Superb Wine Tasting with Indonesian Cuisine!

La Casa del Vino, Javea provides the wines for the new Indonesian Restaurant, Tapindo, between Javea Port and the Old Town and it was my job in June to present a selection of the wines to match a tantalising array of Indonesian Tapas. It was quite a challenge – but I think we all agreed it was one of the bests tastings ever!

Partners Glen and Martin have had the successful take-away Tapindo on Javea’s Cabo la Nao road for some time now but there has been an increasing demand for a restaurant with the same cuisine where people can enjoy the authentic feel of such an eatery. Restaurante Tapindo opens on 1st July – and judging by the response from the tasting they’ll be busy!

The wines were something special too, as you would expect coming from La Casa Del Vino whose owners have a bloodhoud detective’s nose for sniffing out top wines at good prices – two were new to me and I’ll be having some more, for sure!

The first, a wonderfully aromatic white wine made from Gewurztraminer from Somontano. It should be law that this wine is on all Indonesian restaurant’s wine list – it’s super and goes so well with the cuisine.

A rosado made from Merlot from Bodega Urbezo, DO Cariñena, has a touch of residual sugar making it an off dry rosado – super with the bold spices in the next tapa.

Reds have to be fruity and low in tannin to accompany this cuisine and both the Muñana 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Ribes Negre 2008 were just the job, the latter, the slightely more tannic of the two, being served with a wonderful beef dish cooked in coconut milk. The Cabernet is drinking perfectly with not a trace of harshness – a testimony to the climate in the mountains above Granada from whence it came!

Finally – and who thinks of Indonesian desserts, normally(?) – a lovely Brut Bohigas Cava with a layered sweetly spiced cake!

Watch this space for more such tastings!