Never underestimate the wonderful experience a perfect pairing of wine and food can make. The way each wine selection heightens the flavor of its partnered fare is just a joy to one’s senses.
I was recently treated to an unforgettable dining experience a couple of weeks ago when I attended a Dourthe Bordeaux wine pairing dinner at Atelier Vivanda in BGC.
Dourthe was established in the year 1840 in Bordeaux which happens to be the hub of the famed wine-growing region and home to the world’s main wine fair. It then became recognized as a reliable, innovative wine producer in Bordeaux, providing the benchmark in wine-making.
During this special evening, a specially curated menu was prepared to best complement the fine selection of Dourthe Bordeaux wines.
Check out the incredible pairings that were showcased during our dinner…
Atelier Vivanda and Dourthe Bordeaux – Gastronomic bliss!
An assortment of delicious canapes were served to whet our appetite.
A Dourthe No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc was paired with the Crustacean Bisque. Truly unforgettable.
Next up Apple Arugula Salad. I fell in love with this specialty which is comprised of a runny yolk, crunchy granny smith apple, bacon strip and a delightful bacon vinaigrette dressing.
Our next wine was the Dourthe No.1 Rouge (Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Petit Verdot) which boasts of a deep garnet red color. You will notice that the smell of this wine contains notes of red fruits and spices.
The Magret Canard went perfectly well with this particular wine. This flavorful duck breast is truly a must-order when you visit Atelier Vivanda.
Next, they served the Chateau Pey La Tour (Reserve Vielles Vignes) together with a mouthwatering Kitayama tenderloin steak which is delightfully tender and deliciously buttery. What a showcase! This particular Dourthe Bordeaux wine is noticably generous on the palate with fine and rounded tannins. It is quite intense with roasted mocha notes in every sip.
Another Dourthe Bordeaux offering that was served the Chateau De La Bosq Rouge (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot). This wine boasts of a combination of ripe fruit aromas of blackcurrant and cherry with elegant notes of coffee, tobacco and cedar.
I could never say no to wine and cheese. So, when the Dourthe Grands Terroirs Sauternes was brought out and paired with the Sainte Nectaire, Tomme D’ambert and Tomme Trois Lait, I couldn’t stop indulging. Perfect!
Apart from the cheese platter, this wine also went well with the Pineapple Yogurt (chantilly cream, pineapple puree and dill) that perfectly capped off our wonderful dinner.
It’s quite hard to explain just how awesome my dining experience was based on mere photos. But know that Atelier Vivanda’s dishes, paired with the Dourthe Bordeaux are truly worth going out of your way for.
If by any chance you get confused on which Dourthe Bordeaux selection to pair with your particular order, the friendly folks at Atelier Vivanda will most certainly be glad to help you out.
Happy dining. Cheers. :)
Atelier Vivanda is located at U-A8 Forbes Town Center, BGC, Taguig
T: (02) VIVANDA (848 2632) / C: 0918 VIVANDA (848 2632)