A cool breeze, starry sky, sweeping view of Pune by night, strikingly-lit round island bar, a raised DJ station controlling the vibes, multi-course menu and an extensive wine list make Evviva Sky Lounge, Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre, a popular evening spot with the young and young at heart, writes Brinda Gill.
To enhance its offering the lounge hosted A Cellar Night, on 30th November 2013, to offer guests an experience of enjoying wine and food in an informal and approachable way.
“When we opened Evviva earlier this year, there was more interest in beer, whisky and other drinks. However, off late there has been an interest in wines and we would like to cultivate that interest. Many young guests enjoy a glass of wine. So we thought of organizing A Cellar Night, where guests could enjoy wines with Indian food in an uncomplicated way.
“We just want our guests to relax and enjoy the evening, appreciate wines without stressing about a very structured approach to wine and food pairing,” said Vineet Mishra, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre. Pictured: The circular bar at the Evviva Lounge
The menu of Indian cuisine featured a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers and main course dishes, and a choice of four white wines and four red wines. The white wines were Salviano Orvieto, Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier, Sula Mosaic Chenin Sauvignon and Fratelli Classic Chenin. The red wines were Bardolino Allegrini, Sula Satori Merlot, Fratelli Sangiovese and Fratelli Classic Shiraz.
The wines were selected for being easy drinking and easy to pair with any preparation selected from the menu. While guests were free to match food and wine as per their preference, Rohit Awate, Assistant Restaurant Manager, was at hand to share details of the wines and ask guests if they had any preferences in wine varieties or style. The wine cabinets at the lounge displayed a range of wines other than those listed on the menu. Guests were free to order wines from the main wine list as well.
“We are very keen to promote Indian wines, though we are aware that transportation of wines in India is an issue and still needs to be worked on so that wines stay as good as they are at the winery when they reach the distributors or stores. Wine is a lovely beverage and this evening’s goal has been to take the formality out of wine appreciation, to make a wine and food experience easy and approachable. We look forward to hosting similar Cellar Nights in the future,” said Mishra.