I can’t say no to Spanish wine and cuisine especially when it’s hosted at the perfect location. Think sundowners, good company and great weather setting the scene for an evening of Spanish delight.

Cafe del Mar in Sydney played host to a Campo Viejo Dinner, paired with some amazing food which they do best, taking us on a journey of the selection of award winning wines from Campo Viejo.

The entrée resembled art but the flavours worked really well and it was a well balanced entrée matched to Campo Viejo Tempranillo. The bacon worked well with the liver parfait, red cabbage and the toast together with the easy drinking red of the Tempranillo which balanced the flavour well making for a smooth start to the evening.

Federico Lleonart from Rioja in Spain also joined attendees for the dinner at Cafe del Mar in Sydney to talk through the history of the wines and the importance of the brand and the story behind each wine.

The palate cleanser was really refreshing with hints of vodka, apple and lime housed in a passion fruit casing.

The main was a Blue Eye fish complimented with chili foam, vegetables and gratin which was really light which worked really well with the Reserva. It’s an easy to drink wine with hints of plumb and a bit of spice and really goes down well on these warm Spring evenings. Federico also took us through a bit of background of each wine between courses which was nice to understand.

Cafe del Mar Sydney really turned it up for Dessert with an amazing Mille Feuille. It was light, crispy, creamy and well balanced with the poached pear and caramel complimenting each other nicely. The rich berry and oak flavours with an after taste of fruit of the Campo Viejo Grand Reserve 2012 was a great match here.

Overall a great evening out at Cafe del Mar Sydney discovering a great range of wines paired with delicious food. For me the top selection was out of the main and dessert and I really enjoyed the oaky Campo Viejo Grand Reserve 2012.