On Tuesday November 7th, we joined Anthony Walkenhorst of Kim Crawford wines for a night of New Zealand wine tasting and Mexican bites at ATLA.
The Mexican sister restaurant of Cosme, ATLA, was the perfect location to try the strong scented wines. From delicate fruity smells to smoky ones, all of the scents created a luring combination.
We started the sensorial tour with a glass of the brand’s favorite, the Sauvignon Blanc while we gazed at the stunning flower arrangements that set the mood for an ethereal evening.
After the Sauvignon Blanc we moved on to the Pinot Noir, which was paired up with ground chorizo sopes with salsa verde. The sopes had a bean puree that sealed all the flavors together.
Next up, was the Chardonnay paired with a tlacoyo, the name comes form the type of dough. It has split pee puree, salsa verde, cream and a generous portion of white shredded cheese on top. The full body wine helped bring out the delicate taste of the salsa verde with the split pee puree.
Another available dish was the mini nopal tostadas, which was paired with the crowd’s favorite, the Sauvignon Blanc, and the top seller of the brand.
An interesting combination was the mini vuelve a la vida tostadas paired with the Rose 2017. The wine was soft and luscious with berry and summery fruit flavors. The vuelve a la vida tostadas had a young yellow tail fluke, octopus, salsa borracha Serrano chiles and cilantro. The salsa borracha or drunk sauce is made with Tequila and chiles for an extra touch of spiciness.
To wrap up the culinary tour, the dessert was a hot chocolate drink with mini marshmallows and a secret ingredient: a touch of the star wine of the night, the Sauvignon Blanc. It was a twist to the vin chaud which many Europeans drink during the winter, but with a genuine Mexican twist that upgraded the drink to what could be the next foodie trend.