The event, says wine specialist Clive Faustin, is the first of its kind and while this year famed Chilean Concha Y Toro winery was featured, next year as many as fifteen wineries from around the globe, have already made their reservations.
The highlight of the Aruba Wine Extravaganza was the Marques Wine Dinner guided by wine-maker Alejandra Vallejo, starring the cuisine of the resort’s culinary team with Executive Chef Hector Espinoza at the helm.
Dinner featured a Mesclun Mix of Baby Greens with Walnuts, Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Pepper Jack Cheese and a Raspberry paired with Terrunyo, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, a bright, greenish-yellow wine with herbs, berries and mineral complexity, which contributes to a fresh, juicy taste.
The salad was followed by Chilean Sea Bass topped with Balsamic Whole Grain Mustard, Green Herb Pesto, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Bermuda Onion Rings and Fried Polenta paired with Marques de Casa Concha 2007 Chardonnay, presenting a clean and bright wine including a rich, fruity and nutty taste.
The main course delivered Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon, in a light Peppercorn Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus Points, paired with Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, a smooth, almost silky wine, whose full body paired excellently with the flavorful beef.
Pastry Chef Alejandro concocted Dessert Delice, an almond-biscuit basket filled with decadent sweet mousse and fresh berries that was escorted by Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Concha Y Toro.
Dinner was entertained by musician Carlos Bislip on his jazz xylophone.
Pictured here Aruba’s wine aficionados broadening their wine experience at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa, Grand Caribbean Ballroom.