June kicks off grilling season. It’s a great reason to stop at Paris-Madrid Grocery and pick up uncooked and uncured Iberico de Bellota meats or ribs, and a mix of great tasting sausages and chorizos. We have an extraordinary selection of frozen sausages, including spicy lamb Merguez, Duck Sausage with Figs, Boudin Blanc and Boudin Noir, Wild Boar-Pork Sausage and Catalan-style Butifarra. Get some olives, vegetable tapenades and crackers while you’re at the shop to snack on while the meat is grilling. A perfect side dish is tossed salad greens with viniagrette and Roquefort Papillon or shaved Manchego cheese. Grilled fresh vegetables with alioli or romesco sauce are also a terrific accompaniment. And as Father’s Day is just a week away, these products would all make a fantastic gift for Dad..
Vegetable tapenades from Les Delices du Luberon in Provence are made with fresh produce without additives, colorings or preservatives. The flavors are outstanding! Try red pepper with 51% pepper, sundried tomatoes, olives and capers; Artichoke spread with 60% artichoke, anchovy cream, spices and EVOO; Eggplant caviar with 61% grilled eggplant, olives, spices and EVOO. Serve these tapenades with Regañas (Spanish sesame crackers).
Olives: Paris-Madrid Grocery has a stunning selection of olives in cans and jars, including the legendary lemon-stuffed and anchovy-stuffed olives. We also stock non-pasteurized bulk olives which we package in-house. including Mantequilla, Castelveltrano, Lucques, and Nicoise olives.
GRILLING WINES: When grilling stellar meats, don’t skimp on the wine! Treat yourself to an aged Bordeaux, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape or an elegant Bordeaux to take the meal to the next level. We recommend:
Saintes Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 ($56.00) A single estate now owned by E. Guigal, this is the second wine from Saintes Pierres de Nalys but made with the same winemaking team as their top cuvée. Aged in stainless steel and foudre, this wine is elegant, full-bodied and balanced. Delivers finesse,with hints of licorice and tar. Notes of mineral and spice offer complexity on the on lengthy finish. This is really delicious!
Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin Bourgogne rouge 2016 ($72.00) Classic. A polished red, this delivers cherry, strawberry, rose and spice aromas and flavors. Balanced and vibrant, ending with a mouthwatering aftertaste. This shows a wealth of pure fruit and freshness with wonderful aromatics. 92 points Wine Spectator
Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien Bordeaux 2008 ($87.00) Here at Paris-Madrid Grocery, we’re big fans of beautifully aged wines and Clos du Marquis is one of our favorites. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, picked at full ripeness. The fruit notes are captivating, with a sleek and silky mouthfeel. It offers up bright acidity and freshness with an explosion of mineral. Great balance with firm tannins. Best if decanted for 1 hour before serving. This is a fabulous Saint-Julien.
And to finish the meal, serve an excellent port: Casa Santa Eufémia Special Reserve White Port SALE! (now $56.00, regular price $79.00). Founded in 1894, Casa Santa Eufémia’s ports are all made from estate grapes, which is unusual for port producers who typically buy their grapes from other growers. The Special Reserve is a 30 year white port, with aromas that are intensely nutty and incredibly enticing. On the palate, it is rich, smooth and lucscious. Complex layers of vanilla, dried fruit, caramel, roasted walnuts and spice have a concentrated weightiness on the palate. The lengthy finish slowly fades, leaving you wanting another sip. 6 bottles available.