International Languages of Love – A Five Senses Tasting Experience
Can music really change the taste of wine? Yes! Without a doubt! There is growing scientific evidence music and wine are closely linked and can enhance one another. We all know how perfectly food and wine pair together but by adding carefully paired music, you are engaging all five senses for a most memorable experience.
Europa Village recently hosted its first five sense tasting experience “International Languages of Love” – A multi-sensory journey of live music, wine, and cuisine from France, Spain and Italy. The gourmet cuisine was prepared and served by Executive Chef Dean Thomas, and the wines were introduced by Europa’s resident Somm Dr. Douglas Garman. Live musical genres were played by accomplished musicians to complete the perfect sensory experience.
The first course “Curso De Espanol” started with Bacon-Chorizo Stuffed Date, Parsnip Purée, Sofrito Sauce, Endive-Clementine & Marcone Almond, Oil-Cured Olives, paired with a 2015 Bolero Cellars Libido Blanco – an off-dry, refreshing white blend, musically paired with “Malaguena.” The lightness of the guitar’s strumming speaks to the light body and touch of sweetness in the wine, and the Bolero Cellars 2014 Tempranillo – the most famous of the indigenous Spanish grape, this wine is fleshy, peppery and vibrant, musical selection featured “Los Dos Miedos.” The quiet and suggestive sensuality is magnetic and elegant at the same time.
The second course “Corso Di Italiano” featured Sausage Stuffed Mushroom, Shrimp Scampi, Crostini, Tomato Marmalade, Cheese Ravioli, and Sage Sauce paired with the 2014 Vienza Vendetta – Black cherry, wild plum and spice aromas on the nose, the acidity and the smooth tannins provide an extremely long and enjoyable finish. It doesn’t get more Tuscan than a musical selection from “Tosca” adding to the flourish of taste and sound, and the 2013 Vienza Private Reserve Estate Sangiovese – dried cherries and roses are elevated by elegant notes of incense and cinnamon, musical selection “Libertango” taste how the guitar and violin come together articulating the melody.
The third course “Cours De Francais” the perfect finale of Cream Puff-Salted Vanilla Bean Curd, Mini Pineapple Tart Tatin, Almond Pithivier, Almond Brittle Sauce paired with the 2015 C’est La Vie Estate Chardonnay – dry but smooth with a gentle acidity that supports a persistent and complex finish. Musical selection “Arabesque” allows you to almost sense the first light of dawn over the horizon with the first sips, and the 2013 C’est La Vie Estate Syrah – subtle but complex with a nose of plums, raspberries, roses, smoke and eucalyptus, ripe on the palate with a clean, peppery and lasting finish, with the perfect musical pairing of “Non, je ne regrette rien” coinsidered the calling card for the evening of sensory delights.
A special thank you to the talented musicians for their exceptional performances during the course of the evening: Soprano, Kala Maxym; Pianist, Dan Bailey; Violinist, Victoria Bietz; Guitarist, Jeff Pekarek. Photos courtesy of Clifton Photography.