A Spanish Wine Dinner with Ole & Obrigado Proprietors

A Spanish Wine Dinner with Ole & Obrigado Proprietors

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • 6:30pm

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Olé & Obrigado is a US importer of artisanal wine and spirits from Spain and Portugal. A collaboration among native Spanish and Portuguese business partners Patrick Mata, Alberto Orte and Rui Abecassis, Olé & Obrigado has brought an authentic representation of the people, traditions, cuisine and geography of Spain and Portugal directly to the US for over 20 years.  

Since Olé & Obrigado was founded, social responsibility has been at the center of our core values. We have raised over $750,000 for important causes that make the world a better place through the Liquid Geography rosé line, live and virtual events, and other special campaigns. This sense of responsibility has expanded to include taking care of the environment: in 2022, Olé & Obrigado became one of the first importers in the U.S. to be Certified Carbon Neutral. 

Spanish natives Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte co-founded Olé Imports in 1999 while in college; both come from winemaking families established in the 1800s, and the first wines Olé Imports brought to the U.S. were from Alberto’s family in Montilla, Andalucía. Patrick, a Wine Enthusiast Tastemaker, Food & Wine Magazine Tastemaker and Wine Advocate Personality of the Year, was described by Robert Parker as “one of the most driven, passionate and talented young men in the wine world.” As a rising star in the “New Spain” movement, Alberto makes extraordinary wines from unique sites across Spain, including iconic wines such as Atlántida, Escalada do Sil, Bodegas Poniente. He oversees the production of many other wines imported by Olé & Obrigado from Spain and Portugal. Alberto is intent on rescuing nearly extinct grape varieties such as Tintilla and Vijiriega Blanco in the DO region of Cádiz in southwestern Andalucía and elaborating wines of place. 

Rui Abecassis co-founded New York-based importing company Obrigado Vinhos in 2010, building a curated collection of wines honoring the places, grapes, and winegrowers of Portugal. A devoted ambassador of all things Portuguese with deep family roots in cultural diplomacy—and even a family wine shop some generations back—Rui spent 12 years living abroad before moving back to Lisbon, where he now spends his time actively working with our Portuguese producers, and welcoming trade and consumer visitors from all over the world. 

In 2013, Patrick and Alberto joined forces with Rui. Combining their passion, experience and expertise, this pan-Iberian team is committed to importing accessible yet compelling artisanal wines that deliver a sense of place with precision and offering industry-leading education and resources to consumers and trade. Olé & Obrigado was officially formed in 2018 and was named a Wine & Spirits “Importer of the Year” in 2020. Thank you for your support! 

With the Covid 19 Pandemic subsiding everybody is traveling this year! We were asked by Patrick Mata of Olé & Obrigado if we would be interested in hosting a wine dinner featuring four proprietors from Spain and a few of their wines, we accepted of course.

Alberto Orte (La Antigua Clásico), Juan Carlos Vizcarra (Vizcarra), 
Celler Vins Piñol (Juan Pinol)
Bodegas Forjas del Salnes (Angel Camina & Pablo Gonzales),
Ole Imports (Patrick Mata)

The Menu

Jamón Ibérico & Spanish Olives

A cold meat plate with Jamón Ibérico served with olives & crostini.

Vermouth Tinto “Selección Especial Reserva, Mata, Castilla y León, Spain, NV
Vermouth Blanco “Selección Especial”, Mata, Castilla y León, Spain, NV

Pulpo, Gambos & Vieiras

Octopus, Shrimp and Sea scallop, sauteéd, served on a bed of saffron risotto with sautéed leeks, pimentos and fine herbs, smoked paprika and chorizo, finished with a cilantro chervil green cream sauce

Raig de Raïm Blanco, Celler Vins Piñol, Terra Alta· Catalunya, Spain, 2020 (Juan Pinol)
Albarino “Leirana” , Bodegas Forjas del Salnes, Rías Baixas·Galicia, Spain, 2021
(Angel Camina & Pablo Gonzales)

Tortilla Española, Chorizo & Manchego, Smoked Paprika Hollandaise Sauce

A Spanish omelet flavored with leeks, onions, potatoes, chorizo & Manchego cheese, topped with smoked paprika hollandaise sauce.

Rioja “Reserva”, La Antigua Clásico, Sierra de La Demanda · Rioja, Spain, 2012 (Alberto Orte)
Rioja “Gran Reserva”, La Antigua Clásico, Sierra de La Demanda · Rioja, Spain, 2010  (Alberto Orte)

House Cured Ohio Proud Pork Belly, Andalusian Style

Seared pork belly simmered in its natural juices served Andalusian style with spinach, chorizo and chickpeas finished with a Tempranillo reduction.

Goliardo “Tinto de Mar”, Bodegas Forjas del Salnes, Val do Salnes·Rías Baixas, Spain, 2021
(Angel Camina & Pablo Gonzales)

Priorat, Bodega La Cartuja, Priorat, Spain, 2020

Cordero, Piquillo Pepper Confit

A lamb chop served over roasted Piquillo peppers and lyonnaise fingerling potatoes, and fine herbs and Piquillo pepper confit,

Garnacha, Vizcarra, Casitlla y León · Ribera del Duero, Spain , 2015 (Juan Carlos Vizcarra)
Raig de Raïm Tinto, Celler Vins Piñol, Terra Alta· Catalunya, Spain, 2020 (Juan Pinol)

A Spanish Cheese Course

A selection of fine Spanish cheeses with Manchego “aged 12 months”, Cabrales Tipo Picon “blue-veined”, Petit Basque cheese served with a date and an almond/fig cake and fruit bread.

Yecla Tinto “Gordo”, Compañia de Vinos del Atlantico, Yecla, Spain, 2020

$165/Per Guest
Tax & Gratuity not included.

All pricing reflects a cash payment. A 2.75% convenience fee is added for all credit card transactions.

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