wood plattersWe ate dinner at the Buenos Aires Grill the other night.  As always, the Argentinean style meat courses were spot on delicious and together with the platter of empanadas, reminded us we should come here more often. The New York steak arrived on its typical wooden churrasco serving board along with razor-sharp steak knives.   It makes complete sense to slice meat on a wooden board, instead of on a plate, and the tablas de churrasco boards have a small gutter around the edge to catch all of the juice.   We carry these wooden churrasco boards at Paris Madrid Grocery, and they make great gifts for meat lovers.   We also carry wooden pizza platters, pulpo platters (for serving the traditional Galician octopus and potato dish), as well as “Vuelve tortilla” flippers – small wooden plates with a knob to hang onto as you turn over tortilla espanola.  (We have larger ceramic Vuelve tortilla plates as well).  All are easy to clean and use, and are made in Spain.

We’ve got a stellar selection of handsome olive wood utensils which are as beautiful as they are useful.  Choose from different shapes of mixing and serving spoons, slotted forks and spoons, round honey dippers, spatulas, ladles, salad serving utensils, and sangria forks.    These are always welcome gifts.

Graupera Oblong baking dishesOblong clay baking dishes.   Sized small to large.  The small dishes (7″ x 5.5″*) can be used to prepare individual servings of baked dishes.  When making something irresistible like Tartiflette, it’s best to keep everyone happy by giving them their own serving.  The medium dishes (10.5″ x 7″*) are perfect for baking enchiladas for two, roasting asparagus in olive oil, or heating leftovers.   The large dish (13″ x 9″*) is proportioned just right for pork tenderloin, baking a large salmon filet, or Mac N’Cheese for the family.    These heavy duty baking dishes are made in Spain and can be used on top of an electric or gas stove, in the oven, microwave, freezer or dishwasher.   *Measurements are the inside diameter.

Green glassware from Spain – Choose from footed dessert bowls, wine glasses, tumblers, water glasses or chalices made from recycled glass.  We carry wine chilling buckets in green glass that we’re offering for a special price of $1.99 each with purchase of a sparkling wine.

Hazana Vinas Viejas RiojaHazaña Viñas Viejas Crianza Rioja 2015 ($11.99).   This moderately priced Rioja over-delivers for the price.  85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, grown at 700 meters elevation near Logroño, from 50-70-year-old vines.  Aged 10 months in neutral barrels.  This is a custom cuvée made in partnership with wine importer Eric Solomon and winery owners Rafael de Haan and Nuria Altes. It offers up traditional Rioja notes of bright red fruit, complemented by earth and smoky notes.  On the mid-palate, ripe plum flavors unfurl, providing roundness along with spicy notes and good structure.    A tasty wine to serve with paella!   91 points Wine Advocate.

Clos de La Roilette FleurieClos de la Roilette Fleurie, Cru Beaujolais 2017  ($ 21.99)    – An old favorite is back in stock, and supplies are limited.    I remember tasting this wine for the first time and being struck by its balance of fruit, complexity and finesse.   The vineyard covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and produces wines that are beautiful when young and have the capacity to age 5-10 years, depending on the vintage.    The Couderts, owners, say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines (25 to 33 years-old) account for the richness of their wine. It has a deep blackcurrant color with a hint of purple, a restrained nose of crème de cassis, a rich, full mouth with aromas of cassis, black cherries, and a nutty character, and finishes with zesty acidity. This is a wine that ages gracefully and takes on the aromatic character of a Pinot Noir.    “The youthful 2017 Fleurie wafts from the glass with aromas of red cherries, raspberries and potpourri. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with firm but fine-grained structuring tannins and a long, tangy finish. It will demand a couple years of bottle age.”  92+ points Wine Advocate

Chateau Grand Francais Grand CuveeChâteau Grand Français Grand Cuvée, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015 ($22.99)  We’re glad to see organic viticulture trending in Bordeaux; in 2011, the Gironde locality which includes Bordeaux had the second highest number of certified organic producers, and it’s increasing.  Château Grand Français is a part of this forward-thinking movement, utilizing biodynamic practices as well as being a certified organic producer. The 2015 Grand Cuvée is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged in oak 10-14 months.  With enticing aromas of red fruit, vanilla, and oak, it is elegant and smooth on the palate with spice notes and excellent balance.  Well integrated oak notes provide roundness and complexity.  Silky tannins and a lengthy finish on this dry red.  With only 12.5% alcohol, you’ll be able to enjoy this excellent value without getting a headache.

See you soon and thanks for reading.