Against the backdrop of the elegantly styled Tryall Club Great House, OCEAN Style in association with J Wray & Nephew hosted a culinary event labelled Reserved - An evening of Culinary Excellence.
OCEAN Style produces OCEAN Style TV and OCEAN Style magazine. The organisation states as their mission to use television, print and web to show the world the rich, fabulous, and engaging Caribbean life. OCEAN Style's Douglas Gordon explained this move into the culinary space as a natural extension of his organisation's mission and he put us on notice to watch for more events of this nature. Guest chef for this event was Andy Trousdale. Chef Trousdale is the chef and co-owner of Le Bistro Restaurant, located in South Florida, where he has successfully served his brand of modern French cuisine for over 10 years.
Wines poured by J Wray and Nephew
Four Torres wines and one wine from the Terrazas portfolio were selected to go along with the seven-course dinner.
The first wine we had at dinner was the 2008 Soto de Torres Rioja Ibéricos Crianza. Ibéricos is made with 100% Tempranillo grapes, the most typical varietal of the red wines of La Rioja. Ibéricos receives its name from the Iberian Peninsula, and specifically from the mountain system that borders the region of La Rioja. Ibéricos has the rich colour of sweet cherries. Its aromas of forest fruits, blackberries and blueberries are pronounced, intense and in perfect balance with the toasted notes of caramel and spices acquired by time spent in oak. This wine was served with the Duck Confit Rillette.
Our second wine was the single estate 2008 Torres Milmanda. Milmanda was part of a route of medieval castles that gave shelter to Christians during the time of the Reconquest. In the 12th century, peace came to these lands and vinegrowing began anew. Today, at the foot of these castle walls, the Torres family grows the Chardonnay grape variety. This single-vineyard, 100% chardonnay wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels. This wine is golden yellow in colour, with an intense, complex aroma andnotes of fruit (citrus and peach ) over a very fine background of vanilla, big on the palate with superb acidity, pleasantly expressing the fruity notes of the aroma. This wine was served with the Pot Purri of Shellfish.
The very popular off-dry(slightly sweet) Torres Viña Esmeralda takes its name from the emerald colour of the Mediterranean and is made from the varieties Mosacatel de Alejandría (85%) and Gewürztraminer (15%). Torres describes this wine as a voluptuous, exotically perfumed nose, with deliciously well-defined primary aromas (some floral notes, roses, lilies...) complemented by secondary aromas derived from the wine's controlled fermentation. Silky and sappy on the palate.
Our final red wine for the evening was from Argentina, we enjoyed the 2006 Terrazas Afincado Malbec. Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate gave this wine 91 points and offered these comments: The purple-colored 2006 Malbec Afincado Single Vineyard was sourced from a parcel planted in 1929. It displays a bouquet of pain grille, graphite, violets, black cherry, and plum. Elegant on the palate, it has plenty of rich flavour, good grip, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it three to five years of additional cellaring and drink it through 2020. This wine was served with the Center Cut Black Angus Sirloin of Beef.
We went back to Spain for the final wine, which was the Torres San Valentin Blanco. This wine was created by Miguel Torres Carbó as a gift to his wife, Margarita Riera, on Saint Valentine's Day. It is made with a grape that many people might not have heard of called the Parellada grape. This grape is a traditional white variety found in Torres' highest vineyards. It produces fruity, aromatic wines with moderate alcoholic strength. This wine was served with the Forme D'Ambert Blue Cheese.
I'm forced to mention that quite a few patrons expressed disappointment that the food lacked Caribbean spice. That said, the camaraderie afforded a great evening to the many, which included locals travelling from as far as Kingston as well as a number of overseas guests staying in the Tryall villas.
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