• Jyothi Varne

The Fine Wine Affair, Bengaluru @ The Oberoi


Wine is bottled poetry - Anonymous Last weekend I had the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines across 8 countries and over a 100 labels to choose from, each known as one of the best, expensive and unique. And I bet you would never find most of these brands across commercial liquor stores in our city. This event was hosted at the Oberoi hotel in Bengaluru in association with La Cave Fine wine spirits.

I had booked my passport for a special tasting of 10 wines amidst a beautiful spring set up at the lawns in Oberoi , paired with some great Tapas.

Scroll through this post for what I could capture of this wonderful one of its kind event in Bangalore.

The Oberoi's touch of warmth, elegance and hospitality was felt in the set up all through , as we were greeted by the staff, expat representatives from the wine labels and of course some splendid Tapas to pair with your drink.

All glassware served as a part of the wine tasting experience was sponsored by Riedel.

List of 100 wines that were available for tasting included :

Allegrini

Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Corte Giara Soave Allegrini Corte Giara Valpolicella Barbaresco Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Marchesi di Barolo Baron Philip de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Baron Philippe de Rothschild Cadet d'oc Chardonnay Bodega Norton Chardonnay Bodega Norton Melbec Bodega Norton Merlot Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec Bodega Norton Sauvignon Blanc Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Chateau Ste Michelle Syrah Chinkara Cara Cabernet Merlot Chinkara Cara Cabernet Merlot Chinkara Pavilion Cabernet Sauvignon Danzante Chianti

Danzante Merlot d'Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay Delle Venezine Danzante Pinot Grigio Domaine Laroche Chablis Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbes Dr. Burklin Wolf Riesling E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape E. Guigal Condrieu E.Guigal Crozes Hermitage Erath Pinot Noir Gaja Ca Marcanda Promis Toscana Gavi Marchesi Di Barolo Golden Mile Chardonnay Golden Mile Shiraz Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Kendall Jackson Avant Cabernet Sauvignon Kendall Jackson Avant Chardonnay Kendall Jackson Ventner’s Res Pinot Noir Kendall Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay Kendall Jackson Vinter's Reserve Zinfandel Laroche Chardonnay Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello Di Montalcino Marchesi di Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Masi Masianco

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Montes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Montes Reserva Chardonnay Montes Reserva Merlot Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Red Mouton Cadet Bordeaux White. Rupert & Rothschild Baroness Nadine Chardonnay Rupert & Rothschild Classique Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Sutter Home Chardonnay Sutter Home Merlot Three Peaks Chardonnay Three Peaks Merlot Ti Amo Prosecco Brut Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon Two Vines Chardonny Two Vines Merlot Two Vines Riesling Two Vines Shiraz & many more!!

Villa Maria Chardonnay Villa Maria Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Villa Maria Pinot Noir Villa Maria Riesling Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Vina Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon Vina Tarapaca Chardonnay Vina Tarapaca Cosecha Cabernet Sauvignon Vina Tarapaca Cosecha Chardonnay Vina Tarapaca Cosecha Merlot Lindemans Bin 25 Cuvee Brut Lindemans Bin 45 Cabernet Saugvinon Lindemans Cawarra Chardonnay Lindemans Cawarra Shiraz cabernet Lindemans Premier Selection Brut Cuvee Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet

Penfolds

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet

Chef Ahit Raman had prepared a delectable range of Tapas food that could be paired with some of the wines.

This one was my personal favourite - button mushrooms tossed in olive oil and simple herb seasonings. The stall also had some oysters that paired well with champagne, single origin olive oils, hummus and more.

Now lets talk about the star of this event - Wine!! The wines on display & tasting were from France, Italy, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

I personally enjoyed the wines from France and Italy, here are the clicks of the one's I got to taste.

The Penfold, Italian and French stalls had expats each representing a country/region and were wine sommeliers, specially flown in for this event. While pouring the wine for tasting or as you choose one - the sommelier would help you understand the grape type, flavours on the nose & tongue and its vintage. This would help you choose the right one for tasting, basis your personal preference of course.

Penfolds Shiraz 2013

Regular visits were paid to this stall :)

For a wine lover like me, this event was perfect. It had a beautiful set up, some of the best wine labels to choose from (although we had a wine sommelier who helped me shorten down the list), was less crowded considering the exclusivity and I could take my own sweet time to savour each and every poison on display. Comparing notes and flavors, discussing which one to taste next and more.

Cheers to the good life!!


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