“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” That’s a Martin Luther quote which the newest & one of the finest wine bistro in town and probably in India too – The Wine Company (TWC) – believes in.
PioneerChef checked in to test their claim to fame. In view of the past experience otherwise, especially in India, we found that their collection of wines is undoubtedly excellent.
TWC has successfully come up with a unique and intriguing concept of a wine shop within the restaurant. One can buy from choices of over 150 kinds of wine and others spirits, and pair it up with world class Continental and European cuisine on offer.
The restaurant offers wines sourced from more than 35 countries along with a lavish spirits spread with high end vodkas, and single malt whiskys amongst others, being sold at a wholesale price.
The restaurant that can comfortably accommodate 250 guests offers a pleasing, soothing ambience that’s much desired to enjoy great wine. Interiors are done up as an open street of the hub. The restaurant has a modern European look with exposed brick work, chalk boards, chesterfield sofas, wine related paraphernalia & oak wood barrels. The outlet also has a 40ft bar counter with wine chillers at every table. Lights aptly dim, music quite in sync, just that the people around initially seem to be on the louder side – probably the wine effect. But all that noise soon subdues or maybe you become louder after gulping down a couple of glasses. Or the world around starts fading and all hustle-bustle quietening, leaving you in a state of bliss. After all, best of the wines are meant to be so.
WINE FOR THOUGHT
“Wine is meant to be with food – that’s the point of it.”
– Julia Child
“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.”
– Bible (Old Testament) Ecclesiastes 9:7
Jacob’s Creek Classic – Shiraz Cabernet
We started with the first by default – the classic Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet. It is one of the most well-known, trusted and enjoyed Australian wines around the world. This medium-bodied blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon boasts flavors of blackberry and plum, with hints of pepper, smooth tannins and subtle oak. We suggest a pairing of grilled steak, pizza or tomato based pasta dishes with it.
Pertinent to add here that Jacob’s Creek two point philosophy is followed all Secondly, at every step of the winemaking, from the vineyards all the way to the glass, they claim to do it for the most important wine critic – You.
Well, it truly reflects in every sip.
AG Forty Seven Chardonnay
Next in line came AG Forty Seven Chardonnay all the way from Argentina. Ag Forty-Seven gets its name from the role of silver in Argentina’s founding story. When settlers first arrived, they called the place a “Land of Silver” eventually leading to Argentina’s official name.
This fruity, soothing and refreshing Chardonnay offers enticing aromas of tropical pineapple and lime citrus. Concentrated flavors of honeydew melon and passion fruit are complemented by subtle minerality – leading into a fresh, crisp finish.
Ag Forty Seven Silver (n.) – argentum (Latin); Symbol: Ag; atomic number: 47
The popular light white from Torres, ubiquitous in Spain is also available and is a must-have at The Wine Company. Traditional white rioja is aged, deep golden and heavily oaked, and goes well with smoked fish.
It is intense, with flowery body and punch of ripe fruits (banana, pear, apple and peach), combined with delightful touches of citrus (mandarin zest) on a mentholated base. It’s firm, fresh, long and elegant in the body, with a lingering finish.
Parellada and Garnacha Blanca, traditional white grapes, are what give Viña Sol its distinctive fresh fruitiness. Excellent as an aperitif and accompaniment for rice dishes, seafood and fish.
Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbés 2008
You try this and you get to know why France is France and why French Wine is ‘the Wine’. It’s pretty dry to palette and simply the best to finish a tasting session with. The fresh and fruity notes develop and flow citrus juices in the mouth and reinforced by the salinity that lasts for quite some time and leaves you fresh mouthed.
Marriage gone wrong
While The Wine Company believes that the Wine is made by god they seem to have missed on another old saying…
“Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners.” — Andre Simon (1877-1970)
Forget the partnership here, the marriage seems to have gone horribly wrong and both the food and wine appear to be sitting on the verge of a divorce.
It is the marriage of food and wine that results in creating some of the most memorable events and exciting meals. But then, not all marriages are perfect. Hopefully someday the ‘better half’ would be able to influence her ‘worst-half’ and the union turns out to be as heavenly as it is supposed to be.
No doubt that the marriage of food and wine is complex and is all about the right kind of pairing. But then it’s not about the right pairing rather it’s about the matching up of the quality on plate with the quality in bottle. Other than the prawns and pizza, most of the recipes were ‘high to too high’ on salt and spoilt the wine tasting. Hopefully you get lucky or they mend their servings.
As they say, they have on offer a vast menu comprising food from across the globe including pizzas, pastas, steaks, hot dogs, burgers etc. No doubt they have it all on offer, had it been equally good as it sounds they’ll surely soar through any and all competition.
The Wines being an integral part of the concept, TWC has plans to give its guests an experiential dining experience with special wine tasting sessions with sommeliers. Our best wishes!
LOCATION: Unit No 22-23, Dlf Cyber Hub,Gurgaon, Haryana