We’ve heard good things about Wallingford restaurant Art of the Table since it opened last fall, and finally had a chance to try it this week. Catherine Reynolds (of Queso y Vino) teamed up with Chef Dustin Ronspies to create a wonderful Catalan wine dinner. After we enjoyed our banderilla appetizers with Montsarra Cava and caught up with our friends, Dustin rang the gong, bonggggg, greeted the packed room, and talked a bit about the meal. He explained that he hadn’t cooked much Spanish food before this night, but after tasting the wines Catherine selected and getting inspiration from The New Spanish Table cookbook, he devised six courses of Catalan food to pair with the wines. We would have never guessed this upon eating dinner – each course reminded us of meals we’ve had in Spain. I particularly liked the Grilled Spicy Prawns with Chick Peas, Chorizo, Parsley & Saffron Aliolio dish, and how it paired so well with the Gramona Gessami white wine (a muscat and sauvignon blanc wine from Penedes, Spain). And I’m a sucker for meatballs – the homemade Catalan Lamb Meatballs with Romesco Sauce didn’t disappoint. Dawn and I are already planning on going back for dinner at Art of the Table.
As the evening was winding down and we rolled out of our chairs, I had the extra treat of being the first customer of Queso y Vino’s wine delivery service! Catherine is set up to deliver wines around Seattle, and she brought the case that I had ordered on the day she got her liquor permit. We often asked Catherine for Spanish and Portuguese wine recommendations when she was the wine manager at The Spanish Table, so it’s like old times again – we can all ask her for new and interesting wine recommendations, or to track down old favorites we’ve been missing. For my first order, I went the omakase route and let Catherine put together a mixed case. And what a tasty result! I sampled a Valdespino Delicioso Manzanilla dry sherry after dinner a few nights ago, and have my eye on the Viña Ardanza Reserva wine from the Rioja Alta region next. Give her a call or drop her a mail if you’d like to put together your own case.
Queso y Vino
Catherine Reynolds, Owner
Art of the Table
1054 N 39th St, Seattle