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Padron Plants are Here!

Our sunny winter weather has us thinking of gardening, and how great it was to fry up all of those Padron Peppers last summer! We’ve now got Padron plants for sale at Spanish Table for $4.99 each. Don’t plant them outside yet; keep them indoors in a sunny window and let them grow until it’s consistently above 45 degrees at night, (mid-May or early June).

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

March 19, 2010

SPANISH TABLE WINES

With St. Patrick’s Day over and the craving for green beer satisfied, we’re turning our attention back to wine. Here are some great finds, all for under $20.00!

2008 Los Bayos Joven, El Bierzo ($7.99) It’s rare to find a wine from the El Bierzo region for this price, especially one produced from 40 year old vines. Made of 100% Mencia, Los Bayos displays all of the minerality and black fruit flavors typical of this grape. With aromatics of earth, ripe berries and leather, the body is rich with concentrated notes of boysenberry liqueur and hints of chocolate. It’s got impressive length, and is an all around excellent wine for this price!

2008 Benaza Mencia, El Bierzo ($13.99) This Burgundian-style Mencia is loaded with black fruit, notes of earth and abundant minerality. “Bright ruby. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with notes of cracked pepper, licorice and violet adding complexity. Refreshingly bitter dark berry flavors are given spine by a tangy mineral quality and betray no rough edges. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity and a bitter cherry skin quality. This will be very flexible at the table.” Stephen Tanzer 2007

Emilio Moro Finca Resalso, Ribera del Duero ($13.99) “The 2007 Finca Resalso was sourced from younger vines and aged in French oak for four months. Dark ruby-colored, it emits an enticing perfume of mineral, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it reveals an elegant personality, savory, spicy flavors, good depth, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next four years. The Moro family has been making wine in Ribera del Duero for over 120 years.” 90 points Wine Advocate 2007

D’Este Vinos El Molinet, Valencia ($14.99) “80% tempranillo and 20% cabernet sauvignon. Deep, bright red. Fresh red berry and baking spice aromas are strikingly brisk and focused. Racy, light-bodied raspberry and cherry flavors are unencumbered by tannins but nicely framed by juicy acidity. Pinot-like in its vivacious, red-fruit expression and firm finishing cut. This is really delicious.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer 2007

Volver La Mancha ($15.99) “…(100% tempranillo). Bright purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry, incense and cocoa powder are complemented by a suave smoky quality. Plush, creamy dark berry flavors possess plenty of weight but are energized by racy minerality. Chewy tannins arrive with air, adding grip to the broad, sappy, persistent finish. Complex enough to enjoy now.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer

NEW PRODUCTS AT SPANISH TABLE:

Bacalao (salt cod) fillets and pieces; Greek Olive Mix: Mt. Athos Green, Chalkididi, Kalamata and black oil cured olives finished with a sprinkle of wild herbs; Pirámides de sal: Coarse sea salt flakes in the shape of pyramids; Revilla Chorizo Español: Stop by and try a sample this weekend. We’ll cut pieces to order. Pitted Dates: Stuff with Cabrales blue cheese and wrap them in bacon as a tapa. Sweet, savory, and delicious!

Arriving this afternoon: Paella Pans of all sizes!

PARIS GROCERY NEWS

Tomorrow is the first official day of spring, and we at Paris Grocery are ready to welcome it with open arms. And tastebuds. We’re thinking apéritifs, charming sweets in pastel palettes, frisée salad with lardons and poached egg, and a tangy goat cheese that evokes the fresh flavors of the season.

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry: The only Vermouth with an AOC designation, Dolin has none of the cloying sweetness or overly bitter qualities found in bottom-shelf Vermouths. $13.99/each. Fee Brothers Bitters: Try all three flavors in your artisan cocktails: Old-Fashioned, Orange, and Mint. Calissons: A traditional treat from Aix-en-Provence. A chewy paste of almonds, sugar, and Cavaillon melon with a touch of orange rind and just the right amount of royal icing. Marshmarshmallow Ropes: Do like the cool enfants and eat these adorable ropes right out of the package! Lemon, Raspberry or Violet flavors, $1.99 each Lardons: Simply cut into cubes and fry for a rich, salty, and crispy addition to frisée salad, quiche, soups, tarte flambée, even Brussels sprouts. La Pointe Goat Cheese: A farmhouse goat cheese from the Loire Valley, this creamy, slightly crumbly cheese has initially herbaceous and milky aromas, which intensify into a tangy finish. A Sauvignon Blanc would perfectly accent its delicate fruitiness. $19.99/each

FLAMENCO SHOWS COMING UP

At La Taberna del Alabardero, March 25th, 26th and 27th: Jesus Montoya Flamenco Company performs.

At Cafe Paloma, 93 Yesler Way Saturday March 20th: Arte Flamenco Reservations: 206-405-1920.

At Cafe Solstice, Saturday March 27th: Carmona Flamenco with guest artist Ana Montes.

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

Sincerely,

Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

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

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

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

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Remelluri: Rioja’s First Chateau Style Winery

Remelluri: Rioja’s First Chateau Style Winery

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July 16, 2009

remelluri2Visiting Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri in Rioja was like strolling the grounds of an immaculate Tuscan villa. Italian cypress trees and beds of lavender line the driveway; ancient fig and olive trees surround the vineyards. Roses and wisteria climb a profusion of trellises; only a nearby castle reminds you that you’re in Spain. A sense of serenity and peace pervade the grounds, a legacy perhaps from the monks of the Monastery of Tolono who made wine here in the 15th century. remelluri3At the end of the 18th century, some of these vineyards were in the hands of Manuel Quintano, the cleric who introduced the wine-making methods of the Medoc to Spain to produce the first Spanish red wines aged in the cask. In the 1960’s, the Granja was purchased by its current owners, Jaime and Amaya Rodrogiuez Salis who dedicated themselves to bringing the vineyards back to their former glory, replanting with local varieties of Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Viura grapes and building the current bodega on the ruins of the old monastic buildings. Jaime and Amaya’s rock star winemaker son, Telmo Rodriguez cut his oenological teeth here and now has his own projects in several regions of Spain.

remelluri4The vineyards are located at the foot of the Tolono mountains, at an elevation of up to 800 meters. The soil is poor, and extreme temperature fluctuations between night and day from August to the end of October make maturation slow and produce grapes of superb quality. North winds lower the risk of pests resulting from humidity. Vineyards are tended sustainably but are not certified organic. Remelluri’s goal is to obtain healthy, ripe, concentrated, low-yield grapes. They do not irrigate. They select and graft their own plants. They do not use herbicides, systemic products or chemical fertilizers. Only organic compost and manure are used, with traditional methods such as copper, sulphur and chalk as preventive treatments. One of the vineyards was planted in 1875, before the arrival of phylloxera.

remelluri5THE SINGLE ESTATE WINES OF REMELLURI

Malolactic fermentation takes place for one month in large French tinas which are more than 100 years old. The estate has 80 plots with 256 microclimates, which are vinified separately. After rackings and tastings, the tinas with the best wine are selected to make Remelluri and blended. The blend is placed into small oak barricas for aging from 12 to 15 months, followed by a couple of years of bottle aging. Remelluri’s first vintage was 1971.

 

2004 Remelluri Rioja Tinto ($34.99) We tasted this at the winery and were blown away by the luscious fruit and full body with notes of white pepper. This powerful Rioja will keep improving over the next 4 to 5 years. “Captivating aromas of cherry, cured meat, tobacco and licorice. Lush and juicy, with fresh red and dark fruit flavors, silky tannins and slow-mounting herbal qualities. Turns sweeter on the finish, with sexy oak spices lingering seductively. This is really delicious and already complex enough to enjoy in the near term.” 93 points Stephen Tanzer

Wednesday’s New York Times wrote a fascinating, in-depth article about the wines of Ribera Sacra made from the mencia grape. A little-known region in Galicia, it is characterized by slate soils, terraced hillsides and silky wines with a wealth of minerality, sometimes reminiscent of Burgandy. We have two wines mentioned in the article: D. Ventura 2006 Vina Caneiro ($25.99) and 2007 Alodio ($17.99). To read the article, follow this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/07/14/dining/20090715-pourSUB-slideshow_index.html?ref=dining

PICNIC WINES FOR HOT WEATHER

2007 Basa, Rueda ($11.99) A snappy blend of Verdejo, Viura and a splash of Sauvignon Blanc give this white wine a hint of fresh grassiness. Rich flavors of white plum, peach and grapefruit abound. Versatile enough to pair with cheese or spicy Asian foods, it is absolutely refreshing on a hot day.

2007 Dom Martinho rose, Estremoz ($8.99) Rothschild-Lafite acquired this estate in 1992 and since has brought the vineyards back to immaculate condition, as only the Rothschilds can do. Dom Martinho rose is fresh and clean, with vibrant strawberry-raspberry flavors. With great acidity and hints of mineral, this is an all around versatile, refreshing wine to pair with grilled seafood or just for sipping.

2008 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rose, Aix en Provence ($15.99) When Muga rosado, our favorite light rose from Spain sold out in a matter of weeks – just as summer was kicking in – we found the closest substitute, which happened to be from southern France. Light salmon colored, it has wild strawberry and nectarine flavors. Juicy, crisp and refreshing – what could be more perfect on a hot day? 89 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Paso A Paso Tempranillo, La Mancha ($9.99) “Vivid purple. Complex aromas of cherry, anise, cracked pepper and pungent herbs; not many $10.00 wines have this much going on. Rich cherry and dark berry flavors are modestly concentrated but strikingly pure, showing impressive mineral snap. Leaves sweet blueberry and and candied licorice notes behind on the long, sappy finish.” 89 points Josh Reynolds, IWC

2007 Dehesa Gago, Toro ($17.99) Both Basa and Dehesa Gago are produced by winemaker Telmo Rodriguez, who grew up on the Remelluri estate. Consistently, the Dehesa Gago delivers ripe fruit, structure and elegance. ” Bright medium red. Spicy redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by fresh flowers and minerals. Light and juicy, offering refreshing raspberry and blackberry flavors and very good mineral lift. There’s a pinot-like elegance here that I find extremely appealing. Finishes brisk and persistent.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer

 

NEW ARRIVALS THIS WEEK

Our container from Spain arrived on Wednesday containing Stuffed Olives and paella making cookware:

Carbon steel, Enameled, and Stainless Steel Paelleras in various sizes are back in stock.

Butanos for cooking paella outdoors – All sizes are back in stock!

Round Iron Fire rings: Cook your paella on one of these rings over a fire in the backyard or at the beach.

Montegrato Stuffed Manzanilla Olives – Choose from 6 different stuffings

Salmon stuffed, Tuna stuffed, Blue Cheese, Feta, Shrimp, and Anchovy stuffed.

 

FLAMENCO PERFORMANCES

Saturday July 18 Live Flamenco at Casablanca Restaurant and Lounge, 113 Virginia Street, Seattle 206-448-3590 Guitar: Tyson Hussey, Vocals/dance: Esther Marion, Dance: Savannah Fuentes, Veronica Barrera 8:30 pm & 10:00 pm Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday July 25th Carmona Flamenco 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20.00 cover, no reservaqtions, Solstice Cafe, 4116 University Ave. N.E. More information at (206) 932-4067 or marcos@fanw.org

 

Enjoy the summer weather and hope to see you soon!

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

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