New South African Wines Arrive at Central Market

Found only at Central Market, the Victorious, a Chenin Blanc, is full of fresh, floral scents and tropical fruit flavors. With just a hint of pineapple and guava, this white wine is rich and full-bodied followed by a lively and juicy finish.

The Rattlesnake is an unpretentious and easy-drinking red. This modern-style red wine has a vibrant ruby hue and an abundance of black fruit. Attractive spicy plum aromas and secondary violet and floral notes lead into a juicy palate packed with bright sweet and berry flavors.

These two wines pay tribute to a fascinating period in South African military history, when the Royal Navy won back the Cape of Good Hope in August 1795 at the battle of Muizenberg, led by the gunships Victorious and Rattlesnake. So raise a glass to the battle of Muizenberg (since I know everybody has heard this before!) and enjoy these new beauties from South Africa at irresistible prices: $8.95.

New South African Wines Arrive at Central Market

Found only at Central Market, the Victorious, a Chenin Blanc, is full of fresh, floral scents and tropical fruit flavors. With just a hint of pineapple and guava, this white wine is rich and full-bodied followed by a lively and juicy finish.

The Rattlesnake is an unpretentious and easy-drinking red. This modern-style red wine has a vibrant ruby hue and an abundance of black fruit. Attractive spicy plum aromas and secondary violet and floral notes lead into a juicy palate packed with bright sweet and berry flavors.

These two wines pay tribute to a fascinating period in South African military history, when the Royal Navy won back the Cape of Good Hope in August 1795 at the battle of Muizenberg, led by the gunships Victorious and Rattlesnake. So raise a glass to the battle of Muizenberg (since I know everybody has heard this before!) and enjoy these new beauties from South Africa at irresistible prices: $8.95.

Power to the Patty: Central Market Launches New Seasoned Turkey Burgers

That’s why we’re especially proud of our Central Market Signature seasoned turkey burgers, which are sure to add some pizzazz to the patty mix. Our turkey burgers are made fresh in-store daily with 97% lean ground white turkey meat. Flavors include tomato-studded bruschetta, foodie fave cranberry Gorgonzola; Mediterranean-inspired feta basil & olive; and cheddar-spiked fiesta jalapeño. Every turkey patty is heartily seasoned and bursting with flavor—just the right foundation for a better burger.

Raise a Glass to These Exceptional Spanish Beers

Estrella Damm Lager. This award-winning premium pale lager has been brewed since 1876 by the independent brewery known for its creativity (more on that in the next paragraph). Estrella Damm is known as the Beer of Barcelona.

Estrella Damm INEDIT. This beer is so elegant, all it needs is a strand of pearls. INEDIT has received a lot of attention because of its claim to be the premier beer to pair with exquisite and challenging foods, such as those containing citrus and oils, e.g., salads, vinegar-based sauces, bitter notes, salmon, tuna, and cheeses. INEDIT was crafted by the acclaimed chef Ferran Adria, Juli Soler, and sommeliers Ferran Gentelles and David Seljas from the three Michelin-starred elBulli restaurant. It’s a skillfully brewed blend of lager and wheat beer styles using a combination of barley malt, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast, and water. This is a beer to savor, thanks to its creamy texture with soft, full body and long finish. Serve it chilled in a white wine glass.

Alhambra Especial. We love this deep gold lager because it’s perfect for our hot Texas weather and pairs well with Spanish chorizo or paella, thanks to its fresh, fruity flavor with a touch of honeyed malt. We are the first to bring this beer to Texas during Passport Spain.

Raise a Glass to These Exceptional Spanish Beers

Estrella Damm Lager. This award-winning premium pale lager has been brewed since 1876 by the independent brewery known for its creativity (more on that in the next paragraph). Estrella Damm is known as the Beer of Barcelona.

Estrella Damm INEDIT. This beer is so elegant, all it needs is a strand of pearls. INEDIT has received a lot of attention because of its claim to be the premier beer to pair with exquisite and challenging foods, such as those containing citrus and oils, e.g., salads, vinegar-based sauces, bitter notes, salmon, tuna, and cheeses. INEDIT was crafted by the acclaimed chef Ferran Adria, Juli Soler, and sommeliers Ferran Gentelles and David Seljas from the three Michelin-starred elBulli restaurant. It’s a skillfully brewed blend of lager and wheat beer styles using a combination of barley malt, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast, and water. This is a beer to savor, thanks to its creamy texture with soft, full body and long finish. Serve it chilled in a white wine glass.

Alhambra Especial. We love this deep gold lager because it’s perfect for our hot Texas weather and pairs well with Spanish chorizo or paella, thanks to its fresh, fruity flavor with a touch of honeyed malt. We are the first to bring this beer to Texas during Passport Spain.

The Only Rule With Spanish Wine: There Are No Rules

But here’s what you really need to know: the first rule of Spanish wine is there are no rules. Spanish winemakers like to push boundaries, both in production and pairings. As with the food scene in Spain, there is a movement in the Spanish wine world stressing freedom. Think of these winemakers as trailblazers and trendsetters—as opposed to their “rigid” counterparts in France. When it comes to Spanish wine, you should mix it up, try new things and find what you love.

During Passport Spain, in addition to unprecedented classes with renowned Spanish winemakers such as Miguel Torres Jr., Javier Ybanez or Jorge Ordonez, Central Market is offering several Spanish wines for your tasting pleasure. Among the highlights:

Naveran Cava 2007. This vintage sparkling wine made from 85% Chardonnay and 15% Parellada grapes, rated 90 points by Robert Parker, is a Central Market exclusive. It’s broad on the palate with excellent volume and lingering flavors.

Blanc Copos 2010. This white wine from the Terra Alta region is made from white Garnacha cultivated on terraces and hand-picked. Because of its floral nuances, dry grass notes and balanced acidity, it’s great as an aperitif or with fish, cold meats and cheese.

Llicorella Priorat 2005. This Garnacha-based wine is light and crisp, yet has plenty of structure to power its raspberry, licorice and herb flavors. Another Central Market exclusive, it’s rated 91 points by Robert Parker and the best-rated Priorat under $40.

Evodia 2009. Produced with 100% Garnacha grapes, many from vineyards 100 years old, this wine is spicy with a cranberry bouquet and dark cherry flavors. Central Market has it first.

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2009. This wine from Rioja is made with 50% Garnacha and 50% Tempranillo grapes. La Vendimia, which signifies “the harvest,” represents the quality potential of Spanish jovens, or wines that have been aged for six months or less in oak. This gem is produced by one of the most famous winemakers in Spain, Alvaro Palacios.

We invite you to try one of these Spanish wines at home—and remember to experiment with your food pairings!

Central Market Announces Plans for 5th Dallas-Fort Worth Location

The specialty foods retailer just announced it has taken space for a ninth location—the fifth for the DFW area—on the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Preston Road in the Preston Oaks shopping center. The 30,000-square-foot space is currently occupied by Borders, but the chain announced recently it is closing that location.

“Research has shown us, and many of our customers have told us, that while we’re a destination store—people will drive 10, 30, even more than 100 miles to shop with us—they’d like us to be more accessible, closer to home,” says Stephen Butt, Senior Vice President of Central Market H-E-B.

“By adding a new, neighborhood-friendly store design to our portfolio, we can start to better respond to our customers’ interests. We believe this is a new way to bring Central Market’s offerings to more customers in the future.”

Butt explains the company has been looking at real estate around the state, hoping to find the perfect location to launch its new store concept.

“We’ve searched for quite a long time for just the right location,” says Butt. “In my experience, it seems a location this special, with such an influential and active community surrounding it, is truly a rare find.”

As with its previous eight stores, the company promises the new location will have its own personality and will be designed especially for the neighborhood it will serve.

Shoppers can expect the dazzling food and drink assortment that has become the hallmark of the award-winning grocer. The procurement team at Central Market is already at work to bring new items for customers’ adventures in food.

“We’ve begun traveling for new ideas, design inspiration and food finds to bring to the new store,” says Chief Merchant David Lusk. “Customers can expect to see our most popular items, such as artisan-made breads and desserts and a wide variety of daily meal options created by Central Market chefs, as well as our signature best quality produce, meat, seafood and unique staples.”

The company expects to staff the store with an estimated 200 food-savvy, customer service-oriented Partners (as Central Market and H-E-B employees are known), who will help create an outstanding shopping experience for our customers.

“This is the newest generation of our Central Market brand, with many new possibilities to re-imagine what we already do well: create the world’s most fun and exciting food shopping experience, in a store that doubles as a community gathering space,” Butt says.

This newest Central Market store is currently slated to open just before the holiday season.

Central Market Announces Plans for 5th Dallas-Fort Worth Location

The specialty foods retailer just announced it has taken space for a ninth location—the fifth for the DFW area—on the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Preston Road in the Preston Oaks shopping center. The 30,000-square-foot space is currently occupied by Borders, but the chain announced recently it is closing that location.

“Research has shown us, and many of our customers have told us, that while we’re a destination store—people will drive 10, 30, even more than 100 miles to shop with us—they’d like us to be more accessible, closer to home,” says Stephen Butt, Senior Vice President of Central Market H-E-B.

“By adding a new, neighborhood-friendly store design to our portfolio, we can start to better respond to our customers’ interests. We believe this is a new way to bring Central Market’s offerings to more customers in the future.”

Butt explains the company has been looking at real estate around the state, hoping to find the perfect location to launch its new store concept.

“We’ve searched for quite a long time for just the right location,” says Butt. “In my experience, it seems a location this special, with such an influential and active community surrounding it, is truly a rare find.”

As with its previous eight stores, the company promises the new location will have its own personality and will be designed especially for the neighborhood it will serve.

Shoppers can expect the dazzling food and drink assortment that has become the hallmark of the award-winning grocer. The procurement team at Central Market is already at work to bring new items for customers’ adventures in food.

“We’ve begun traveling for new ideas, design inspiration and food finds to bring to the new store,” says Chief Merchant David Lusk. “Customers can expect to see our most popular items, such as artisan-made breads and desserts and a wide variety of daily meal options created by Central Market chefs, as well as our signature best quality produce, meat, seafood and unique staples.”

The company expects to staff the store with an estimated 200 food-savvy, customer service-oriented Partners (as Central Market and H-E-B employees are known), who will help create an outstanding shopping experience for our customers.

“This is the newest generation of our Central Market brand, with many new possibilities to re-imagine what we already do well: create the world’s most fun and exciting food shopping experience, in a store that doubles as a community gathering space,” Butt says.

This newest Central Market store is currently slated to open just before the holiday season.

Cinco de Mayo Essentials

Naturally, no Cinco de Mayo festivity would be complete without margaritas, and Republic Spirits Blends, from the Austin-based makers of Republic Tequila, makes it easier than ever to shake some up. These all-natural mixes comprise the finest fruits and agave nectar, which result in some mighty fine cocktails. Classic Lime is a must-have, but more creative options like Prickly Pear, Pineapple Basil, and Jalapeño Lime are real crowd-pleasers. These mixers are so versatile that you can add them to just about anything, including sparkling wine or water.

However, Republic Spirits Blends encourages you to think outside the drink. Culinary applications include sweet treats like Prickly Pear Pound Cake. Or try a splash of Pineapple Basil on a summery watermelon and feta salad. But for your Cinco de Mayo shindig, we like Jalapeño Lime Meat Marinade to liven up those fajitas. Cheers to that!