Oloroso & Cream sherryCome to Paris-Madrid Grocery tomorrow, Saturday April 29 to taste sherries!  We’ll be pouring samples from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and featuring rich-style sherries that pair wonderfully with cheese, roasted nuts, and desserts.  The line-up will include traditional styles along with special bottles from older soleras, to show how beautifully sherry develops with more aging.  Some of these are also excellent served chilled, with a slice of orange.  The price is $5.00 per person.

Sharon's paella in contestComing up in May (Saturday, May 13)  Paella Cooking Demo & Spanish Wine Tasting at Paris-Madrid Grocery – Learn how to make paella at our cooking demonstration in front of the shop on Saturday, May 13.  The paella cooking will begin at 12:30 p.m., and samples will be served at about 1:30 p.m.  From 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., we’ll have an in-store wine tasting of El Coto Riojas.  Cost:  $5.00 per person  Don’t miss this popular event!

Just in time for warm weather, we’ve received these 2022 French roses:
cicadas song roseCicada’s Song Rosé, 2022 IGP Var-Provence
($19.99) This certified organic rosé is an innovative blend of 75% Tibouren & 25% Rolle. Very bright with floral aromas, notes of red berries and melon.  A touch of herbs and white pepper on the finish gives a savory complexity and invigorating snap. It was terrific with grilled halibut the other night!  The grapes in Cicada’s Song include Tibouren, an ancient Provençal rarity with a genuine scent of the garrigue, the herby scrub of southern France. DNA analysis has shown it is the same grape as Liguria’s Rossese di Dolceacqua. (JancisRobinson.com)  Rolle is another name for Vermentino, a white grape.
Chateaumar roseDomaine de Châteaumar Côtes-du-Rhône Perle de Rosé ($18.99).  A favorite rosado here at Paris-Madrid Grocery, it’s a blend of 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre.  A touch more robust than a Provence rosé, it shows a weighty freshness on the palate. Offers up complex notes of berries and a hint of peaches, with a faintly earthy base.  Excellent with grilled foods, such as burgers or spicy sausages.  Check out Paris-Madrid Grocery’s large assortment of grilling sausages and meats to pair with this rose!

Winemaker Nathalie Coquelle makes the following two wines.  La Cuvee is her second wine, showing a lighter style.  Her top wine from Château des Annibals is a benchmark rosé, with tremendous complexity and depth.   It’s a little confusing to tell them apart as the labels are quite similiar!
Cuvee des AnnibalsDomaine des Annibals La Cuvée des Annibals IGP Var 2022 ($20.99)  With a gray elephant on the label, this wine comes from just outside Provence’s AOP, with a flavor profile that is pure Southern France.  Floral aromas are delicate and enticing; on the palate there are hints of peach and tropical notes.  Very mineral focused, this is a great sipper on a sunny day.  Certified organic.
Chateau des AnnibalsChâteau des Annibals Rosé Suivez-moi-jeunne-homme, Coteaux Varois en Provence ($24.99) Also certified organic, this wine has a gold elephant on the label. A depth of of aromas on the nose including raspberry, citrus, mint.  With rich flavors of strawberries, a crystalline minerality lends freshness to this superb and legendary rosé, which is the oldest winery in the appellation.  The winery is entirely wind and solar-powered.

Enjoy our warm weather this weekend!