Next Saturday, November 12 at approximatey 12:15 p.m., Chris Austin of Olé & Obrigado will begin cooking paella in front of Paris-Madrid Grocery, then he will pour tastes of Spanish and Portuguese wines along with bites of paella. At 1:00 p.m., the free wine tasting and paella serving begins; come earlier if you’d like to watch Chris prepare the paella.
On Friday afternoon November 18, Craig Richmond from Opici Imports will be pouring samples of Spanish white and red Riojas from Bodegas El Coto. These are delicious wines, great values, and pair wonderfully with tapas, charcuterie, and a wide selection of foods. The exact time of the tasting will be in our next newsletter.
These tastings are great opportunities to choose wines for the holiday season!
It’s less than 3 weeks until Thanksgiving, and our turkey vendor is taking orders for fresh, hormone-free, premium turkeys. Don’t wait as the most popular sizes sell out quickly. These birds are insanely delicious and deliver an incredible depth of rich flavor and moistness. We have two brands available this year, and the pre-ordered birds will arrive at Paris-Madrid Grocery just before Thanksgiving.
Now taking orders for two brands of fresh, hormone-free turkeys.
Mary’s Non-GMO, Free Range Turkey $4.60/lb, available in 3 size ranges: (8-12 lbs), (12-16 lbs), (20-24 lbs)
(antibiotic free, hormone free, gluten free, California raised.)
Premium Specialty Free-Range Turkey $3.79/lb, available in multiple size ranges: (10-12 lbs), (12-14 lbs), (14-16 lbs), (16-18 lbs), (18-20 lbs), (20-22 lbs), (22-24 lbs), (24-26 lbs).
(free range, hormone free, gluten free, Minnesota raised)
To order, it’s best to call the shop at 206.682.0679 or reply to this e-mail with your order (we’ll need the size and type of turkey), your contact information, and credit card information to confirm your order. We also need the date you’d like to pick it up (November 21, 22, or 23) – these fresh turkeys need to be cooked within a few days of pick up.
WINE CORNER – We’ve been tasting French Champagnes lately, and now have these spectacular bubbles on the shelf.
Roederer Collection Brut Champagne 242 MV Collection 242 ($74.00) is a reinvention of Brut Premier, revealing the power of blending, emphasizing freshness, singularity and a new perpetual blend with more oak-aged wines in the blend. Complex and rich with ripe tree fruits, and notes of brioche, this is a stunning Champagne. “The Collection 242 blend is dominated by Chardonnay which was of exceptional quality in the 2017 vintage. The perfectly ripe Chardonnay grapes lend the wine its aromas of ripe, sweet fruit complemented by subtle oaky notes. The palate is rich and ripe with a luxurious texture that coats the palate, the signature of an outstanding Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes from the Vallée de la Marne complete the wine’s broad, luscious, smooth and juicy character. The finish is energetic and fresh.” – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, winemaker “This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it’s concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. The new Brut Collection represents a step up [from Brut Premier]. 93+ points Wine Advocate
Pierre Péters Cuvee de Reserve Brut Grand Cru NV 750 ml ($68.00) These are sleek, racy champagnes, expressing a classic character of Côte des Blancs chardonnay. They are marked by their fine acidity and prominent minerality, yet while they are always brisk and chalky. “Sunny and Brisk, this wine describes chalk-rich Champagne from the Côte de Blancs. Based on the 2017 harvest, the blend includes more than 40 percent from a perpetual reserve, with vintages going back to 1988, all chardonnay from the family’s four Grand Cru parcels. Aged in stainless steel, oak cask, and concrete on fine lees for 24+ months. “…the latest rendition of Péters’ NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvée de Réserve offers up a lovely bouquet of citrus oil, pear, pastry cream, dried white flowers, hazelnuts and crushed chalk. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fine-boned, and elegant, with ripe but racy acids, a delicate pinpoint mousse, and a long, saline finish. As usual, this is an immensely refined Champagne that exemplifies the timeless style of this Mesnil-based Chardonnay specialist.” 95 points Wine & Spirits, 91 points Wine Advocate
A. Margaine NV Champagne Le Demi-Sec ($55.00) Serve sweet bubbles with dessert? Oh, yes! “The NV Cuvée Le Demi-Sec is a very pretty, attractive Champagne. Even with 32 grams of residual sugar, the Demi-Sec is not an especially obvious wine. If anything, I am surprised – positively – by its restraint. Readers will find a Demi-Sec that is all class and understatement. The higher dosage of 32 grams per liter brings out lovely toasted and spice character to the white orchard fruit flavors.” 91 points Vinous Media