Food Review: Wine Week, Mumbai
The 10 wines we tried were paired perfectly.
We have nothing to complain about
We're expecting that just like the food-driven Restaurant Week, wine week will be a whole lot of fun
Wine Week begins in Mumbai on February 11
Nikhil Agarwal's All Things Nice is organizing Wine Week in Mumbai. The premise is pretty simple. You book a table at one of Wine Week's partner restaurants and get 30% of your wine bill. And to give us a taste of what to expect, he invited us to a food and wine tasting at Two One Two Bar and Grill, Worli.
Agarwal says the idea behind Wine Week is simply to encourage people to enjoy wine. Which we did. We tried 10 wines - both Indian and international - paired with finger food prepared by 212's Chef Mikhail.
We started off with a sparkling Brut Rose from Sula - a drink that will suit the occasion should you be eating out on Valentine's Day - before we sat down to try the pairing menu.
The first two wines we tried, a 2012 Viognier from India's Nine Hills winery and a Neethlingshof Gewurztramininer 2012 from Stellenbosch in South Africa we paired with a deliciously slow cooked pork belly in a star anise barbeque sauce and a watermelon and goat's cheese terrine. The golden wines, both on the sweeter side, came with fruity notes of litchi, peach and honey.
Those with a palette for something drier, and even spicier, will appreciate the sauvignon blancs from the Vallonne Vineyards (2011), Nashik and Clairault Semillion from Australia's Margaret River region. Both come with a spicy bouquet of greens - capsicum, freshly cut grass - one dining companion compared it to the scent of fresh greens in the market. They were paired with Creole crab ball with a spicy soy glaze and saffron risotto balls with mozzarella.
Of the five reds we had, two were Indian, a Sangiovese 2011 from Fratelli's Akhluj winery and a Reveilo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Those with a sweeter palette will appreciate the Reveilo, which Agarwal describes as one his favourite Indian wineries. It comes with sweet notes of berries and cloves.
While the Sangiovese 2011 was a bit disappointing and bitter, Agarwal says we can expect good things from the three sets of brothers behind Fratelli.
Never the less, we finished off with a rather intense Baron Philipe de Rothschild Mapu Reserva Merlot 2009 from Chile and a lovely woody 2009 shiraz from the Thelma Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch.
Wine Week run from February 11 to 17 at 28 restaurants - including Olive Bar & Kitchen, Indigo, Golden Dragon at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel; Celini at the Grand Hyatt; Two One Two Bar and Grill and SanQi at the Four Seasons - in Mumbai. To make a reservation, log on to allthingsnice.in