The wine dinner paired La
Fiesta’s signature dishes with Freixenet wines
It was an evening to celebrate the cuisine
and wine of Spain at Resorts World Genting’s atmospheric La Fiesta restaurant
this evening. An intimate space designed to look like a vibrant Spanish taberna
– with its colourful tiles, golden arches and inviting morsels of Iberico
dangling from the open kitchen – La Fiesta lived up to its name for the night
as some 70 guests sat down for an expertly prepared dinner that highlighted the
most emblematic dishes of Spain and in particular Catalonia, paired with the
deliciously complex wines from Grupo Freixenet, the largest sparkling wine
producer in the world.
Iberico Deli spanish cheese selection served
with Freixenet Segura Viudas Cava.
“We have a great love for wine here at
Resorts World Genting – our wine collection is one of the largest in Malaysia –
and when we spent time with Jose at his vineyards in Spain a few years ago, we
felt that Grupo Freixenet wines would be a fantastic addition to our cellar.
Our immersion in the culture of Spain also inspired the creation of a little
corner of Spain in Malaysia, here at La Fiesta, a tribute to the rich Spanish
culinary world. We are pleased to have Jose and Judit with us to further
promote Freixenet’s wine,” said Dato’ Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of
Hotel Operations for Resorts World Genting.
This is Judit Llop, the Head Winemaker for
Grupo Freixenet’s Priorat winery first time in Malaysia. During pre-dinner drinks – where copious
amount of Segura Viudas Cava was served with Pan Tumaca, Matrimonio (pickled
and salted anchovies) and a selection of beautiful Spanish cheese, including
Manchego, Idiazabal, Rulo de Cabra and Torta Casar – Judit talked about her
approach to winemaking.
"I am focusing on a return to
traditional farming methods, before the advent of herbicides and
pesticides," she says. "I want to heal the soil and vineyard
environment to its natural state. It was hard work, but we succeeded and will
be certified as organic next year. We even noticed bees returning to our farm;
we weren't even aware they had left!" Judit’s success in implementing
organic viticulture at Priorat has inspired Grupo Freixenet, the world’s
largest producer of sparkling, to roll out her methods across its other
vineyards. Jose Maria Ferrer then officiated the event with a traditional sabrage, slicing a bottle of cava open
with a sabre, then inviting a few brave guests to do the same.
As guests sat down to tiled tabletops in La
Fiesta, dinner began with plates of Iberico cold cuts, including the
world-famous Jamon Iberico. Jose Maria Ferrer gave a welcome note as guests
tucked in, saying that "it is always a pleasure to be in Malaysia and in
Resorts World Genting. We are not in Spain now, but I feel like I am in Spain
here at La Fiesta, with good friends, good food and, of course, good
Chorizo al vino paired with Mas Subira
Cold cuts (Jamon, Chorizo, Lomo &
Salchichon) paired with Segura Viudas Cava.
Presa Iberica paired with Orube
Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Prawns poached in
Olive Oil) and Pulpo a Freira (Roasted Octopus with Paprika Potatoes) followed,
served with the zesty flavours of Vionta Albarinho and Morlanda Garnacha white
wines. Next was a spicy Chorizo al Vino (Chorizo in a Red Wine reduction)
paired with an equallt spicy Mas de Subira red, then a wonderfully tender Presa
Iberica (Pan-seared pork shoulder) accompanied by the Orube Crianza
Tempranillo. As the kitchen’s preparation of the massive Pork and Chicken
Paella drew curious glances from passers-by, the signature dish was served to
guests with Judith Llop’s ‘baby’, the syrupy and expressive Morlanda Garnacha
In between courses, the atmosphere was kept
lively by regaled guests enjoying Freixenet range of wines. Festive and fun, it was a dinner to be
remembered. The meal finished on a sweet note with a velvety Crema Catalana – a
traditional dessert that was the perfect way to end an evening enjoyed the way
the Spanish do.
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