March-end saw the Bangalore Wine Club celebrating the flavours of Italy in an evening entitled, “A Taste of Mezzaluna”, after the fine-dining restaurant at the newly opened Movenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore, writes Ruma Singh. As a special bonus, BWC members got the chance to re-visit some of their favourite wines from the portfolio of Mumbai-based wine importer, Wine Park.
Sixty BWC members and their guests began the evening at the poolside sipping Cassamata, a blend from well-known winemaker and artist Bibi Graetz, before heading into Mezzaluna for a five-course sit-down dinner put together by the Movenpick culinary team.
The Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, which has received a rating of 91 points from Wine Spectator, and which is rapidly gaining popularity in Bangalore, saw a pairing with pepper crusted saku tuna with sea salt, zucchini pellets, Gorgonzola, cured tuna roe and aragula. The wine’s lush aromas, opening into mellow notes of fruit dominated by guava, found favour with the diners. This was followed by innovatively created and plated dishes like Cream of Broccoli Soup with Porcini Mushroom Gnocchi and Mozarella foam, and Risotto or Fusilli in Scampi and Cream Sauce.
The main course, which offered options in veal, chicken and vegetarian fare, saw the introduction of the Querciabella Chianti Classico DOCG 2008, a highly-rated Italian biodynamic wine. Other notable offerings included the Brancaia Tre 2009 from the house of Brancaia (93 points). The sweet finale featured a medley of desserts headlined by – what else! – but Movenpick ice cream.
A mellow evening of fine wine and food saw a successful turnout and appreciative guests looking forward to many more elegant sit-down dinners at the increasing numbers of new hotels and restaurants lighting up Bangalore’s culinary landscape.