GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS PART III – Easy Prep Tapas class $55.00 per person, Sunday, Dec. 2, 9:30-11 a.m.
If you’re looking for new recipes to serve this holiday season or beyond, don’t miss our third and final class of the year.  In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to prepare five savory tapas and one easy dessert, new recipes that weren’t featured in our previous classes. The preparation is easy and the results are stunning!  Price includes a copy of the cookbook “Paella” by Lorraine Turner.  To register, please call us at 206.682.0679 and confirm your place with credit card payment.
No refunds unless the class is canceled; however, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person.
Registrants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Must be 21 years old to taste the wine; a non-alcoholic beverage will be substituted for underage attendees or by request.
The cost of $55.00 per person includes a tasting of French bubbly. See below for more details and a list of dishes to be prepared.

Peces mazapanHay Mazapan de España!   Spanish Marizpan has arrived!    Choose between these almond-based sweets: “Huesos de Santo”, log-shaped confections with an egg yolk filling; “Figuritas de Mazapan” which are assorted shapes of marzipan; or “Surtido Mazapan” which includes pine nut topped confections, marzipan sweets and chocolate covered delicacies.   These are a holiday tradition!

Pons olive oilsWe unloaded a pallet of PONS Extra Virgin Olive Oils on Wednesday afternoon and are now restocked on these remarkable Spanish olive oils.    Founded in 1945, the Pons family estate comprises vineyards and 400-hectares of Arbequina olives near Lleida, Catalonia.  The top-quality estate olives go into the “Reserva” line of oils.  Pons also purchases olives from Southern Spain which are used in the “Familiar” brand.
We now have these oils in stock:
Pons Reserva Arbequina EVOO – produced from estate-grown olives harvested in December at optimal ripeness.  Has a delicate, fruity and almond flavor ($34.99/1 liter)
Pons Early Harvest Unfiltered Arbequina EVOO – produced from estate-grown olives picked in early November before fully ripe.  The olives are low yielding and harvested by hand. The olive oil has a bright green color and is a highly scented, dense and deeply fruity extra virgin olive oil with a spicy touch.   Unfiltered.  ($29.99/500 ml)
Pons Seleccion Familiar EVOOs – Single varietal olives including Arbequina (fruity flavor), Picual (intense and peppery notes) and Holiblanca (very fresh and grassy), $11.99/500 ml each.
Pons Seleccion Familiar Traditional EVOO is a blend of Cornicabra and Arbequina olives, which is a fruity, intensely flavored oil with a slight peppery note.  This is a fantastic multi-purpose oil with enough flavor for salad dressings, but also works well for cooking.   ($18.99/1 liter, $47.99/3 liter).
Pons EVOO Infused Oils – Ripe and sweet olive oils are infused with either Lemon Zest Oil or Orange Zest Oil.  Excellent for drizzling over grilled fish or fruit salads.  ($13.99/250 ml)
El Cortijo Canola and EVOO Blend – 50% Canola Oil and 50% EVOO.  A full-bodied and healthy blend of two oils, excellent for cooking.  ($28.99/1 liter)

New Port arrivals:
There’s no formal regulation for Vintage Port declarations – any house can declare a Vintage Port in any year.   But when essentially everyone declares, it’s called a general declaration, with the implication that the harvest was exceptional.  2016 was a generally declared vintage for port,and as wine critic James Suckling stated:  “The 2016 vintage may prove to be a modern legend for vintage Port.”   We now have the following two 2016 vintage ports in stock:

Dows, Smith Woodhouse, Romaneira portsDow’s Vintage Port 2016 ($124.00/750ml, $63.00/375 ml) “This packs a lot of fun, with a wallop of blackberry, fig, boysenberry and açai berry compote flavors working together, laced with a mouthwatering licorice snap note and driven by a fresh, well-detailed finish. A roasted apple wood accent is integrated as well, lending textural contrast through the vivacious finish. Best from 2030 through 2055.”   98 points Wine Spectator

Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2016 ($69.00/750 ml)  “A serious Port in the making, with dark currant paste, warmed fig sauce and blackberry reduction flavors pouring through. The brambly grip is deeply embedded and there are gorgeous ganache and licorice snap notes hanging on the finish. Best from 2035 through 2055.”  97 points Wine Spectator

Quinta da Romaneira LBV 2012 ($26.99)  This is a great choice in a ruby-style port that is ready to drink now.  “Romaneira is a go-to producer for fine LBVs. Its elegant 2012 is lovely, with expressive and seemingly rich fruit. For all of the initial impression of richness, the fruit is nicely supported and well defined. It seems fresh, with finesse, too. It is graced with velvet for texture and finishes with hints of chocolate, baked strawberry and herbs. It puts on weight and shows its power with aeration. The backbone is impressive.It should have the wherewithal to improve over the next decade and drink well for 20+ years. It is a terrific value.”   93 points Wine Advocate

Recipes to be prepared at Tapa Class on Sunday, December 2:
Morcilla de Bellota and Apple Montadito
Tapenade, cheese and jam on Torta
Piquillo Pepper stuffed with cheese
Patatas Bravas
Pocha Beans with Bereberechos in sherry
Bread, dark chocolate, olive oil
Cuvee Jean Philippe Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2016

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