A Sommelier India Dinner @ The Oberoi, New Delhi

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DSC01650.JPGThe Oberoi, New Delhi never lets you down which is why it remains a ‘preferred’ hotel with Sommelier India readers. With this in mind, on Wednesday 24th August, Sommelier India hosted a special evening for a select group of 39 guests at The Oberoi, reports B. Singh. Left: The William Pear and Cambozola Napolean Salad was paired with Mauvais Garcon 2007, Saint-Émilion


The Nilgiri function room was divided into two distinct areas. As guests arrived they were welcomed with a glass of chilled Hungarian Tokaj Hétszőlő 2010 accompanied by a fine assortment of canapés.
The Tokaj Hétszőlő estate is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Tokaj. Over the centuries the estate has belonged to several prestigious families culminating in the royal Habsburg family. Most recently, the historic estate was acquired in 2009, by Michel Reybier whose other properties include Château Cos d’Estournel which produces a Saint-Estèphe Grand Cru Classé and the Médoc AOC Château Marbuzet and Goulée vineyards.
Traditional Tokaji wines are first fermented and kept in oak casks before undergoing long-aging in bottles. Following ten days in stainless steel vats and delicate filtration, Tokaj Hétszőlő Dry Furmint benefits from a short span in bottles. It is the freshest and most intensely aromatic of wines and was greatly enjoyed.
DSC01649.JPGThe doors opened to reveal the main dining area which was beautifully appointed with round tables of six, dressed in starched, white table-linen offset by a floral arrangement in red. The Oberoi chefs excelled themselves in producing a superb four-course dinner to match the clarets from Bordeaux. The quality of the wines proved that you can drink very well on Bordeaux even when the wines are not Grand or Premier Crus.
Mauvais Garcon (Bad Boy) 2007, Saint-Émilion, a 100% Merlot accompanied the appetiser and was followed by the Moulin d’Angludet 2007, Margaux AOC, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot with the entrée. The best was left for the main course – La Reserve de Léoville 2008, Saint Julien, a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
Added interest was provided to the evening by Meenu Kohli, founder of Winetage an investment fund focusing on wine, who made a crisp and convincing presentation on investing in wine as an alternative investment backed by statistics which showed how wine had out-performed many stock market indicies over the past five years.
Winetage is a closed ended, five-year fund investing in the ‘best of Bordeaux’. Backed by an illustrious group of advisors, Winetage promises to out-perform the market. Paris-based Meenu was in India to invite people to co-invest with her on this journey.
The audio-visual presentation concluded with an animated discussion on the pros and cons of investing in a wine fund in these otherwise volatile financial times.The attentive but unobtrusive service combined with the pleasing ambience at Nilgiri resulted in an exceptional evening of good food and wine, in the company of friends with a common love for wine and the good life.

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