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Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

April 8, 2010

One of our favorite parts of this job (besides the yummy free samples we get to take home) is advocating for misunderstood or overlooked products. It’s easy for things to get lost in translation or misrepresented when they leave their native home. Beaujolais wine is often dismissed outside of France, and we often are left wondering why. The Gamay grape flourishes in the mild climate and gravelly soil of the region, resulting in a delicious array of ethereal wines. Perhaps they are misunderstood it because their appeal lies in a certain subtlety and finesse, whereas wines produced and consumed in the States tend to be powerful and brash. Beaujolais’ lightness and grace, however, is what makes them ideal for pairing with food– they match well with fish and fowl alike, and elevate the flavors of sauces, stuffings, and side dishes. It is easy to mistake a dark color and heavy body for complexity, but Beaujolais’ brilliant rubies hold incredible length and a fusion of aromas and flavors that are earthy, floral, and fruity. With the weather turning slowly towards warmth and sunshine, it the perfect time to explore (or rediscover) these undervalued wines, especially since they are available for truly stellar prices!

2009 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais Primeur  ($14.99)

The ultimate food wine: this is not a soda pop-style Beaujolais! The Chermettes were among the pioneers of sustainable viticulture in the Beaujolais and their wines are made in a traditional way. Using natural yeasts and little or no fermentation, Chermette Beaujolais Primeur is a true expression of terroir. Unlike many Beaujolais Nouveaus, it improves with bottle age.

2007 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages ($11.99)

Josh Reynolds said, “Fans of graceful, tangy, minerally Beaujolais will find plenty to like from both 2007 and 2008,” and this bottle is a fine example. The great-grandchildren of Joseph Drouhin still run the centuries-old winery. For their Beaujolais-Villages, the grapes are hand-harvested and some of them undergo carbonic fermentation. The resulting wine is graceful, with a refined, highly aromatic nose and silky tannins. Bright red berries, cherries, and peonies dominate, with the fresh fruit persisting on the finish. A convivial wine, ideal for dinners with Cornish hen and flavorful dishes, this wine is also a winner on its own.

2008 Terres Dorées Beaujolais “L’Ancien” ($16.99)

Domaine des Terres Dorées is located just north of Lyon, in the area known as “The Land of the Golden Stones.” The founder and winemaker, Jean-Paul Brun, is a relentless advocate for winemaking à l’ancienne. While Beaujolais has come to be associated with a “fruit candy” genre of winemaking, Brun makes 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: consider it a poor man’s Burgundy! 90 points Wine Advocate

NEW CHEESES AND FOODS AT PARIS GROCERY

We are thrilled to be carrying two kinds of charcuterie from renowned charcuterie maker Creminelli. We can’t pick a favorite so you’ll have to try them both!

Salame Tartufo

This award-winning truffle salame is the perfect example of excess being just enough. The delicate aroma of truffles allows the full pork flavor to shine through. $9.25/ quarter lb

Wild Boar Salame

Made from wild boar meat and pork belly, this Creminelli salame is seasoned with wine-soaked cloves and juniper berries. Lean yet silky, with a full, distinctive flavor, it lends an exotic touch to your recipes and charcuterie platters. $10.75/ quarter lb

Now in Stock!

Fabrique Delices Cured Duck Salami, Gabietou (raw cow’s and sheep’s milk cheese), Boursin Cheese in Roasted Red Pepper and other flavors, Griottines (morello cherries in brandy), and Scharffen Berger Roasted Cocoa Nibs.

NEW FOODS FROM SPANISH TABLE

Vlahotiri – Greek pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese. Slight elastic texture with a wonderful sheep tang, it almost has the same piquant bite as a raw goat’s milk cheese. $19.99/lb.

Queso Naboulsi– Fresh Turkish cow’s milk cheese. This dense, compact, squeaky cheese is perfect for salads and delicious served as a simple tapa. Fry in some tasty olive oil and toss in some herbs. Packaged in the grab & go cooler. $4.49/ea.

Parnassos – Greek sheep milk’s cheese. Made by Krinos. Packaged in the grab & go coolers. $10.99/ea.

Classic Seafood Stock – Great for paella! Made by More than Gourmet, Glace de Fruits de Mer Gold, no msg or preservatives. Also creates classic French stocks and sauces. Delicious recipes included. $7.99 1.5 oz.

Turkish Coffee – Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. Never had Turkish coffee? Well, we just got some in give it a try! $10.49 250g

Greek Olive Oil Soaps – 4 aromatic luxury bar soaps: Lavender, Magnolia, Musk, Pure Olive Oil (unscented) $1.79/ea. 4.4 oz.

Roasted Cacao Nibs – we pack them out! Great for baking and sprinkling on desserts! Scharffen Berger brand. $22.99/lb.

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites!

Go to The Spanish Table wine website for wines arranged by staff pick, by score, by price, and by country.

For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other products.

Visit Paris Grocery Facebook’s page for updates on new products.

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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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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Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

February 18, 2010

Our shelves are groaning with pleasure at the abundance of new ingredients that have arrived in the last week. At both The Spanish Table and Paris Grocery, a veritable flood of gastronomic specialties have arrived! We tasted, we slurped, we fell in love and generally worked our way around The Fancy Food Show in January and these latest products are the result. Add scrumptious new flavors to your meals with these culinary delights!

At Paris Grocery:

Riz Rouge (Camargue Red Rice) – serve this nutty Provençal rice with roast game hens or pork.

Pates and Pork Rillettes in 4.5 oz tins and 2.8 oz jars – perfect for porkaholics!

Red Pepper Chutney with Esplette Chili – the Esplette gives this Chutney a kick.

Provence Black Fig Jam – divine with goat cheese.

Lemon Curd – spread this creamy goodness on scones or use as a tart filling.

Sauce Aioli and Bernaise – great with poached eggs, wonderful with oven roasted halibut.

Truffle Mayonnaise – this will really take your sandwich up a notch!

E. Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Wafers – use for baking or snacking.

Dark Orange Chocolat Fondue: Warm for two minutes in the microwave and then start dipping strawberries, orange slices or just your fingers into this chocolate deliciousness!

At Spanish Table:

Cod Crumbs (Tacos de Bacalao): Tired of having to soak salt cod for hours on end? These cubed up pieces of bacalao take about 30 minutes. Soak, rinse and sauté in olive oil. If you’re a purest, you can have them as is. Toss them with cooked lentils and chopped piquillo pepper if you want to be fancy.

Dried Mulberries: High nutritious and highly addictive. Looking for a quick breakfast idea? How about yogurt, mulberries, chopped walnuts and honey to start off your day.

Tomato Jam: Everyone starts acting strange when you tell them how sweet tomato jam can be. I first tried it on salmon. All it takes is heating the jam up tossing in a little bit of chopped cilantro and topping a piece of sauteed salmon. Be adventurous and try it on a slice of toasted bread with butter.

Ajvar: This savory Bulgarian pepper and eggplant sauce is packed with flavor. Simply heat and spoon over meat loaf or toss with spaghetti and chopped parsley.

Picon Azul: Deliciously blue! This creamy Asturian cheese starts out strong but ends with a soft and subtle salty finish. When I tasted this cheese I couldn’t help but to want spread it on a baguette topped with grilled tenderloin and arugula for a spicy peppery note.

PARIS GROCERY WINES

On a bizarrely bright and mild Monday afternoon in January, we arrived at Campagne restaurant for “Vin et Cassoulet.” The bar was loaded with French wines and a chance to sample them with the eternal comfort food of southern France, cassoulet. The portfolio of wines did not disappoint, and tasting them with the hearty bean and meat stew only strengthened our feelings on the importance of the compatibility between what you eat and what you drink. We have brought to Paris Grocery two wines from that tasting that delighted us. – Rachel & Abi

2007 Les Restanques de Cabassole “Roucas Toumbas ” Vacqueyras ($40.00) Between Chateauneuf-de-Pape and Gigondas lies the high and stony plain of Vacqueyras, planted with old vine Grenache and Syrah. Vinter Eric Bouletin eschews all chemicals, commercial additives and synthetic material in his 3ha vineyard and in the winery, and his passion for this terroir comes through in his wines. Roucas Toumba is pure and poetic, full of red fruit and blackcurrant, supported by silky tannins. Notes of Provence herbs and spice round out the nose and it maintains a beautiful acidity and lift. Incredible with cassoulet! Only 300 cases produced.

2008 Domaine Castera Jurançon Sec ($16.99) This dry and lively white from Southwestern France is made from two native Basque varieties- Gros Manseng (95%) and Petit Manseng (5%) and is aged on the lees. Though relatively unknown in the New World, Manseng has a storied past in France: it is rumored that the lips of King Henry the IV were rubbed with Jurançon, and Colette claimed, ” I was a girl when I met this prince; aroused, imperious, treacherous, as all great seducers are.” We certainly have been seduced by its aromatic, refreshing qualities and lovely body. Bright and tangy, with green apple, tropical fruit and limestone notes; try with scallops in a light cream sauce!

SPANISH TABLE WINES

2008 Las Brisas, Rueda ($10.99) Las Brisas boasts a wonderful range of refreshing aromas, with lovely intensity. Made of 50% Verdejo, it is charmingly complemented by 30% Viura, and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a balanced and focused white with fresh aromas and notes of citrus. Clean and fresh, it has energetic acidity and a slight prickle on the palate. Excellent with ceviche!

2006 Valle Perdido Cabernet-Merlot, Neuquen Patagonia ($11.99) This suave and bold red from Patagonia, Argentina is an excellent choice to serve with burgers or steaks. Rich and earthy, it has tannic grip, brims with ripe black fruit and notes of coffee. The finish is smooth, elegant and long. An excellent value, it also makes a great sipping wine.

2007 Mano A Mano Tempranillo, Tierra de Castilla ($9.99) Mano a Mano was a best seller here at Spanish Table before it disappeared from the market. We happily jumped on it when it reappeared last week, especially since the 2007 vintage may be the best yet! Slow fermentation is followed by gentle aging in French oak, producing an extremely balanced wine. Expressive bright red fruit with notes of cigar box, vanilla and spice make up this robust red. A rich and dry persistent finish make this an all around great value. Recommended Value Wine (Under $25.00) Wine Advocate

2007 Castelo do Sulco Reserva, Estremadura ($8.99) “Well-balanced, showing plenty of elegance to the crushed red fruit, blueberry and wild plum flavors. Finishes with focused minerality that is accented by a subtle creaminess. Drink now through 2013.” 88 points Wine Spectator

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites! The Spanish Table wine website has wines 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. For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other products.

Visit Paris Grocery’s Facebook Page for the latest news from our sister store.

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

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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Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

February 4, 2010

We gladly waved goodbye to the construction equipment on lower Western Avenue this week. The chasm at Union and Western has been filled in and the street is now reopened to two way traffic. The detour is gone. Lots of street parking is now available, so don’t hesitate to come on down and see us!

Spectacularly beautiful, the Douro River’s precipitous terraces are the birthplace of port, Portugal’s celebrated fortified wine. But this region also produces sensational table wines which we’ve recommended for years, and these wines are finally gaining traction with wine critics.

We were fortunate to get a personal update on this area from Sophia Bergquist, owner of Quinta de La Rosa over lunch last week. Somewhat similiar to France’s wine estate classification system, in the Douro, grapes are graded from A to F based on the quinta (estate) that produced them. The steeply terraced vineyards can only be harvested by hand which guarantees gentle treatment of the grapes and selection of the best fruit. Sweltering summer heat ensures that grapes are fully ripened and generate structured reds with long ageing potential. Four out of the last six vintages (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) in the Douro were outstanding.

Quinta de La Rosa’s fruit is all Grade A and the estate has been family owned since 1815. One of the first in the region to produce table wines, they are such a hands-on operation that owner Sophia herself has even jumped in to pick grapes during harvest. For fans of plush, complex, full-bodied reds, the wines of the Douro should not be missed!

THE WINES OF QUINTA DE LA ROSA

2007 Vale da Clara, Douro Red wine ($11.99) Quinta de La Rosa purchases the fruit for this wine, which is a perennial staff favorite here at The Spanish Table. 2007 was a very good year in the Douro, giving Vale da Clara rich and perfectly ripened black fruit. With notes of black olive and a touch of herbs, it has ripe tannins and a long, smooth finish. It’s a great quaffer!

2006 Quinta de La Rosa Douro Tinto ($19.99) A blend of grapes that are used in port wine, this elegant red table wine is made from hand-picked, estate grown fruit. Enticing floral and ripe fruit aromas make it hard to tear your nose away from the rim of the glass. On the palate, delicate flavors of black cherry and currant have lift and a persistent minerality. Silky tannins and great balance make this wine a pleasure to drink.

2005 Quinta de La Rosa Douro Reserve ($42.00) Vintage 2005 in the Douro was rated 93-95 by The Wine Spectator, producing “balanced and powerful reds.” The Quinta de La Rosa Reserve is no exception. A rich and juicy red, it displays notes of coffee and smoke, earth and minerals. It’s got the stuffing to age well for another five years, and it will be a big hit now with any fan of muscular reds.
2006 Poeira 28 Barricas Douro ($54.00) Quinta de La Rosa’s winemaker, Jorge Moreira, owns his own north facing plot uphill from QdLRosa and Poeira is his personal project. Made from old vines, only 28 barrels (barricas) were produced. Terroir driven, Poeira is distinctive, angular and restrained. Loaded with elegance and finesse, it’s brooding black fruit is concentrated with notes of crushed rock. It’s got the backbone to age well for through 2017, although it’s absolutely delicious right now.

Throwing a Super Bowl party? Our favorite party foods are grilled chorizo sausages (try the GEM Basque chorizo which is now back in stock!) served with slices of Ibsa Roasted Red Pepper strips.

A cheese plate is always a hit – we recommend a mix of sheep’s milk cheese such as Roncal or Nisa, Caña de Cabra goat cheese, Young Mahon cow’s milk cheese and a creamy blue cheese such as Bleu de Basque. Serve alongside Spanish Tapas Flatbreads which are now back in stock, in Rosemary and Manchego Cheese flavors.

And which beer to serve? We’ve got Estrella Damm beer from Spain, Casa beer from Morocco, Sagres beer from Portugal, Tecate and Bohemia beer from Mexico.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER: Available next week by special order (6 bottles available):

2007 Alvaro Palacios L’Ermita, Priorat ($672.00) Alvaro Palcios is one of the star winemakers of the Priorat, and was an early pioneer of this region. 100% old-vine Garnacha produced from 70-year-old, head-pruned vines from a dramatically steep 2-hectare hillside. Harvesting is by hand, with multiple passes to pick optimal fruit. Aged in 100% new French barrique. Only 250 cases produced. “Bright ruby. Intense, mineral-driven aromas of spicy red berries, candied cherry, blood orange and potpourri, plus a sexy Asian spice quality. Tangy and sharply focused, with striking purity and energy. Sweet raspberry and cherry flavors are framed by silky tannins that are quickly absorbed by the fruit. Manages to be deep as well as vivacious, showing strong finishing minerality and a lingering note of star anise. This plays Lafite to the Dofi’s Latour.” 94 points Stephen Tanzer

Our new sister store, Paris Grocery, has an outstanding Facebook page with their newest cheeses, charcuterie and wines. Check it out and become a fan.

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites. Visit

The Spanish Table wine website for Spanish, Portuguese, South American vinos as well as Madeiras and ports. Orders are shipped from our Berkeley CA store which may have different inventory and prices than our Seattle store.

Click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other non-wine products.

NEW PRODUCTS/BACK IN STOCK

Padron pepper seeds: Spring can’t be far behind when the seed packets roll in the door! Start these indoors early, so that the plants will be full size by June and ready to start producing peppers.

Mloukia Leaves: We searched high and low for this herb after reading about it in Paula Wolfert’s Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking (p. 158). As described in the cookbook, the flavor is “fascinating – tastes like nothing else.”

5 liter plastic jugs of EVOO $49.99 We’ve had many requests for large containers of extra virgin olive oil since we ran out of the Ybarra brand. We’ve now got Sol de La Mancha brand in stock.

A new shipment of cazuelas arrived Monday. We’re now restocked with all sizes, in charcoal, and traditional earth color.

We look forward to Saveur Magazine’s “Top 100”

issue every January. It’s a compendium of the best kitchen products, new personalties in the culinary world, places foodies should know about, and implements of the year.We’ve stocked these hard to find items from Saveur’s list:

Salt cod (called Bacalao in Spain; Bacalhau in Portugal)

Argentinean Malbec wines (we’ve got 50 + Malbecs to choose from)

Lupini Beans

Olive Oil Tortas (new flavors Seville Orange and Sesame Sea Salt)

Sumac

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

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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Pyrenées Dreamin’

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

January 22, 2010

Steve and Sharon have been playing hooky at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, charged with the unenviable task of sampling hundreds of gourmet products to bring you the best of the fanciest food. While they recover from this backbreaking work, we at Paris Grocery have stepped in to show you some of our latest and greatest. But, ne vous inquietez pas (don’t worry), The Spanish Table portion will be back in full force next week.

For more Paris Grocery news, find us on Facebook. We heart our fans!

Pyrenées dreamin’

The Thursday afternoon hustle and bustle at Paris Grocery was pleasantly interrupted by Olivier, from Corsican Cheese Cellars, who came bearing gifts. The gift was in the form of Carine, a Pyrennoise by origin, who is dedicated to helping international markets discover regional artisans. Though many know the Pyrenées region as the rugged backdrop for some of the Tour de France’s most vicious ascents, fewer people have discovered the profound gastronomical heritage of the region. The convergence of French, Mediterranean, Basque, Occitan and Catalan cultures result in a rich and varied cuisine de terroir. Because this region is often overlooked, there is still a handcrafted ethos behind each wheel of cheese that comes our way. As we’ve sampled cheeses, chocolates and wines from all over France, we find ourselves drawn to the subtle depth of these Pyrenean treasures. The clean mountain flavors bring to mind the farmer who crafted them, and we can easily imagine how these cheeses are a daily presence on the tables of their communities. We are thrilled to have three new cheeses from this region and hope they will become a part of your daily table, as they have become of ours.

PARIS GROCERY CHEESES

Valle d’Aspe, Chevre

This aged goat cheese epitomizes an authentic chèvre from the French Pyrenees. Complex and delicate nuances: fruity, tangy, and a little salty. It finishes with an irresistible caramelized nuttiness.

Le Somport

A deliciously mild and creamy raw cow’s milk cheese from a cooperative of small producers in the French Pyrenees. The cheese is not pressed, allowing for a rustic, non-uniform texture. Nutty flavors with hints of fruit on the lush finish.

Ossau-Iraty

A classic! A raw sheep’s milk cheese from the French Pyrenees. Hints of mingling herbs and fruit, with mellow nutty undertones and a creamy, buttery finish. Excellent with a black cherry confit.

Back in stock: Truffle Salt and individually-wrapped salted butter caramels from Brittany!

NEW FRENCH WINES

2007 Chateau Picau-Perna St-Emilion

Recently designated as the #1 Bordeaux under $20 by The New York Times, this St-Emilion is an exceptional value in French wines. Equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and spiced with 18% Cabernet Franc, this wine is refreshingly fragrant and balanced, with the ability to age for several years. Juicy and with appealing earthy notes and hints of wet stone, it pairs beautifully with braised meats and lentils.

Domaine des Gatinauds Pineau des Charentes Blanc

Charente, the region where Cognac is produced, is also the home of a delicious fortified wine known as Pineau de Charentes. The Rivière family has been producing Cognac and Pineau on their estate since 1804, and have received many awards. Made from a blend of unfermented grape must and young Cognac, it is light and sweet with pleasing notes of nuts, dried fruits and oak spice.

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites!

The Spanish Table Wine website has wines arranged 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. Orders are shipped from our Berkeley CA store which may have different inventory and prices than our Seattle store.

For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other products.

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

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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Tasty Specialties for the New Year

Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter

January 14, 2010

The Spanish Table bid adios to 2009 by flinging open the pantry doors and throwing a party last week. In theory it was a small staff and friends party, but turned into a Bacchanalian feast with wines flowing and plate after plate of party foods. In a nod to our new sibling Paris Grocery, Spanish and French bites were served, including Galette des Rois and Cassoulet (recipe follows):

Serves 20 or more, depending on the appetites

8 oz D’Artagnan smoked duck bacon

8 oz Zoe Meats Bacon

16 oz Toulouse Sausage

8 Oz Fabrique Délices Bistro Sausage with herbs de Provence

3 onions, studded with one clove each

6 carrots

3 lbs dried Emergo white beans, soaked overnight and rinsed

3 Tablespoons olive oil

Fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

14 oz duck fat

5 lbs pork shoulder roast

Two (app. 1 lb) Fabrique Délices smoked duck breasts

1 large onion, sliced

18 cloves garlic, chopped

3 pounds canned crushed tomatoes

3 teaspoons pebrella

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

2 cups bread crumbs

Tie the clove-studded onions and carrots together in a double layer of cheesecloth and put with the beans, sausage and bacon in a large, deep, heavy bottom casserole. Cover with water at least 3 inches above the top of the bean mixture. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until the beans are almost tender, about 1 ½ hours. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Discard the onion and carrots in the cheesecloth. Transfer the beans and meat to a bowl, cover loosely with foil and set aside. When cool, slice the sausages and cut the bacon into bite size pieces.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roast the pork shoulder in a shallow roasting pan until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Remove and when cool enough, cut into cubes. Cut the duck breasts into bite size slices.

In a large casserole, heat 3 tablespoons of the duck fat over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onion and garlic and cook gently until the onions are translucent and golden. Add the canned tomatoes, pebrella, and cooked beans. Stir in about 2 cups of the reserved bean cooking liquid, transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees. Remove from the oven and stir in the parsley.

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Add the meat, stir to combine and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Drizzle with the remaining duck fat, and cook until the crumbs are nicely browned and the cassoulet is very hot.

NEW SPANISH TABLE WINES FOR A NEW YEAR

2008 Fedriani Lafitte, Utiel-Requena ($9.99) An equal marriage of Bobal and Syrah, this blend teases the nose with aromas of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with brooding black fruit and dark chocolate flavors, it has notes of earth and mineral. Finely balanced acidity envelopes a lengthy, dry finish. This would be terrific with beef short ribs.

2007 Castillo de Monesma, Somotano ($9.99) Somotano is a cool-climate region, lying in the Pyrenean foothills of Aragon, renowned for its success with international varietals. Modest in size, the region has received an outsized number of awards at wine fairs and trade tastings, and plaudits from the wine press. Castillo de Monesma, which is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah and 22% Merlot, is rich and smooth with an impressive complexity for the price. Full-bodied, clean and well balanced, this is versatile enough to be served with anything from lamb tagine to carne asado.

2006 Monasterio de Corias, Vino de la Tierra de Cangas ($21.99) Tierra de Cangas is a little-known wine producing area in Galicia located north of D.O. Bierzo, and

Bodegas Monasterio de Corias is a tiny producer working exclusively with the native grapes found in the mountainside region of Cangas. Produced from old vines planted in pure slate, the property yields a red wine packed with minerals. Made from a field blend of Mencía, Verdejo Negro, Carrasquín, & Albarín Negro grapes with a long maceration on the skins, it is barrel aged for 8 months. Bright and elegant, only a small amount of this wine is available. The Bodega produces only three wines for a total of 800 cases per year. Try it while you can!

SPANISH TABLE PRODUCTS FOR A NEW YEAR

This week’s New York Times mentioned Arrope, which is a concentrated syrup produced from unfermented grape must. They describe it as “similar to Italian saba, but more viscous, with toasty opulence.” We drizzle it over duck confit or ice cream; they “Spoon it on cheesecake, over poached pears or on fresh pineapple. A variation, arrope y tallaetes, is more syrupy, with pieces of candied pumpkin, and is delicious alongside cheese or cured ham.” We’ve got both styles in stock:

Ferianes Arrope 25.4 oz ($41.99); 8.5 oz ($17.99)

Mitica Arrop i Tallaetes (8.4 oz) $8.59

More ways to get the creative juices flowing:

Amazonas brand Harina de Camote (Sweet potato flour) $4.99/12 oz

Amazonas brand Harina de Garbanzo (Garbanzo flour) $4.99/12 oz

Delicias del Marino (Surimi in the form of baby eels) , packed in oil and garlic

Organic Yerba Mate ($1.99/box of 25 tea bags)

Just arrived today! Alfajores — the irresistible cookie filled with Dulce de Leche. An Argentinean specialty!

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. Click to view our Facebook page.

THE PARIS GROCERY WILL BE OPEN MONDAY, JANUARY 18TH (MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY).

FROMAGE

Charolais Affiné: From the granite plains of the Charolais region in Burgundy comes this beautiful raw goat’s milk cheese. Affineur Herve Mons achieves a harmonious balance of saltiness, sweetness, and acidity in this aromatic cheese. A must-try! $16.99/each

Cantalet Doré: One of the oldest French cheeses, Cantal was reportedly enjoyed over 2000 years ago in ancient Rome. Named for the mountains of the Auvergne region, this AOC cheese is often referred to as the “French Cheddar.” When young, it has a mild, buttery flavor that develops into a pleasant bite. $15.99/lb

Fromager des Clarines: Made in the mountainous region of the Haute-Savoie, this cow’s milk cheese by fromager Jean Perrin displays earthy, white truffle flavors. Rich and unctuous, this cheese tastes best at room temperature- served along with some sparkling wine! $17.99/each $3.99/quarter lb

Les Orphelins de Fromage : Help us find a home for our smaller pieces of cheese. Indulge in just a bit of your favorite cheeses, or give something new a try. Adopt a cheese orphan today!

MEAT

Rillettes: A rustic pâté made from meat that’s been poached in its own fat, simmered in spices and juices, then shredded and stored in some of that fat. Pounded into a delicious spread, it’s traditionally served with cornichons and mustard, along with some crusty baguette!

Alexian Duck Rillettes, $11.99 Rougié Goose Rillettes, $12.49 Also new to Paris Grocery: Andouillette Sausage Back in stock: Duck Leg Confit!

WINE

2005 Chateau La Grange Clinet, Cotes de Bordeaux ($13.99) 62% Merlot and the rest a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this is one of the best, ever, vintages for this property. Peak ripeness led to beautiful grapes, and a sleek wine showing freshness and great balance. Awarded a Gold Medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris with these laudatory comments: “fruity, well balanced, ample”. Exactly the type of wine you’d be served in a French bistro, it pairs beautifully with game hens and charcuterie.

Shop from home on The Spanish Table’s websites!

The Spanish Table Wine website has wines arranged 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. Orders are shipped from our Berkeley CA store which may have different inventory and prices than our Seattle store.

For products other than wine, click on The Spanish Table to purchase food, books, cookware and other items.

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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 – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.

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