Paris Grocery News 2/12 Saturday, Feb 12 2011 

 

Heart-shaped cheese. You know you love it.

Cheese @ PG

Oh yes, we brought in Valentine’s Day cheeses. What do you think, we’re made of stone? Pictured is the delightful Coeur du Berry ($10.99/each), an ash-rind fresh goat cheese with a dense texture and tart notes of lemon. We like the heart shape, but we suggest chopping it in half if you’re feeling rebellious to the saccharine mood. We also have customer favorite Grès Champenois ($7.99/each), a triple cream from Champagne, packaged with a red heart sticker at this time of year. It’s silky, oozy, nutty, rich, and tart—pair it with fizzy for an indulgent evening. L’Explorateur ($9.99/each) is another classic triple cream. Made in Ile-de-France, this cheese has buttery, mushroomy notes and a supremely creamy texture. No hearts on this one, just a rocket ship that celebrates the first U.S. satellite.

Wine @ PG

Heading south for terrific values and big, bright flavors.

Pretend You're in the South of France.

Les Fontanelles Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d’Oc 2009 ($7.99)

With grapes selected from the vineyards of the small village of Puicheric in Southern France, this white is light, dry, and brimming with citrus notes. It offers a great mouthfeel and a clean finish. We are looking forward to white wines and couldn’t resist bringing in this unbelievably priced refresher!

Chateau du Seuil Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2009 ($10.99)

A textbook Provencal pink wine: fruit and minerals in harmony. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. We brought this is last summer, and it’s holding up remarkably well, so we brought some more in. We’re able to offer it at this reduced price (was $14.99).

Domaine la Bastide “Les Genets” Syrah 2008 ($11.99)

Flavors of dark ripe fruit, coffee, and black tea, this 100% Syrah is essentially Corbières without being able to call itself that. This producer is known for exceptional wines, and we couldn’t resist the terrific value on this cuvée.

Craves @ PG

Blood orange: You heard it here first!

We’re more than a little excited about the latest Vosges chocolate offering—a 70% dark chocolate bar infused with blood orange caramel, hibiscus flowers, and Campari. It’s what we imagine a Tuscan afternoon tastes like. While we’re at it, we’d like to officially note that blood orange seems to be the new “it” flavor (we should have been more careful when we called “pie is the new cupcake” and “mostarda is the new chutney”: we didn’t get any credit for those.) Grab one of these attractive and unique chocolate bars for the attractive and unique one in your life.

Gifted @ PG

Nine ways to spice things up.

We love to buy spices and herbs in bulk; it avoids the price of expensive packaging and gives us a chance to offer a great value. We’ve put together these fantastic boxes of nine herbs and spices; they’re sort of a starter set for French and Moroccan cooking necessities. Just the right amount to experiment and find your new favorite seasoning! Each box includes the following:

  • Tarragon: French tarragon has a mint-anise taste that is particularly suited to vinegar and fish. It also goes well with poultry, vegetables, and fruits. Use it in the classic sauces remoulade and béarnaise.
  • Sel Gris de Guerande: This fine French sea salt with traces of mineral-rich grey crystals has been hand-harvested in Brittany. Its high moisture content gives it resilience on red meat, vegetables, cheeses, and chocolates.
  • Juniper Berries: A bittersweet, piney aroma. Crush juniper berries before using them in marinades for game, beef, or pork.
  • Lavender: A soft, floral aroma and taste pairs nicely with dishes both sweet and savory. Use in baking or roasts.
  • White Peppercorns: White pepper has a slightly musky aroma and flavor which goes especially well with meats such as pork. Gentle heat and invisible color make them a great alternative to standard black peppercorns.
  • Herbes de Provence: A mixture of thyme, marjoram, savory, and other herbs, but it’s the dried lavender that gives this blend its unique flavor profile. Pairs well with poultry, soups, and sauces.
  • Green Anise: Very sweet and aromatic, with a licorice-like flavor. Used as often in savory dishes with seafood or poultry as in sweet pastries and desserts. An essential herb for many French and Moroccan dishes.
  • Yellow Mustard Seeds: The most commonly used mustard seed. Used in pickling, sausage-making, and boiled vegetable dishes such as cabbage.
  • Berbere Pepper: A melange of spices made with chile pepper, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, fenugreek, and garlic. Sort of a cross between a spicy paprika and a curry, it’s commonly used in Ethiopian cuisine.

 
Thanks for reading, see you soon!
Rachel

and
Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

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Paris Grocery Newsletter 6/24 Sunday, Jun 27 2010 

Even if it keeps raining, just pretend like you're in a French movie.

Singing in the rain

I lack, desperately, any form of vocal talent. My dancing skills are questionable at best. So what’s a body to do in a gloomy June, when the first day of summer looks a lot like the longest winter day? If you can tap dance over couches like Donald O’Conner, you’re all set. But for those of us who might risk life and limb in attempting such feats, we suggest coming in for some French treats and inviting a few friends over for an indoors picnic. Grab some travel guides and start planning your next travel adventure, or pop in a movie like Les parapluies de Cherbourg, a film that is both frothy and wistful. All of these activities are made extra delectable with some good food and wine, so read on for our suggestions for the summer-but-not dilemma, neither too light nor overly rich.

Wine @ PG
Buy any six bottles of wine and get 10% off!

2009 Marc Plouzeau “Rive Gauche” Chinon
($15.99)
This young Cabernet France is tart, with juicy pomegranate and morello cherry notes. Spicy herbal notes lead to a taut, minerally end. From an organic estate in the Loire Valley. A delicious bistro-style wine that pairs nicely with a range of foods.

2005 Chateau Capion “2C” Coteaux du Languedoc ($12.99)
This is a clean, well balanced blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%), and Mouvèdre (10%). A savory, ripe palate of cherry, black currant, and pepper lies beneath the smoke-tinged nose. Medium bodied with a lovely concentration, this wine was aged for 14 months in new and used barrels. It is always a hit, no matter the occasion!

2005 Domaine du Fontenay “L’Authentique Gamay” Côte Roannaise ($13.99)
Situated on a latitude south of Mâcon, Domaine du Fontenay has more in common with Beaujolais than with the more northerly Loire vignoble. The grapes for this wine are picked later than the rest of the domain’s crop, to optimize phenological maturity. The wine is built around a structure of ripe tannins, with particular attention paid to airing the wine at strategic moments to maximize fruit flavors. The result is a serious Gamay with balanced acidity and flavors of cherry and black licorice. Some earthy notes will emerge with bottle age. Pairs well with rich seafood dishes or charcuterie.

2007 Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey ($23.99)
For four generations, the Michel Julliot Estate has been cultivating 30 hectares of vines in Mercurey, a village in Burgundy, and producing a large selection of the best “climats” the appellation has to offer. This superb chardonnay offers a savory and minerally nose with a round mouthfeel. Notes of lemon and well-integrated oak combine with a restrained hint of sweetness that is nevertheless refreshing. Serve with shellfish and grilled asparagus.

Cheese @ PG
Some real “cheese spouse” candidates

With all the exciting new cheeses there are to get to know and love, sometimes we can forget about the cheeses right under our noses. Here’s a cheese plate lineup of five of the hardest working cheeses in, well, cheese business: easy to like, always available, and constantly delicious. Let’s try not to take them for granted anymore.

St. Marcellin
A tender cow’s milk cheese from Dauphine in the Rhône-Alpes region. Savory, nutty, and slightly tangy, this cheese makes an excellent snack or starter for a cheese plate. Pairs well with Rhône reds. $8.99/wheel

Grès Champenois
Silky, oozy, nutty, rich, tart, and moist. We could go on and on! This deliciously creamy triple cream cow’s milk cheese comes from the Champagne region- meaning it’s fantastic when paired with fizzy. A treat for yourself, or for a gathering. $9.99/wheel

Fourme d’Ambert
A semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from Auvergne. Richly savory and nutty flavor, yet mild and creamy. A bit of pungent earthiness on the finish. Melts or crumbles well- an absolute classic! $3.99/quarter lb

Abbaye de Belloc

A semi-hard cheese from the Pyrenees made from raw Manech sheep’s milk and aged 4-10 months. Abbaye is mild and nutty with an unique “lanolin” and toasted brown sugar characteristic. Rich, smooth, and buttery! $7.49/quarter lb

Tomme de Savoie
A cow’s milk cheese from the mountainous Savoie with a distinctly raw milk flavor– beefy, hazelnutty, and pleasantly milky. With about 30 percent fat content, this is the most creamy “low fat” cheese out there. Enjoy with liver-stoked pâtés and light red wines such as Beaujolais. $5.25/quarter lb

Craves @ PG

Provençal Candies

Feed your Mind @ PG

In the Merde for Love

You don’t need the beach to indulge in this light cultural satire! It’s the familiar but quite funny tale of the misadventures of a British expat who must win over the French woman he loves.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!
Abi & Rachel

and
Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery