Wednesday, November 2, 2016

TESATE RESTAURANT with SABABAY WINERY: wine pairing session

Wine is widely known as a good complimentary after you have a good dinner, fancy dinner to be exact. Western food is one perfect match, especially the one that serves good steak. Tender beef, is one great companion to be eaten with good old wine. Good thing is, our local restaurant invent something new. Since we have this high quality flavor in Indonesian cuisine, why don't we have our own wine pairing, with our own Indonesian food? Well, Tesate Restaurant, gonna bring you this.

A brief explanation about Sababay, a local wine company together with Tesate Restaurant, bring you the goodness of art in pairing local wine with Indonesian food. Based on Gianyar, Bali, this winery has their dedication to help the life of grape farmers in Bali, pushing them to have a better life, increasing their quality of life. By having Sababay, apart from the proud of using local wine, we help the life of Balinese grape farmer. Very touching.

Lesson learned from this wine tasting: you pair heavy food with heavy wine, fruity food with fruity wine, high fat food with high powered wine. Dramatic bold curry will only make one light delicate wine taste like water, make sense enough.

So basically Sababay offer 4 kinds of wine for this wine pairing: Ludisia, Reserve Red, White Velvet, and Moscato D'Bali.

pair it with: sate ayam ponorogo, sate sapi maranggi, rendang. tahu udang berontak, serabi solo.

Ludisia is the first wine I try in this wine pairing session. Quite strong fragrant is greeting my olfactory bulbs when I am getting my first sip. Mixture of fruity things is kinda dominating, with a tip of sweet taste at the end. It's quite light actually. Turn out is contains cherry and dates. I really enjoy this one with my favorite sate ayam ponorogo and rendang  from Tesate. Their peanut sauce is surely my all time favorite, not to mention their super tender beef rendang. While their food in undoubtedly good, Ludisia is enhancing the goodness in local flavors.

pair it with: sate sapi makassar, sate kambing

This one is bolder, remind me of cherries, forest, old oak. The first sip is giving me a jolt of kick, while my second sip greets warmly, I am getting used to it. Remember the rules: matching heaving with something bold. That's why this sate sapi makassar, which is bold and has its own heavy sauce, make Reserve Red taste better. Reserved Red is also a good match for something with tomato based food and one with heavy sauces. Having it with sate kambing? Sure no worries!
write's note: their sate kambing is da bomb! I am no fan of this kind of skewer, but theirs is super, super tender. I am one happy kid!

pair it with sate padang, ikan bakar dabu-dabu, cumi telur bakar

White velvet is something between light and bold for me. It is pleasing, with hints of lime, apple, and, grapefruit. Those things surely make this glass of wine taste something fruity and fun, in vibrant way. Something tropical, I must say. White velvet goes very well with something with curry-based, something creamy, and seafood. I have one with this ikan bakar dabu-dabu, which is a good match because for me seafood is something in between too! Not too bold nor too light.

pair it with: kerapu bakar jimbaran, rujak pengantin salad, gule sengkel. tahu udang berontak, sate padang, serabi solo

This one, my friend, is my favorite! Sweet, fun, young, and very pleasing taste is dominating my palate after having the first sip. Peach and lime is those two ingredients having its responsibility in the making of this wine, and they do succeed! I can imagine myself having Moscato d'bali with my girlfriends, enjoying this super tasty dessert called serabi solo, which is humble and amaze me in the same time, making me realize that our local food really can be an amazing one once they serve it right.
Another hint, for their kerapu bakar jimbaran also taste great! Grilled in well seasoned spices, I really enjoy it with my Moscato!

Overall, I do impress with all of these flavorful local foods that go well with our local wine. Everything is good match, taste good, once we play in wine-pairing rule. If I have to choose, my favorite pairs is Moscato d'bali with serabi and ikan bakar Jimbaran. A perfect companion for each other!
Anyway you can have this wine pairing session every Friday and Saturday, 6-10pm at Tesate Restaurant.

JL. Samratulangi No. 39, Menteng
Central Jakarta

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

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