Stoudemire Wine Shines During SOBEWFF

Well-Known Names Gather to Toast Its Debut on Casa Matilda Mexican Steakhouse’s Menu

The South Beach Food and Wine Festival is an event of the first magnitude, drawing culinary devotees from across the globe for the excitement of large, star-studded gatherings and much-anticipated meals. But while crowds are in town for the official festivities, frequently some of the most memorable events are the smaller informal gatherings—also often arranged and attended by well-known names—where old and new friends enjoy great food, wine and conversation in a more intimate setting.

Just ask the guests of NBA legend Amar Stoudemire, who in March hosted an exceptional wine tasting and dinner party featuring his highly acclaimed Stoudemire wine collection. Casa Matilda Mexican Steakhouse, one of Miami Beach’s hottest new restaurants, provided the backdrop and delightful cuisine that showcased Stoudemire‘s fruits of the vine. It was attended by his close circle of friends, among them well-known figures, including Rohan Marley (son of the reggae great), Brandon Marshall, Kamal Hotchandani, Maytee Martinez, Erika Sykesh, dynamic duo Phil The Mayor and Barry Mullineaux, Dex Hobbes, Katoutou Joseph (restaurant entrepreneur and owner of Casa Matilda) and friends from Haute Living magazine.

The event was highlighted by memorable wine selections, including Stoudemire Clarity Rosé, Journey Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Origin Paso Robles. Guests savored offerings from the Casa Matilda’s superb menu. These include not only buttery smooth cuts of steak and chops available only to a select few fine restaurants, but also creatively prepared poultry, fish and pasta dishes and more—all served up with sophisticated Mexican flair.

Notably, the restaurant caters to guests of diverse epicurean tastes, including vegetarian and kosher diners. The latter includes Amar Stoudemire himself who rediscovered his African Hebrew roots as a young person and today enjoys a close connection to Israel. While undeniably spiritual, his connection is also a devotion to the land and nature, which he shares with many Israelis. This perhaps drove his passion for winemaking and certainly his choice to focus on kosher wines that cater to a discerning palate.

Casa Matilda’s distinctive ambience echoed this devotion to nature with its dramatic decorative focal point of tall, majestic trees and bare branches strung with a profusion of eclectic handmade lamps that glowed in the darkened space. Stoudemire himself also shined against this dramatic backdrop as he discussed not only winemaking, but also fine art, another of his passions, and of course the nuances of fine cuisine—which was literally on everyone’s tongues during the renowned South Beach epicurean festival.

The dinner party also marked the introduction of Stoudemire wine onto Casa Matilda’s broad and well-chosen wine list, where—like guests at its grand debut—it keeps great company.