Familia Torres Wine Dinner at PRIME Steakhouse
Exploring Familia Torres wines at PRIME in Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur was a real treat. We all left feeling full and content with seven wines to try and a six-course meal to enjoy. Familia Torres has been setting the standard for top-quality Spanish wines since 1870. Situated amid Spain’s beautiful scenery, this respected winery combines tradition and innovation seamlessly. Our team carefully chose the wines featured at the event, ensuring they not only complemented the Spanish cuisine but also captured the essence of Familia Torres wines.
Starting with Vina Esmeralda
As we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed by the crisp and refreshing Vina Esmeralda. This white wine, a blend of Moscatel de Alejandria and Gewurztraminer, awakened our palates with its medium-sweetness, floral aroma, and tropical notes. It was a great accompaniment to our first course—an array of Spanish tapas featuring Cod Fish Croquette, Veal and Chicken Meatball in fragrant Almond Sauce, Octopus on sliced Potatoes with Sea Salt, Smoked Paprika, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as well as Chilled Tomato Soup served with Croutons.
A Seafood Course with Pazo Das Bruxas’ Albarino
Moving on to the sea course, we had Garlic Prawns in Olive Oil with Parsley and Lemon (Gambas al Ajillo) for our seafood dish. It was paired with Pazo Das Bruxas’ Albarino wine, which was smooth, juicy, and had a pleasant fruity flavour.
In between courses, we had Spanish Rice with Saffron, Peas, Lobster Mussels, and Squid (Paella de Mariscos). To complement this dish, we sampled the ‘Celeste’ Ribera del Duero Crianza 2019 and ‘Celeste’ Ribera del Duero Reserva 2018. The Crianza, aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels, impressed us with silky tannins and black cherry and blackberry flavors. Meanwhile, the Reserva, aged for a minimum of 3 years, showcased a dark garnet red hue and an intensely fruit-driven blackberry jam flavor, accented by notes of dried plums and a hint of charred oak.
A Refreshing Palate Cleanser
Before the final course, we refreshed our palates with zesty Orange Sherbet, complete with segments and zest confit.
The Beefy Course
The much-anticipated beef course featured BBQ Sirloin Steak (Solomillo a la parrilla) with a Spanish twist using smoked paprika, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and grilled red peppers. It was served with a dollop of crème fraiche, potato bravas, and wilted green asparagus. To elevate this dish, we selected two wines from Familia Torres: ‘Perpetual’ – Priorat 2016 and ‘Salmos’ – Priorat 2018.
‘Perpetual’ stood out with its robust body, showcasing an impressive balance between deep fruity tones and subtle spiciness. Meanwhile, ‘Salmos’ delivered an expressive jammy blackcurrant flavor, accompanied by delicate notes of dried plum and a subtle, mineral undertone.
A Sweet Treat with Torres ’15 – Reserva Privada’ Imperial Brandy
To round off our evening, we enjoyed two delectable desserts—Spanish Apple Tart (Tarta de Manzana Casera) and Deep-fried Choux Pastry served with Chocolate Sauce and Caramel (Churros con Chocolate y Caramelo), both paired with Torres ’15 – Reserva Privada’ Imperial Brandy.