Wine Wednesday Highlighting our Dec. 15th Wine Dinner!

It’s Wednesday, and that means Pintxo is offering $10 off every bottle of wine and cava in the house!  That’s right, just a little something to help push you over this mid-week hump.

This week we’d like to highlight one wine and one cava, both brought to us by August Wine Group.  August specializes in bringing the Seattle area some fantastic wines from small vineyards, and we just love that.  It is for this reason that we’ve asked August to team up with us, and the lovely Spanish Table to host a wine tasting dinner December 15th.  More about this to follow…for now, back to the wine!

Wine and Cava…

This Wine Wednesday, we’d like to recommend that you stop in and grab a bottle of either our Giro Ribot Brut Cava or a bottle of our Parmi L’Infant 2007.  Both are incredible finds, and both are $10 off for the bottle!

Giro Ribot Brut

A fascinating, storied family, the Giró clan has deep roots in the Penedes region of España, and also in the Champagne region of France. They are cultured, distinguished people making cultured, distinguished wine, and have for at least five generations. In that span, they have acquired a mastery of Cava.

Our Brut Cava is 50% Macabeo, 20% Parellada, 20% Xarel.lo, and 5% Chardonnay, and makes for a beautiful cava to pair with dinner, or for sipping on after dinner.
*Wine info from August Wine Group

 

Parmi

According to a comprehensive study by UNESCO, the best place on planet Earth to grow grape vines is… Priorat, Spain. Over a century ago Priorat, was abandoned by the last of the monks who had tended the land for four hundred years. Left behind were ancient Cariñena and Monastrell vines, producing some of the highest quality grapes on earth in some of the harshest conditions. Here, the soil is thick, flaky schist, literally packed with iron and minerals. With the heavy marine influence, blistering hot days and cool nights, this moonscape is suitable only for grapes, not even grass. Parmí, a new estate in Priorat, owns vines that are over a century-old, owned by three Italian amici, Parmí approaches the craft of winemaking with the knowledge, convictions, and best practices of Northern Italy, where clarity of fruit reins supreme. How appropriate this mentality is for Priorat! With expert French-oak fermentation, individual grape picking, and a single-bulb cellar sensibility, this estate is truly making some of the most inspired wines in Europe, not just Spain. Parmí is situated at ground-zero for Priorat’s best Cariñena. As fascinating, mysterious, and head-spinning as these wines are, perhaps the wines of Parmí can in fact be summed in one word: searing. The intensity is almost other-worldly–enveloping the nasal passage, penetrating the palate and epithelium, and over-loading those message-carrying scillia that tell our brain what we’re smelling.

Parmi L’Infant 2007 is a mix of 80% Garnacha and 20% Carinena.
*Wine info from August Wine Group

Interested in being a part of paring these great wine selections with Pintxo’s Spanish cuisine? Perfect! We’ve got just the event for you!

Our August Wine Group – Pintxo dinner is coming up fast. This features 4 courses and four wines, a night in our delightful space, and the chance to smooze with August Wine Group’s Seattle representative Tristan. This event makes a wonderful event for family you may have in town, or just a group of friends together for the holidays. Maybe even a date?

Check out our blog on the event HERE.

Pintxo, American Northwest Distributors, and Bin 41 Wine Shop Present a Sherry Tasting Dinner Event!

Lustau Los Arcos AmontilladoAs we enter into the holiday season, a sherry tasting and dinner just seems right. Luckily, our friends at American Northwest and Bin 41 of West Seattle were happy to pair up with up and put on this fantastic event.

We’ll be serving up six courses prepared specially by our head chef Clay Kinsey, and specially matched with six of the best sherries that the American Northwest portfolio has to offer. You’ll also have the chance to sip on a sherry cocktail and mingle, purchase bottles of sherry from Bin 41; and learn more about sherry, sherry pairings, sherry making, and much more from Lucia a longtime representatives of Lustau sherries.

This is certainly an event you don’t want to miss!

Here’s how it’ll work…
You’ll arrive at Pintxo to a greeting of a sherry cocktail for our 6:30pm meet and greet. This will give you time to sip on something tasty, chat with friends, or meet a few new ones!

Following the cocktail meet and greet, we’ll seat parties for dinner service, which will start at 7pm. Dinner service includes a selection of 6 different sherries and food pairings.

Location: Pintxo
2207 2nd Ave
Seattle, Wa 98199

Time: 6:30pm Cocktail meet and greet
7:00pm Dinner service

Tickets: Tickets will be available through and Bin 41 in-person or by phone. Tickets are $70.00 per person. This includes tax and gratuity.
Please see full ticketing information below.

The Menu…
Our event features an opener as well as a six course sherry tasting and specially paired meal. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot offer any food substitutions.

Opener
Lustau Fino Jarana Sherry Cocktail
Step into Pintxo to meet and greet other guests, chat with your friends and/or family, and get settled in with a cool sherry cocktail.

Course One
Sherry: Lustau Manzanilla Papriusa
Food Pairing: Prawn Pancake
Served with an oyster emulsion, spiced creme fraiche, and fried chive

Course Two
Sherry: Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos
Food Pairing: Garlic Soup
Served with poached quail egg, and black truffle butter

Course Three
Sherry: Palo Cortado Peninsula
Food Pairing: Braised Pork in Escabeche
Served with kale, grapefruit, white bean puree, and Basque pimenton

Course Four
Sherry: Don Nuno Oloroso
Food Pairing: Sliced Chuleton
Served with potato, wild mushroom demi, mushroom powder, and blue cheese

Course Five
Sherry: Deluxe Capataz Andres
Food Pairing: Mahon Tart
Served with confit tomato, piquillo whip, Mahon and Garoxta cheeses

Course Six
Sherry: Pedro Ximenez Emilin
Food Pairing: Avocado Pudding
Served with marcona almond dust, shaved chocolate, and olive oil

Ticketing Information
Bin 41, a wonderful wine shop in West Seattle is handling ticket sales for this event.
Phone: (206) 937-0411
Email: Bin41@me.com
Street Location: 4707 California Ave SW (West Seattle)

Wine Wednesday Featuring Las Rocas Rose!

The summer has ended and we’re bidding a fond farewell to our lovely summer wine selection.

Stop in tonight to enjoy Wine Wednesday and get $10 off every bottle of wine or cava. We’re switching everything up, so drop in to enjoy the last bottles of some of our summer favorites including Martin Codax albarino, Las Rocas rose, and El Petit Carlania trepat.

While you’re here, take advantage of happy hour from 5pm to 7pm.

If you’re going to be here for dinner, try some of our newer fall offerings! Ask your server for details and wine pairings.

Pintxo Will Be Closed for Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day Everyone! In honor of Labor Day, and the importance of spending it with our friends and family, we’ll be closed all day.

We’ll resume normal business hours Tuesday (5pm – 10pm, Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm). Hope to see you then! Remember, you can make a reservation online using OpenTable. Check out the Reservations tab at the top of the page, and be sure to specify if you prefer an outdoor table! We can’t guarantee it, but we sure do try!

Wine Wednesday : Featuring Abadia de la Oliva

We’re right in the middle of changing our wine menu up, so I’d like to feature a wine that we’re pretty sad to see go. We may bring it back for the fall, or we may seek out a new wine from the same makers, but for now, we are bidding it a very fond farewell. What am I talking about? I’m talking about Abadia de la Oliva.AbadiadelaOliva label

Our variety is a 2012 Garnacha, and it comes with not only a great flavor, but a great story as well.

Straight from the bottle comes the story of Abadia de la Oliva:
“From the label: In 1134, King Garcia Ramirez requested the Cistercian monks’ return to the south of Navarre from Burgundy. In his offer, he granted lands at the banks of the river Aragon and at the gates of the Bardenas Reales desert, a region today known as Tres Riberas. The King provided the monks with what they needed for their development and expansion but the work to build the abbey took considerably more time than it did to bottle the first vintage that very same year. From the outset of 1134, the monks made wine.

With 869 years of history, this is the oldest continuously operating winery in Spain. They grow their grapes on granitic and sandy soils, with a profound quantity of round river stone in the topsoil. They work naturally in both the vineyard and winery. Cement tanks are used for fermentation and aging primarily, with some stainless steel employed in the process.”

The Taste
Abadia de la Oliva is very suggestive wine, featuring a variety of different aromas and flavors. On the nose, there are hints of woods, spices like clove and nutmeg, and overripe fruits like prunes. The flavors are smooth, balanced, and pleasantly fruity.

Wine Wednesday
This Wine Wednesday is the best day to take advantage of tasting this amazing and fun wine. Today, and every Wednesday, all of our bottles of wine and cava are $10.00 off! So, stop in and try Abadia de la Oliva while we still have some to offer. It’s an incredible wine, so don’t miss it!

A Mid-Week Pick Me Up Brought to You By Columna Albarino!

Wednesday evening is a wonderful time! It’s that hopeful time where we begin to see an end to the work week in sight, and start making plans for an epic weekend. This mid work-week change in mindset is celebrated here at Pintxo with Wine Wednesdays, where we open up our wine cabinets and offer all wine and cava bottles for $10.00 off. It’s our way of helping you through your week, patting you on the back for several hard days of work, and pushing you forward into the two remaining days before the glorious weekend.

While we have a decent sized menu packed with Spanish reds, whites, and cavas, we’ve chosen this week to feature an albarino called Columna. It’s a great 100% albarino from the Rias Baixas region of Spain. This is located in Galicia, where seafood reigns supreme as daily fare. To pair with the vast amounts of both fresh and canned seafoods consumed in this area, nothing is better than an albarino. In fact, albarino grapes, are hailed as the queen of all Galicia’s 200+ varieties.

Columna is a prime example of a great albarino, even with its design to be slightly out of the mold. Columna makes for a perfect summer wine. It offers aromas of fresh melon and tangerine, is light-bodied, and features flavors of honeydew and citrus, with a gentle saltiness. The finish on Columna is tangy from hints of orange, and long. Critics have noted a slight, but very refreshing bitterness at the end.

If you’re in for something new and exciting, and something that pairs wonderfully with summertime seafoods, Columna is a perfect choice. It’s also a really unique little albarino, thanks to its 100% unoaked style! And, what better day to enjoy it than a Wednesday when wines are $10 off? Better still, the sun in shining in Seattle and our front and back patios are open to compliment this beautiful weather.

Don’t forget we also have Happy Hour today (and everyday) from 5pm to 7pm, featuring great drink specials like $2 Estrella bottles and $8 1/2L. Sangria pitchers, as well as $3.75 bacon wrapped dates. Yum!!

MIRO is ending soon! Check it out before it’s over!

Remember in February when we released a blog about the Seattle Art Museum’s MIRO exhibition? No? Well, you can catch it HERE.

MIRO is ending May 26th, so we just wanted to drop a reminder that we’re still offering 20% off dinner for those that bring in their MIRO ticket stubs. This is a fantastic show by Spanish artist Joan Miro, so make a night of it! Enjoy Spanish art over at SAM and then head to Pintxo for a tasty Spanish meal. Be sure to try our new pork cheeks, and pair them with some super spring calcots seared on the plancha and served with fresh carrot romesco. Since the weather is so great, you can even enjoy dinner out on the front patio if you’d like!

For more information on SAM’s MIRO exhibit, check out their website.

Seattle Weekly’s VORACIOUS is this Thursday!

From Seattle Weekly

From Seattle Weekly

Do you have your tickets to Voracious yet?

Both Pintxo and our sister bar The Upstairs are participating in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Food Awards and Tasting Awards!  We’re super excited to be part of this awesome event.  The event features an open bar, free food samples, and live music.  Pintxo and The Upstairs will have booths right next to each other, and will feature a couple cocktails from each space, and Pintxo will be bringing several tasty bites!  You won’t want to miss this event, and we’d love to see you there!

Get your tickets HERE!  General Admission is $50, VIP is $90.  There will be over 60 fantastic local restaurants showing off their food and drinks, including Poquitos, Rob Roy, Los Chilangos, Tanaka San, Skillet, Collections Café, Shanik, Contigo, Snout & Co., Jemil’s Big Easy, and lots more!

Key Info:
Location: Paramount Theater
Date: Thurs. April 24th
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm

 

Pintxo and Women for WineSense Team Up for a Sherry Tasting and Dinner 4/23!

The Seattle Chapter of Women For WineSense
Invites You To Experience
A Sherry Dinner
With Karla Kilgore of Classical Wines

Details
When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, 6:30pm
Where: Pintxo 2207 2nd Avenue Seattle, Washington

Get ready for a unique taste experience with Women For WineSense! Karla Kilgore, of Classical Wines, is partnering with Pintxo restaurant to bring us a multi-course Sherry pairing dinner, featuring Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana Sherries. The history of Sherry goes back over 3,000 years, when the vines for the grapes were brought to the Jerez region of southwest Spain by the early Phoenicians. In the centuries that followed, empires and civilizations, kings and merchants influenced its development. But Karla’s inspiration in bringing us this event was a recent milestone in the recognition for this ancient beverage. For the first time, Wine Spectator Magazine included a Sherry in their top 100 list, coming in at #32. We thank her for giving us this opportunity!

Pintxo is the perfect spot to host our dinner. This small, family owned restaurant is dedicated to creating Spanish inspired tapas from locally sourced ingredients. The menu they designed for us highlights the bright, vibrant flavors of their cuisine. Perfectly paired with a selection of Sherries from Karla’s collection, the dinner promises to give us a rare chance to step out of the usual and experiment for an evening!

Please note that although this is a Women for WineSense event, anyone and everyone over 21 years of age is welcome to come and enjoy this evening of fine sherries, fine food, and wonderful company!

The Menu
Sherry Selection: La Gitana Manzanilla
Food Pairing: Crab stuffed piquillo pepper. Fire smoked piquillo pepper stuffed with hand cracked Dungeness crab salad

Sherry Selection: Napoleon Amontillado
Food Pairing: Moroccan Chickpeas with tomato, golden raisins, onions and spinach

Sherry Selection: Wellington Palo Cortado VOS
Food Pairing: Serrano Ham and Macrona almond plate

Sherry Selection: Faraon Oloroso
Food Pairing: Rice Morcilla toast with pineapple chutney

Sherry Selection: Alameda Cream
Food Pairing: Andalusia Chicken Skewer. Marinated in sherry vinegar, cumin, coriander and saffron marinade. Grilled on the Placha

Sherry Selection: Triana PX
Food Selection: Assorted Cheese Plate

Booking Your Seat
The cost for the evening is $62.00 for members, $69.00 for nonmembers.

Paying By Card
To RSVP and pay by credit card go to REGISTER NOW.
*Note the registration system charges a $3.00 processing fee for nonmembers to pay by credit card.

Paying By Check
To RSVP and pay by check, email me at wwsseattle@yahoo.com or call me at 425-882-1621. Your check must be received 3 days after your RSVP is made. After that time your seat will be released. Mail your check to me (made out to Seattle Women For WineSense) at Terese Flaherty-Vaniman, 6910 Old Redmond Rd. #G 120, Redmond, WA, 98052.

Please note that this is a non-refundable event. All attendees must be 21+.

Wine Wednesday Spotlight: The Intoxicating Giro Ribot Brut NV (Penedes)

This Wednesday we’re busting open a bottle of cava in celebration of Wine Wednesday, and we’re spotlighting one in particular, the Giro Ribot Brut Cava. Giro Ribot Brut is a fun, earthy Cava that is a pleasant departure from the more traditional brut flavors and aromas. It is by far my favorite Cava we offer here at Pintxo, and I’d love to share a bit about it, and its production process.

Giro Ribot is a type of Cava from the Penedes region of Spain. It is crafted using four different selections of grapes, including: 50% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo, 10% Parellada, and 10% Chardonnay. This array of grape varieties, along with its extensive production process, is what gives Giro Ribot Brut its strikingly delicious and unique flavor and aroma.

The grapes used in the crafting of Giro Ribot are harvested and then de-stemmed. As soon as the stems are removed, the grapes undergo a cold soaking for several hours. This process serves to pull forward the natural and primary aromas of the grapes.

After the cold soak is complete, the grapes are removed and the 1st stage of fermentation begins. Giro Ribot Brut grape are fermented in stainless steal tanks at temperatures between 12 and 14 degrees Celsius, which is quite low for this process. This first stage of fermentation occurs for several days before the wine is removed and the second stage of fermentation begins.

The second stage of fermentation occurs within the bottle that Giro Ribot Brut is packed in. This practice of fermenting in the bottle is in accordance with the the “Methode Champenoise.” It is by this process that Giro Ribot Brut gets its bubbles, and in fact, all sparkling wines of high quality get their bubbles. This same method is also used in the making of true Champagne, and is known as “methode traditionnelle” in French.

Enjoy Giro Ribot Brut chilled and served in a flute like a classy dame, or with orange juice for a traditional mimosa with an untraditional twist only Giro Ribot Brut can offer. Better still, try my favorite, the grapefruit mimosa: Giro Ribot Brut with grapefruit. Sweet, simple, delicious!

Remember Wine Wednesdays we offer $10.00 off all bottles of wine and Cava! Because Cava has a palate cleansing, refreshing sort of quality, it goes wonderfully with spicy dishes. Try Giro Ribot Brut with Pintxo’s Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes doused in aioli and a spicy Brava sauce). Cava also pairs wonderfully with seafoods, most particularly mollusks. So, try a glass with our steamed mussles!

Giro Ribot Brut Flavor Profile:
“Delicate perlage, deep minerality, with intoxicating flower and baby mushroom aromas.”

If you enjoyed this little lesson on our Giro Ribot Brut Cava, keep an eye out for more about Cava coming soon! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @PintxoSeattle for updates on our blog, as well as the latest and greatest in the restaurant happenings!