then add the milk and whisk until thickened. Divide the white sauce into two equal portions. Filling: Whisk sherry into half of the white sauce over low heat until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and fold in the crab. Let cool while you make the sauce. Sauce:Combine the remaining white sauce with the wine, heat and then whisk in the ground almonds and half the parsley. Assembly: Holding the Piquillo peppers suspended between your thumb and forefinger, spoon the stuffing into them. Place the peppers in a 10 inch cazuela, the points toward the center so they form a “rose.” Spoon sauce over stuffed peppers and heat in 350º oven until peppers are hot to center (20 minutes). Sprinkle reserved minced parsley across the top.


St. Valentine’s Day Cheeses from Paris Grocery

Coeur du Bray (pictured above): According to legend, the young maidens of Neufchâtel-en-Bray offered this cheese to their gallant English conquerors during the wars in the Middle Ages. This heart-shaped, brie-style cheese will win you over with its creamy texture and mild yet earthy flavor.

Gres des Vosges: Alsace is full of beautiful cherry trees from which the farmers make their own local kirsch. Each oval of this cow’s milk cheese is washed with this subtle cherry brandy, which lends a fruity aroma. Slightly salty flavors and a luscious texture make this a favorite! Each cheese is decorated with either herbs or paprika in the shape of a heart.

This very morning, we received two huge shipments of jams, mustards, salts, and other goodies! More on the new favorites next week, or you can check out our Facebook page for the latest updates and ideas.

St Valentine’s Day Wines from Paris Grocery

Celebrate with a sparkling wine!

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Blanc ($19.99) Domaine Lucien Albrecht is one of the oldest and leading Alsace family owned estate, tracing its roots back to 1425. The hand picked fruit for the Blanc de Blanc is produced by “méthode traditionnelle”, which is the true Champagne method. Made from 100% from Pinot Blanc, it is distinguished by a fine bead, a beautiful straw color; and a light, delicate palate. This elegant cremant is delicious with soft goat cheeses.

N.V. Diebolt-Vallois Champagne ($33.00/375 ml) One of the few grower-producers in Champagne, Jacques Diebolt was previously named the “Champagne Producer of the Year.” Diebolt uses only the grapes from his own Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards in the village of Cramant, and oversees every step of the fermentation and blending to create a truly memorable champagne. “Fresh lemon, lime and tangerine on the nose. Light in body but powerful, offering tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a subtle honeysuckle undertone. Impeccably balanced, strikingly pure Champagne that finishes sappy and long. A classic display of chardonnay from the grand cru village of Cramant. 91 points Stephen Tanzer


NV Torre Oria Brut Nature Cava ($16.99) Most cavas are produced in Penedes, just south of Barcelona but Torre Oria hails from Utiel-Requena, a very hot region just inland from Valencia. A blend of 90% Macabeo and 10% Parellada, it is aged 36 months on the lees and is the driest style of cava. Pale golden, bright, it has very fine and abundant bubbles. Magnificent presence on the palate, very dry, powerful and leaving a lingering aftertaste. Elegant.

2005 Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva ($14.99) Vins El Ceps S.L. is a partnership of four families who have been cultivting grapes and making wine since the 15th Century. To produce Marques de Gelida, grapes are selected from the best estate-owned vineyards. A blend of Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada and Chardonnay, the Brut Exclusive has been aged for 36 months on the lees, which gives a creamy edge to the fruity and citrus flavors. Just off bone dry, it is clean and fresh, with excellent balance and a long, delicate finish.

2007 Augusti Torello Mata Rosat ($24.99) Agusti Mata is the maker of cult-cava Kripta, and he is one of the few to still producer a Rosé cava from the traditional Trepat grape. Fine and persistent bubbles form a consistent rosary and dense crown. Aromas of wild strawberry and cherry have a background of mint. On the palate, it is complex and meaty, yet light and very, very dry. It is well balanced and has a pleasant, well-harmonized medium intensity finish that brings back the aromas of fresh mint.

NV Cavas Hill Brut de Brut Reserva ($9.99) A delicious budget sparkler, Cavas Hill is made in the traditional method, with fermentation in the bottle and ageing on the lees for 20 months. It’s loaded with clean and crisp pear aromas and fine, delicate bubbles. Green apple flavors provide freshness and the persistent finish ends on a satisfying dry note. Great with seafood!

2001 Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal ($15.99) This spectacular dessert wine really over delivers! Made of 100% Moscatel de Setúbal, the grapes are fortified with brandy, macerated on skins for 5 to 6 months, then aged for a minimum of three years in small used oak barrels. A rich dessert wine with plenty of lift, it has aromas of orange tree flower, tea, nutmeg and raisins. Smooth, sweet and fresh, it has a persistent finish that will keep your lips smacking. Serve this with chocolate covered figs!

Rabitos (chocolate covered figs) are back in stock! We have individually wrapped pieces, 3 piece boxes, 9 piece and 16 piece boxes. Give these to your special chocolate lover for St. Valentines Day!


Celebrate and taste these historic wines at a winemaker dinner on Friday, February 26th at Andaluca Restaurant in Seattle. Established in 1879, Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (CUNE) is one of the best selling producers of Rioja. Join David Tindall of Pasternak Wine Importers at Andaluca Restaurant for a five course dinner, featuring the wines of Cune and Viña Real. Chef Wayne Johnson has created a fantastic menu to compliment each wine. Click the link for details.

To kick off the CUNE dinner, we’re featuring the tasty 2006 Cune Crianza Rioja ($12.99) right now at a new lower price! Warm ripe black cherry, notes of earth and minerals make up the Cune Crianza, and it’s “Fresh red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suave floral and mineral qualities. Pliant, juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors suggest a strong dose of garnacha, but there’s actually just a few percent in here… This is drinking well right now.” Stephen Tanzer

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites! The Spanish Table wine website has everything you’re looking for 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.

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day!


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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