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Bigger Bang for the Buck: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014 17:25

Bigger Bang for the Buck: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

June 4: Although most hotels and restaurants have kept the wine prices very high, some wines are decently priced or at least are affordable, quaffable wines. In order to help our Indian subscribers we recommend some of these wines which are of drinkable quality at prices you can afford and also won’t get lost in the sea of several unknown labels. In this edition we have focused on Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza at NH-8

The Price List at Radisson Blu Plaza is fairly decent. Following are recommended: (last number refers to the price in Rs.)

WHITE WINES

1. Miguel Torres Mas Rabell Blanco 2012 Rs.2400  and

2. Hardys Stamp Riesling/ Gewurztraminer 2013 Rs. 2400 are the best value-for-money whites on the Wine List of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.

Traditionally Mas Rabell wines were earlier produced exclusively for the Torres family's private restaurant, housed in a historical medieval farmhouse in the midst of the vineyards. This white wine is made from Parellada-one of the three of  the Cava (Spanish sparkling wine)  grapes. Very fresh and crisp, simple dry wine wiith apple flavours, it is ideal as an aperitif and with light textured sea food or even vegetarian cuisine-but rather thin with thick gravies..

Hardys is very perfumed Australian wine with enticing fruity aromas.The vibrant fruity wine goes great with Indian and Thai food.

3. An interesting Tuscan whites is Piccini Blanco Toscana 2012-13 2800 which is a blend of Trebbiano, Chardonnay and the local grape Vermentino.

Other wines worth a try are an Astica Torrontes if you like Argentine white wines from their signature white grape at Rs.2400. Goats Do Roam is a delcious South African wine-a blend of Viognier/Granache Blanc but overpriced at Rs. 3200. Same with Falanghina Feudi di San Gregorio, an interesting wine from a good producer in Campania,Italy  which is otherwise expensive at Rs. 5200.

SPARKLING WINES

Very limited choice of champagnes  with Bollinger and Taittinger at Rs.8000 are no special buys. Order if you need to drink Champagne. The Chenin Blanc-based Saumur Blanc from Bouvet Ladubay is not a great value at Rs. 4200 either. I’d stick to Sula Brut at 2400 for good value.

At Rs.2400 Togni Spumante  is priced right but I cannot vouch for the flavours as I have never tried this sparkling Italian wine. 

REDWINES

Miguel Torres Mas Rabell 2012 2400 - a blend of  Grenache and Carignan 2012 is a very good-value restaurant wine. The warm-climate grapes make this a full bodied wine on the palate, with slight spiciness and darkfruit flavours.

Lagarde Clasico 2012 2800 is also a blend of Malbec and Merlot and ok priced. 

If you prefer a fuller bodied Argentina wine, the Argento is a decent value wine at Rs. 2400

INDIAN WINES

Fratelli Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese are natural choices at Rs.2000 although I would also consider ordering the Four Seasons Barrique Reserve at Rs. 2800  especially with the Indian food and meaty dishes. The robust, spicy wine is quite pleasant with well matched food. Take Sula Brut for sparkling wines at Rs.2400.

Based on variables the menu List has been rated as

Subhash Arora

The list and descriptions have been kept as simples possible to help novices select wine without being awkward. Generally wines under Rs.5000 are considered. Vintages may vary based on availability from the importer-editor

Restaurants already covered:

Taj Palace

Diva

       

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