Chateau d’Ori wines at the Deccan Rendezvous Hotel, Pune

“I was a single-malt guy and now I enjoy wines,” says Ranjit Dhuru, the brain behind the Chateau d’Ori winery at a wine dinner on 22 May 2008, at Deccan Rendezvous Hotel, Pune. Five wines from the Château d’Ori cellar were launched on the occasion.Brinda Gill reports. ranjitdori.jpg

The menu comprising Indian and Continental dishes was specially planned by Ravish Arora, Pune’s much sought after gourmet chef, to complement the wines.
Melt-in-the-mouth starters such as Crispy Prawn Crab Balls with sweet chilly sauce, Lasooni Murg Tikka and Multani Mushroom with a mint dip, and Crispy Sesame Broccoli in a honey barbeque sauce, being light in flavour, were paired with aromatic Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Syrah wines.

dori1b.jpg The dinner presented an array of delicious old favourites and delicacies. Viva, a pleasant Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc, with hints of fruit, oak and vanilla, matched the salad course featuring German Potato Salad, Oriental Caesar Salad, Pasta and Corn Salad, and a choice of flavourful preparations including lightly braised bell peppers, grilled eggplant and grilled zucchini.

The main course of Fried Fish, Murg Masala Hyderabadi, Gosht Rogan Josh, Potato Steak with barbeque sauce, Vegetable Jalfrazi, Paneer Tikka Butter Masala, Dal Makhani, Jeera and Brown Onion rice and assorted Indian breads paired well with the reds Cabernet-Merlot, Merlot and Cabernet-Syrah. Simple yet full of flavours, the Cabernet-Merlot was recommended as a wine that pairs well with most Indian food.
A light and fruity trifle and everyone’s favourite American fudge brownies with vanilla ice-cream wrapped up the enjoyable evening and had guests agreeing with Dhuru that wine is really “a passion business”!
Separately, Chateau d’Ori plans to expand its label overseas into the United Kingdom, Japan, United States and South East Asia. The company’s overseas plans will begin with Indian restaurants being targeted for the distribution of its wines.

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