Ethel Da Costa is an award winning Journalist, Media Professional, Writer, Author Former Magazine Editor of OHerald, Times of India, Femina, Tarun Bharat, IFFI, Radio Mirchi Station Director Founder-CEO, Think Geek Media
The `2017 Platter’s Winery of the Year’ does a first-of-its-kind sit down with 20 Women Influencers at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai. Yours truly one among them.
I’m a Single Malt woman, the older the better. With age, all things old fashioned always tastes, feels and wears much better. Like fashion, making a comeback with the 60s hipsters, 80s mama jeans, 90s power shoulder pads. New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 is testimony to the revival of the old school. Same with Punk-Rock recently seen at the Lakme Fashion Week by designer Asa Kazingmei. As with some of the wardrobe hand-me-down you will pass on to your children who are already eyeing your thigh high military camouflage boots anyway.
So, when the exclusive `Women Only’ invitation arrived courtesy Rajesh Israni of Aspri Spirits, I locked the date down. This had to be interesting, and it was.
WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!
True to its reputation, Olive Bar & Kitchen (the cute chef cooks like a dream) rolled out well laid tables and mood enhancing candlelight to throw an intimate setting for 20 Women Only Influencers — most of whom I met for the first time. Best of all, each menu personalised with your name written on it and placed for your sit down soiree. If anything, the long table of 20 energetic, confident women of all age groups and background made for great visual imagery of female empowerment, which got my vote.
Andrea Freeborough, Cellar Master of Nederburg Wines introduced the grande dame of the evening: A selection Nederburg wines paired with a specially curated meal that teased the palate and celebrated the pairing of flavours. My meal was a journey of great conversation and some good old fashioned women bonding over food.
A MATTER OF GOOD TASTE
Introducing three wines for the evening: The 2016 Nederberg The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc (paired with Pre-Appetizers), the 2015 Nederberg The Winemasters Shiraz (paired with Appetizers), and the 2015 Nederberg The Winemasters Pinotage (paired with Mains).
My hits of the evening:
Appetizers: Smoked Pork and Plums that were perfectly complimented with the 2015 Nederberg The Winemasters Shiraz (aromas of ripe plum, berries, oak new leather with a hint of cigar box. Rich and full-bodied with ripe plums, new leather and good tannic structure).
Mains: Salmon-Maple – Chipotle –Bok Choy paired with the 2015 Nerderberg The Winemasters Pinotage (plum and cherry fruitness with slight oak spices, well-balanced, soft tannins and a lingering aftertaste).
Desserts: Orange Creme brulee with Citrus Mousse which totally cleansed the mouth, setting you up for the Water Chocolate Ganache Truffles with Apricots kernel Pannacotta.
Says Andrea Freeborough, Cellar Master of Nederburg Wines, “Given the rapidly evolving Indian wine consumer,India as a wine market is becoming increasingly important to Nederburg, one of South Africa’s most pedigreed names in wine. We were delighted when the 2015 vintage of Nederburg’s The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc achieved a silver award in the ‘Food & Wine Pairing’ category, and another silver in the ‘International White Wine’ category, at the inaugural 2017 India Wine Awards (IWA) earlier this year. Recognition such as this assists Nederburg in growing its presence in this market, serving as confirmation to both liquor trade and wine consumers that Nederburg deserves to be considered when choosing wines to stock or drink.”
Commending a growing audience of women in India taking to appreciating beverage and spirits from malts, whiskey to wine, Andrea believes the trend is very encouraging in general and to Nederburg in particular. “We don’t necessarily target only female wine drinkers, but you might find that some of our offerings are better suited, or more acceptable, to the female palate than others. During my time in your market, it was wonderful to observe how ladies are keen to choose a glass of wine above other beverages. This is extremely exciting!”
As the evening wound down, new friends met some of whom skilled professionals in food, wine, music, travel, entrepreneurs, I’m hoping to see more women centric events that make women holistically inclusive. Not just eye candy great to look at, but greater to empower, learn, share and grow them in strength, information and business opportunities. Here’s to more.