Important Announcement

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Held Over: Holiday Market Wine and Bubbles Until December 20

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It's such a deal that we're holding over the wine and bubbles sales in our Merry & Bright Holiday Marketplace -- wine by the case is discounted about $90 from retail! Sparkling wines discounted about $63 per case!
Stock up, because we all need some holiday cheer! Toast the long-anticipated arrival of 2021!

Items purchased from the Marketplace will be available at the Alliance Française for pick-up on Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20, between 11 am and 1 pm. An additional pickup day for wines & bubbles late sales will be on December 23 from 11-1pm or by special arrangement after the holidays.

The Market is now closed. Thank you for participating and enjoy the wonderful wines and foods. Joyeux fêtes !


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Bubbles for a Good Time
Sparkling wines enliven end of the year festivities –– good bye 2020! –– or anytime in the wonderful month of December. Our sommelier, Maxine Borcherding, has assembled a case of mixed champagnes and crémants. Enjoy at all your holiday festivities with your nearest and dearest.$385 per case. And that represents about a $63 per case discount from retail.

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Download the wine list with descriptions for Bubbles and Instant Cellar.

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Running low on wine? We have a solution! 1, 2, or 3 cases of delicious wines from France: everyday sippers, wine for guests, and a few for really special occasions curated for you by wine educator and Sommelier Maxine Borcherding. $360 per case. And that represents about a $90 per case discount from retail.

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Artisanal Wine Racks Handcrafted from Stellar Cellars

(at left) Three-bottle display rack in Brazilian cherry finished with Heritage oil.
17"W x 15"H x 13"D. The display contains a small light for showcasing your bottles. One only available at $150.

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12-bottle rack with three pull-out shelves. Made from solid walnut, finished with Heritage oil. 18"W x 15" H x 15" D. One only available at $250.

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Maury Hornstein offers three very special Hardy cognacs to savor over the holidays:

Miss Paris: An whimsical presentation of an Eiffel Tower filled with 10 year cognac from the House of Hardy. One only available at $50.00.   SOLD

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Noces d'Argent "Silver Anniversary": The first in the Wedding Anniversary Series from the House of Hardy, Noces d'Argent is a distinguished cognac that combines the rich aromas of raisins and tobacco with fine notes of spices and honey. Elegant and charming, Noces d'Argent is the blended celebration of Grande and Petite Champagnes distilled a quarter of a century ago. One only available at $200.00. SOLD


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Noces d'Or "Golden Anniversary": Forty different Grande Champagne Cognacs aged a minimum of 50 years are blended together into an award-winning eau de vie. Full bodied with inviting rich aromas that reveal elegant spiced flavors that linger on your tongue. Notes of spice and oak, balanced and rich. Noces d'Or lives up to its name, Golden Anniversary. One only $250.00. 

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Gourmet Items for Holiday Celebrations: Sales of Items for the Table Are Closed

Duck Products

Grimaud Premium Rendered Duck Fat, 1 pound container: Perfect for high heat cooking, duck fat adds flavor and a silky mouthfeel to roasting and pan searing, and adds incredible flavor to foods cooked in your air fryer (Try them with pomme frites!) Duck fat and roasted potatoes are also a match made in heaven. Use it to sear meats, sauté vegetables, or make your own confit. Duck fat can be filtered and re-used. $12 per container.
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*Hudson Valley Sous Vide Duck Breast, 5-7oz each: Pre-seasoned and cooked low and slow. The easiest way to serve perfectly cooked breast of duck! To reheat, place the breast skin side down in a pre-heated pan over medium heat for four minutes, flip and cook an additional three to four minutes, basting with the fat that has rendered in the pan. Allow to rest for five to ten minutes and serve. $8.50 the piece.
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*La Belle Moulard Duck Breast, raw 16 oz avg:  This breast of the Moulard Duck is prized for its rich beefy flavor. Each large breast will easily serve 2-3 adults. At its best when pan-roasted, sauteed, or grilled. Can be substituted with fantastic results in recipes that call for NY Strip Steak! $18 the breast. Contact with desired weight range.
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*Grimaud Whole Muscovy Duck Hen, 4-5 lb: From the producer: “Muscovy duck has a unique taste: it is lean, meaty, tender and flavorful. A 4-pound Muscovy has the highest yield of any duck available and 50 percent more breast meat than other ducks. Muscovy breast meat is 99 percent lean and the skin of our duck has 50% less fat than the Moulard or Pekin varieties! Did you know that Muscovy ducks have less fat and less calories per pound than turkey?”  $47.50 the duck. Contact with desired weight range.
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Mapleleaf Duck Confit, 1-lb pack: Each package contains 2 each leg and thigh pieces. From Epicurious: “Once esteemed as a preservation method, cooking and keeping duck in its rendered fat results in meltingly tender, moist, and extremely flavorful meat which can be used in a variety of simple preparations. Sear the duck legs in a hot skillet or shred the meat and add it to salads, or, perhaps best of all, make duck rillettes.” My favorite use is in Cassoulet!  $15/package. 
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*La Belle Foie Gras, whole grade A, 1.5 lb average weight: "I found this item on-line direct from the producer at a retail price of $90-120 each depending on weight. If you are a Foie fanatic, this is an incredible deal! Since we can’t party together, why not get a group of friends together and parcel it out?" asks Maxine. $67.50 the piece. Contact with desired weight range. 
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La Belle Foie Board 2 - 2 oz pieces:  But if a whole lobe of Foie Gras is too much, each La Belle Foie Board comes with two each of 2 oz portion-controlled pieces. Pan seared Foie Gras with figs and port wine sauce, anyone? $18 per board. 
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Other Holiday Delights

Toulouse Sausage by Tails & Trotters:  A French garlic sausage with white pepper and nutmeg.  An absolute essential for your Christmas Cassoulet! (Don’t tell anyone, but Tails & Trotters sells these for $9.75 at their retail store!) Four 4-oz sausages per package. $8/package.  Add to Cart

Fabrique Delices Truffle Butter: Made with 100% French butter and your choice of black winter, or white truffle. The white truffle is complex with notes of garlic, spices, earth, hay, and a touch of honey. White truffles are generally used to flavor finished dishes. The black truffle has a pleasing, wet-leaf, earthy smell and is usually added during cooking. “Truffle butter can be used instead of butter in almost any savory dish, and is particularly good when melted into eggs, polenta, pasta, and risotto; served in a pat on top of grilled meat; or spread under poultry skin before roasting.”- Bon Appetite   Or, if you feel decadent, slather it on a really good piece of bread.
• White Truffle Butter: 3 oz container $9.50 each. 
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• Black Truffle Butter: 3 oz container $9.50 each. 
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Cassoulet Package Special: 1-lb Tails and Trotters Toulouse Sausage and 1 package (1 lb) Maple Leaf Duck Confit. Included will be a traditional (long and slow) Cassoulet recipe and Maxine’s streamlined Cassoulet recipe. Enough for a generous cassoulet for 4 people (or two people with delicious leftovers!) $20/package. 
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Menegon French Caramel Sauces

Sylvie Menegon learned to make caramels in the traditional manner in Brittany and now produces caramels in Portland in three flavors:

Caramel (original caramel sauce).  Simple but dellicate, Sylvie's caramel sauce is lovingly made with sugar, water, heavy cream, salted butter and lemon. No preservatives or additives.  Buy direct from Menegon here: 6 oz glass jar $10, plus shipping.

Chocamel (chocolate caramel sauce). Made especially for chocolate addicts. Don't miss out on this blend of caramel and dark chocolate...awesome! Made with sugar, water, heavy cream, dark chocolate, salted butter and lemon. No preservatives or additives.  Buy direct from Menegon here: 6 oz glass jar $10, plus shipping.

Caramoka (decaf and caramel sauce). Even if you are not a 'coffee person', you will want to taste this. And if you already love coffee, you will never forget it! Made with sugar, water, heavy cream, dark chocolate, salted butter and lemon. No preservatives or additives.  Buy direct from Menegon here: 6 oz glass jar $9 plus shipping.

Gift box of 3 glass jars of 4 oz. Enjoy Sylvie's delicate Caramel, deliciously strong chocolate Chocamel, and coffee lovers' Caramoka. Buy direct from Menegon here:  $19 for 3 glass jars 4 oz each, plus shipping.

Sample box of 3 glass jars of 2.5 oz. (caramel, chocamel, & caramoka). This box is the best way to discover all Sylvie's caramels and to treat your friends or yourself! Buy direct from Menegon here:  $12 for 3 glass jars 2.5 oz each, plus shipping.


The Mystery Wall of Wine

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Did we mention the Wall of Wine? You may remember the Wall of Wine from Nouveau Beaujolais festivals:  it's a mystery buy – all bottles are wrapped and the contents are hidden. The fun is opening up the package and seeing what you got. The wines will range in value from $20-60.

We're doing it online: Pick your favorite number from 1-60 to select a bottle of wine. Each bottle is wrapped up in shiny mylar bag, tied with a bow, and tagged with a number from 1-60.

Collect your bottle(s) from the Alliance and any other Holiday Market purchases from the Alliance on December 13 and 14 from 11-1 pm.

Click here to go to the Wall of Wine and play! $20 per bottle


Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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