Lagarde Bodega x La Cabrera Manila: Experiencia de la Argentina with Sebastian Barboza
Fruity. Smooth. Fresh. Lagarde’s Finca de Los Andes Sauvignon Blanc 2014 opened a memorable evening with Sebastian Barboza, Bodega Lagarde Export Manager, who visits Manila once every two years to oversee the export business. Lagarde Winery (1897) is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza, Argentina with Malbec Vineyards dating 100 years old. The collection is incredibly vast, each wine bringing the best flavors in a gastronomic experience. Here in Manila, Lagarde wines are exclusive at La Cabrera Manila, its Argentina counterpart recently earning the #17 spot in S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna’s 50 Best Latin American Restaurants 2014. It is only fitting for Lagarde importers Carlo Calma Lorenzana and Bobby Tenchavez to host a food and wine pairing dinner that successfully marries the freshness of Lagarde wines with bold Argentinian cuisines.
I personally enjoyed La Cabrera’s popular Mollejas (Sweetbreads) but only Chef Ejecutivo Juan Barcos can pull off an unexpected Empanada stuffed with sweetbreads, onions, bell pepper and tomato. Paired with the pleasantly finished, and full-bodied Lagarde Rosé 2013, the duo is playful and is easily one of the favorite highlights of the evening.
It’s hard to decide the best between La Cabrera’s crowd favorite Bife de Chorizo (Striploin) and Cuadril (Cuolotte/Picana), the latter best known for being Pope Francis’s favorite. While Lagarde Syrah 2012 is effortlessly strong, robust and structured for the Bife de Chorizo, my tastebuds lean towards my favorite rare Cuadril. Perhaps the Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc 2011 tipped the scales, the aroma of spices and subtle hints of oak winning my vote.
There’s no better ending to an Argentinian degustacion than a sweet dessert that La Cabrera does best. The Dulce de Leche and Banana Pavlova caps the special affair with Lagarde Moscato Dolce. I am a fan of the well-balanced, acidic, and fruity Altas Cumbres Extra Brut 2013. Yet, the persistent foamy and bubbly sparkling Lagarde Moscato Dolce offering predominant aromas of grapes, citrus fruits and apricots is refreshing enough to make one long for this drink on a hot, summer day.
It was a curated experience for Chef Juan Barcos and Sebastian Barboza to personally manage the one night affair. The symbiotic partnership between La Cabrera and Lagarde Winery is especially important in today’s dining scene, a point of differentiation that gives it a cut above the rest.
Interested parties may contact +63 917 8112745 for an Argentinian degustacion brought to you by La Cabrera and Lagarde Winery. (P2,900/head)