Warm temperatures mean padrón pepper season is in full swing. These diminutive peppers are simple to prepare and explode with flavor in the mouth. Quickly fry in olive oil until blistered on all sides, top with sea salt and enjoy! Slightly sweet, with a green vegetable tang, they have a uniquely fabulous taste.
We’ve got chilled, bottled gazpacho from Spain in our cold case. Made from vegetables harvested at the peak of flavor, it can be enjoyed as a beverage, or eaten in a soup bowl. If you’ve got fresh cucumbers or tomatoes, take it up a notch by chopping and sprinkling them on top.
Pâté sandwiches with cornichons, French butter and mustard, take only a minute to prepare. The cool pâté is refreshing, and the crunchy cornichons give a delightful texture. Refrigerate the cornichons before serving to lower the temperature even more. Slice a baguette in half, spread French butter to taste on one half, and Amora mustard on the other half. Top our Duck mousse with port wine, or rustic pâté de champagne and slices of cornichons. Yum!
Pink wine is a great choice, and the selection is ever-expanding. We’ve got three Rioja rosados from Spain and one from Penedes made from the native Trepat grape. Our French rosés hail from diverse A.O.C.s, including Tavel, which only produces rosé, Beaujolais, Vaucluse, Loire and Provence.
The Sancerre rosés, made of 100% Pinot Noir, are particularly appealing right now, although act fast if you want to enjoy these, as both distributors are sold out. We have about 8 bottles of each in stock.
Domaine Riffault’s 2016 Sancerre rosé offers up complexity with a great price of $19.99 per bottle. Lightweight on the palate with mineral notes and enjoyable mouthfeel, this dry rosé is refreshing and vibrant.
Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre 2016 ($26.99) Made from Pinot Noir vines averaging 30 years old, there’s not much of this to go around as farmer Michel Reverdy plants only 3 hectares of it. If you’ve enjoyed their Sancerre blanc, you’ll be impressed by this mineral-laden, bold and lengthy rosé. Grown in siliceous clay and gravelly limestone soils, it offers up great texture and mouthfeel with a crisp and lengthy finish.
Le Galantin Bandol Blanc ($21.99) We loved Le Galantin’s Bandol rosé, but it quickly sold out. Fortunately, Le Galantin also makes a stellar blanc! White wines from Bandol are rare; only 5% of the entire Bandol AOC production is white. A blend of 60% Clairette and 40% Ugni Blanc from north facing, low-yielding terraced vineyards, very close to the Mediterranean Sea. Very fresh floral aromas have a superb textured richness on the palate with great minerality. Bright and energetic with a hint of wild herbs, it has a persistent and vivacious finish. A no-brainer with grilled seafood!
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