Argentine Asado

 

Buckets of rain did not deter 50 or so friends, family and guests from attending the 3rd Annual Argentine Asado with Andrew Ormsby Catering and Bottle Poetry Imports, with special guests Chocolatier Andrew Shotts, and local favorite WFAA-TV’s Gary Cogill. 

Six wines were paired with a 4 course meal of Argentine favorites including fried sweet breads on frisee with a local twist of Ruby Red Texas Grapefruit vinaigrette; beef and onion empanadas; an entire Ancho Marinated Black Angus Leg of Beef, roasted on an open spit, with Mendoza chimichurri and barbequed green vegetable sofrito.  The wines, all from small production, family owned and operated wineries in Argentina accompanied each course to perfection.  

Bressia Monteagrelo Chardonnay 2007, an elegant wine representing the art form that Bodega Bressia prides itself on and full of honey, apple, pear and citrus was a delightful accompaniment to the sweet breads.  It had just enough acid to cut through the fried course, and enough finesse to enhance the rich flavors.  

Gary and Andrew worked the massive paella pan to create a white truffle infused risotto. This was matched with a spicy Laborum Syrah from Bodegas El Porvenir de Los Andes.  Sweet spice and red fruit paired well with the hearty risotto.  The impressive leg of beef, which had roasted on an open fire for 8 hours (avoiding the rain), turned out a perfect medium rare.  Marchiori & Barraud 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and Argentina’s signature grape, Laborum Malbec, accompanied the beef.  

Andrew Shotts’ Souffled Passionfruit crepes with Dulche de Leche and Milk Chocolate paired well with an unusual ice wine from Argentina, Las Perdices ICE, made from 100% Malbec.  Though it is a sweet wine, it is not a surupy as many and maintains great sugar/acidity with notes of dried prunes, quince and Morello cherries.  

Comments heard around the table noted the success of the “magical” evening that made all friends feel like family, as an Asado should.

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