Earlier this month, I attended a unique, ladies only wine dinner organisedÂ in her inimitable style by Madhulika Dhall, aka Madame La Cave, along with Dildeep Kalra, whose husband Zorawar Kalra. It was my first fine wine dinner in a Mall restaurant and it turned out to be a wonderful dining experience.
Known for its pan-Asian specialties, PaPaYaÂ has rapidly made a name for itself as a happening place. A smartÂ expansive space on two levels, theÂ restaurant has an inviting ambiance. It was buzzing with happy diners on the night I dined there. The Sartori wines paired beautifully with an array of dishes (each more exquisite than the last) of the five-courseÂ meal.Â The food was creatively presented and served in just the right portions, considering the extensive menu. The biggest surprise of all was when a large ball of chocolate, aflame in brandy, arrived magically in front of me! I thought my birthday was a well-kept secret but not so. The special birthday cake was a dramatic finale to a great evening curated with flair and finesse by Madame La Cave and the PaPaYa team.
Sartori di Verona isÂ a leading name in fine wines combining innovation and respect for traditional values. The wineryâ€™s antecedents go back to 1898 when Pietro Sartori founded the family-owned businessÂ in the centre of the Valpolicella wine district of Veneto in northeast Italy. Now one of the Venetoâ€™s â€œBig Fiveâ€ wine producers, Sartori di Verona is run by his great-grandson, Andrea Sartori who represents the fourth generation of the family. The business has expanded significantly under Andreaâ€™s leadership.Â
Using Veronese vines and varietals to expressÂ their vineyardâ€™s unique terroir and create a characteristic identity, the Sartori familyâ€™s bond with their land has strengthened over the years. With renowned Franco Bernabei as consulting winemaker,Â Sartori produces a full complement of premium wines that are elegant and timeless. The wines served at the Papaya dinner were introduced by the affableÂ export manager Daniele CristanelliÂ (picturedÂ left), who is no stranger to India.Â Sartoriâ€™s international sales are a reflection of the company’s success throughout the world with 80% of production exported to over 70 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The wines tasted at the PaPaYa dinner were:
- Â Sartori di Verona, Ti Amo Prosecco, Brut D.O.C
- Sartori di Verona, Pinot Grigio, I.G.T. 2016
- Sartori di Verona, Valpolicella Classico, D.O.C. 2015
- Sartori di Verona, Corte Bra, Amarone Della Valpolicella D.O.C.G. 2010
- Sartori di Verona, Corte Bra, Amarone Della Valpolicella D.O.C.G. 2001
- Sartori di Verona, Ti Amo, Rose Brut, I.G.T
- Where to buy La Cave Wines and Spirits, Select City Mall, Saket, New Delhi