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Bigger Bang for the Buck: Superb Wine List at Taj Land’s End Mumbai

Posted: Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:24

Bigger Bang for the Buck: Superb Wine List at Taj Land’s End Mumbai

July 10: Although most 5-star restaurants have kept the wine prices very high, a few wines are at least affordable and quaffable. In order to help our Indian wine lovers we recommend a few such wines of drinkable quality. In this edition we focus on the superb wine List at Taj Land’s End at Bandra, Mumbai where prices are most reasonable, writes Subhash Arora who visited the Maritime Restaurant

How do you rate a wine list which has the top ended wines listed at around the international retail prices or less!

Sassicaia Bolgheri 2010 at Rs. 14,550 sells internationally for an average of $181+taxes.

Gaja Barbaresco  2005 Rs.12,550  sells between $146 and $249 on Wine-Searcher with the average price of  $184-taxes are extra      

Ornellaia 2006  Rs. 14,550 lists for an average of $210 +taxes in Wine-Searcher.com.

Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2010 at Rs. 28,000 sells internationally for $428 +taxes (even though it is still too young to drink according to me)

If you think these prices are more than reasonable, hold your breath:

Masseto Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia IGT 2005,the most expensive wine in the Menu at Maritime by San Lorenzo Italian cuisine restaurant is listed at Rs.21,700. The all-Merlot iconic wine retails for almost half the average price of $693 + tax.

I have deviated significantly from our usual norm of restricting our recommendations to wines under Rs.5000 because the affluent few can have the best of wines at darn good prices at this hotel. For higher ended wines, the List deserves 10/10

Here are the wines recommended at the lower end:

Sparkling Wines

Carpene Malvolti  Prosecco docg Rs. 2000 is probably the lowest priced I have seen anywhere and is perhaps the best Prosecco available in India today. The second fermentation is done in huge tanks kept in a room at 4˚C to keep the aromas fresh and one can feel the difference.  

G.H. Mumm Rs. 3750  from Pernod Ricard is a delicious Champagne. Please let me know if you find it lower priced anywhere else  in India
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Rs. 3950 is fine at this price for those who have the MC addiction.

White Wine

Albizzia, Chardonnay, 2011  at Rs.`2000 is one of the few white wines produced by the wellknown producer Marchesi di Frescobaldi and though not the Burgundy equivalent that it was originallly designed to be, a decently priced quaffable wine

Meerlust Chardonnay 2009 Rs. 2650 for a South African touch and an excellent producer
Villa Antinori  2010  Rs. 2250

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi Classico docg at Rs 2500 is a Cortese based dry wine which is normally quite expensive but a delicious aperitif wine

Argiolas Costamolino, 2009 at Rs. 3000 is a Vermentino based full-bodied wine from a fine producer of Sardegnan island of Italy  although it is slightly overpriced

Red Wines

Antinori Santa Cristina  at Rs 2500  is an entry level wine but with nice spicy flavours, soft tannins

Planeta La Segreta at Rs 2500 is an easy quaffable Nero d’Avola, again from a great Sicilian producer.

Querciabella Chianti Classico at Rs 3500  is a  Chianti with a difference-with modern style that you cannot but enjoy

Indian Wines

There is not much of a choice in Indian wines. They are all priced at Rs. 1950. Pick anyone you like.

Rating

Subhash Arora

Restaurants already covered:

Gulati’s Spice Market

Hotel Taj Vivanta Surajkund

Hyatt Regency Delhi

Radisson Blu Plaza

Taj Palace

Diva

       

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