Wine and food are the most interesting and difficult topics in the world. The word wine seems to be very small but its a box full of surprises. In India the concept of wine with good food have not been able to make its place in the market, but lot of youngsters and corporate clients have started cherishing wine with food. Restaurants and 5 star hotels get the credit of up selling wines and creating an awareness about the same. In one such attempt by Taj lands End , they have started a new concept called as Wine social which is exclusively available on Wednesdays in Maritime by San Lorenzo which is an award winning Italian Fine dinning restaurant with some mouthwatering starters/snacks to accompany wines . the concept being simple and straight forward, to make available different kind of high end brands by glass, which none of the restaurants do. They are offering a total count of 31 wines which includes red, white and sparkling wines. To know more about it read through my culinary journey with a dash of wine.
Le rime (500₹/glass)
Type : White wine
Grapes : Chardonnay & Pinot Grigio
Year : 2013
Body : Lighter body
Aroma : lemony
Flavour : Hint of Pear and flavour of lively acidity
Food Pairing : A splendid aperitif and a delightful complement to antipasto, pasta, and light meals.
Grapes : 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Year : 2011
Body : As you swirl there would be a layer of wine on the side of the glass which denotes that it has a heavy body.
Aroma : It doesn’t open up so easily , it needs time for oxidation so that the aroma flows out.
Flavour : It has a high tannin level. It has flavours of Strawberry, red currants and all dark fruits. I could feel the after effect of spices.
Food Pairing : It goes well with meats or any dish after main course.
Its a first grape which is sold out of Chile
Grapes : Pinot Noir
Year : 2013
Body : heavier than Le rime but lighter than Bran caia
Aroma : Sweetened plum and apple
Flavour : it has the sweetness of fruits and the sourness of plum and grapes.
Food Pairing :It goes well with lighter appetizer, chicken dishes and spicy food.
A simple cheese platter was placed on the table to cut down the flavours of different wines. It had parmesan, Goat cheese and Mancheago served along with fresh figs, walnuts, almonds and cellery.
It is said breads are must when you go for a wine tasting. Breads have a tendency to remove the coating of wine created on your taste buds. It’s an element which breaks the monotony of flavours so that you can enjoy different flavours of different wines. Foccacia was crisp from outside and gooey from inside accompained with a perfect tomato chutney which elevated the overall experience.
Signature dish of the outlet which has been served here from the time Marietime has opened its doors in Mumbai. A simple delicacy which has sething special to offer. Crisp Flat bread topped up with parmesan shavings and aragula. The best part about this is that it is not made in Wood fire oven but baked in regular Combi oven. A perfect match to white wines
Pepperoni is something which some might like or not. But must say this calzone was perfectly bakes and was stuffed with some delicious mixture dominated by pepperoni. It went well with the heavy version of red wine that is Bran Caia.
Nicely moist and well cooked chicken skewers were enjoyed by everyone on the table. They were perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. It went well with Tarapaca making it a combination to rejoice.
I must say Maritime at Taj lands End has one of the best Tiramisu to offer on the plate. Simple , elegant and flavourful yet delicious. As soon as I had my first bite , I couldn’t stop eating it till the plate was empty.