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.

Holiday Wine and Cava Dinner December 15th!

This December, we’re teaming up with August Wine Group  and The Spanish Table to spotlight some beautiful, small Spanish wineries we’re in love with.  The best part about this spotlight is that we’re doing it in the form of a wine and cava tasting dinner, so you can enjoy all the flavors of these fabulous wines, while also trying some of the incredible Spanish cuisine that Pintxo has to offer.

EVENT DETAILS

4 courses, $50.00 (tax and tip included)

Chef de Cuisine, Clay Kinsey

December 15th, 7pm at Pintxo (2207 2nd Ave.)

Location:

Pintxo Tapas Bar

2207 2nd Ave

Seattle, Wa 98121

Where to Buy Tickets:

You can purchase tickets for this event by either coming into Pintxo, or buy calling the restaurant at (206) 441 – 4042

This makes for a wonderful holiday gift, date night, or social adventure, so grab your tickets before they’re gone!

THE MENU

Course One…

Wine Pairing: Giro Ribot, Rose Cava

Food Pairing: Steelhead mousse, large pasta shell, fish veloute and pomegranate dust

Course Two…

Wine Pairing: Beira Aral, Aravo Albariño

Food Pairing: Basque pimenton and ducle pimenton rubbed duck breast; persimmon four ways (fresh, pickled, candied, and powder)

Course Three…

Wine Pairing: Alta Vins, Tinto 

Food Pairing: Chorizo stuffed trotter; Farrow, mustard green and preserved lemon salad

Course Four…

Wine Pairing: Parmí, L’Infant

Food Pairing: Smoked chocolates with candied coffee dust, molasses carmel chards,  and vanilla bean filling.

Please contact Pintxo for more information.  You can email Jaimie@pintxoseattle.com, or call the restaurant directly.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

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)

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!!

Wine Wednesday with El Petit Carlania

Wine Wednesday is back at Pintxo, and we’re happy to feature a new wine for you to come in and try. For those of you that don’t already know, Wine Wednesday here at Pintxo means that every bottle of wine and cava is $10.00 off. Not only does this give our Seattle friends and family a little perk to get them through their week (which we love doing!), it also gives you a chance to try out a bottle of something new, and a little incentive to do it. We have a great selection of wines both by bottle and glass pour, but some of our coolest new reds are by the bottle only. So, if you’re a fan of Spanish reds, Wine Wednesday might just be what your Wednesday evening needs.

This week we’re putting a special spotlight on a new bottle of wine, the El Petit Carlania ’12 100% Trepat.

What is a Trepat?
As with all wines, labeling the wine a “100% Trepat” means that the wine is made from that particular variety of grape. In the case of El Petit Carlania, the wine is crafted with Trepat grapes. Trepats are a variety of red Spanish grapes that are grown mainly in the Conca de Barbera and Costers de Segre DO of Catalonia, in Spain.

El Petit Carlania
While commonly used in the production of blended rose style wines, El Petit Carlania is crafted as a nice garnet red, with aromas of pomegranite, spices, and red petals. It is slightly spicy on the palate, and finishes fresh and dry. The wine is crafted from 50 year old vines, and all the grapes that go into this lovely bottle of wine are organically farmed from the Els Corrals vineyards. To maintain the quality of the grape, El Petit Carlania’s producers pick grapes by hand in 20kg cases, and then macerate the grapes on the skins for 15 days, giving El Petit Carlania its unique flavor.

Try El Petit Carlania with our Moroccan Chickpeas or a plate of Serrano Montadito.

Moroccan Chickpeas: Chickpeas with sauteed spinach, tomato, onions, golden raisins, and cinnamon

Serrano Montadito: Serrano ham, manchego cheese, and salsa alicante, served on top of baguette style toast (ordered in sets of 3)

Find out more about the vineyards and organic farming techniques HERE. And, once you’re done with your research, head over and enjoy a bottle with a friend or date for an enticing $10 off! We have our front and back patios open all weekend to soak up the sun, so make a reservation to safe yourself a spot!

Wine Wednesday Spotlight: Ipsum 100% Verdejo (Rueda)

We’re so proud to announce that we have an assortment of new wines we’ll be debuting in the restaurant over the next month or so. We’re also setting to launch into a super cool spotlight on one of our favorite distilling companies, but I’ll save that for later. If you’re a big fan of Spanish wines, or just wines in general, stop in to taste some of the new wines we’ve added to the menu. One of which is Ipsum 100% Verdejo from the Rueda region of Spain. One reason why I love Ipsum is because it is another one of those Spanish whites that really show off the fact that Spain isn’t just a red wine country. If you follow our Wednesday spotlight blogs, my last white showcased was Martin Codax. If you didn’t see it, be sure to check it out and try a glass when you come in.

Remember that today is Wednesday, and here at Pintxo, that means $10 off all bottles of wine and cava! It’s a great way to taste some wine with friends, family, or your special Wednesday night date.

Now, onto the good stuff…

A Bit About Ipsum 100% Verdejo
Ipsum is produced by Bodegas Hermanos del Villar within the Rueda region. The wine is highly unique because it is un-oaked, which serves to bring out the natural flavors of the grapes, as well as the mineral identity of the wine. Additionally, the location of the vineyards where the verdejo grapes are grown and harvested serve to add to the aromas, acidity, and flavors that the wines produced here present.

What is a Verdejo?
As you may have already guessed, especially if you’ve been keeping up with Pintxo’s blog,verdejo is the type of grape used in the making of Ipsum. Verdejo grapes have a really cool history in Spain, and they are considered one of the highest quality grapes that Spain has to offer. This face may be surprising since the verdejo wasn’t always such a preferential grape. For hundreds of years, the verdejo remained fairly obscure, and it wasn’t until the last two decades of so that it really got any of the attention it so much deserves.

Today, verdejo grapes are Rueda’s primary grape of choice for growing, harvesting, and making into wine. The grape is so much loved that despite early worries of premature oxidation, Rueda winemakers developed new techniques for harvesting and fermentation in order to produce a high quality product with youthful freshness that truly represents the region.

This history, as well as how wonderful Ipsum tastes and pairs with most types of food really make it worth spotlighting. Tasting notes on this delicious and unique white are pulled from Ole

Pale yellow. High-pitched citrus fruit and floral aromas show good clarity. Dry and nervy, offering a refreshingly bitter quality to the taut lemon and lime flavors. Closes tight and precise, with resonating mineral and citrus zest notes.”

Ipsum Pairing Notes
I’ve said this before, there really is no wrong pairing. Wine goes great with everything! However, there are certain foods that specific wines really enhance, contrast, or otherwise push your dining experience over the top. It is for this reason that I like to have a little section on what current Pintxo items pair well with our Wednesday Spotlight wine.

Ipsum’s characteristics make it a perfect wine to pair with cheese, fish, white meat, and jamon (ham). Try a bottle (OK…or a glass) with:

Andalusian Chicken Skewer

A fine example of a pintxo! Chicken marinated in sherry vinegar, cumin, coriander, and saffron, and grilled a la plancha.

Serrano Montadito

Serrano jamon, manchego cheese, and salsa alicante. Served up on toasted baguette-like bread, and in a set of 3.

Palilldos de Pescado

Wild caught cod loin marinated in a sherry-paprika sauce, fried and served with aioli.