PG News March 30th 2012 Friday, Mar 30 2012 

 
 
Paris Grocery News  
March 30th, 2012

 

 

We’re Spring Cleaning, rearranging the shop like mad, and wishing we could just get a solid weekend of warmth without a random rain or snow storm blowing through. We, and the daffodils in our flowerpots out front, are craving sunshine. We want to be out on a terrace, tasting fresh rosés and planning garden tea parties. So in the spirit of optimism, here are a few things on our mind:

 

image courtesy of shockinglydelicious.com 

 

Olive oil-drizzled, salted ice cream. Have you tried it yet? Because it’s a revelation. Don’t be afraid, just drizzle, sprinkle, and enjoy. The slight crunch of salt and the spice of olive oil raise ice cream to new heights. But of course, we won’t settle for just any salt and any olive oil for this foodie treat. How about caramel ice cream with Morroccan olive oil and black sea salt for a visual stunner? Or chocolate ice cream with Provencal olive oil and raspberry-chipotle sea salt? Honey ice cream with lavender sea salt! Fleur de Sel and orange-infused olive oil! Smoked bacon-chipotle salt and pretty much whatever! The combinations are only limited by your imagination, and it’s hard to go wrong (although I wouldn’t recommend moose tracks  with smoked-onion salt).

 

 

 

Tome D’aquitaine

 

This aged goat’s milk cheese gets the benefits of being washed with Sauternes in the caves of famous affineur Jean d’Alos. The snow-white interior has a dense texture and a delicately balances sweet and fruity flavor. Pictured here with one of our new Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese boards!

 

 

 

Brooklyn Slate Co. has been making headlines lately with their trendy-but-classic cheese boards. Distinctive, clean, and entirely individual these slate boards come in three sizes and two colors, with a soapstone crayon for labeling and attachable padded feet to prevent scratching/slipping. They’re dishwasher safe and perfect for showing off your favorite cheeses and charcuterie! ($24.99-$32.99)

 

 

 

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry

 

You’ve always loved Dolin- the only Vermouth that has earned an AOC designation. But new this week, at your request, we’ve started carrying half bottles of the Dry and White. Dolin has none of the cloying sweetness or overly bitter qualities found in bottom-shelf Vermouths. The particular mixture of plants found near Chambéry give a fresh, restrained, and elegant nose with a subtle, complex, and bittersweet palate. Excellent both as a mixer and as an apéritif.$10.99/375 ml $13.99/750 ml

 

 

 

Chateau Campuget Rosé

 

the Château de Campuget Tradition Rosé is our very first 2011 rosé to hit the shelf. 30% grenache, 70% syrah, it’s bright pink and as sunny as its Mediterranean origin. Come in and get the first taste of the 2011 season! $9.99  

 

2009 Domaine d’Aupilhac Montpeyroux Cotes du Languedoc.

 

“Consisting of a grand assemblage of his Cocalieres and d’Aupilhac (i.e. Montpeyroux) fruit that will supersede any separate Cocalieres or La Boda bottlings, Fadat’s 2009 d’Aupilhac (which won’t have any further name on its front label) was tasted by blending its two component lots in the glass. Hints of vanilla, caramel, and brown spice which were especially prominent in the Cocalieres component here manage to ingratiate themselves with rich, lightly-cooked compote of dark berries; while the stronger tannins of the Cocalieres are also nicely cloaked in ripe fruit. Notes of licorice and a slight bitterness in the finish point toward the roughly 50% share of stems included in fermentation here, but I suspect the ultimate effect will enhance the complexity of this firmly structured, impressively persistent blend that ought to be worth following for at least a decade.” $24.99

 

2008 Trimbach Alsace Riesling

 

“Tart, bright lemon and gooseberry dominate a Trimbach 2008 Riesling whose salinity, chalkiness, and piquancy of juniper and huckleberry make for an impressively dense and gripping if slightly light finish. This should be well worth following for 5-7 years”. 90 points Wine Spectator. $9.99 375 ml

 

2008 Trimbach Alsace Gewurstraminer

“Scents of pea tendril, celeriac, and rose petal on the nose of Trimbach’s 2008 Gewurztraminer billow across a juicy, and for its cepage, surprisingly buoyant and refreshing palate. A lick of salt adds to the stimulation of the finish. If only there were a dozen or more Alsace Gewurztraminer like this delightfully dry and distinctively delicious one, a critical mass might be reached for driving home the message of this genre’s potential versatility. Plan on enjoying this exemplar over the next 3-4 years.” 90 points+ Tanzer $11.99 375 ml.    

 

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Ellen

 

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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
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March 15 Wednesday, Mar 21 2012 

Paris Grocery News
March 15th, 2012

We got a lot of new products in over the last week, so come in to check them all out! I could only pick out a few favorites to share this week though. Without further ado:

 

Chateau Haut-Mongeat Graves de Vayres Blanc 2010

40% Semillon, 40% Muscadelle, 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Light gold in color, this delicious blend is fresh and lively with a palate-cleansing, racy acidity and bright, ripe fruit. The bouquet is highly aromatic with abundant notes of apple, pear, pineapple, and flowers. Drink it as an aperitif or serve with almost any seafood, pork, or chicken. Excellent with spicy dishes! $10.99

Chateau D’Arlay NV Macvin du Jura Rouge

A wine-geek’s wine, Macvin expands our understanding of wine in general and is a fascinating, adventurous treat. One third brandy and two thirds Pinot Noir grape must, this Macvin is held 4 years in casks and one year in old oak before being released. The result is curious, rich, layered dessert wine with plenty of spice. It reveals huge intensity along with some sweetness and glycerin from its red liqueur, with some slight peppermint notes as well. 95 points, Wine Advocate $21.99 350 ml

Tirecul la Graviere Monbazillac 2007 Les Pins

“Tirecul la Graviere is recognized as the top property of the [Monbazillac] AOC. The fame of Chateau Tirecul la Graviere has spread far and wide over the last several years. Most notably, Robert Parker has awarded the property two 100 point scores and compared it with Sauterne’s Chateau d’Yquem. With good acidity and a solid backbone, these wines can last for decades, a rarity in wines from this area of Southwest France. These wines are magical, defining examples of the best that Monbazillac can offer. 80% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle botrytized grapes grown in chalky soil, seeing some French oak. $19.99 500 ml

2009 La Granacha Vielles Vignes

The 2009 La Granacha is made from 100% old vine Grenache (some parcels are nearly 100 years old). Also aged in tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is the most powerful La Granacha yet made, tipping the scales at nearly 16% natural alcohol. The belief that such a powerful wine can not also be elegant is disproved by the precise, fresh, lively kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with tobacco leaf, loamy soil, and forest floor characteristics. This delicious, deep ruby/plum-colored, round, generous, glycerin-filled wine can be enjoyed over the next several years. 90 points Wine Advocate $14.99

2010 Andezon Cotes du Rhone

The classic cuvee, which has long been selected by importer Eric Solomon, is their 2010 Domaine d’Andezon, a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. While there are critics of Syrah grown in the southern Rhone, even the cynics agree that the old-vine Syrah from the Gard has a special character to it. This wine comes from 40+-year-old Syrah vines and 60+-year-old Grenache vines, bottled unfined and unfiltered after being aged in both tank and concrete. Dense ruby/purple, with a stunning nose of blackberry liqueur and jus de viande (beef/meat juices), its thrilling, intensely pure, full-bodied mouthfeel, good freshness, and striking floral character all combine for one of the very best bargains in dry red wine that readers are likely to find anywhere in the world. 91 points Wine Advocate $14.99

2010 Domaine de Fees

The newest cuvee is from a single estate, located just to the west of Lirac, called Domaine des Fees. Bottled separately, there are 1,000 cases for the US market and this blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, aged completely in concrete tanks, is stunning. Gorgeous notes of roasted meats, Provencal herbs, sweet black cherry liqueur, and licorice as well as spice jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine. Fresh, full-bodied and juicy, with a velvety texture, it is a beauty that would be best drunk over the next 3-4 years. Think of it as a Chateauneuf du Pape wearing a Cotes du Rhone mask.90 points Wine Advocate 

$14.99

Cheeses

 

Brillat Savarin

Nirvana on a cracker! One of the most decadent cheeses you will ever eat, Brillat Savarin aux truffles is named after the so-called “Father of Modern Cooking.” The decadently creamy texture and milky flavor of this fresh cheese pairs beautifully with the earthy and aromatic black truffles. Definitely a cheese to share with friends! Try it with buttery crackers for a savory snack or paired with fruit for an over-the-top dessert. $46.99

Montealva

Montealva is a semi-soft pastuerized goat cheese form Cadiz. Like Amercian goat cheeses Montealva is creamy, but has more of a moist chalky texture on the pallete. The mild slightly piquant goat tang translates into vibrant lemon tones and a lasting citrus finish. $20.99

Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fleur de Sel

This charming chocolate fondue is a mixture of 70% dark chocolate and fleur de sel, adding a little kick to a favorite dessert. The ceramic cup is microwaveable, or it can be heated in a double broiler. Either way, use it to dip your favorite fruits and cookies and see what a little fleur de sel adds to a sweet treat! $22.99

We’ve always loved and carried Traou Mad de Pont Aven cookies from Brittany. Made with salted butter, these thick biscuits are supremely dunk-worthy. But in honor of the Gauguin exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, we’ve brought in these adorable Gauguin tins of cookies. Stop by the Paris Grocery after seeing the masterpieces and pick up a tasty souvenir! $13.99 each

Pan Ducale Bastoncini Biscotti-Cantuccini. I opened these biscotti today for purely scientific purposes, and half the box was gone by noon. The same fate befell all the biscotti pictured above. Seriously addicting, these biscotti have the right balance of crunch and crumble to hold up by themselves or go with your morning coffee. Available in almond or chocolate-hazelnut. $6.24 each.

 

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Ellen

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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

March 7 2012 Wednesday, Mar 7 2012 

Paris Grocery News
March 7th, 2012

 There’s nothing more classically French than escargots, hot out of the oven and steeped in a garlic-butter-parsley sauce. We’ve got all your snails and snail-accessories covered with these individually sized dishes ($6.99), sets of escargots with shells ($13.99-$17.99), escargots forks ($3.99) and tongs($14.99). Yum! There’s some debate as to whether to serve your escargots with a white burgundy (the bright citrus can cut the butter and balance the dish) or a spicy red (something that can hold up to all that garlic!). We think the 2009 LeFlaive Les Setilles Bourgogne Blanc (below) would be a great choice.

Mini Chevrot are back!

Try this full-flavored goat cheese with a Loire Valley white. Le Chevrot is produced in the Poitou region. Its wonderfully “wrinkly” rind is fully edible and the interior is creamy. Le Chevrot displays sweet, nutty flavors with a zesty, almost lime-like finish. $5.99 each

From their website, “Q Tonic is dedicated to making the world’s best tonic water – a clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverage that enhances the finest spirits or stands proudly on its own. We’ve used the best ingredients we could find. We went to the slopes of the Peruvian Andes for hand-picked quinine and to the Mexican countryside for organic agave, a sweetener better than honey with a gently rounded sweetness. We meticulously refined our recipe with both food scientists and mixologists. Then we worked with one of New York City’s best design shops to develop a bottle as beautiful as the liquid it holds. We think we’ve come up with a superior tonic water. One that’s good enough for the gin, vodka, or rum you’d choose to mix it with. And good enough to change the way you think about tonic water.” $7.99/750 ml.

 Vosges Smoke and Stout Caramel Bar 

“Your senses of sight, smell, and taste will collectively surrender to the inebriating potion that spills out of this chocolate bar. Rich, dark chocolate stout and Alder wood smoked salt are combined with soft, oozing caramel and encased in deep, dark chocolate.” So maybe they’re gushing just a little bit, but it sounds pretty good to us! $6.99 each.

And of course, the wines!

2009 Bordeaux Caractères Selection Francis Boutemy

 

Deep ruby in color, equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot give this thoroughly enjoyable wine the aromas of red fruits and spice… raspberries, cherries, sweet plum, and anise. The taste mirrors the nose, with ripe, fresh, lively flavors of cherries and plum and has, for a wine of this price, a surprisingly lush and long finish of fruit, spice, soft tannins and just a touch of oak. This is truly a “New World” style Bordeaux and delivers excellent quality and drinkability at a great price. A tremendous value, we think it’s the perfect bottle to split for a picnic! $4.99

2009 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux

“Ripe and fleshy, with an enticing mix of linzer torte, currant confiture and crushed plum fruit offset by hints of briar and bay leaf. The long finish lets roasted apple wood, singed iron and tobacco leaf notes fill in, while staying plush in feel. Combines the ripeness of the vintage with a nice old-school feel. Best from 2013 through 2025” 92 points Wine Spectator, 93-95 Points Wine Advocate. $115.00

2009 LeFlaive Les Setilles Bourgogne Blanc

 

Grapes for the 2009 Les Setilles are half sourced from Puligny Montrachet and half Mersault. 60% is aged in oak barrels; only 10% is new oak. The balance is aged in stainless steel to preserve the fruit character, resulting in a wine that is simultaneously rich and clean. Citrus aromas are enhanced by creamy lemon notes on the palate. With excellent clarity and freshness, the finish is lengthy and pure. $17.99

For the latest Paris Grocery news and musings, join us on Facebook! Archives of this newsletter and other articles can be found on our blog.Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you in the shop!

Ellen
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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

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Seattle, WA 98101
206.682.0679

Monday-Saturday
10 to 6
Sunday
11 to 5

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