One of the earliest to realize the potential of Spanish Wines is Seattle-based Classical Wines of Spain. Established in the early 1980s just after Franco’s passing, which unleashed decades of pent-up ambitions, winemakers in Spain began discovering their historic traditions. Classical Wines of Spain was an integral part of the renaissance of Spanish wine and continues to identify talented winemakers whose wines reflect a sense of place. Marshall Jorgensen of Classical Wines of Spain will be in our shop this Saturday, December 7 from 2-4 p.m. to pour samples and talk about five geographically distinct wines from their portfolio. These compelling wines offer insights into the wide range of contemporary Spanish winemaking. Extremely versatile, these vinos are excellent choices to serve during the holiday season, and are also incredibly gift-worthy. The tasting is free.
New shipment of olive wood cooking and serving spoons – Utilitarian beauty arrived this week in the form of olivewood ladles, mixing spoons, spatulas and sangria forks. These are fantastic gifts for cooks or for your own kitchen.
Ceramic Olive serving dishes are now in stock- These hand-painted dishes have two or three compartments. One for olives, one for pits and in some cases, one for toothpicks. Give these to the olive lover in your life!
El Almendro Turron has arrived! Customer favorite, El Almendro brand confections just make the holidays complete. Our selection includes Marzipan figures, chocolate turron, crunchy turron with orange or sea salt, almond sticks, Turron de Alicante (hard almond nougat) and Turron de Jijona (soft almond nougat).
Wines to be featured at Saturday’s tasting:
Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio 2018 Penedes – Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and a touch of Malvasia de Sitges. Parellada at its best from high-altitude, gravelly mountain soils; intense lemon-oil aroma with firm acid structure enhanced by the rare glyceric Malvasia. Stony and aromatic, reminiscent of a French Chablis.
Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2012 – 100% Tempranillo, aged 12 months in French oak. A polished, tightly wound and elegant wine with refined floral/spice notes is supported by fine tannins for a silky texture. 93 points Wine Advocate
Volador Montsant 2017 – A blend of Garnacha, Samso (Carigñan), Syrah and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on llicorella (slate) and decomposed granite soils. Vines average between 30 and 50 years old, aged 50% in oak and 50% in concrete. Freshness and intensity is the result.
Xiloca Garnacha, Calatayud 2018 – Intense blackberry aromas are captivating. Freshness and integrated tannins invite a second sip. The intensity continues in a mouth-filling palate and a lingering fruit/mineral finish.