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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


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


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!


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


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!


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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Rewarded by Rioja Gran Reservas

Rewarded by Rioja Gran Reservas

May 28, 2009

Rioja Gran ReservaMy definition of rewarding: Scouring Madrid’s back alleys under dim street light, clutching a map, and finally stumbling into Casa Botin, the oldest restaurant in Europe. But alas, it’s full of tourists, and we start backing out the door. Then we spot the porcine room: shelves lined with splayed baby pigs in piglet-sized cazuelas. We are definitely eating here!! We order a Faustino Gran Reserva and discover that there is no better match for roast suckling pig than a Rioja. We eat. We drink. And, since that day in 1985, we are forever fans of Gran Reservas from Rioja.

Gran Reservas are not for fans of powerful, fruit forward wines. But for those who appreciate nuance, elegance and texture in their wines, there is absolutely no substitute. Every sip of a Gran Reserva is a history lesson, going back to the influence of Bordeaux winemakers in the 1800’s. But last week at the Vibrant Rioja tasting in New York, experts were predicting that in 5 to 10 years, probably no bodegas will be producing Gran Reservas! What, you exclaim, how can that be? The wine world is changing. And it is incredibly expensive and risky to craft a wine that will be aged for years before sale.  So if you are a fan of these wines, get them while you can!

One of my best days ever was last week’s Vibrant Rioja event in New York. We tasted through 15 Rioja Gran Reservas from vintage 1964 through 2002, including the best recent vintages of the century (1964, 1981, 1982, 1994, 1995, 1996). We are lucky enough to have a couple of these in stock:

1964 Faustino I Gran Reserva ($189.00) 1964 was a miracle vintage. Consistently across Rioja’s varied terrunyo and microclimates, each bodega produced great wines in this vintage. The 1964 Faustino Gran Reserva is a stellar example of the classic Rioja. Seductive and elegant, its subtle flavors of cherry and plum are well integrated with soft grained tannins and a persistent finish that slowly fades. Wonderfully balanced with acidity, this the ultimate wine to serve with lamb.

2002 Campo Viejo Gran Reserva ($19.99) Great value! Campo Viejo has flavors of dry cherry, plum and baking spices which expand and gain complexity in the mouth. With moderate tannins and balanced acidity, it finishes smooth and long. Serve this with grilled pork tenderloin.

We have other outstanding Gran Reservas, including a 1968 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva ($327.00), 1991 Paternina Gran Reserva ($85.00), and a 1994 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva ($135.00).



Mezza Country Olive Hummus

Kalamata, black, and zesty green Mediterranean olives provide a complex flavor to this fresh silky textured hummus. A perfect summer afternoon snack $3.49

Anjou Bakery Fruit and Nut Crostini

The world’s best crostini comes from Cashmere, Washington. Who knew? These toasted wonders are made with a perfect blend of wholesome grains, nuts and raisins. My favorite way to enjoy them is with soft-ripened cheeses like Odre, the Catalonian sheep’s milk cheese. $8.49

Fine Cheese Co. Crackers

These savory crackers are a unique range of flavored artisan crackers that are designed to partner with specific cheeses. These are perfect complements for everything from Velvety Monte Enebro to full-throttle Valdeon. 5.99 ea.

Quicos de Chocolate

Chocolate covered corn nuts dusted with cocao. Need we say more: salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolatey and totally addictive. 9.99 lb.

Matiz Torta de Aceite Sugared with Almonds

These are our favorite Torta de Aceites. Now $5.99, usually $7.99.



2008 Casal Garcia Rose Vinho Verde ($8.99)  We love this rose! A beautiful raspberry color, it has the slight effervescence of a vinho verde with dry strawberry notes. Crisp, refreshing and lively, this is wonderful with spicy Thai food.

2008 MonteNovo Godello, Valdeorras ($12.99)   The fruity and well crafted MonteNovo is fresh off the boat from Spain, and just in time for Seattle’s white wine season! Bright, with mouth filling minerality and lush stone fruit flavors, it is dry and crisp. The D.O. Valdeorras is in Galicia which is the epicenter of the Spanish fishing industry. MonteNovo is superb with any type of shellfish.

2006 Protocolo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ($7.99)   Protocolo is a perennial Spanish Table customer favorite and the 2006 is a stunning bargain! The Eguren family are top winemakers who produce Sierra Cantabria wines in Rioja and until this year, Termes and Numanthia wines in Toro. Protocolo is a red table wine produced by the Egurens who have applied their top-notch winemaking skills in the land of Castilla. With warm aromas of berry, this 100% Tempranillo has a depth of vibrant black cherry flavors. Low tannins are balanced by acidity and a finish of licorice notes. Perfect for a backyard party or on a weeknight when you want a wine that won’t blow the budget.

2007 Paso A Paso Tempranillo, La Mancha ($9.99)  The 2006 vintage was a fantastic under-$10.00-wine and quickly sold out. We’ve been waiting for months for the new vintage and it’s finally arrived! With all of the balanced fruit and robust aromas of the 2006, it is “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…” 89 points Stephen Tanzer

2007 Espelt Saulo, Emporda ($9.99)  This is a lot of wine for the price! A smoky nose with black fruit flavors, it made of 60% Grenache and 40% Carignan. “Strongly mineral aromas of vibrant cherry, blackberry, graphite and cracked pepper. Brisk and sharply focused, with racy cherry, mineral flavors and fine-grained tannins. A clean, brisk wine that offers impressive clarity and energy for the money.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer


RIOJA WINE DVDS:   If you’d like to learn more about Rioja wines, ask us for a free DVDs.  Our apologies if we run out (we just have a few copies) but the DVD can also be ordered for free from this link:  http://www.ciaprochef.com/rioja/  
For information about travel to Rioja, go to http://www.vibrantrioja.com/home.html



Flamenco: Carmona Flamenco and Guest Artist Ana Montes are performing at the Solstice Cafe on Saturday May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For information:(206) 932-4067 or visit http://www.fanw.org/

Pike Place Market Street Festival May 30-31: A benefit for the Market Foundation, the street will be filled with handcrafted artwork, live music, and delicious food. For more information, visit http://www.pikeplacemarketstreetfestival.com/

Have a great week, and we hope to see you soon!



Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners

Spanish Table

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