Bravo, La Mascota

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Aficionados of award winning La Mascota Vineyards—the opulent wines produced at the viniculture land of Cruz de Piedra, Maipú, Mendoza in Argentina—gathered in Manila to welcome the vineyard’s internationally renowned winemaker, Rodolfo “Opi” Sadler.

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Flying with Opi straight from the tango capital is Javier Rodriguez Bragazzi, the winery’s corporate business manager for Asia.

(From left) Karl McLean, Paige Meneses, Ope Sadler, Joe Meneses, Tita Trillo, Argentine Embassy Consul Martin Soto, Argentine Ambassador Martin Bosch, Maria Julia Noberasco, Mariana Lovari and Javier Bragazzi

(From left) Karl McLean, Paige Meneses, Ope Sadler, Joe Meneses, Tita Trillo, Argentine Embassy Consul Martin Soto, Argentine Ambassador Martin Bosch, Maria Julia Noberasco, Mariana Lovari and Javier Bragazzi

La Mascota Winery, together with Bodegas Santa Ana, is part of Grupo Peñaflor which owns over 6,104 hectares of vineyards located in the best winegrowing regions in Argentina. This wine conglomerate is ranked among the top 7 largest wine produ-cers in the world (Euromonitor 2014) with over 480 awards in prestigious international competitions in 2015.

Hi! Society with (from left) Nigel Cosans, Steve Weidenholtz, Mark Wallbank, Tita Trillo, Matthew Squires, Karl McLean, Rutchie McLean, Dante Ang 2nd, and Lawrie Edwards

Hi! Society with (from left) Nigel Cosans, Steve Weidenholtz, Mark Wallbank, Tita Trillo, Matthew Squires, Karl McLean, Rutchie McLean, Dante Ang 2nd, and Lawrie Edwards

The cocktail event held at Titania Wine Bar Café was hosted by the La Mascota Fan Club Founded by Karl McLean, Bob Lehman and Rene Aram­bulo. The club has the intention of sharing their love and admiration for the exquisite heartwarming wines of the La Mascota.

Titania Wine Cellar’s Tita Trillo welcomed everyone with a vibrant narrative of her trip to Argentina which included fond memories of “Finca La Mascota.”

While intently listening to her, the audience whetted their palettes with wonderfully chilled Opi & La Mascota Chardonnays paired with specially prepared tapas.

Claudine Trillo (leftmost) and Ian Dy with Tita Trillo

Claudine Trillo (leftmost) and Ian Dy with Tita Trillo

Moreover, Yellow fin tuna croquettes and grilled seafood skewers intermingled perfectly with the crisp, complex and well-balanced chardonnays. Each glass is filled with aromas of pears and pineapples while the taste is enhanced with a subtle layer of sweet vanilla from barrel ageing.

Since Argentina is known for its distinctive world-class Malbec grapes, Opi Malbec and Citadelle D’Or Gold Medal awardee La Mascota Malbec took center stage on the evening’s menu.

Opi Malbec, with its soft palate of sweet tannins and ripe saturated berry flavors, went well with the garlic chicken paella, roasted

(From left) Dondi Alikpala, Joe Menese, Emilie Garcia, TitaTrillo, Father Rey Reyes, Rene Arambulo, and Kai Meneses

(From left) Dondi Alikpala, Joe Menese, Emilie Garcia, TitaTrillo, Father Rey Reyes, Rene Arambulo, and Kai Meneses

vegetable pasta as well as the platter of assorted pan-seared German sausages and garlic mushrooms. Crispy pork Albóndigas  and wedges of  roasted beef tenderloin topped with a choice of fresh coriander salsa or an Argentine chimichuri sauce were also served to complement the full-bodied La Mascota Malbec. The intense, purple-colored drink has aromas of black fruits, jam and vanilla, highlighted  by  a subtle touch of licorice.

This elegant wine also waltzed in perfect rhythm with the dark chocolate and fresh fruit fondue, the sweet and melodious finale to wind-up a sensational gastronomical evening of great wines and friendship.

(From left) Jane Umali, Bob Lehman, Kai Palomares, Javier Bragazzi, Angela Trillo, Ian Dy, and Rachel and Paul Beamish

(From left) Jane Umali, Bob Lehman, Kai Palomares, Javier Bragazzi, Angela Trillo, Ian Dy, and Rachel and Paul Beamish

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