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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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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