Catena Zapata Wines @ Prime Le Meridien KL

Back to Prime KL, and this time, for one of its legendary Wine-Food Pairing dinners.

Catena Zapata, a family-owned winery, was founded in 1902 by Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant who planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. After more than a hundred years, Catena Zapata is now known as one of Argentina’s high altitude Malbec pioneers. As one of the most famous houses in Argentina, the Catena story has always been a tale of tradition and progress. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner and grandson of Nicola, took over the winery in the 1960s and was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza’s mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to export a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label.

Bring the wines to PRIME was no mistake. Chef Ramiro Moya hails from Argentina too, and grew up under the influence of the Latin food culture and passion for fresh ingredients, which in turned developed his love for food and cooking. Upon graduation from Arrayanes Institute of International Cuisine Argentina, he set off to continue his love affair with food by working with some of the best restaurants and luxury hotel chains in various international locations, such as Chile, New Zealand and Dubai.

Delicious Argentinian wines from the Catena Zapata family paired with a delectable 4-course dinner … hard to resist!

Mini Empanadas of Tenderloin, Caramelised Onions, Olives and Jus
Sesame Tuna Tataki on Brioche

Octopus Tentacles, Olive Caviar, Green Garlic Purée and Cilantro Foam
Catena Zapata ‘Alamos’ Torrontes

Kingfish Tiradito
Fresh Kingfish Carpaccio Style, Confit Mushrooms
Dill Crème Fraiche finished with Radish Microgreens
Catena Zapata Chardonnay

Entrana Y Mollejas
Wagyu Skirt, Catena Zapata Malbec Sauce
Sweetbread with Champagne and Champignons, Orange-Glazed Baby Carrots
Catena Zapata Malbec


Panqueque Con Dulce De Leche
Homemade Dulce de Leche, Burnt Sugar,
Lime and Mint Granite with Forest Berries Mini Tart
Catena Zapata ‘Alta’ Malbec
illy Coffee or Selection of Harney & Sons Teas
PRIME Cookies


Kudos, Chef Ramiro Moya and team for a fantastic dinner! The 4 course meal was perfectly balanced and paired well with the succulent wines! Definitely a big fan of this Argentinian chef. Prime KL still knows how to rock the wine dinner in KL. Definitely top 10 on our list of The great restaurants of KL.


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