El Almendra Turrons Holiday hours are: Paris-Madrid Grocery will be open on Christmas Eve, 12/24/23 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
The shop is closed on 12/25/23, Christmas Day.
We will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 26- Dec. 31 with regular hours 9:30 AM – 5:30 p.m.
The shop is closed on New Year’s Day, 1/1/24.    Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Stop in and pick up charcuterie, wine, paella ingredients, and other delicacies for holiday celebrations.  

Escargot XmasIf you’ve never peeked inside our freezer, check out the specialties loaded inside that are perfect for special meals.  We carry frozen foie lobe pieces, Iberico pork uncured meats, frozen duck confit, Escargot in butter, garlic and parsley ready to heat and serve; French-style Toulouse, Boudin Blanc, Boudin Noir, Merguez and Garlic sausages, Macarons and Valrhona chocolate lava cakes from France, Churros (Purros) from Spain and baguettes.

Oui Love It French Ladyfingers are in stock – An essential ingredient in desserts including Tiramisu, and used as a fluffy crust on Charlotte cakes, cheesecake, and other fruit desserts.  Oui Love It ladyfingers are made in France with those amazing French eggs and flour.   (We carry French T45 flour if you’re making your own).

Moulin du Calanquet EVOONew!  Moulin du Calanquet EVOO in can: For five generations, the Brun family has been cultivating the area around Saint Rémy de Provence. In recent years, Anne and Gilles Brun relaunched the olive activity, planting 10,000 olive trees with the five main olive varieties of the Alpilles. In 2000 they installed a state-of-the-art mill and the same year, they were awarded their first gold medal in the National Agriculture Competition for their olive oil. The Moulin du Calanquet’s oils are served at Le Palais de l’Elysée as well as 28 Michelin-starred restaurants. The cuvée tradition combines the five olive local olive varieties: the grossane, verdale, aglandau, salonenque, and picholine. Its taste develops in the mouth, starting with the buttery flavor of almonds, followed by grassy aromas or raw artichoke, and finishing with a light “ardence”.   Use this oil for dipping or drizzling over grilled vegetables, fish, or poultry.

Cheese Arrivals:
Pico AffineRaw milk Raclette de Savoie:  Intensely delicious and flavorful, it beats the taste of pasteurized Raclette, hands down.  Ask for a sample!
Le Pico goat cheese – Soft rounds of mild goat cheese these are fantastic on a cheese board with dried figs, apricots, and nuts.
Artequeso Raw milk Manchego, aged 7 months -Full flavored with nuances of pasture grass, and nutty hints, it is medium salty and smooth textured. Let it warm up for about 30 minutes and get ready to swoon over the gorgeous complex and delicate flavors.

Back in stock:
Mojama – Salt-cured tuna loin.  Slice it thin, drizzle with a flavorful olive oil, and sprinkle with Marcona Almonds for a fantastic tapa.
Bacalou (salt cod) – Recipes using salt cod are popular and traditional for holiday meals.  We have Newfoundland salt cod in stock and more is on the way, arriving next week.

WINE CORNER:
Fefinanes AlbarinoFefinanes Albarino, Rias Baixas 2021 ($32.00) The first winery to bottle Albariño in Rias Baixas, Fefinanes shows elegance, minerality and nuanced citrus flavors; it is perfect with fresh shellfish.   “One of those textbook Albariños that delivers the goods, year in, year out, this is a very pure expression of the grape, with no lees aging at all. Sourced from vineyards in the Cambados sub-region, all on decomposed granite soils, it has lovely pear and lime zest flavors and engaging focus, minerality, and stony freshness.” 93 points Tim Atkins
Domaine Couron RhoneDomaine de Couron Côtes-du-Rhône 2020 ($12.99)  An old-vine blend of Grenache and Syrah, this tasty red delivers a ton of complexity relative to its moderate price.  With dark fruits, earthly notes, and spice on the palate, it is medium-bodied and bright. Black cherry and black currant fruit are lined with a graphite note: moderate tannins make this an easy-drinking and pleasurable wine.    60% Grenache, 40% Syrah from 46+ year-old vines.  Grown with organic practices and sustainable farming.   Aged in stainless steel.
Xavier RhoneXavier Côtes du Rhône rouge 2018 ($15.99)  This juicy and elegant red is a perfect, affordable party wine.  Medium-bodied, it shows ripe dark cherry, blueberry, baking spice, and dried wild herb flavors.  Satiny smooth, it’s a crowd-pleaser.  Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, aged in oak.
Mourre du Tendre rougeMourre du Tendre Côtes du Rhône rouge Cuvée Paul ($18.99)  Produced from 40-60 year old-vine Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault.  While most estates opt for an easy-going style at the entry level, Paul Verité, the young vigneron at Mourre du Tendre treats this wine the same way he does his Châteauneuf-du-Pape: whole cluster and native yeast fermentations that begin semi -carbonically and extensive aging in tank before release.  Farming at Mourre du Tendre is minimalist and traditional. Everything is done by hand and the family has never used pesticides in their vineyards. The harvest is conducted in several passes and the grapes are carefully sorted when they reach the cellar. The Paumel family makes powerful and substantial wines from whole clusters, fermentations occur spontaneously after a short semi-carbonic maceration, and the elevage is quite long – averaging about three years in tank. The resulting wines are charming, bold, and structured with much more in common with Barolo and Barbaresco.  Pair this bold red with stews or grilled meat dishes.