Holiday palletWe’ve got some exciting new products that arrived this week, some customer favorites back in stock, and two new Rioja reds on the shelf.   Our online ordering menu now has a “New Arrivals” category to make it easier to find new deliciousness for your meals, including new wines.  From our home page, click on the orange “Order & Pick Up” button to view the menu of items currently in stock, and to place an order.   We will call you to confirm the order, take payment information, and ask if you would like curbside delivery.  We have some additional shipments in the pipeline, that will hopefully soon arrive so check this source for details on what has come in.   We will also continue to tell you about new products in our newsletters.

Open SignOur shop continues to be open 7 days per week and we adhere to the local health department guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  You may shop in person, or to order online, visit    If you have suggestions for improving the user-friendliness of our online ordering system, please let us know by responding to this e-mail.  Comments are always welcome!

Aljomar uncured Iberico BellotaJamones Aljomar uncured Iberico de Bellota meats:   A restaurant supplier offered this brand of uncured Iberico de Bellota to us since their primary restaurant customers are closed due to the pandemic. The Aljomar brand represents excellent value, containing two pieces per package.  Portioned, packaged, and frozen in Spain, find these in our freezer case.  We have Solomillo (tenderloin) and Pluma in stock, from Aljomar.    Made in the province of Salamanca, Jamones Aljomar is a family-owned company, founded in 1989.   We also continue to carry Fermin brand uncured Iberico de Bellota in several cuts.   Both of these meats need to be quickly seared before eating, and it’s best to serve it rare or just medium rare to preserve the exquisite flavor and tenderness.

CalissonsA pallet of French products arrived this week.   Some favorites that are back in stock include:
L’Abielle Diligent HoneyWildflower honey (excellent with soft cheeses); Honey with Propolis (an excellent antibacterial) and Rosemary honey (serve with hard cheeses).
Prince Lu cookies:  These never last long on the shelf, just sayin’.
Oui Love It!  Palmiers (crunchy puff pastry goodness with coffee or tea), Palet Bretons (Breton butter cookies), Langues des Chats (cat’s tongue cookies).  These cookies are a perfect pick-me-up treat in the afternoon.
Calissons de Provence:  Made of dried melon and orange with almonds, topped with royal icing, from Aix-en-Provence.
Nougat de Montelimar:   A french almond, honey and egg white confection, softer in texture than Spanish turron.
officer-smoked-cod-liverOfficer Smoked cod liver:  A popular French snack usually served on toast.  Also called the poor man’s foie gras, the Officer brand is renowned for its excellent flavor and texture.
Dried Beans back in stock, including authentic Tarbais beans for cassoulet; French Lentils du Puy; French Mogette de Vendee (lingot beans with a delicate flavor), Black Lentils, Green Flageolet Beans and Spanish Pardina Lentils.
Polenta from Italy, cooks in 5 minutes.
Thyme from Provence:  Widely used in Provençal cooking, this is an intensely flavored variety of thyme.  Sprinkle some over sliced onions, slowly cook in olive oil and top with grilled halibut or salmon.  It is an excellent seasoning for lamb and also great on vegetarian pizza.

Hazana Vinas Viejas RiojaNew Riojas in stock:
Hazana Vina Viejas Rioja 2015 ($12.99)   A classical style of Rioja, made of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano. “A custom cuvée made by Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan, the 2015 Hazana Vinas Viejas is a classic, old school styled effort aged 10 months in French and American oak. With medium to full-bodied richness, excellent concentration, and lots of chocolatey dark fruits, new leather, dusty earth, and graphite notes, it’s one hell of a wine [for the price].”    91 points Jeb Dunnick

Izadi-Reserva sideIzadi Reserva Rioja 2014 ($17.99)  100% Tempranillo from 45 year-old vines, aged 16 months in neutral oak barrels.  In 1997 the founder of Bodegas Izadi hired Mariana Garcia (former winemaker at Vega Sicilia for 30 years).  Together with Izadi winemaker Ruth Rodriguez, they developed the signature Izadi style – robust yet refined, modern and elegant.   “A generous plum, chocolate and earthy nose with subtle oak. Dry tannins are well integrated. An impressive modern wine.”  92 points James Suckling