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Wine, food and good company meet

Spanish wine and Cuban cuisine meld at Mojito

Posted: February 10, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: February 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

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Exquisite food, fine wine and wonderful company — is there a better way to spend a Monday evening in the Santa Clarita Valley?

Guy Lelarge of Valencia Wine Company and Rolando Verdecia of Mojito Cuban Cuisine paired up this week to offer more than two dozen guests just such an evening with food crafted by Verdecia and paired with wine selected by Lelarge.

“Rolando and I have talked about doing a wine dinner for a long time,” said Lelarge. “I don’t think this will be the last. It was fun to pair Spanish wine with this cuisine.”

Verdecia said he enjoyed being able to have free reign preparing the menu for the evening.

“It was great to have Guy let me create the menu and then have him pair the food with the wine, it gave me a lot of freedom,” he said.

After guests were seated in Mojito’s cozy dining room — with some of the attendees ensconced within Mojito’s intimate curtained booths — the first course of Cuban Seabass was served.

The colorful dish featured a Chilean seabass a white wine butter sauce, olives, tomatoes and capers on a bed of sauteed zucchini, yellow squash and carrots. A Lagar de Cervera Albarion 2007 was paired with the seabass.

Verdecia gave credit to his wife, Ivonne, with inventing the sauce for the seabass and the chipotle spicy cream sauce served in the third course.

The second course featured a Kobe beef skirt steak on a bed of mixed greens with a balsamic reduction and topped with crumbled Manchego cheese. A Castillo del Baron Monastrell 2008 was paired with the dish.

The third course was a pairing of filet mignon and crab legs with garlic mashed potatoes, served with the chipotle sauce. The wine served was a Baron di Ona Rioja Reserva 1999.

Dessert, served with a Vina Herminia Reserva 2001, was a chocolate Graham Mousse.

Jeff Prange, “the wine dude” of Valencia Wine Co. introduced each of the four wines served.

“We love Guy and we love Valencia Wine Co. so to have a wine dinner paired with Mojito we absolutely had to make it here,” said Rose Chegwin of Valencia who attended the event with husband Steve.

For more information on other wine events at Valencia Wine Co. visit


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