Ray and I and some friends had a great evening at the August Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. It was such a fun evening with a delicious four-course meal paired with top flight wine selections.
We arrived at 7 p.m. and were immediately given a glass of Albarina 2013 Valinas Ramon Bilbao white wine from Rias Baixas Spain. The wine was light and summery and just perfect for the start of a wonderful evening. As we were seated at our table, we were presented a list of 15 wines available for tasting and enjoying throughout the evening. As we offered a toast at our table our server brought our first course, Ensalada de Seta al Ajillo or oyster mushrooms, chile guaffillo, jicama, cucumber, kale and radish with Chardonnay sauce. It was just as good as it sounds. The presentation was beautiful and the salad was extraordinary.
As we drank, ate and enjoyed conversation at our table, before we knew it the second course was beginning to be served consisting of Crema de Cilantro. The soup was outstanding with just a hint of cilantro, served warm in a cocktail glass. As we enjoyed our soup, we continued to taste a couple of different wines.
The third course was, of course, our main course and it was Chilpachole de Mariscos consisting of king crab, scallops, mussels, shrimp and tilapia. The presentation was stunning and the fish was scrumptious. We all cracked our crab and enjoyed all the fish with a delicious dipping sauce. We chose a wine to accompany our main course. Some of the favorites at our table were the Melange White 2012 Waterbrook, Merlot 2012 Barone Fini from Tentino Italy, and Malbec Corazon del Sol from Mendoza, Argentina.
Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a festive evening. Every part of the well planned evening was perfect. The final course was a delicious light Fresas con Crema y Helado or ice cream with strawberries. The night was complete with a grand dinner including outstanding wine, great hosts and atmosphere and good conversation. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information on Vina Morita call 501.625.7143.
For guests coming into Hot Springs for a getaway, I highly recommend planning a stay with us at Lookout Point Inn and including a Wine Pairing Dinner at Vina Morita. This restaurant is a Hot Springs gem and not to be missed. At Lookout Point we’ll provide you a wonderful place to stay on beautiful Lake Hamilton with outstanding rooms, beds and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. Our Inn is a perfect place to watch the sun set in the afternoon on the lake from each guest room. Book your reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a great Hot Springs weekend.