The Date and Time: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6Pm to 10PM
The Event: Toronto Hunt presents an Evening in Argentina, with Rutini wines.
The Venue: Toronto Hunt
The Target Audience: members and their guests, invited media.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the agency, The Case for Wine.
The Quote/Background: there were a few dances by Tango Soul performers Bryant Lopez and Faye Lavin that scored very highly with the audience. Chef Natalia Machado, from Buenos Aires, is currently executive chef at L'Atelier d'Argentina in Montreal. She did the meals for here and for another club in Hamilton on the weekend – all in celebration of Argentine food and Rutini Argentine wines.
The Wines: We had a reception wine (Trumpeter Sauvignon Blanc 2013) plus four other wines with the meal. Wines are available for purchase through www.thecaseforwine.com
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cruz Alta Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012, $21 13.8% ABV
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Trumpeter Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $20 13.5%
-Cruz Alta Gran Reserva Malbec 2011, $21 14.2%
-Cruz Alta Chairman's Blend 2011, $24 13.5%
-Rutini Encuentro Barrel Blend 2009, $39 14.5%
The Food: Here's the menu -
Reception – empanaditas de mar, with Trumpeter Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (balanced flavours)
First course – mini crab cakes, grilled lemon and fennel, with Cruz Alta GR Chardonnay (ripe and full, lots of engaging French oak).
Second course – smoked lamb chop, paprika, sweet corn, fava beans, with Cruz Alta GR Malbec (juicy and succulent)
Third course – seared rib eye steak with Brussels sprouts, bacon, spiced polenta, with Cruz Alta Chairman's Blend (mostly malbec, a big wine) and Encuentro Barrel Blend (bordeaux-styled blend with 40% malbec, all new French oak – mounds of flavours).
Fourth course – ricotta and lemon cream almond crumble
The Downside: why the dessert? There was no sweetie with it, and we could have had some cheeses for the wines. Just wondering.
The Upside: a chance to uncover Chef Natalia's cooking, beyond her appearances on Chopped TV show.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.