Bangalore Wine Club members got a treat all the way from Australia, this December. A special team of winemakers and chef representing the south west, specifically Australia’s highly-acclaimed winemaking region of Margaret River, were in town for a festival of food and wine, reports Ruma Singh.
Pictured right: Vanya Cullen and Dr Peter Thompson
A Taste of Indulgence, as it was called, was a special dinner which showcased Western Australia’s finest in wines and food, was held on 9th December 2010 at Caperberry in Bangalore.
It’s no coincidence that Australia’s South West was recently announced as one of Lonely Planet Guide’d Top Ten travel spots on the globe. In that short time, this premier wine growing region has emerged with wine styles and terroir that has won over the world wine trade and consumers. Margaret River is an idyllic location blessed with world class surf, natural attractions combined with an innovative culinary tourism culture that brings together the ‘Best of the South West’.
Pictured below: Abhijit Saha, Dennis Mifsud and Magandeep Singh
The founder of the renowned ‘Winos Margaret River’ wine bar Chef Dennis Mifsud and Chef Abhijit Saha of Caperberry, also the ambassador to the South West, together created a menu combining gourmet seafood, regional black truffles and regional olive oil. Also present were Cliff Royle, leading winemaker with Flametree Wines, Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines and Dr Peter Thompson from Thompson Estate. The evening at Caperberry began with a tasting of 12 wines along with tapas, before the BWC members and their guests moved on to a splendid five course dinner, accompanied by an array of another 12 wines! Who says too much of a good thing is bad for you?
Among the special pairings served that evening were grilled Fremantle scallops with duck and pickled Sichuan cucumber/ Cheese agnoletti with wilted spinach, tomato, chilli and basil sauce — with not one, but three wines: Flametree Cabernet Merlot 2009, Thompson Estate Cabernet Merlot 2007 and Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2008 from Cullen Wines. Another favourite was Exmouth king prawns, soy chicken and orange salad/ Tomato risotto with the Salitage Pinot Noir 2007 and Mangan Merlot 2009 from Cullen.
With the winemakers themselves at hand to introduce each of their wines, the guests present enjoyed a five-course meal over a leisurely evening which was both a gastronomic revelation as well as a sensory overload! A dinner to remember for all present.