Wine tasting with Wine Talk, La Bodega BSC

There are few better ways to spend your weekend afternoons than sampling exciting wine along with some fine Spanish food. So if you get an invitation to attend wine tasting at La Bodega Bangsar Shopping Centre, make sure you don’t miss it. Well several weeks ago, Umei very kindly extended one to me so who am I to say no right? Especially since we don’t get to catch up much nowadays due to everyone’s busy schedules.

Anyway, I’m a huge fan of La Bodega, and also a huge fan of Wine Talk (no surprise here), and whenever Wine Talk organises a party, you bet it’ll be good. And if you spot sommelier David Stephan in the crowd, make sure you say hi and pick a little of his brain as he knows everything there is to know about wine.

The wines featured included great cuvees such as Bodega Garzon Tannat, Chateau d’Antugnac Limoux White ‘Terres Amoureuses’, Chateau Fontarèche Corbières ‘Vieilles Vignes’ White, Domaine Fontarèche Syrah, Leeuwenkuil Vineyards ‘Family Reserve’ Red, Leeuwenkuil Vineyards ‘Family Reserve’ White, Tucumen Malbec, Viu Manent Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Viu Manent Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Viu Manent ‘Secreto’ Syrah and the Viu Manent ‘Secreto’ Viognier.

I stuck to all the white wines (had a gig that night, didn’t want to go crazy) and my favourite was the Chateau Fontarèche Corbières ‘Vieilles Vignes’ White.

And I was a little excited to see these:

Fresh Tasmanian Oysters!

Of course these were the first things I went for.

Mmm so good with just some lemon and Tabasco

Other delicious things available:

Almejas Con Manzanilla – Clams with Sherry

Going through a seafood loving phase at the moment and these are so good with the wine.

Estofado De Carrileras De Ternera – Braised angus beef cheek

Wasn’t going to do the red meat but Umei insisted I try a bit of these… those exquisitely tender beef was just full of robust flavour. Probably the best dish of the day.

Tumbet – Grilled Zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, & capsicum with pepper sauce.

A bit like the French’s ratatouille, a mixture of all my favourite vegetables in one, what’s not to love?

And…. the highlight is of course the humungous Paella cooked from scratch in full view of everyone!

I cannot begin the describe my love for all Paella. And this Seafood version is especially alluring!

Clearly a little too excited! Picture credit Umei Teh.

The Paella is cooked with saffron, peppers, peas and topped with Prawns, Chicken, Spanish Mussels, and Clams. I loved the fluffy rice, each grain soaked up the delicious broth and is aromatic with saffron. Yum!

For Dessert there were some Spiced Pineapple Terrine and Crema Catalana.

The Wine Tasting at La Bodega is priced at just RM100 nett per head, which is really good value for money! The next one is on the 25th July so make sure you book your seats soon! Here’s the event page. Please RSVP to secure your reservation by 6pm, 20th July 2015 to samantha@gastrodome.com.my

For more information on Wine Talk, visit: https://www.facebook.com/winetalkmalaysia

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