Ramon Canals ‘Mont Paral’ Reserva Selecion Brut Cava NV – 13.97 – A Reserva Cava out of the Penedes region of Catalonia, Spain, made from 50% Parellada, 30% Macabeu (Viura), and 20% Xarel-lo. Has some nice preserved fruit, like candied orange peel / balanced with bright acidity, fresh fruit flavors of Granny Smith apple & white grape. Clean & pretty lean and snappy, a nice option. We first started carrying it in June of 2011, and it is very consistent from release to release. Bubbles are good.
Bodegas Francisco Casa “Tochuelo” Tempranillo-Garnacha 2010 – 8.97 – Founded 1942, 4th generation. Fruit forward, with clean, fresh cherry juice character, brighter raspberry notes. Acid from Tempranillo counters the roundness of the Grenache very nicely. From Madrid (Sorry Barcelona fans). Higher elevations, big diurnal temperature shift. Long and complex finish with raspberry, plum, anise / licorice, pepper for the (tiny amount of) money. This is a great party wine. Party.
Terra Alta Cataregia Gran Reserva 2006 – 13.57 – (Tempranillo / 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) (Catalonia, Spain). Made in better vintages, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007. Perfectly crazy to have a Gran Reserva on offer for under $15. Clean & warm nose with black & red cherry, cigar box, spice box, cocoa, scrub, vanilla. Pretty light and bright. Structured. A huge amount of wine for the money. Intense mineral. One of the best values in the shop. Gran Reserva – Exceptional vintages, Two years required in cask, Three years required in bottle. I love this wine. (Sam, lover of Cataregia).
MonteBro Priorat Crianza 2010 – 14.57 (Crianza – 2 years tank / barrel & bottle, most DOs require one of the years to be in oak). Vanilla, cocoa, ripe cherries – balanced & soft, mature oak on the finish. (Grenache / Carignan / Cabernet Sauvignon). Full bodied, nicely balanced, ripe tannins. Great with steak, great with lamb. The staggering price increases as people discovered the interesting non-indigenous blends and geology / micro-climate of Priorat made us very happy to find one we could put on the shelf under $15, especially for a Crianza. Check it out!
Raymond Tatum, one of Austin’s top chefs since the 70s, is rolling out a menu he calls “chef’s favorites” for the 3rd anniversary of his 3 Little Pigs food truck.
We were there, lo those many years ago, on opening day and braved a 15 degree Yankee clipper as the good cook ushered in food truck fine dining in Austin, Texas.
Since then we’ve broken bread at the humble cart countless times.
There is no finer way to spend an evening in Austin than parked on the patio overlooking the massive state cemetery with a big plate of hog meat, and a bottle of wine from East End Wines, by most estimates, the finest wine shop in Central Texas.
The menu for the party:
Fried House Cured Bacon w/Brussel Sprouts and Jasmine Rice
Slow Cooked Pork Tongue Nam Tok
Crispy Pan Fried Pig Intestine w/Fresh Rice Noodle, Leeks, and Bamboo Shoots
Twice Cooked Pig Cheeks w/Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Spicy Black Bean Sauce
If those specials don’t entice you then please visit the local mortuary as you are the walking dead.
Regular menu items will be available as well.
The party is Sat Feb 1st 2014 at 5pm