The Spanish culture of Tapas is possibly one of the most amazing after-work activities for socialising, what can be better than meeting some interesting people over some yummy nibbles and excellent wines. So when I got to know that GourmetItUp was organising a tasting with 6 lovely wines paired with dishes from the menu at Vinoteca by Sula, I just knew we had to go.
We began with a lovely, crisp Sula Brut Rose which tasted of cherries to me. This mellow sparkling wine was the perfect way to bring in a weekend.
|The eye-catching lighting at Vinoteca by Sula|
The second wine was a revelation – a Sula Riesling! I’d no idea that this kind of wine was made in India and when the sommelier told us that Sula had just started making this wine, I had a big grin on my face. The wine was beautiful: Dry with a hint of acid and bursting with the flavours of green apples. Simply yummy! The Riesling was served with some toasted Baguette topped with mixed bell peppers, some more with a topping of sundried tomato, walnuts and Goat Cheese, and another with chicken, bacon with some grilled eggplant. But my pick of the lot was the Salmon and cream cheese roll, the fish tasted of the sea and the cream cheese balanced the flavours just right, it was so delicious that I couldn’t help but reach out for a second helping!
Next came a warm salad with asparagus, mushrooms, walnuts, raisins and cherry tomatoes with Feta cheese. Along with this there were also some chicken croquettes, which I didn’t pay much attention to and was happy to polish off the portion of salad in front of me. These were paired with one of my favourite wines, a Chardonnay. The one that was poured out for us was of Chilean origin – Cono Sur Bicycle Chardonnay. It was everything that a Chardonnay should be – slightly heavy on the tongue, very dry and hints of citrus. This time, I asked for another round of the wine!
Even though I was beginning to get a little full by now, I decided to at least sample the food that was going to be put out in front of me and go easy on the wines instead. It was a well-timed decision as the red wines were to be poured out next. Since I’m not a fan of the reds, it worked in my favour. We began with a Spanish red wine, Torres Atrium Merlot, which smelt quite nice – of berries, cherries and vanilla. It was easy on the tongue too and went well with the stuffed zucchini cylinders and lamb meatballs with Jardinera sauce that were served for this course.
The next course was our mains, I opted for Espinacas Gratinadas, which was broccoli and spinach baked with white sauce, raisins and pine nuts. It was such a simple combination but the way it came together was just mind-blowing! Can’t wait to try this one at home now. The husband opted for Melanzane a la Parmigiana, which was delicious too. The mains were paired with a Rasa Shiraz and I’ll be really honest here and tell you that I didn’t pay too much attention to this wine because with the first few sips I felt it was too heavy and gave me a weird after-taste.
Dessert was a pair of cheesecakes from Love and Cheesecake, one was a banana and dark chocolate and the other was lemon. This was served with the Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, which was awesome. The wine had an aromatic bouquet of peaches and citrus, lovely way to wind up a delicious evening.
|Some of the wines we sampled|
GourmetItUp organises a lot of these tastings, masterclasses and gastronomic experiences. You can find out more about them and what they offer over here.
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