Brillat FraisIt’s December 1 – our holiday lights and decorations are up.  And this week we received two shipments that are sure to bump up the enjoyment factor at holiday parties or family gatherings.  Stop in and give your tastebuds a treat!

El Almendra TurronsEl Almendro Turron is here.   Fresh off the boat, we’ve now got these beautifully packaged almond treats in stock:
Mazapan figures made of Almond cream
Yema Tostada
Polvorones – Almond shortbread cookies
Almond wafers filled with Turron Cream
Round Torta Imperial Turron Duro (Alicante)
Turron Blando (Jijona) and Turron Duro (Alicante)
Christmas assortment:  Includes Polvorones, Chocolate Bonbons, Chocolate-almond Turron, Mazapan, Marquesa cakes, Turron Duro
Almond Turron Selection: An 8-piece Turron Duro Selecion including Caramel-Sesame Seed coated, Egg white coated and Crocanti (brittle) style

These Specialty French Cheeses are now in stock.
Buche de Chevre:
(Ash-coated goat cheese from Loire Valley) Soft and creamy with a salty note from the ash coating, this flavorful and balanced cheese is delicious on a cracker with a drizzle of wild flower honey.
Crottin de Pays:  A two-serving mini round of flavorful goat cheese that is unctuous, soft, and spreadable.  Perfect in a salad of fresh or bitter greens.
Chabichou du PoitouChabichou du Poitou:-  One of the great cheeses of the world with a delicate complexity of flavors. This young goat cheese sports a wrinkled rind and is sweet-cream fresh.  Tender, flavorful and scrumptious.
Brillat Savarin Frais: This luscious 72% fat triple crème cow milk cheese is made with the addition of Crème Fraiche.  Ultra-rich, with a velvety smooth texture and subtle tangy notes.
Marbré des Alpes: This raw-milk cow cheese is a worthy substitute for Morbier, which isn’t being shipped to the U.S. right now.  With a characteristic layer of vegetable ash in the middle, it is buttery, creamy and fresh tasting.  As it ages, it will develop more piquant and spicy flavors.

WINE CORNER:  These wines are great choices for wintery evenings or special occasions.
RaventosRaventos i Blanc Blanc de Blancs 2020, Conca del Riu Anoia ($21.99)   Winegrowers since 1497, Catalan sparkling wine makers since 1872, Raventós I Blanc has the longest, documented viticulture tradition owned by the same family in Europe. Pepe Raventós is the 21st generation to farm the property which is now worked biodynamically; in 2012 the winery left D.O. Cava.  In recognition of their singular terrunyo, they created a new designation of Conca del Riu Anoia. An ancient seabed in this area left enormous quantities of fossils, giving the soils and wines a distinctive quality.  2020 Blanc de Blancs is produced from a 40-year-old vineyard with soils of bedrock and pebbles.  A blend of Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and 5% Malvasia de Sitges, aged on the lees for 18 months.  Aromas of rich brioche on the nose are exceptionally inviting.  The palate offers up white apple notes which are fresh and bright.  Toasty, elegant and mineral-laden with subtle tiny bubbles, this is a sparkling wine of refined elegance and deliciousness.   It’s a superb value at $21.99.
La Réserve Saint Dominique Vacqueryas 2020
($20.99)  “Here’s a very solid example of this appellation.  It has the ripeness and roundness we associate with Vacqueryas, but also with fine tannins and a healthy acidity, nicely accentuating licorice hints and ripe blueberry flavor.  70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Cinsault.”  92 points James Suckling
Mas de Gourgonnier natural wineMas de Gourgonnier Cuvée Nature Organic Wine, Les Baux de Provence ($30.00)  Certified organic and pesticide free since 1975, this wine goes one step further and has no added sulfates. Sulfates are an additive that acts as an antioxidant and antibacterial agent. The Cartier family believes if grapes are healthy and the winemaking careful, a winemaker doesn’t need to also add sulfates to the wine. This natural wine is 22% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Carignan, fermented with indigenous  yeasts, aged in a combination of tank and old vats.  This wonderfully textured and fresh red blend has earthy hints, and is full-bodied on the palate.  Serve this with leg of lamb!
Vieux Telegraphe Télégramme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020 ($56.00)  Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe was founded in 1898, and the Télégramme cuvée was born in the 2000’s, originally made from younger vines, (although still over 20 years old). The elegance and velvety texture make “Télégramme” easy to appreciate in its youth, with rich, generous, red fruit, uncharacteristic freshness, and beautifully integrated tannins. Its finesse and drinkability make it the Châteauneuf-du-Pape for restaurant lists and for wine lovers who do not have a cellar for aging.  The 2020 vintage is “comprised of old vines not from la Crau or le Pied Long (two years ago, the Bruniers purchased eight hectares of 60-year-old Grenache, specifically for this cuvée) and young vines from those lieux-dits, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Telegramme delivers pretty notions of strawberries and raspberries, plus just a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied but silky, fine and elegant, this looks like the finest wine I’ve tasted under this label—a solid wine of its own.”   91-93 points Wine Advocate  Pair this with cassoulet.