Valentine wine cheeseStop in to pick up our festive combo of hearty red wine with cocoa-dusted Marcona Almonds. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, the fantastic melange of flavors and textures will make you very happy.  We also have hand-made Valentine’s Day cards in stock.  The cards change with the seasons. 

Tinned fish restocked:
The shelves at Paris-Madrid Grocery are now loaded with our most popular canned sardines, mussels, tuna, mackerel, bereberechos (cockles), octopus, and fish pâtés.  In addition, we have these stellar new offerings:
New Tinned fishJose Gourmet smoked salmon in EVOO, in tins:  This is by far, the best-tasting, richest, lightly smoked salmon I’ve ever tasted.  Serve this salmon in a salad, make a rice dish with it, or enjoy with cream cheese and bagels.
Matiz brand Wild Cod in Spanish EVOO:  Made with wild-caught cod from the Eastern Atlantic, certified sustainable.  Tender and flaky cod with a savory flavor, it is prepared from traditional salt-cured fillets.  The cod is soaked and then gently poached in Spanish olive oil.
Stuffed piquillo peppersRECIPE: Last weekend, I mixed one can of Matiz Wild Cod with 2 Tablespoons of Matiz Olivada (black olive spread) and stuffed the mixture into six piquillo peppers.  I poured 1/2 cup of heavy cream over the preparation and baked at 400 degrees until the cream was bubbling.  Removing from the oven I sprinkled parsley on top and served this phenomenal dish.  It looked amazing as well, baked in the red cazuela that Paris-Madrid Grocery carries.

Along with the Cod and Olivada stuffed Piquillo Peppers, I stuffed additional Piquillo Peppers with slices of Raclette cheese and baked them together with the cod-stuffed peppers.  The Raclette-stuffed peppers were mind-blowingly fantastic and a snap to prepare!

espinaler piquillosEspinaler Piquillo Peppers are the best brand for stuffing. Grown in Spain’s Lodosa D.O. region the peppers are roasted over wood following D.O. rules.  The flavor of these Piquillo Peppers are head and shoulders above other brands that are cheaper, but from Peru.  You can find Espinaler Piquillo Peppers and Raclette Cheese in stock at Paris-Madrid Grocery.  

Arvor sardinesMouettes de Arvor Sardines in butter and garlic are easy to prepare and the flavor is superb.  The small sardines (6 per can) come packed in butter and garlic, ready to be quickly fried in the can’s juices and served.  They make a delicious first course or appetizer – simply serve the sardines on a crostini with the pan’s remaining butter and garlic drizzled on top.

BACK IN STOCK:  A new freezer arrived yesterday and these products are now available. 
Foie Gras 2 x 2 oz slices
Raw Muscovy Duck Breast – Make your own confit!
Merguez sausage
Boudin Noir
Bistro Sausage for cassoulet

Garlic Sausage
Iberico de Bellota Solomillo
Other frozen products such as bread, macarons, churros, and Maple Leaf duck confit should be in stock in a week or so.

Estrella Damm beerSuperbowl Sunday beers – We’ve got Spanish Estrella Galicia and Estrella Damm beers, along with French Kronenberg and Meteor beers in stock.  Serve the stuffed piquillo pepper recipes shown above at halftime!

Kopke ColheitasA new shipment of Kopke Tawny Colheita ports is in stock.  We’ve got bottles from the scarce 1980s (1980, 1981, 1985, 1987) and the oldest bottle in stock is 1960, in 375 ml .size.  Customer favorite Kopke 1985 Colheita is in stock in both 750 ($88.00) and 375 ml ($64.00) and rumor has it these may be the last bottles of 1985.  In addition, our distributor has two 3-liter bottles of 1985 Kopke Colheita Tawny ($482.00) that we can special order until they sell out.   The nights will be winter-cold next week so pick up a bottle of port to sip around the fireplace.

Izar-Leku Txakoli Brut NatureIzar-Lekua Sparkling Txakoli 2017 ($29.99) Izar-Leku Mahastiak is the joint venture between Artadi and cider producer Zapian to produce sparkling wine in the Txakoli zone of the Basque Country.  With aromas of green apple typical of a Txakoli wine, it shows complex notes of rice brioche with a lovely mousse of bubbles.  The dry finish shows a saline minerality, making it a fantastic pairing with finfish or shellfish.  Made in the traditional method, it’s a blend of 90% Hondarribi Zuri and 10% Hondarribi Beltza, hailing from the seacoast town of Zarautz. The vines are perched right above the ocean on raised trellises, growing on clay soils streaked with slate and basalt. Aged 30 months in bottle on its lees after the secondary fermentation. No dosage.  94 points Wine Advocate

J. Laurens Cremant de LimouxJ. Laurens Rosé, Crémant de Limoux Méthode Traditionnelle Brut ($17.99) A lovely, affordable bubbly whose gorgeous salmon color always enchants. It offers up a fresh bouquet of wild strawberries with a touch of watermelon on the palate.  Bright, rich, and with a kiss of sweetness, it is as easy to drink as it is to love.  Offers great balance, freshness, and delicate bubbles.  60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin Blanc, 15% Pinot Noir.