Spanish vermouthThis Thursday, June 29, come into Paris-Madrid Grocery to taste Spanish vermouth!    We’ll be tasting vermouths from three different regions of Spain, and the $5.00 tasting fee will be applied towards any purchase of vermouth.

June 29th is also the Pike Place Market Front Grand Opening on Western Avenue, so take the afternoon off to enjoy music, tour the breathtaking new market development, and make time for vermouth.   We provide $3.00 parking validation coupons redeemable at the Pike Place Market Parking garage, 1531 Western Avenue, with purchases of $10.00 or more at Paris-Madrid Grocery.

Vermouth (called Vermut, in Spain) has been a traditional aperitif since 1892.  Originating in Reus, near Tarragona in Catalonia, it is now produced all over Spain, and is in its heyday right now!  On our May trip to Barcelona, we passed bar after bar, serving vermouth from the barrel, and from bottles made in all parts of Spain.  Each producer has their own secret combination of botanicals, herbs and wine in their house blend.  You’ll want to taste an assortment, to find a favorite.  Traditionally served chilled with a slice of orange, or olives, it is excellent with boquerones, potato chips, or any other salty foods.    It’s also delicious in cocktails.

Tempier Bandol rose Domaine Tempier Bandol 2016 Rose Offering:   Rumor is, this sought-after rose is arriving just after July 4th!   With never enough supply to meet demand, the distributor sells out before arrival, and allocates the limited supply between wine shops and restaurants.   The price for the 2016 Tempier Rose is $41.99 per bottle, about the same as last year.   A blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault, the estate was founded in 1834 and their age-worthy rose has been called “the best rose in the world” by Robert Parker. Certified organic, the family also follows biodynamic processes.   We’re not sure how many bottles we’ll be receiving, but please let us know how many bottles you would like to pre-order by return e-mail or by phone at 206-682-0679.   Let us know the quantity desired, and credit card information.   You won’t be charged until the wine arrives and we’ve confirmed how many bottles you’ll be receiving.