If you’re a wine lover or connoisseur, you definitely have a favourite wine. We’re sure, just like with most people, your preference is based on the tasting notes, how well it pairs with your favourite dishes and sometimes a sentiment attached to it. Beyond this, what makes wine even more fascinating is the history and specific details attached to it. Rutini is an Argentinian wine that’s going to be a go-to for so many Kenyan wine lovers and the heritage behind it makes it all the more interesting.
Tapas Ceviche at Westgate invited us to a Rutini food and wine pairing but it was more than just that. It was a journey into amazing food, wine and fun conversations. Did you know that Kenya is the first and only African country that Rutini has successfully penetrated? The Trumpeter Malbec is the most popular in the portfolio with Dion Wines as the exclusive distributors for Rutini in East Africa, stocking over 22 different wines from Rutini, amongst them the Apartado Gran Malbec. This Malbec was the wine featured at the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires Summit.
Ranked the number 1 winery in Argentina, the wine has grown thanks to their lead winemaker. Mariano Di Paola, a prominent figure in the Argentinean wine industry, has been the head winemaker at Rutini Wines since 1993. Acknowledging his invaluable expertise and his more than three decades in the field, in 2015 the British magazine Decanter named him one of the top 30 winemakers in the world. His winemaking philosophy emphasizes experimentation and constant learning.
The wine pairing experience was a rare and unique occasion because, in attendance was Guillermo Gonzalez, the Rutini Wines brand ambassador for over 10 years, to take us through from an expert point of view. He currently lives in New York covering the USA and North America and this was his first trip to Africa, Kenya and Mozambique.
Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten the best part; what we paired the award-winning wines with. There were both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Our top wine pick would have to be Rutini Collection Gewurztraminer which had an intense floral scent with a spicy flavour that paired perfectly with the chicken tortilla. The Rutini Collection Cabernet Malbec also impressed us with its dark plum taste and fruity scent and we enjoyed with a seared beef in a black pepper crust which was tantalizing.
The aromatic Rutini Collection Sauvignon Blanc was also a winner, working well on our palates when we paired it with the cream cheese stuffed fried chillies. There was also the brilliant Rutini, Single Vineyard Cabernet that was a favourite among several guests.
You don’t have to wait to experience what we had, make your wine order from Dion Wines and Spirits and have a toast on us. You’ll thank us later.
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