Bodega Ontañón Wine Tasting Dinner, SER Restaurant, Wednesday, 23. October 2019

We cordially invite you to join us for a special wine dinner featuring the illustrious wines of Bodega Ontañón from Spain’s Rioja wine region on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
During this dinner,  Raquel Pérez, the fifth generation of the Pérez Cuevas wine family  and Tony Acampora from Well Crafted Wine and Beverage Co, will walk diners through each wine pairing and share their knowledge and passion about these elegant wines that are modern, yet deeply rooted and devoted to tradition.
 Chefs David Cardona and David Sierra will serve a decadent tasting menu, pairing each dish with a different Ontañón selection to truly showcase the beauty and flavors of these intense, new modern-traditional balanced wines
 A little about the winery:
"Bodega Ontañón is a multi-generational, family-owned winery located in Rioja baja.Our 250 hectares (ca.620 acres) of vineyard land sit high in the Sierra Yerga Mountains outside of the township of Quel, which has been one of Rioja’s outstanding winemaking centers for three centuries. We take great pride in maintaining these vineyards in the most sustainable manner possible, as it is our land that supports our family tradition in wine. “Passion for the vine, passion for wine and passion for art” is our motto, as we believe that each of these elements contributes to the human experience and illustrates the vital connection of the land to people and culture".
Raquel, Rubén and María Pérez Cuevas are part of the fifth generation of the Pérez Cuevas family to carry on the tradition of grape growing in the southern part of Rioja. Their father, Gabriel, inherited a portion of his familyís vineyards, located in the high mountain slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountains just south of the River Ebro in Rioja baja. When he took over in the early 1980s, Gabriel began making wine from these vineyards rather than selling the fruit as his ancestors had. He was determined to produce wines that embodied the region of Quel, where his family had deep roots and where he believed the highest quality wines from Rioja were produced. He began to sell his wines, then labeled as “Arteso”, in the local area and later throughout Spain.
As sales continued to increase, Gabriel purchased more vineyard land in his native region.  During his father’s and grandfather’s time, Quel was the center of quality wine from Rioja. All of the original “wineries” were dug out of the rock faces that encircled the town and consisted of hollowed-out clay fermentation vats with chimney-like chutes dug straight through to the top of the cliffs. The grapes were delivered in old comportillo (grape baskets), carried down the mountain slopes from the vineyards via mules. This tradition primarily evolved as a practical measure so that neither the winemakers nor their pack animals had to carry the year’s harvest up the back-breakingly steep cliffs, but it also mirrored early gravity-flow systems. Of course, in that age there were no barrels and no extensive winemaking regulations as there are now in the D. O. Ca. of Rioja, but the fruit from this part of Rioja was known to be among the best and the growers.

We look forward to tasting, savoring and celebrating these world renowned wines with you on October 23rd.
 Price per Person: $99.00 (Tax and Service Included)
Cocktail Hour
Croquetas de Puchero
Josefina's Bechamel Croquettes 
Endivias *** Valdeon
Endives, Valdeon Blue Cheese, Walnuts
Ontañón 2014 /  Viura
First Course
Ensaladilla Rusa *** Anchoas
"Russian" Potato Salad, Piquillo Peppers, Santona Anchovies 
Ontañón 2017 / Tempranillo Blanco Edición Limitada
Second Course
Tortilla *** Gamba y Caviar de Salmon
Organic Egg Open **** Omelette, Raw Shrimp, Salmon Caviar 
Ontañón  Organic 2018 / Tempranillo (made with organic grapes)
Third Course
Chipirones a la Plancha y su Tinta
Grilled Rhode Island Squid, English Peas, Squid Ink
Ontañón Crianza 2015 / Tempranillo, Garnacha
Fourth Course
Presa Ibérica Ahumada
Smoked Iberia Pork Shoulder, Canarian Potatoes, Mojo Picón 
Ontañón Reserva 2010 / Tempranillo, Graciano
Fifth Course
Torta Pascualete
Fresh soft cheese, produced from  sheep's milk, with a sweet flavor, hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee and touches of honey, served with Raisins Bread.
Ontañón Gran Reserva 2012 / Tempranillo, Graciano

Bodega Ontañón Wine Tasting Dinner

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