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Review: Wine Week 2013

  By   Aug 21st 2013 at 3:56PM Lifestyle RATED

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Access to over 1000 quality local and international wines.

What's not:

We have no complaints.

Luxpresso verdict:

By evening's end, our table was loaded with empty wine glasses and conversation flowed freely. As with dining concepts like Restaurant Week, Wine Week too allows you to indulge.

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Review Wine Week 2013
Wine Week 2013


Last night we got a taste of what to expect at the second edition of Wine Week.  The annual wine event, organised by All Things Nice in Mumbai, allows wine lovers to enjoy their wines at a hefty (30 per cent) discount.

Over a crisp prosecco from Italy's Veneto region, Nikhil Agarwal, the man behind ATN and Wine Week, said, "We love wine, and want to share that love with everyone."
Agarwal's aim is to enable Indians to access - and relax over - more quality local and imported wines. "We should enjoy it together," he told us.

That said, we sat down to a four-course dinner, paired with both Indian and international wines per course, at Ellipsis. Kelvin Cheung, the executive chef at the Colaba eatery, created an elegant menu that started off with the presentation of amuse bouche of aubergine on crispy rice. Next we had the soup - a smooth carrot vanilla that rolled on the palette - and Samish - raclette cheese sandwiched between slices of raisin and walnut bread. It was paired with a chardonnay from Nashik's Revelio and another from Laborie in Paarl, South Africa. 

Umami-style tofu, truffles and prawns were paired with a beautiful, chocolatey Shiraz from Myrah (incidentally, it won a gold medal at the Indian Wine Awards) and an equally good Castello di Querceto Chianti classico docg from Tuscany. We also tried Fratelli's 2010 Sette (trivia: it happens to be the most expensive wine in India) and a fruity Heartland Shiraz from Australia's Langhorne Creek region, which was paired with lamb or eggplant.

By evening's end, our table was loaded with empty wine glasses and conversation flowed freely. As with dining concepts like Restaurant Week, Wine Week too allows you to indulge.

Wine Week runs from August 25- 31 across 27 restaurants ranging from San Qui at the Four Seasons to Masala Bay at Taj Lands End and stand alones like Busaba, Ellipsis and Pali Village Café. For reservations log on to Allthingsnice.com.

 

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