Here’s a great way to celebrate the beginning of autumn. Pop open a jar of Spanish Table brand lemon-stuffed olives, which are now back in stock. Or grab a medium sized tin of Ybarra anchovy-stuffed olives which also came in this week. Actually, yesterday a whole load of tempting palate pleasers came in the door. Below, we’ve highlighted several new products and customer favorites that have been re-stocked. Visit the shop soon to explore the full assortment!
Elgorriaga chocolate cream filled biscuits. This Basque company has been making chocolates since 1770 in Irun, Guipúzcoa and their biscuits are positively addicting. At just $1.99 per 240 gram package, they won’t last long!
Ferrer Products: White Gazpacho. White gazpacho? Yes! Made with almonds rather than tomatoes, this sophisticated cool soup is also known as “ajo blanco” (white garlic). Thick and rich, cool and creamy (yet completely non-dairy) white gazpacho makes a striking presentation traditionally served with a splash of olive oil and a handful of green grapes floated on top. Ingredients: Water, almond, olive oil, wine vinegar, garlic, bread, salt, xantham gum. Ferrer brand sofrito is back in stock. We also now carry Ferrer Whole Piquillo Peppers in 390 gram (13.75 oz) cans.
Ybarra 3 liter EVOO in tin – Customers love this mild, buttery and affordable extra virgin olive oil from Sevilla. Pressed from 100% hojiblanca olives grown in Andalucia, it can be used for both cooking and drizzling. Now available in the gorgeous 3 liter tin, we also have the one liter EVOO and wine vinegar in stock.
PORTUGUESE CORNER: Sumol is back, in orange and pineapple flavor. Casa Mateus Tomato Jam is a sweet tomato spread, excellent with cheese or on toast. Portuguese Piri Piri sauce is now stocked in 1000 ml, 180 ml and 90 ml bottles. Piri Piri Chicken hot sauce is what the road-side Frango Asado (grilled chicken) restaurants marinate the poultry with before putting it on the heat. Lusitana Pimenta Moida (Crushed Pepper Sauce) is a fiery condiment for bean and soup dishes. Borba Extra Virgin Olive Oil is from Portugal’s Alentejo region. Made from the region’s local Galega olive, picked at peak ripeness for full-bodied, round flavors and a hint of spice. It’s the ideal oil for cooking Portuguese favorites such as potatoes, cod, and sardines.
WINES FROM DOMAINE HUËT ARRIVE
Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huet has been the standard-bearer for great, age-worthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world’s most compelling white wines—and in a remarkable range that spans sparkling, dry, semi-dry, and breathtaking dessert styles.
The Chenin Blanc grape has been identified with Vouvray since at least the 9th century, and many of its great vineyards were known by the 14th century. By those standards, the 80-year-old Huet estate is relatively young. Yet it was this youngster that established, once and for all, that Vouvray can produce profoundly great wines.
Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray Sec 2016 ($35.00) The Haut-Lieu parcel is the original vineyard purchased in 1928. It lies on Vouvray’s “Première Côte,” or “first slope,” which is home to virtually all of the appellation’s acknowledged grand cru vineyards. Farmed using certified biodynamic principles, the wines are fermented with natural yeasts. Nearly 9 hectares in size, it has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus – a deep limestone-clay – and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu. Aged in a combination of tank and large, older foudres, Haut-Lieu Sec wine from this vineyard contain 6 grams per liter of residual sugar. Rich notes of pear, this round, concentrated and mineral white will be even better with a couple of months bottle age.
Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray Demi-Sec 2016 ($40.00) “Delivers a beautiful display of purity and grace, with creamed Jonagold apple, star fruit, white peach and chamomile notes flowing seamlessly, backed by wet stone and fresh verbena accents. Subtle but persistent energy ripples through the very long finish. Drink now through 2035. 2,000 cases made.” 96 points Wine Spectator