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