Valdelacasa wineNEW DATE FOR WINE TASTING IS FEBRUARY 3.   Last week’s newsletter invited everyone to the Bodegas Frontaura and Nexus wine tasting in the shop on Jan. 27.   Please note, the date for the tasting has changed to Saturday, February 3.   We apologize if this causes any inconvenience.  Please come on February 3 between 2 pm and 4 pm to taste some outstanding red wines from Ribera del Duero and Toro, such as Dominio de Valdelacasa Tempranillo.

Protocolo tinto20+ TASTY WINES FOR UNDER $10.00:   Boatloads of cheap wine abound.  Some of it is swill, and others are truly enjoyable bottles, like the everyday wines sold in French and Spanish grocery stores for a couple of Euros.  These are wines one doesn’t want to overthink, but are pleasurable companions to charcuterie plates, tapas or even a handful of nuts.   We’ve put together a selection of over 20 Spanish, French and Portuguese wines that sell for under $10.00.  Stop in and pick up a few of these new wallet-friendly wines.  Here are some of the new arrivals:

Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2015, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ($6.99)   Protocolo continues to overdeliver year after year, perhaps because they are owned by esteemed Rioja producer Sierra Cantabria and crafted by the same winemaker.  Sierra Cantabria was established in 1870 and the 5th generation of the family continues the founder’s dedication to superb viticulture.   Committed to growing grapes naturally in all of their vineyards with respect for the land and the environment, their philosophy at Protocolo is “great wines for daily consumption.”   100% Tempranillo from 30 to 70 year old vines, it shows aromas of smoke and dust.   With a depth of red berry fruit and spice, it has a lively mouthfeel.  Clean and well balanced, with lift and perfectly ripened fruit, it is medium to full-bodied.   A daily drinker that shows off the charming nature of Tempranillo.

evodia garnachaEvodia Garnacha 2015, Calatayud ($8.99)  100% Garnacha from 40 to 100 year old vines, planted in pure schist soils in a 3300 foot elevation vineyard.   Aged in large French oak barrels, Evodia is a consistent favorite among Garnacha lovers.   Full-bodied, it delivers a load of floral notes and concentrated fruit.   Notes of mineral, black-pepper and Asian spice notes add complexity to the fruit.

menade verdejoMenade Verdejo 2015, Rueda $8.99  Made with organic grapes, Menade shows an enticing bouquet of white flowers.   On the palate, there’s a bit more weight and flavors of pear than I’ve found in other Verdejo wines.  No grassiness here, just bright notes of citrus and mineral.   Great texture, with a clean and dry finish.   Only $8.99!

Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Vdp France ($8.99)    This hearty red from the south of France is best after 30 minutes of air.    It opens up to reveal aromas of ripe Marionberry fruit and hints of tobacco.   Full-bodied, bright and lifted, Villa des Anges Cabernet has structure and ripe tannins on the finish.   It’s a lot of wine for $8.99!

Saumur blancSaumur Lieu-dit Les Epinats Blanc 2015, Saumur ($9.99)   This isn’t a new arrival to our shelves, but it is truly delicious.  100% Chenin Blanc from 20-year-old vines, planted in Silex and rocky-clay soils, aged on lees for 4 months in stainless steel tank.  White fruit notes have a light creamy texture, with a background of flint.   Rich and balanced, with a clean and dry finish.   Excellent with seafood.

Duck RillettesTrois Petits Cochons Duck Rillettes $16.49
This confit-style spread is made by slow-cooking duck, along with salt, pepper, and spices in duck fat. The slow-cooking process renders an irresistibly rich and tender spread. All natural, with no added hormones or antibiotics, this is fantastic for picnics or parties. Serve this savory delicacy with a rustic baguette for a simple yet satisfying hors-d’oeuvre.

monte enebro cheeseMonte Enebro cheese is back in stock!   A World Cheese Award winner, this goat cheese hails from Avila where one man makes this phenomenal queso.  Coated with ash, it is spreadable and melts on your tongue.  Creamy and tangy with a mild bite, this is one full-flavored cheese.