On Friday, July 19th, we at Jean Leon held a new edition of ViArt, an event we run every year that pairs wine with an artistic discipline. It’s our special way of paying tribute to our winery founder’s strong links with art and culture. In this sixth edition, the chosen discipline was creative cuisine, with Quim Casellas, chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Casamar in Llafranc, serving as host.
The guests at the 6th ViArt were able to get a taste of the gastronomic world and new trends from different perspectives, focusing in particular on the fundamental role that wine plays in gastronomy. The event kicked off in the afternoon with a glass of 2018 Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay, followed by a conversation between Chef Casellas and sommelier Sergi Castro about new gastronomic trends and the vital role wine plays in them.
Next, the Casamar chef prepared a dish live – Estany de Pals rice with Norway lobsters and seaweed aioli garlic sauce, his restaurant’s star dish – which was then used as part of the tasting menu offered by the restaurant’s team, paired with Jean Leon wines. The cooking demonstration made way for a full dinner prepared by the Casamar team, served with a selection of Jean Leon wines and led by Quim Casellas himself and Mireia Torres, the winery director, who presented the wines chosen to accompany each dish: MS-18, the new wine from the experimental range produced using only the Malvasia de Sitges variety; the 2016 Jean Leon Vinya Gigi Chardonnay; and the 2015 Vinya Palau Merlot 2015.
Sommelier Sergi Castro was in charge of bringing the wine together with the cuisine, revealing the secrets behind a perfect pairing throughout the meal. Guests were also treated to live music from the duo of singer Yadira Ferrer and pianist Maria Lilia Cano. The highlight of the event, however, was the tasting of the old vintage of Jean Leon Vinya Le Havre, from the year 2000, in magnum format.
Once again this year, it was clear that Jean Leon’s ViArt has become an unmissable event for lovers of wine and art, two elements celebrated in the matchless setting of our winery. It was a summer night on which the landscape, wine, and gastronomy were the real stars.
To health, wine, and art!