ORANJESTAD – Arion Wine Company recently had the honor of hosting Luis Torres, Director of Wine Education East for the Constellation Academy of Wine, for several informative and entertaining wine and food pairing seminars titled “The Liberation of Food and Wine.”
The first seminar, at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino, included a total of 85 participants from the food and beverage industry on the island. They enjoyed tasting wines from the Constellation Brands, starting with a variety of white wines including a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Relax Riesling and Estancia Chardonnay, followed by the reds; Estancia Pinot Noir, Ravenswood Zinfandel “Old Vine,” Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and ending with the sweet and bubbly Fiorini Moscato. Each wine was paired with food or specific ingredients, ranging from Salt & Vinegar Chips to Sweet BBQ Sauce, while Torres educated them on some of the most important “bridge” foods to pick when drinking wine.
The second seminar was offered to 25 students and faculty members from the Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies at the University of Aruba. Aside from enjoying the pairings of food and wine, they also learned about the differences between European and American Dining Habits, the Five Keys to Wine: acidity, sugar, alcohol, oak and tannin; and the Three Keys to Food: Ingredients, Method of Production and Sauces/Condiments with side dishes.
A dynamic and engaging speaker, Torres drew from his extensive experience in wine supply and distribution, studies in Food and Science Technology and 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, where he held an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers and The Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
At the end of both seminars, everyone received a certificate announcing their newfound knowledge of food and wine pairings. Our photos show the participants enjoying the seminars hosted by Luis Torres and Arion Wine Company.