The Oberoi’s wine event on 3,4 and 5 March promises to be a one-stop treat for the city oenophiles and those who need to be lectured to on the basics.
Nearly 100 wines from across eight countries, USA, Italy, France, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa will be featured.
For those who want to be in the know, the festival features a 3-day wine appreciation weekend that will “celebrate artisan growers and premium wine labels, along with some exquisite culinary accompaniments.”
On hand will be reps from world-renowned wineries, and they pour and present their wines in interactive learning discussions.The event is designed to help paying patrons enjoy wines from the new and traditional growing regions.
During the day, the hotel will also present a range gourmet tapas prepared al fresco, with premier cheese, olive oil etc. To attend this event, you will need to buy wine tasting passes, that are priced thus:
Rs. 1250 for 5 tasting pours. (Sweetener: 15% savings off your restaurant bill), Rs. 2000 for 10 tasting pours. (Sweetener: 20% savings off your restaurant bill) and Rs. 3000 for 20 tasting pours. (Sweetener: 15% savings off your restaurant bill).
The wine tasting pass enables you access to the “various wine theatres” in the hotel gardens.
In a more formal format, the hotel features wine dinners. These include a Italian dinner on 3 Mar called Ciao Bengaluru (which does not denote mass exodus from the city), with a home-style, rustic meal paired with a selection of Italian wines. The wines were selected by sommelier Margaux Pavoncello. Some of the houses available are Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Delle Venezine Danzante and Sartori Di Verona Valpolicella. The dinner costs Rs 4000 a head.
On 4 Mar, the dinner is French, called Bonjour Bengaluru with a six course classic French menu created by Executive Chef Ajit Raman. Sommelier Anna Murray will present the Domaine Laroche, Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons, Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse, Henri Bourgeois Sancerre, E.Guigal Châteauneuf du Pape and E.Guigal Crozes Hermitage. Costs the same as the Italian dinner.
On Sunday 5 Mar, is an evening called Salut Bengaluru. The hotel promises “twinkling fairy lights, softly glowing candles and the aroma of frangipani flowers blooming in the garden.” They say their chefs will prepare an epicurean meal, will feature house wines including Louis Roederer, Gaja, Sassicaia, Penfold and Château Figeac. This evening will cost Rs 9500 a head.
For reservations, call the hotel on +91 80 25585858.