Seven Oxen Estate Wines shine and pair well with El Rincon Criollo cuisine
Winemaker Bastien Leduc joined winery owner Adriana Neal to introduce this great boutique winery to El Rincon’s wine dinner guests. The crowd loved their wines, the opportunity to learn about this exciting 1000 case winery and to hear it directly from the owner and winemaker made it an even more special evening.
Most popular wine of the evening was the 2017 Seven Oxen Grenache. The nose was lovely, the taste was exciting and it was a true “crowd pleaser” in every sense of the work. No doubt it could last 5-7 more years for those with patience. Great news: this outstanding wine has been added to El Rincon’s wine list so you can order it “by the glass” or grab a bottle-your choice.
Wine and Food Pairing highlights
The best pairing of the night was the 2017 Seven Oxen Cassidy (Grenache/Mourvedre blend) with Chef Jason’s Signature Veggie Stack (soon to be added to the regular menu at El Rincon). The roasted veggies , goat cheese and lovely Romesco sauce created a lively yet soft set of flavors that begged for a wine to come along with it. The Cassidy answered the call in both texture and taste. Being a blend, the winemaker was able to get the best from both component wines and deliver a finished product that excited the palette. A close second (in terms of pairings) was the 2019 Seven Oxen Rose paired with the Picadillo Empanada. It was a true match where the wine made the food taste better and vice versa. However, the wine on its own would be great to sip on a So Cal afternoon at the beach watching the sun go down. Overall, Chef Jason and his culinary team did a fine job pairing these food-friendly wines with their gourmet Cuban cuisine. We will be back at El Rincon in early 2022. Hope to see you there!
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