port tastingCome in and taste port at Paris-Madrid Grocery on Saturday, December 16 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Elaine Grenier of C&G Wines will be here to explain about and offer samples of several types of port.  Come in, taste and choose ports to enjoy over the holidays and winter months.  And find a great gift for a port aficionado!

Here at Paris-Madrid Grocery, we’ve got stellar gift suggestions for gourmands and cooks.  The shop is small, but the selection is tremendous.  We keep finding room for more great products!

MantecadoNew holiday sweets arrived.  This year, we brought in “Serie Oro” Polvorónes and Mantecados, in addition to the regular style.  “Serie Oro” is truly the gold standard when it comes to Spanish Christmas cookies.  Made by hand from a historic recipe, each cookie is individually wrapped and numbered. Creamy, fresh and intensely flavored, they are 50% almond.   Mazapan from Spain. Made in Consuegra where Don Quixote famously tilted at windmills, Peces has been producing these traditional marzipan figurines since 1915.    New this year is an assortment of mazapan and holiday sweets in a gorgeous ribbon-wrapped box.  Another favorite now available is La Mallorquina Hojaldres, a honey and puff pastry sweet from Leon in Northern Spain.  Traditionally served with coffee or tea after a holiday meal.  And along with our other turrones, Tortas Imperiales are in stock.  A style of hard turron in a round shape with rice paper coating, it is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Cinco Jotas Iberico Bellota JamonGifts for gourmands:  Top quality, artisanal foods make sensational gifts, and we’re loaded with them.   Get an assortment of ready-to-eat charcuterie, foie de canard, and pâté, (some of our cured meats don’t even require refrigeration).  We’ve got Cinco Jotas brand Iberico de Bellota, considered by many to be the best Iberico de Bellota in Spain.   Or pick up a whole leg of Jamon Serrano!    We keep one in stock but call ahead to make sure it hasn’t just been purchased, or place a special order for a leg of Iberico.   Add a selection of authentic French and Spanish cheeses and create a divine picnic gift.   We’ve also got French mustards, Spanish anchovies, whole piquillo peppers for stuffing, jarred white Gazpacho and a treasure trove of tinned fish.

Tarbais BeansGifts for cooks:   An assortment of authentic foods from France and Spain are a slice of heaven for the cook and pay dividends to the household.   Give origin-protected Tarbais beans for Cassoulet, Le Puy French lentils, or IGP Asturias Fabada beans with our Fabada meat pack.  (Click here for Jose Andres’ Fabada recipe).   French escargots from Burgundy are a treat, and can also be used in Paella Valenciana.  Our selection of Spanish-style sausages for cooking or grilling is another wonderful gift.    They freeze well, so buy extra for future meals!    We stock a full range of ingredients for making paella, including Bomba rice, saffron, broths and sofrito.  We’ve got paella pans and ringed burners for cooking paella outdoors.   Clay cookware, including tajines, are another fantastic gift for a home chef.   They come with lids or without, in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes.   They are extremely versatile and durable and can go from oven to table.  And finally, we’ve also got a great selection of inspiring cookbooks.

baby cieGifts for families and the home:  A new shipment of Baby Cie melamine just arrived.  BPA free and dishwasher safe, these adorable dishes come in plates, suction bowls, sippy cups, and utensils. Choose from a range of sweet patterns complete with French descriptions.  Another welcome gift for the family is a box of churro mix, a churro maker, and Spanish hot chocolate mix.   Make churros and chocolate with the kids on a blustery morning – they’ll love it! wood platters For the home, we carry Spanish wooden serving plates for Pulpo Gallego (Octopus Galician-style with potatoes and paprika), Argentinean-style wooden steak plates, wooden tortilla españole turners, cutting boards, mortars, and pizza boards.  For fun and festive table settings, our recycled green glass water and wine glasses look great with hand-painted ceramic serving platters or pitchers.  For entertaining, we have a great array of earthenware cheese plates and matching knives.   And an excellent gift for someone who has their first apartment, Duralex bowls from France are inexpensive and sturdy.

Larose Trintaudon Bordeaux 2010These great-value reds from Bordeaux are now back in stock!   

Château Larose-Trinaudon, Les Hauts de Trintaudon Haut-Médoc 2010  ($11.99)   2010 was an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux, and even modest bottles from this harvest should be snapped up.  Les Hauts de Trintaudon 2010 is an unoaked blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.   Medium to full-bodied it offers up aromas of red fruit with hints of earth.  Well structured with ripe tannins, its ripe black cherry fruit has length and balanced acidity.  We had this with paella last night and it was fantastic!

Château Larose-Trinaudon, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2010 ($18.99)   The big brother to Les Hauts de Trintaudon, it’s also 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, but aged in French oak for 12 months. Shows beautifully ripened black and red fruit with notes of vanilla spice.   Round and dense with noticeable grip, it has a hint of earth.   Very fresh with a silky texture.

oneline ordering buttonIn a hurry?  Save time by placing your order online and then simply stop in to pick up your items.    Visit www.parismadridgrocery.com and click on Order & Pick Up.   Select items from the menu, choose a pick up date and time.   We’ll call you back for payment information and confirm the order.    Fast and easy!