Marques de Casa Concha has kicked off a wine and dine pairing culinary initiative that challenged seven different restaurants to offer up dishes that best pair with its Chilean wines. They delivered.
Wine pairings are de rigueur for many dining destinations, but not all can carry out proper matches with aplomb. Leading Chile-based wine producer Concha y Toro‘s brand of Marques De Casa Concha wines recently introduced “The Perfect Marques Match”, challenging a number of dining outlets to create their idea of a perfect match with its range of Chilean wines. Some seven restaurants and their chefs have answered the call, ranging from fine dining restaurants to cafes, and even a bar.
Now the Marques De Casa Concha range is an interesting snapshot that offers the South American country’s winemaking diversity, making wines from international grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc – essentially wines that, with the right gastronomic approach, are perfectly suited for pairing with food.
Let’s take a look at what some of these establishments have come up with.
Dusk Restaurant & Bar.
Dusk Restaurant on Mount Faber has put together a three-course pairing menu that starts off with a soup of the day with the 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, which is followed by a surprising combo of Tiger Prawn Capellini – sautéed angel hair pasta tossed in aromatic lobster-infused oil and served with a tiger king prawn – that paired insanely well with the 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir.
For the main course, guests can opt for either the Norwegian Salmon Fillet – pan-seared salmon fillet with butternut pumpkin and confit of tomato on a bed of mousseline potato drizzled with hazelnut chicken jus – with a glass of the 2015 Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere, or the Beef Cheek with Port Wine Demi Glaze of slow cooked beef cheek in port wine reduction with sautéed vegetables and Idaho mashed potatoes to go with Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The three-course pairing menu will be available for $75++ until the end of the year.
Dusk Restaurant & Bar | Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203 | 4 to 11pm Mondays to Thursdays; 4pm to 2am Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays; 11am to 11pm on Sundays | 6377 9688
Modern European restaurant Flutes at National Museum of Singapore will be offering a full five-course food and wine pairing menu that features a different Marques de Casa Concha wine paired with each dish.
You’re looking at the likes of a Port Augusta Bluefin Tuna with the Marques de Casa Concha 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Blue Ridge Marron with truffle hollandaise, asparagus and Parmesan Fregola paired with the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Chardonnay, and then the Marques de Casa Concha 2015 Pinot Noir with Fillet of Grass Whiting. If you’re not already full, this is followed by Grilled Blackmore Wagyu Tri Tip that comes with the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, and finally ending off a decadent Valrhona Chocolate Cake accompanied by the Marques de Casa Concha 2015 Carmenere.
The five-course food and wine pairing menu will cost $160++ per person (or $85++ without wine pairing) and will be available until the end of October 2018.
Flutes | 93 Stamford Road, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897 | 11.30am to 2pm and 6.30pm to 10pm Mondays to Fridays; 10.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturdays; and 10.30am to 5pm on Sundays | 6338 8770.
News & Gossip.
Café-by-day and bar-by-night News & Gossip is offering possibly the strangest pairing in all of “The Perfect Marques Match” with its Jurassic Pasta – which gets its name from the crocodile meat served in the dish – to go with the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Chardonnay. If that sounds too challenging, a more conventional option is the Shisamo Mentai & Egg Quesadilla, that is recommended to go with the Marques de Casa Concha 2015 Carmenere.
Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Carmenere are each available at News & Gossip at $12.50 per glass or $75 nett per bottle. Food is individually priced. The Perfect Marques Match promotion here will run until the end of October 2018.
News & Gossip | 112 Robinson Rd, #01-02, Singapore 068902 | 8am to 11pm Mondays to Thursdays; 10am to 2am on Fridays; closed Saturdays and Sundays | 6909 3731.
Specialty wine gastrobar Praelum has composed a modular three-part pairing menu that one can have with a flight of Marques de Casa Concha wines; there’s Braised Beef Cheek paired with the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Squid dish to go along with Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2016, as well as a Charred Lamb with Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Carmenere.
The full pairing menu is available until the end of October 2018 for $147++, with each pairing item available for order separately. Flight of 3 Marques de Casa Concha (75ml each) available at $35++.
Praelum | 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590 | 6pm to 1am Mondays to Saturdays; closed Sundays | 6238 5287.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar.
No stranger to excess, sky-high Salt Grill & Sky Bar at ION Orchard has a full six-course menu of which three have been thoughtfully paired with Marques de Casa Concha wines.
There’s the Whipped Truffle Burrata with the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Chardonnay, while the Marques de Casa Concha 2015 Pinot Noir comes with the Roasted Shark Bay Brown Tiger Prawns. Rounding up the trio is another tribute to the age-old pairing of beef and wine, where the Westholme Wagyu with Manjimup truffle, smoked celeriac, garlic flower and jus meets the Marques de Casa Concha 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The full six-course menu at Salt Grill & Sky Bar is available until the end of October and costs $258++.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar | 2 Orchard Turn, #55-01, Singapore 238801 | 11am to 1.45pm and 6pm to 9.45pm Mondays to Thursdays; 11am to 1.45pm, 2.30pm to 4.45pm, and 6pm to 9.45pm Fridays to Sundays |