As far as we can back trace wine has been consumed by man for over 8000 thousand years and its global popularity can certainly not be doubted. It is a drink that has in recent years also become rather popular in India and this popularity continues to grow. I am not much of a drinker but I love paring good food with wine as it is very versatile and certainly enhances and heightens flavors when paired well. We were invited by United Sprits for a wonderful dinner at Bombay Brasserie to introduce The Limited Edition Four Seasons Vintners Reserve Wine (2011) on Saturday 24th September 2016 and had a delightful evening.
A section of the restaurant was set aside for the event and it was elegantly decorated with beautiful flowers and candles. It was a formal sit down affair with seating layouts for all the guests. Once we reached we were escorted to our table and thereafter presented with Menu’s detailing the dishes and the wines.
We were served our starters with the Four Seasons Sauvignon Blanc which was rightly described to us as “a refreshing wine with zesty acidity”, it went beautifully with the Lucknowi Paraath Panner and Paperwali Machchi both of which were delicate and delicious. I loved the Paneer as it was absolutely delicious and the fish which was fillets with coriander chutney wrapped up in parchment paper and grilled on the tawa was very nice. We were also served a Mini Veg Tart that was nothing special.
There after Mr.Abhay Kewadkar , Chief Winemaker launched the Four Seasons Vintners Reserve Wine and said a few words about it. The Cabernet –Schiraz was very good, lovely depth of flavor and the rich color was truly beautiful. The wine was like a many faceted ruby and the lovely food we were served only highlighted its complexity on our palate. We were served up some succulent Makhmali Murg Tikka with a Cream Sauce which certainly lived up to its name. I opted to have mine with Roomali Roti and we all loved it. The show stealer that followed was spectacular. Mutton Burra Kebab with Wine Reduction Sauce! It was brilliant, perfectly cooked meat that held shape until you used your cutlery and then once you had a bite it simply melted in your mouth. The Wine Reduction Sauce gave it a lovely depth of flavor and needless to add it paired beautifully with the Four Seasons Vintners Reserve Wine.
When you are in beautiful surroundings sipping on some lovely wine and being served up delicious food you find yourself in an indolent state of bliss. Dessert followed, a delightful Paper Baked Chocolate Pudding which again complemented the wine rather well. We lingered over our dessert and wine watching the beautiful flames from the candle flicker through the ruby red glass of wine while warm conversations with our co-diners flowed. Mr.Abhay Kewadkar was kind enough to join us at our table and share further details about the wine as well as have a rather engaging conversation on Wine and Chocolate. It was a perfect way to end a delightful evening.
To all those who enjoy good Wine this is certainly one for your collection. Only 12,000 bottles of this exquisite wine have been crafted for each city so Kolkata Wine Lovers make sure to stock up. Thankyou Four Seasons Wines for a wonderful experience.
Remember to drink responsibly.
Picture Credits: Suneha Saha
DISCLAIMER: The Culinary Commentator was invited to the event by Four Seasons Wine. However the views expressed are entirely their own.