Around the world in 8 bottles

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One of India’s premium bespoke wine programmes for American Express Platinum Card members, WINEESSENTIALLY from the stable of FineWinesnMore is aimed at wine lovers and connoisseurs alike reports Naina Hiranandani


The theme was Around the World in 8 Bottles at this private wine tasting, held on 7th October, at Mumbai’s new hip gastronomic address, Two One Two. Guests sauntered into the 4,000 sq ft plush restaurant and bar, greeted by Dharti Desai and the (always charming) Craig Wedge from FineWinesnMore along with Executive Chef Alex Bignotti, and sipped on refreshing ZardettoProseco di Treviso DOC.
With a meticulously-prepared menu ahead, there was much to look forward to – De Bortoli’s Windy Peak Classic Dry White was lovely as usual, enjoyed with Wild Mushroom Strudel and Fontina Cheese Fondue. Next up, the Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rueda DO 2007 had a wonderful burst of fruity aroma and flavour, complementing the Tuna and Avocado Tepanade with Kaffir Lime and Galangal Tuna Carpaccio.
It was felt that the red wines (Cantine Giacomo Montresor Valpolicella Classico Castel San Pietro DOC 2008 and Costaflores Vineyards MTB Malbec/Petit Verdot 2007) could’ve been served at a better temperature. But the Vina Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, with the succulent Wood-fired Black Cod with Lentils Ragout and Foie Gras was the one that truly stole the show.
As young professionals mingled with Mumbai’s swish set with ease, it was rounds of fine international wines and interesting conversation that continued to flow through the night.

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