Planning a holiday party? Do yourself (and your wallet or pocketbook) a favor and check out our selection of Spanish and Portuguese beers, ready made Sangria and value priced ‘house wines’. These bargains will be sure to start your Memorial Day get-together on a new and exciting note without busting your budget. (See below.)
Also, if you’re interested in making your own sangria for your holiday bash, we have some excellent books filled with fun and festive sangria recipes. “Sangria” by Mittie Hellmich ($14.95). Recipes include traditional red and wine sangria as well as sangria de cava, sangria rosada and sangria de moscatel. Toss in various fruits (whatever’s in season and looks good) and make a strawberry mint sangria, mango lemongrass sangria or papaya hibiscus sparkling sangria. Or, check out our very own Spanish Table Sangria recipes in “The Spanish Table Cookbook” by Steve Winston ($19.99). Steve has some delicious crowd-pleasing sangria recipes, including peach and cherry sangria as well as blood orange and cranberry sangria.
Meanwhile, check out some exciting and unique beverages to help you make the most of the long weekend, then read down a bit for some new arrivals in the wine department (and, as a reminder, the Spanish Table will be open on Memorial Day from 11am – 5pm)..
Estrella Galicia Lagar $10.99 The only genuine imported Spanish beer available in California.
Sagres Lagar $6.99 Excellent Portuguese beer, just like what you get all across Portugal.
Super Bock $7.99 Bold, full bodied flavor makes this a unique Portuguese beer.
Aromas de Turis Red Sangria $8.99 (I Liter) Ready made Spanish Sangria. Just add sliced fruit and ice. It’s like an instant beach vacation.
Aromas de Turis White Sangria $8.99 (1 Liter) White Sangria? You bet! A novel alternative to the traditional red sangria. Just add sliced fruit and ice. It’s just that easy.
Cruz Garcia Reál Sangria $14.99 (1.5 Liter jug) This party–sized jug of ready made Sangria may be just the right size for your holiday party crowd. Simply pour over ice and add some sliced lemon and orange if you wish.
Viu Manent Malbec 2006 $6.99 The latest addition to our ‘house wines’ section is a bold, young red from Chile made from the local Malbec grape. An excellent accompaniment to barbecue and grilled foods, this would also make a delicious base for sangria.
Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc 2006 $6.99 Also from Chile, this aromatic, grassy white wine is youthful and fresh. I should also remind you that this and all ‘house wines’ are discounted to $5.99 each when purchased by the 12 bottle case (mix and match among the 10 ‘house wine’ selections)
Tres Ojos Rosado 2006 $7.99 We got just a few cases of this friendly, ripe rosado from the high altitude vineyards of D.O. Calatayud in Northern Spain. This blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha displays youthful strawberry and lemon aromas and flavors. This refreshing wine is perfect for picnics, back porch sipping and lighter meals.
Amestoi Rubentis 2006 $15.99 We sold all of our first shipment, but our trusty distributor found a few more cases of this rosado Txakoli…that’s right, rosado Txakoli. Everyone’s favorite dry, spritzy Basque white wine now comes in a pink version. This blend of white Hondarribi Zuri and red Hondaribbi Beltza grapes (grown only in the Basque lands) stays true to its Txakoli name with spritzy effervescence and lean minerality. Just a hint of fresh berry fruit sets the pink version apart from the austere grapefruit character of the other Txakoli wines. This is my new standard for warm weather refreshment.
Fefiñanes Albariño 2006 $16.99 One of my absolute favorite Albariño wines has just been released in the 2006 vintage. This wine exhibits top shelf quality at very reasonable price. The intriguing blend of floral aromas layered over a rocky mineral foundation is typical of the best wines from D.O. Rías Baixas and is evident here in abundance.
Ipsum 2006 $10.99 The new vintage of Ipsum has just arrived. This refreshing white wine from D.O. Rueda is a blend of 60% Verdejo and 40% Viura sourced from high altitude vineyards in Northern Spain. The aroma of orange blossoms matches perfectly with the flavor of grapefruit. A fabulous value!
Viña Godeval 2005 $17.99 We announced the arrival of this Godello grape wine from D.O. Valdeorras last week, but I just read the latest review from The Wine Spectator where this wine was awarded 90 Points. They say: “Crisp yet delicate, this white is almost weightless, with floral, mineral and citrus notes that float across the palate on a razor beam of acidity. Perfect to accompany clams and oysters.” I think they meant laser, not razor, but you get the picture.
Biurko Gorri Arbanta 2005 $10.99 We just received this organic red from D.O.C. Rioja. Recently, The Wine Advocate reviewed this wine, awarding it 89 Points. Jay Miller said “The 2005 Biurko Gorri Arbanta offers superb value, among the best in my Spanish tastings. It is 100% Tempranillo, tank fermented and aged. Medium ruby in color, it exhibits remarkable aromatic complexity for its price point with cherries, red currants, and spice in evidence. The wine is elegant, balanced, and fruity right through the lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.” I concur.
Quinta do Infantado Tinto 2003 $14.99 Portuguese red wines, especially those made by port wine producers keep getting better and better. The initial vintage (2001) of this red D.O.C. Douro wine was tarry and rustic. The new vintage is much smoother without loosing the smoky, earthy character that is typical of this region. Dark color and abundant, ripe fruit character encounter concentrated spicy flavors and intermingle to create a big red wine suitable for outdoor grilling and spicy foods.
Viña Cubillo Crianza 2001 $25.99 Bodegas Lopez de Heredia makes some of the most old-school, traditional wines in D.O.C. Rioja. This red wine, composed of Tempranillo and Garnacha with small amounts of Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura (a white wine grape) sees three years of ageing, with two of those years spent in oak barrels hand crafted on site. Light ruby color, bright yet gentle red berry fruit and abundant barrel character are typical of this producer’s wines. A true taste of history.
Paella Class Update
I forgot a vital piece of information in last week’s announcement about the upcoming Paella and Wine class at Kitchen On Fire cooking school in Berkeley. The date for the class is Monday June 18th and the time is 6:30pm. Here is what Kitchen On Fire says about the event:
“Join Kevin Hogan from The Spanish Table to learn first-hand the joys of the Spanish rice dish known as Paella. Kevin will share his knowledge and experience in all things Paella-related. The class will include some hands-on participation to prepare a mixed poultry/meat/seafood Paella that will be consumed at the culmination of the class. Participants will also get a chance to make and sample some simple tapas while waiting for the Paella to cook. Kevin is the wine buyer for The Spanish Table in Berkeley and will be sharing some Paella-friendly wines as well. Come to class with an appetite for adventure and be rewarded with a plateful of Paella wisdom.”
The class is $65.00 per person and (since it’s me teaching the class) includes a tasting of five different Spanish wines that are appropriate to the meal. To register for this exciting event, go to the Kitchen on Fire web site https://www.kitchenonfire.com//course_class.php?class=280. They will be handling all reservations for the class.