If you are a wine lover who keeps lamenting the fact that not enough exciting events are happening where you can taste good wines, learn about them or simply enjoy them with your friends then Bacchus has just answered your prayers.
This weekend Oct 14th 15th & 16th 2016, there is a wine extravaganza coming your way organised by “Madame La Cave” Madhulika Bhattacharya Dhall, proprietor of La Cave, the finest Wine and Liquor store in the country and The Oberoi Gurgaon, a luxury hotel and a fabulous wine destination well-known for its champagne brunches, wine dinners and various wine promotions organised by their knowledgeable resident sommelier Rakesh Awaghade.
The Fine Wine Affair is an event of a scale never before attempted in India just in terms of the sheer number of high-end premium wines being served under one roof. Nearly 100 labels from countries like Italy, France, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina will be on offer, from big renowned producers as well as artisan growers.
Top end champagnes, bold Italian reds like Brunellos, Barolos, Supertuscans and easy drinking Chiantis, refreshing Italian and Chilean whites, exquisite Burgundy whites & reds, fruity Napa Valley cabernets, juicy and spicy shiraz dominant Australian blends, delightful pinot noirs and sauvignon blancs from New Zealand, you name them and they are there.
Imagine getting a chance to taste wines from some of the biggest names in the wine world like Champagne Bollinger, Louis Roederer of Cristal fame, Gaja, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Marchesi di Barolo, Castello Banfi, Allegrini, Tenuta San Guido (who produce the famous Suerptuscan Sassicaia), Louis Jadot, Louis Latour, Baron Phillippe de Rothschild, Tarapaca, Bodega Norton, Cakebread Cellars, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Penfolds, Lindeman’s, D’Arenberg, Chateau Ste. Mitchelle, Kendall Jackson, Livio Felluga (an outstanding producer whose wines I tasted in Verona during Vinitaly 2016) and several others. Just writing about these is making my mouth salivate.
The best part is the unbelievably low prices at which they are available. Ten pours for Rs 1500 if you book the afternoon slot 12-2pm & 2.30-4.30 pm or Rs 2000 for the evening slot 5-7pm & 7.30-9.30pm. And you can select these ten from any of the hundred labels on offer. So do your homework in advance and choose wisely. At any restaurant in the city you will end up paying five times the amount just for one glass of some of these high-end wine labels.
What gets even better is that the wines come paired with gourmet offerings from The Oberoi Gurgaon Patisserie and Kitchen at no additional cost. There is plenty of choice from antipasti, premium olives, ham, assorted cheeses, breads, ceviche of Chilean sea bass, alfajores (cookies from South America) to macarons and other delights.
Apart from guided wine tasting sessions there will be masterclasses and interactive learning sessions on wine evaluations and ideal gourmet pairings at a minuscule extra cost of Rs 500 per person, conducted by experts who have flown in from various countries. If you are a wine novice there is no better opportunity than this to expand your horizons.
The venue for The Fine Wine Affair is the Art Concourse at The Oberoi Gurgaon which has been converted into a wine theatre for the three day extravaganza. So get ready to indulge and book those tickets fast before the limited slots fill up.
As for me, I know how I will begin my weekend. With a glass of Bollinger Champagne repeating this famous quote from the late Lily Bollinger.
“I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I’m thirty”.
By : Lavina Kharkwal
Tickets for The Fine Wine Show are available at Book My Show and you can book them here .
Date : 14th -16th October, 2016 | Time : 1200 hrs to 2130 hrs | Place : The Art Concourse at The Oberoi, Gurgaon
For wine masterclass passes you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org