Blessed by favorable terroirs and high altitudes Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina boasts skillfully blended components, allowing this new world winery to create the most balanced and expressive wines.
Under the slogan ”Grab Life by the Grapes,” the Arion Wine Company and El Gaucho Argentine Grill came together to present a delightful menu, perfectly paired with the Catena wines, Malbec & Chardonnay. The menu will be available at the restaurant until Christmas for $45.- per person including award-winning wines and delicious food.
At a dinner party, hosted by Elina Luco Alduncin, who was visiting Aruba from the Bodega Catena Zapata winery in Argentina, the menu included Shrimp Scampi as an appetizer paired with Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza 2009, a perfectly grilled Rack of Lamb for main course paired with Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza 2009, and a signature El Gaucho dessert, Creme Brulee chased by Alamos Torrontes Salta Provinces 2010.
All wines served with dinner rated high by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator Magazine, explained the charming winery representative. She also reported that Catena wines are a blend of single varietal lots from the Catena family’s vineyards. Each vineyard is divided into lots which are harvested separately, and especially prepared to be part of the final blend of each Catena wine: Malbec and Chardonnay.
Wine Enthusiast magazine, named Nicolas Catena Zapata, Decanter Man of the Year in 2010, crediting him with putting Argentina on the map with his high altitude vineyards, she added.
While the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, Elina Luco Alduncin informs that they age beautifully for 10 to 20 years.
Pictured here a perfectly orchestrated dinner at El Gaucho Argentine Grill celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.