The Numanthia Dinner Series Continues

Location: The Biltmore, Coral Gables, FL

 


If you follow Snooth, you’ve probably come across reports on the great Numanthia food and wine pairing dinner series we’ve been producing with Numanthia. Our most recent installment brought winemaker extraordinaire Manuel Louzada to the sunny shores of Coral Gables, Fla., in conjunction with famed Biltmore Hotel.

While Manuel was the star of the night, the focus remained on the wines and the ease with which they pair with food. In an effort to showcase the region’s specialties, those at Numanthia have been traveling the country in search of fine chefs and their inspired cuisines. Coral Gables did not let them down!


The Menu

The staff at the Biltmore built a fine pairing menu featuring the wines of Numanthia and the Latino cuisine which makes up part of the cultural fabric of Miami.

Menu

Reception
Jamon Iberico
Iberian Ham
Krug Grand Cuvee

First Course
Ensalada de pato e rabanitos
Duck salad with radish
Numanthia Termes 2009

Second Course
Arroz con chorizo, judias, pollo
Spanish rice with chorizo, fava and chicken
Numanthia Numanthia 2008

Third Course
Estofado de Buey al Jerez
Braised meat with Sherry wine and vegetables
Numanthia Termanthia 2008

Fourth Course
Leche frita
Coffee service
 

The Guest List

The guest list for this event was drawn from V.I.P.s, industry insiders and of course Snooth members, one flying in to Miami just to spend several hours attending this event before returning home!

Manuel is a terrific speaker, resulting comments from the crowd of attendees such as:

“Manuel was spectacular. He exhibited a love for his work and an understanding second to none.”

“He came across as just a warm and compassionate person, someone that you have known in the past and really gave a great personal touch in detailing the wines.”

“Kudos Manuel. You will be a hard act to follow!”

Numanthia Termes 2009

The Termes is the entry point into the Numanthia line-up. It is the only wine I find to be generally ready upon release, though it improves in the bottle over the medium term with grace and ease. It’s a rich wine, yet always well balanced. Attendees found notes of “burnt caramel” and “roasted blackberries” in the wine, with a “firm, tannic structure” and plenty of “ spicy oak aromas.

Young and rambunctious though it may be, all who attended the dinner felt it was a fine paring for the duck and radish salad. Some did feel that the dressing for the salad was a touch on the sweet side, putting the wine at a slight disadvantage.
 

Numanthia Numanthia 2008

This was the wine of the night for many. Big and powerful, it was described as “extracted with some tobacco nuance” and “dark as night - highly extracted but graphite and tobacco with chewy blackberries – GREAT!”

While certainly a wine that speaks more of potential today than immediate performance, it revealed enough of its promise to create a fair share of excitement, eliciting comments by more than one attendee that, “It is possible that the Numanthia might wind up to be better than the Termanthia.”

The pairing was a tough one, with the wine tending to overshadow the Spanish rice dish. The chunks of Chorizo in the dish did bring out “the depth of fruit and smokiness in the wine” and turned the pairing into a “highlight of the night” for several of the attendees.

This is a big wine. When pairing it with food, keep an eye out for big, bold flavors.
 

2008 Numanthia Termanthia

The capstone of the Numanthia line-up is the ultra rare Termanthia. This limited production wine made from the fruit of very old vines is always tricky to present at events like these. Will it be open? Can the potential burst out of the deep, dark core? Will people like it?

The answer as usual was a resounding yes, though people did talk of the “obvious potential” of the wine and its “very dark fruit with velvety overtones.”  

“Great minerality, balance and structure” and rich “black currant and cherry” fruit. It’s a wine that takes some time to show what it has. You really have to pay attention if you want to catch most of it. If you really want to get the full Termanthia experience this vintage will need some time.

The pairing with the braised beef was not without its detractors, but most guests felt this was the star pairing of the night!

Numanthia Dinner Series

We are very excited to be working with Numanthia on this project. As you can see, we have worked together to create exciting and educational wine dinners in the past that featured great food and wine pairings, like our Intimate Evening with Numanthia.

This event in Miami is just a taste of the direction we are taking and it goes without saying that we are very excited about it. So excited in fact that I can barely contain the news about our next event in a city near you. To be continued!
 

Want to Learn More?

Don't forget to check out our other installments of the Numanthia partnership in An Intimate Evening with Numanthia and The Revival of a Spanish Legend.

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