Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Colourful Tapas Trail with CAMPO VIEJO @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

It's my first Tapas Trail!
If you never heard of Tapas Trail before, it's a modern twist on the traditional Spanish style of eating, drinking and socializing.
The trail usually consists of 3 Tapas restaurants where the people get to taste some amazing food while enjoying a delicious glass of wine in each restaurants.
I have been to Changkat Bukit Bintang many times, but the Tapas Trail was still so fun and exciting.
It's so knowledgeable and interesting to spend the evening with, and also discover the restaurants together with Campo Viejo' wines.
So, are you as excited as I am to start the tapas trail with me now?




Campo Viejo is a flagship Rioja winery and is the no. 1 Rioja wine brand in the world.
It is created by two local winemakers, Beristain and Ortigüela in 1959, which represents the expressiveness, colour and vibrancy of Rioja.
The Rioja wine making region is located in the North of Spain, the heart of Ebro Valley.
It was the first Spanish winery and also one of the first wineries in the world to be certified Carbon NeutralⓇ.
The three types of wines that were unveiled for tasting during the Tapas Trail were the Campo Viejo Tempranillo, Campo Viejo Reserva, and Campo Viejo Gran Reserva.
Each of them had won multi-award winning and has a love and respect for the land with its wine making heritage.





We started the Tapas Trail with the first bottle of wine, Campo Viejo Tempranillo at Pisco Bar.
It is located right next to the Park Royal Serviced Suites KL.
Pisco Bar is a Spanish restaurant which served a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas.
The bar has a very chic atmosphere to enjoy music, delicious meals and special cocktails.



Campo Viejo Tempranillo:
#1 Composition with Tempranillo
#2 Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of around 25℃.
#3 Maceration with skins for approximately 12 days.
#4 The wine spends 4 months in American oak casks before rounding off its ageing in the bottle.
#5 It's great with pasta, poultry and fresh light cheese, grilled chicken, small bites such as light cheese, grilled vegetables and fresh salads.
#6 Best served at 15℃.



We paired the Campo Viejo Tempranillo with Chuletón de BueyPisco Signature of charcoal-grilled bone-in rib steak with sea salt.
Oh that's heaven! The meat has a so well balance between fat and muscle, and it's so tender and succulent!
I can't stop eating more than one piece, because one small piece of meat is really not satisfying. :)





Later on, we moved to El Cerdo KL, which specializes in home-cooked pork flavours from Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico for the second bottle of Campo Viejo Reserva.
It's certainly not my first visit at El Cerdo KL since this is a highly popular restaurant at Changkat Bukit Bintang with it's perfected pork cooking that is refined throughout the years.
If you feel like having the best pork flavours, do mark it down in your have-to-try food off list!



Campo Viejo Reserva:
#1 Composition with Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo
#2 Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of around 28℃.
#3 Maceration with skins for approximately 20 days.
#4 The wine spends 18 months in American oak and French oak casks before rounding off its ageing in the bottle for 18 more months.
#5 It's delicious with red meat such as grilled tuna steak, grills and roasts like grilled beef with black pepper, game, mature and blue cheese
#6 Best served at 16-17℃.



We had the perfect appetizer with the Toasted Brioche with mushroom, escargot, Spanish bacon and bone marrow butter.
The combination of the cheese with those mushroom makes the toasted bread so wholesome!



Chorizo Sliders, is a mini burger bun that full of melty cheese, juicy dripping beef and of course some garlic salt and pepper. 
This small bite gave an extra kick and be a good match for a glass of red wine.





Lastly, we ended at long-time KL nightlife fixture Havana Bar & Grill Changkat for our last bottle of Campo Viejo wine tasting.
I never been here before, but I know it's a happening place in KL for drinking, dining and dancing.
Havana has been awarded Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence Award for 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013 for consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.



Campo Viejo Gran Reserva:
#1 Composition with Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo
#2 Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of around 28℃.
#3 Prolonged maceration with the skins.
#4 The wine is aged for a minimum of 5 years, and also spent at least 24 months in French oak casks and American oak casks before rounding off its in the bottle for minimum 24 months.
#5 It's perfect with red meat such as lamb stew with chestnuts sauce, grills and roasts, game, mature and blue cheese.
#6 Best served at 17-18℃.



The plate consists of Wagyu Beef Strips, with horseradish & watercress and Spanish Meatballs (Albondigas) in a spicy tomato sauce.
The beautiful beef strips and meatballs had surely satisfy the everyone of us!





It was great to meet up the wine ambassador, Darcy G Wilkosz for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, a wholly owned subsidiary and regional entity of wine and spirits industry global co-leader Pernod Ricard.
Darcy is based out of Bangkok, Thailand and has had significant achievements in the Vietnam market, having contributed to areas such as new wine listings across the country and direct consumer sales.
Truly appreciate for his wine knowledge and wine tasting guidance during our Tapas Trail session. 



From the start-to-finish, the Tapas experience was unbelievable!
Big thanks to Campo Viejo and Pernod Ricard Winemakers for such a great Tapas Trail experience at Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Tapas Trail is such a great idea to showcase Campo Viejo wines and also experience the night life at Tapas bars in Changkat.
For me, the whole concept of Tapas Trail is just so brilliant! #withlove
I'm definitely left feeling extremely full and happy!

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