Bohemian: Lagarde wine dinner

Posted on | May 29, 2012 | 13 Comments

Last week Haz asked if I wanted to go to the Bohemian for their Lagarde wine dinner. $60 for four courses and matched wines. Austerity, what austerity? I was in.

On our first visit to Bohemian last month, we sampled tapas and paella. This night, we were there for their special wine dinner in association with Argentinan winery, Lagarde.


I must admit that I hadn’t heard of Lagarde before. Located in Mendoza at the foot of the Andes, the winery was founded in 1897 and has been run by the Pescarmona family since the 1970s. The winery retains many of its original elements such as the winery building that was built in 1897 and even an old vineyard that was planted by the original owners. The ancient vineyard has rows of malbec that are so close together that even now they must be tilled by mule and plow because modern equipment doesn’t fit.

We started with a taste of the Lagarde Altas Cumbres Torrontés. I don’t know much about torrontés, only that Argentina is pretty much the only country that produces it. I found it quite floral in aroma but drier on the palate.

The food match was sardines in Escabeche on foccacia with fresh grapes. The focaccia was crisp and garlicy, and a sprinkling of hot paprika gave the sardines a bit of smokiness and heat. The couple of fresh grapes also on the plate gave a bit of welcome sweetness. I really enjoyed it and Alastair declared this yum++.

Our next wine was the Lagarde Malbec. 100% Malbec grapes were used in this wine, which gave the wine a sweetness on the palate. This was matched with sweet potato gnocchi with walnuts, blue cheese sauce and fresh apple. The gnocchi was slightly chewy (in a pleasing way). It came in a very mild and creamy blue cheese sauce with thin slices of apple. Mhmmm. It was a shame the blue cheese was so mild because boy oh boy do I love blue cheese. Still, I decided this was also yum++.

The main course was slow cooked oxtail with mashed potato and chestnuts. The wine match was a Lagarde cabernet sauvignon. The oxtail was great – savoury and fall apart tender. My only criticism is that my mash was a touch cold.

Haz had chicken because she doesn’t eat beef.

And finally, for dessert we had a white chocolate brownie with fig ice cream, pears in syrup and toffee. This was matched with the Lagarde Late Harvest moscato. It was nice – sweet and honeyed. I really liked the brownie, particularly the crunchy crust and burnt toffee flavours which contrasted nicely with the spheres of crunchy pear.

It was a nice evening out – worth busting the budget for. Thanks for the arm twisting, Haz. ;)


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Bohemian Bar & Restaurant
35 Dukes Walk
South Wharf
Phone: 03 9682 0566
Web: thebohemian.com.au

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13 Responses to “Bohemian: Lagarde wine dinner”

  1. Fiona
    May 29th, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    $60 is pretty sweet value!
    Fiona recently posted..Peppermint Tea, old friend. #caffeinefreephona

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    Agnes Reply:

    I agree – it was good value :)

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  2. Hannah
    May 30th, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    I think it’s stupid that my brain doesn’t like chocolate desserts but wants white chocolate desserts.
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    Agnes Reply:

    There’s lots that can’t be understood about your brain. :)

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    Hannah Reply:

    It is a magical, magical creature.
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  3. Annette
    May 30th, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Sounds really great Agnes — just our kind of night out!!! I do like Argentinian wines too…

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    Agnes Reply:

    I need to learn more about Argentinian wines – we hardly ever drink them.

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  4. Conor @ Hold the Beef
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    It is annoying when blue cheese is applied in quantities catering to lame people. And you’re, like, totally un-lame :D
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    Agnes Reply:

    Haha yay I’m un-lame! :D

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  5. Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg
    May 31st, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    I am impressed with the oxtail. They some how made it look pretty and not scary!
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    Agnes Reply:

    Alastair is normally a bit iffy about eating oxtail, but even he polished his serve off. :)

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  6. msihua
    June 10th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    *cough*… arm twisting? Lol.. I swear I remembered that it didn’t take much convincing at all *pfft*
    msihua recently posted..Dinner by Brett Graham (The Ledbury, UK) at Circa, The Prince @ St Kilda, VIC

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    Agnes Reply:

    It’s your fault, I’m blaming it all on you.

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