Italian restaurant favourite Papagallo recently joined forces with the young and effervescent Carrie Stein (pictured left), who runs Premier Wines and Spirits, in a bid to showcase an Argentinean boutique winery called Renacer. The winery focuses on Argentina’s most revered and successful grape: Malbec. Malbec has really come into its own in Argentina in the last decade or so, having suffered from an inferiority complex as a Bordeaux blend against its glamorous cousins Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in its native France. In Argentina, however, it is allowed to shine in its own right, showing off its versatility to great effect via Renacer’s wine selection.
I fell in love with Enamore – Amarone with an Argentine face – a perfectly delicious wine. It’s made in the Amarone style (winemaker Patricio Reich used an Amarone expert for guidance here), using bunches of grapes that are exposed to the winds of the Andes foothills until they lose about a third of the weight. Think figs, cherries, honeycomb and dried fruits and you would be on the right track. I have since bought two bottles.
Carrie’s bunch of wine loving friends and family all seemed to agree with me as the wine flowed at a pace in conjunction with the conversation. The meal was however finished off with a terrible dilemma – should it be a glass of the Molly’s Irish Cream (the original Baileys recipe and a lot more creamier) or Atlantico Rum (a sexy little rum best drunk naked, or maybe over ice…) Either way they both complemented the dessert – a warm chocolate tart and rum-honey gelato, both intensely flavoured.
Premier Wines has shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to serving Cayman’s wine lovers – look out big boys, there’s a new kid in town.