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Coming Soon: Jorge Ordoñez Wine Dinner at Blue Ginger

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fresh on the heels of the 100 point rating his Alto Moncayo wines received, Spanish wine super importer Jorge Ordoñez and Chef Ming Tsai are teaming up to conceive and present a dinner pairing wines from the Ordoñez portfolio with Chef Tsai's cuisine.

Ordoñez is the importer responsible for for bringing in an impressive list of Spanish wines to the US market. If you turn a bottle of Spanish wine around and look to see who the importer is, especially if it's a good one, I'd say there's a 70+% chance it'll bear his name.

The pattern I've seen is value at every price point. From entry level wines like Bodegas Borsao (labeled as Borsao Tinto, Monte Oton, and Tres Picos), Wrongo Dongo, and Bodegas Volver - to higher priced wines like Alto Moncayo - the entry level wines draw you in and make you wonder:

If $6 tastes this good, what happens when I spend $35 in this category? Then the $35 wine blows you away.

Though he's no longer involved at Spain's Gil Family Estates (one of my favorite producers from this trip to Spain to say the least) Ordoñez was responsible for bringing Bodegas Juan Gil to the US market and helped form the team behind Bodegas El Nido whose wines set the bar for what wines from Jumilla can be, selling for $45 to $140. If you like Alto Moncayo, you'll love El Nido Clio.

Ordoñez' success, I think, has come from identifying outstanding vineyards in Spain, working with producers on vinification standards, styling the wines for the American market, and developing brands and labels American consumers can relate to. That they can recognize and get excited about buying again and again.

And perhaps most importantly, his wines are styled in a way that blend the old world with the new to form a flavor profile that's very appealing to an American wine consumer like myself who enjoys the style of wines from California but who is looking to branch out into new regions - especially those more affordable than Napa.

Looking at the wines slated to poured, this dinner provides a window into his latest discoveries. Based on what I've tried in the past I have every reason to believe these wines will continue a tradition of incredible quality and value...

Jorge Ordoñez Wine Dinner

November 18, 2013

Togarashi Spiced Salmon Tataki
Orange-Roasted Fennel Salad
2012 Jorge Ordonez & Co "Botani" Dry Muscat (Sierras de Malaga)

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Lemon-Butter Poached Sablefish
Parsnip-Quince Puree and Grilled Shallot Chutney
2012 Bodegas Avanthia "Avancia" Godello (Valdeorras)

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Szechwan Spiced Duck Breast with Soy-Tangerine Confit
Foie Gras Sauce
2009 Sierra Cantabria "Reserva Unica" Rioja (Rioja)

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Turmeric-Fennel Crusted Oven Roasted Sirloin
Spicy Grilled Eggplant, Clove-Spinach Puree and Yellow Rice
**2011 Bodegas Volver "Triga" Old Vine Monastrell (Alicante)**

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Wasik's Cheese Course
2011 Bodegas Breca "Breca" Garnacha (Calatayud)

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Blue Ginger Dessert
2012 Jorge Ordonez & Co "Victoria" Sweet Muscat (Malaga)

$125.00 Per Person, Inclusive of Tax and Gratuity
For reservations call 781-283-5790 x18
Reservations required 

Credit card is required to hold a reservation. 
Charge will be incurred on the day of the event. 
No penalty for cancellations made prior to 48 hours in advance.

**USA premiere release**

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