Wine Wednesday! Featuring Rezabal Txakoli Rosé 2015.

‪#‎WineWednesday‬! Join us for $10.00 off any bottle of wine on our list, including cava.
We are now offering a free tasting of our “Wine of the Week”. We couldn’t be more excited to have this unique Rose on our list! Rezabal Rosé 2015.

This beautiful Rose from the Basque country is perfect with tapas or to drink on it’s own.  Intense with notes of fresh wild strawberries; red fruits, lime, and slightly effervescent. We love this wine with our Cured salmon and wine poached asparagus, Tortilla española and Gilda skewers
Stop in between 5pm – 8pm, we’ll be offering a free tasting of this delicious and and beautiful Rosé. ‪#‎spaininseattle‬

 

 

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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!

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.

Wine Wednesday

Seattle, did you know every Wednesday, with out fail, we have $10.00 off a bottle of wine?

For months, our chef Malcolm, has been begging for a Ribera Del Duero (say that fast 3 times!). We now have two. What’s so special about the Ribera Del Duero?

Spain holds 11 “quality wine regions”. The Ribera Del Duero (included in one of the 11 quality regions) is located in the northern plateau and rests along the Duero river – a beast of a water way that boasts incredible history. From, housing Spanish Nobility when the Moors still ruled southern Spain to evidence of a Roman presence and influences of wine production and drinking. Napoleon and his troops fought and failed on these fields during the war of Independence and El Cid fought for Spain’s unification along the river banks.

There is nothing boring about the Ribera Del Duero. Including our new wines.

Valdecampana Crianza, 2005, Tempranillo: well balanced combination with notes from oak barrels (a year in the barrel, a year in the bottle).

Nexus Cosecha, 2010, Tempranillo: Aromas of ripe fruit, balsamic and vanilla with a dash of pepper.
Come by any day (especially Wednesday) and enjoy a bottle.