Garcima ‘Andreu’ Paella Gas Burner Set
If you’ve recently discovered the pleasure of cooking and serving paella to your friends and family, and want to join the fraternity of weekend paella semi-pros (makes an ideal Father’s Day gift!), there’s no better way to go than with the ‘Andreu’ paella gas burner set! It’s likely to be one of your best investments, money-wise and time-wise, and makes cooking paella both hassle-free and fun! All you do is buy or rent a propane gas tank, hook it up, and get the show on the road. The ‘Andreu’ includes a 46 cm (18”), 12-serving, carbon-steel paella pan—sweet! Not only that, the burner comes with a three-leg stand with wheels and a utility tray, attached—talk about convenience! There is an additional hose attachment that needs to be purchased ($19.99) as it fits the unique Spanish fixture attached to the twin-gas rings. The Andreu can accommodate pan sizes ranging from 28cm (11”) to 50cm (20”). The set Andreu sells for $145.00.
Adapter Hoses arrived today! $19.99
Spain’s famous blue cheese is well known for its pungent and wonderfully complex and creamy flavors. Cabrales is made from a combination of raw cow, goat, and sheep’s milk in the region of Asturias in Northwest Spain. Cheese makers in small family-run dairies produce this unique blue using only traditional farmhouse methods. Wheels are hand turned and then cave-aged in the mountains of Asturias, where mold develops naturally within the cheese. The process results in a cheese that is firm, creamy, and sharp with a slight piquancy. Crumble on top of steak or burgers for a kick of flavor! We recommend pairing this cheese with a Spanish red wine or a sweet sherry.
New Wines for June
Torre de Oña Finca San Martín Crianza, Rioja $15.99
Torre de Oña S.A. was founded in 1987 as a single estate. In January 1995, this small bodega, with its 50 hectares of vineyards, was purchased by La Rioja Alta S.A., one of the grand, old bodegas of Rioja.
The Finca San Martín Crianza is made with 100% Tempranillo from younger vines in vineyards which surround the Torre de Oña winery in Páganos-Laguardia, Álava. Medium-high depth, intense cherry red, with a clean, bright pink rim. The nose stands out for its intense aromas of red blackberries, wild strawberries and hints of underbrush set against a balsamic background of aniseed, sweet licorice, cinnamon and cedar to round off a fine bouquet. Very noticeable velvety texture in the mouth, with well-balanced acidity and elegant, pleasant tannins, giving way to a fresh aftertaste in which the nuances of ripe fruit and licorice showcase the typicity of this Rioja Alavesa wine. The wine is aged for eighteen months in a combination of new, American and second and third-use, French oak.
Chateau Pas du Cerf ‘Le Merle’ Côtes de Provence Rosé $14.99
A delicious blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Carignan. This rosé wine is grown on hillsides overlooking the sunny Mediterranean in Provençe.
Beautiful pale color with peach nuances. Fruity aromas of peach, melon, and English candy with a mineral note. The mouth is soft, silky, feminine, delicate, and very slightly sweet, ending in a refreshing note which invites another taste. A real springtime pleasure.
2014 Capçanes Mas Donís Old Vines Montsant $11.99
An old favorite returns sporting a new look that’s quite attractive. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah from 50 year-old vines. Medium ruby color, with violet highlights. The Mas Donís possesses a rich mouthfeel and texture, with wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs. The wine is well-integrated, with smooth, vanilla, toasty notes; loads of sweet vibrant fruit. The Mas Donís is medium to full-bodied, with soft tannins and nicely refreshing finish. Aged for nine months in a combination of American and French oak barrels.
2016 Domaine de Rimauresq ‘Cru Classé’ Blanc, Côtes de Provence $12.99
Rimauresq takes its name from the Real Mauresque, the river that flows through the vineyards. The domaine sits at the foot of the Massif des Maures mountain range, 20 minutes from Toulon. With a unique microclimate, the estate benefits from both the cooling mistral winds and the shade of the mountains above. This shade gives a longer ripening period in the crucial weeks prior to harvest. Nine noble grape varieties are found at Rimauresq, including Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Tibouren for the rosés.
A round, medium-bodied white wine made from 100% Rolle, also known as Vermentino. Possesses citrus and floral notes, with a hint of sage. The mineral finish adds to the wines allure. Excellent with shellfish or as an aperitif.
Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce
Recipe adapted from The Foods & Wines of Spain by Penelope Casas $37.50
¼ pound Roquefort or Cabrales
4 teaspoons white wine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon butter
4 steaks, such as rib or club, 1 inch thick
Mix together in the top of a double boiler the cheese, wine, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, paprika, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Keep the sauce warm while the steak is cooking.
Heat the butter in a skillet until it starts to brown. Sauté the steaks until cooked to taste. Remove to a warm platter. Deglaze the pan with water or broth and season with salt. Add 2 tablespoons of these juices to the cheese sauce. Pour the sauce over the steaks and serve immediately. A full-bodied wine is a fitting accompaniment, as is a green salad.