The year 2009 is almost behind us. It was the year in which spring time brought not only daffodils but a letter from E&J Gallo Winery’s attorney, Kristi Whalen, Kristi.Whalen@ejgallo.com . The letter demanded that we cease and desist selling Pastas Gallo fideo and fideuá from Spain even though the Spanish company markets its pasta in thirty countries. Pastas Gallo was established as a brand in 1874 and thus predates E&J Gallo Winery by half a century.

We resisted them until June when their attorney, Paul Reidl, reidl@sbcglobal.net, formally served us with legal documents to appear before the Federal District Court in Fresno, California (E&J Gallo Winery’s home turf). So you don’t, don’t, don’t, get to buy Pastas Gallo fideo at The Spanish Table any longer. The E&J Gallo publicist, Susan Hensley, susan.hensley@ejgallo.com, could explain this madness but probably won’t.

Our new cocker spaniel, Marcello, got a big rubber El Gallo, for Christmas. He calls his new toy E&J Gallo. Something to chew on in 2010.

Back in stock: Kaikou cheese from the French Basque country.

Come and choose from our selection of French grower Champagnes and Cremants. There’s nothing better than a bottle of bubbly on New Year’s Eve!

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