MIA Wines Pop In At Pan Asian Yao

06 March of 2019 by

Drinking and tasting various wines is an ideal activity on the weekends or weekday nights especially if it comes with some tasty treats.

One such event that caught our attention recently was the Wine Not Pop In at the Pan Asian Yao, organized by MIA Wines. MIA has been a wine distributor in Kenya since 2006, with over 100 keenly selected wines from renowned wine regions all over the world. Ever heard of MARA wine? The MARA is inspired by Kenya, and the range is mostly served at tourist dominated lodges. The pretty bottles have beads made by local artisans.

The Pan Asian Yao which is located along UN Avenue in Gigiri, set the right atmosphere as we sampled 5 different Sauvignon Blancs.

The restaurant is popular for its flavourful handcrafted fusion dishes and, had set up Dim Sum, Sushi, Asian tacos, and Pani Puri stations.

Local cheese makers, Sirimon Cheese, had a cheese and bacon station. We got to try their halloumi, gouda, feta and mature cheddar with some crackers and jams. We could have easily just had these because they were banging but more food awaited.

The best part about the tasting was that it made us appreciate the food at Pan Asian. Having a chance to talk to the chefs at the stations about what they were offering went a long way.

As for the wines, we were lucky to have Devna (the organizer) from MIA and other wine enthusiasts at hand to compare notes. The selections for the day were Life, which was refreshing with a citrus kick, a fuller bodied Robertson had more flavours and went well with the sushi, Ken Forrester on the other hand, had a lovelier complexity with a mix of tangy notes. And finally, the vintage Les Fumees Blanches which was fruity (a citrus and grapefruit combo) and smoky at the same time.

Life and Ken Forrester were the most rated that afternoon and we got to take some bottles home at discounted prices. Each bottle was way less than 2000 bob.

The pop in itself was pocket friendly at just 2000 bob for the 5 glasses of wine and additional 700Kshs for the food.

Devna explained to us why she chose the pairings: “Sauvignon Blancs go really well with courgettes, asparagus, anything a herb such as dill, coriander. Sushi is a no brainer. We wanted to do both classic and different pairings. Dim sum’s being small with different fillings gives more options to find what works for you.”

MIA Wines are planning more pop ins in future and you don’t want to miss them. They also have a wine pop up store at Zen Garden from time to time.

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