Mark Kilbride, Kendall-Jackson Winery and the Arion Wine Company, celebrate Dia di Betico

A select number of food & beverage professionals were invited to sample some of the famous winery’s labels, and pair the delectable wine with the award winning dishes at El Gaucho Argentine Grill.

Kilbride offered tastings of the Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc from Bennett Valley Sonoma County California where the Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a former dairy farm. The winery’s first vintage picked up a native malolactic yeast strain from the former dairy barn, and that particular strain is now called MCW, and is used by wineries around the globe. Kilbride also introduced Byron Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County California, where Byron specializes in producing small-lot artisan Pinot Noirs.

His third selection, Tenuta di Arceno, PrimaVoce, Tuscany, Italy, a Super Tuscan, came from an estate which dates back to the time of the Etruscans in the 8th century B.C., and still bears an original Etruscan name.

As an added interaction Kilbride decanted the Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, a wine which earned 92 Points when rated by Wine & Spirits. The Freemark Abbey winery, was founded in 1886 by Josephine MarlinTychson who was the first woman the build and operate a winery in California.

The older wine, developed and came to life when decanted, in the conversation pieces decanter, as seen in our images!

El Gaucho Argentine Grill continues to nurture the culture of food and wine pairing and frequently hosts international wine artists, reports Joost Röben of the Arion Wine Company.