Wine Drop, the retail arm of distributor AWC, prepared a wonderful meal in collaboration with chef Carlos Garcia of The Black Pig to formally introduce their newest addition to the family: Artadi Wines.
The story behind the house goes back to 1985. Originally founded by a group of vine-growers, this tale tells us of wine-makers dedicated to non-industrial practices and an absolute respect for the land. In 1992, the Lacalle and Laorden family took control and continued their fascination and passion to stay true to the heritage story and traditional wine-making practices. With their focus and determination, they further defined the character of their wines and expanded to Navarra for Artazu wine in 1996, Alicante for El Seque wine in 1999, and Guipuzcoa for Izar-Leku wine in 2015.
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Wine Drop hosted us for an intimate wine pairing to best showcase how these wines perform when taken both alone and with food. The shop is currently in San Juan but the group has big plans to expand to Makati, Cebu, Davao, and Tacloban too.
They currently organise private dining experiences featuring unique menus crafted by some top chefs, depending on clients’ preferences and budgets. It is an ideal space for intimate get-togethers over quality wine and menus made just the way you like it.
For this special lunch, we were treated to a range of wines from the Spanish house of Artadi from the vineyards of Artadi, Artazu and El Seque in the North of Spain.
Lunch began with a selection of pinxtos by chef Carlos Garcia. Paired with Artazu Artazuri Rosado 2020 we tried: Foie mousse with caramelized apples and red wine reduction; duck and juniper berry with quince paste; chicken liver pate with nuts and pears; salmon rillette with cream fraiche, capers, and parsley; and chorizo Iberico with manchego and pimentón.