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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

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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.

 SPANISH TABLE WINES

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.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

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.

PARIS GROCERY WINES

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

PARIS GROCERY FOODS

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

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