The Chophouse at Manchebo Beach Resort entertained a select group of foodies and food & beverage professionals for a special 5-course dinner, expertly conceived by executive chef Sander Herold and Kavey Yarzagaray, of TEC Inc. Aruba.
Serendipity brought all players together. Kavey met La Scolca’s vineyard representative at a wine show in Miami, he expressed an interest in its famed Gavi De Gavi wine, and found out that the charming wine maker Chiara Soldati, Owner and Export/Marketing Director of La Scolca, was in Aruba on vacation with her son, staying at the Manchebo Beach Resort.
The meeting of minds created a great culinary experience.
Kavey and Chef Sander tailored a delectable menu to pair with Gavi La Scolca and Gavi Etichetta Nera, its mature sister, presenting an excellent soiree introducing the two famed wines, accompanied by carefully prepared dishes in the elegant, contemporary ambiance of the Chophouse at Manchebo.
Dinner took off with an Amuse Bouche by chef Mayling of Omakase sushi bar, paired with a Gambino Prosecco; The first Scallop appetizer on a bed of couscous, with red beet puree and baby lettuce, was paired by La Scolca Gavi; The fish course featured pan seared Halibut, cauliflower puree, green asparagus, red bell pepper coulis and herb oil, paired with the distinctive Scolca Gavi De Gavi black label.
The main course, Sirloin au Jus, cooked sous vide, was escorted by the Daou Cabernet Sauvignon, from California, a powerful wine, distributed on Aruba by TEC Inc. Aruba.
We enjoyed a yummy La Scolca infused sorbet for dessert with berries.
The fine dining experience was further enhanced by Chiara Soldati, the fifth generation winemaker from her family’s estate, La Scolca, located in Gavi, in southern Piedmont, Italy.
She introduced herself at each table, elaborating on the vineyards wine making traditions since 1919. La Scolca is best known for dry Italian white wines, especially the trademarked « Gavi dei Gavi » launched in 1969. Chiara has been working at the winery since 1995, helping her father, Giorgio Soldati, to produce Italy’s premier white wines.
Chiara now runs all Sales and Marketing aspects of La Scolca and is actively involved in promoting the Piedmont region and its wines.