Amontillado sherryCelebrate International Sherry Week at Paris-Madrid Grocery this Saturday, October 13 by tasting sherry!   From 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., we’ll be pouring tastes of several styles of these compelling wines from Andalucia.  Stop in, learn about the complex solera method of sherry production and taste the difference between dry, young cuvées to longer aged, sweeter blends.   We’ll also be pouring samples of a sherry-based fall cocktail.

We’ve received LOTS of exciting fall staples in the last week, from dried beans to Portuguese-style Linguiça, cheeses, spicy sauces and chocolates.  I’m listing just the highlights below; stop in, peruse, and pick up some new ingredients for the season’s hearty meals.

Emmenthal de SavoieEmmental de Savoie DOP –  Produced in Savoie, in the French Alps from cow’s milk.   Also known as “Swiss cheese”, it originated in Switzerland and is characterized by its small holes.  This delicious French version carries the E.U. protected designation of origin, which ensures a top-quality, traditional cheese.   Medium-hard with a mild but savory flavor, it melts extremely well.  It is excellent in grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with Dijon mustard.  One of the classic cheeses used for fondue along with Gruyere, it also makes incredible cheese sauces. (Think Mac N Cheese).  It pairs well with fall fruits such as grapes, pears, and apples on a cheese plate.

Sao Jorge and Beira Portuguese cheeses are back in stock.    These well-known cow’s milk cheeses from the Azores Islands are hard but sliceable. Very sharp and flavorful, they make an excellent flavor counterpoint to a buttery triple cream cheese in a fromage or queijo assortment.

Portuguese Bom Porto bacalhauBom Porto Bacalhau from Portugal – We were ecstatic when we found salt cod that is processed in Portugal, the country that so reveres this fish that they have a different recipe for it every day.  That’s right, Portugal has 365 different recipes using bacalhau!   Most salt cod is caught and processed in Newfoundland, but that commercial product isn’t as tasty as what is served in Portugal.  The Bom Porto Bacalhau is fished in Norway, then salted, dried and packaged in Portugal.
Sumol fruit sodas are back in stock.
Lupini Beans in Jar – A favorite easy-to-eat snack is back in stock.  You can buy the dried beans and cook them yourself (we also stock the dried beans) but we now have the ready to eat version as well.
Netos linguicaNeto’s Linguiça – Made in San Jose, CA this Portuguese style smoked pork Linguiça is excellent grilled or fried.  It’s also the crucial ingredient in Caldo Verde, a fantastic fall soup made with Linguiça, potatoes, kale or collard greens, olive oil, and water.   Click here for a recipe.
Idaho Heirloom Lentils and Beans have been replenished.   Making lentil soup?   Are you a vegetarian, or ready for a hearty side dish made of lima beans or great northern beans?   We’ve got you covered with this fresh shipment, which includes the Paris Bistro Soup Mix.
Dark Chocolates filled with pear brandyChocolates filled with liqueur – Our Christmas shipment arrived early but you don’t have to wait until the holidays to enjoy these.   We’ve got mini chocolates filled with a variety of spirits, a boxed assortment of 15 chocolates filled with liqueur, an Advent calendar with dark chocolate liqueur-filled assortment, and pear-shaped dark chocolates filled with Poire Williams Brandy.

We’ll be offering samples of this very fall influenced Sherry cocktail at our in-store tasting this Saturday.   Stop in and try it!   Recipe courtesy of DeMaison Imports and  Shannon Healy of Alley Twenty Six in Durham, NC
¾ oz Pommeau
½ oz Dios Baco PX
½ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
3 oz Isastegi Sagardo Naturala
Combine ingredients in shaker. Pour and serve.

See you soon in the shop!