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Wine Tasting in Playa Carrillo
Traveling through the vineyards of Argentina


As in the cultural cities of the world, the wine tasting tradition is strong in Costa Rica’s capital, San José. Learning about wine is something more and more people from costa rica are becoming interested in; how to recognize the aromas, appreciate the delicate flavors and scents and learn to perfectly pair foods with different wines, is what attract these connoisseurs to the world of wines. 

While restaurants offering wine tastings are plentiful and easy to find in urban neighborhoods like Escazú and Santa Ana this cannot be said of Nicoya’s rural coast. For this reason Fernando Carro and his wife Roxana Etchebarne, natives of Argentina, decided to host a wine tasting. 

For 10 years the couple have owned and run Restaurante y Cabinas El Colibri in Carrillo beach. The restaurant features an authentic Argentinian menu. The culinary highlight of this South American cuisine has traditionally been its meat dishes, but over the past several years Argentina’s wines have been garnering a similar distinction. 

The Malbec grape, originally from France, though raised in Argentina, is gaining popularity around the world. Able to generate such fine and voluptuous wines that have no problems competing with the best of European wines. 

Five Argentinean wines will be featured at the Colibri wine tasting event to be hosted Thursday August 25. Costa Rican sommelier Randal Calderon will walk guests through the tasting of a Torrontes, a Bonarda and three Malbecs. With the help of Calderon the couple created a special menu that includes seafood, meats and traditional empanadas. Each dish is specially created to enhance the flavors and enjoyment of the wine that accompanies it. The sommelier will be tasked with guiding the guests on a tour of flavors and aromas during the four hour, five course meal. 

If this season of rain no longer attracts you to a cold beer in the evening, perhaps you might be enticed to explore the world of wine. Your senses will surely thank you. 

Thursday 25th Carrillo Beach, 6 pm.
For reservations call  2656-0656 / 8331-8870
Cost per person $50, per couple $80.  Space limited.




New Zealand Mussels, in a garlic, parsley and white wine sauce

Meat Empanadas 

Chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto

Pork loin in a tamarind sauce accompanied by grilled peppers 

Tender loin skewers with oven baked baby potatoes with rosemary


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