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Wine and Food Pairings at Reserve

There are a lot of kitchen experiments going on over here at the Reserve loft! We’re trying to find the perfect food and wine pairings.  I’m sharing a post from the Anuva Wine Tasting blog to show one of the favored combinations:

Hello wine worshippers and food fanatics!! Although this week’s recipe is a pasta dish, it’s really all about the bacon.  I think we can agree that one of the most heavenly smells in the world is that of bacon on the grill.   So I’ll be honest, yes I was craving bacon, but I was also curious to see how it would pair with some of our unique Argentine wines. Get ready… you are about to meet a combination that could impress even the most disagreeable of your in-laws.  So grab your wine glasses and let’s begin! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 100 grams of bacon
  • 200 grams of pasta
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 25 ml of cream
  • 1/4 kg of mushrooms
  • few sprigs of parsley
  • 1 entire green onion
  • chicken broth (in packet above)
  • salt and pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese

To begin you’ll want to boil some water and start cooking your pasta.  Then chop up your garlic:

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And your mushrooms…

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And your bacon.  Let’s cook that bacon first so we can get those good smells going! (Warning: If you plan to cook around other people be prepared to face a lot of puppy dog eyes pleading for a taste)

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Let those bacon slices get nice and sizzled, and then place them on a paper towel to soak up some of the grease, but not all! Next step, start sauteing your garlic and mushrooms.

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Once they are browned a bit, pour in your chicken broth and chopped green onions.

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Let them simmer for a couple minutes and then add a dab of cream and some parsley and……

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Voilà!! A dish to wow the crowds.  Don’t forget to splash with Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Mmm I already ate that entire bowl and looking at this photo makes me want some more.

Now you’ve probably snitched a bit along the way so at this point you must be PARCHED! Time to quench that mighty thirst of yours, and what a better way to do so than with an elegant red wine.

Here are the two contenders for today’s wine pairing:

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Mairena Bonarda 2011 vs. San Gimignano Cabernet Sauvignon Roble 2008.

 

Now for the taste test! (See here for tips on how to pair wine with food)

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And the winner is….

 

The MAIRENA BONARDA! Also known as Argentina’s best kept secret.  Bonarda was once nicknamed the “patito feo” (ugly duckling) because of it’s high yielding production that led to very poor wine.  It was a common blending grape for making low quality table wines.  It wasn’t until the 1980’s when winemakers from around the world such as Michel Rolland from France came to Argentina and started revitalizing the wine-making process.  They focused on limiting yield production and eventually turned this ugly duckling into an elegant swan.

This wine pairs so wonderfully with the dish because of it’s nice acidity and medium-full bodied characteristics that really compliment the creaminess of the sauce and the greasiness of the bacon.  Taking a sip of this wine after every bite swept away all those strong flavors, cleansing my pallet and making it ready for the next bite.  Make sure you added a lot of pepper to your dish because the pepper characteristics of the wine match it divinely!

The San Gimignano Cabernet Sauvignon was a very close second, but I think I’ll save that one for the next time I’m eating a big juicy steak.  For now I’ll stick to my bonarda 🙂

Buen provecho!

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T.G.I.F in BsAs!!!

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It’s Friday! It’s (somewhat) sunny! This past week I’ve been doing a sort of cleanse (no sweets, no caffeine, no bread, no alcohol.. or should I say, nothing tasty) and it has left me feeling quite grumpy.  However, those dark times are behind me now and all I want to do is indulge in cakes and pizza and wine all weekend.  Even though this cleanse was supposed to have the opposite effect… I think I’m just going to listen to my body on this one :).  If you have the same urge to get out there this weekend and see what this beautiful city has to offer, here’s a list of a few things I can personally recommend.

1. Buenos Aires Market: This weekend only! Come to El Dorrego (Dorrego y Zapiola in Colegiales) to check out over 70 vendors of healthy food and sustainable products. Come try some delicious food and see what unique products Buenos Aires is coming up with.  Plus it’s free!

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2. Club Silencio: Feel like experiencing some theater in complete darkness? At club Silencio you get to experience a show through all the senses, except sight. Everything else becomes so much more heightened when your eyes are not making it’s initial judgements.  A very unique experience, and is a great idea for a date! Make sure to make a reservation though.

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3. The Shakespeare Festival: Feel like checking out what a Shakespeare play in Spanish is like? This is a great option.  They have different locations all over the city with plays everyday.  Sunday is the last day, so go check it out! Last year I saw a very interesting take on Macbeth…

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4. Anuva Wines: If you are anything like me, your wine drinking has probably increased exponentially since being in Argentina.  But, do you know anything about this country’s precious Malbec? Or have you even heard of a Bonarda? If not, you should come check out this wine tasting (in our own, beautiful space- The Reserve) and learn a few things about what you’ve been drinking all this time.  Make sure to make a reservation beforehand!

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5. Do a little stargazing at the Planetarium! At the planetarium in the Bosques de Palermo  you can see the moon up close in one of their huge telescopes.  Make sure to go when it’s not so cloudy!

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6. Listen to some jazz at La Trastienda Club.  Or on Saturday they are doing a Yoga Rave– do yoga with electronic, yet meditative, music and enjoy some fruit juice and vegetarian food!

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Well, the choice is up to you.  Whatever you decide, enjoy!