When visiting Now Jade Riviera Cancun, guests have the opportunity to receive advice and recommendations from a trained wine sommelier, Aarón Alvarez Arellano, as part of their Unlimited-Luxury® privileges. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or just enjoy drinking wine, he will help you pair the perfect wine with your meal to make it absolutely unforgettable.
If you’re interested in learning more about our wine sommelier, check out the Q&A below for more information about his role at Now Jade.
1. What made you want to be become a wine sommelier?
Many years ago, I met a sommelier from Paris who helped me realize that wine is my passion. He taught me the basics of wine and I have been seeking out and learning more about wine ever since then.
2. How do you help guests at Now Jade?
Well, first I ask them a few questions to get to know what kind of wine they like, and then I have a clear idea about what I should suggest. I always try to suggest different wines so they can get familiar with other wines that might suit their palette.
3. Is there a trick to pairing the perfect with with a dish?
Yes, you have to balance the potency of the meal with the potency of the wine. Food doesn’t have to “eat” your wine and wine shouldn’t “eat” your food. They should be equalivalent so they can have a perfect marriage.
4. What are some good local wines that guests should consider?
Definitely you can not leave México without trying these ones:
- Chardonnay Casa Madero, Parras Valley, Coahuila State
- Casa Madero 3V (It´s a blend) Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Tempranillo, Parras Valley, Coahuila State
- Adobe Guadalupe Gabriel (It´s a blend) Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec, Guadalupe Valley, North Baja California State
Or if you really want an unforgettable experience and don’t mind slurging a little, then you should try:
- Santo Tomás Pitxos (it’s a blend) Merlot/Grenache/Syrah, Santo Tomás Valley, North Baja California State. This one, in my opinion, is probably our best shot.
- Contraste, Wente Vineyards-Casa de Piedra (It´s a blend) Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo, Ensenada Valley, North Baja California State.
5. Do you have any recommendations on how to enjoy wine to its fullest?
Actually, yes. Forget the idea that you have to be “wine connoisseur” to drink wine. The only thing you have to do is to focus all of your senses on enjoying wine and you will!
Here’s a few pictures of our wine connoisseur, Aarón, in action at Now Jade: