Wine lovers visiting the Maldives can expect a very merry Christmas at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island when it plays host to two outstanding wine producers – Italian sensation Antinori and the legendary Chateau Latour – this December. Antinori’s Stefano Leone will be at the luxury resort from 5th to 10th December while Frederic Engerer of Chateau Latour visits from 28th December to 3rd January 2012. Each will host different wine-tasting dinners where an excellent range of their wines will be opened.
“These wine dinners will be a wonderful intimate experience,” says the resort’s Sommelier Michael Arcena. “The Wine Cellar only seats 12 guests around a long table so everyone will be able to speak in person to him and ask any and all questions they may have about the wine”.
About the Antinori events: Leone will host food-and-wine pairing dinners in the resort’s underground wine cellar on 7th and 9th December. Prices based per person, the five-course dinner will include eight wines from the legendary Antinori estate in Tuscany. Over the leisurely dinners, oenophiles will try these Antinori wines: Montenisa Brut; Scalabrone rose 2010; Cervaro Castello della Sala, 2008; Chianti Classico Tenute Marchese riserva, 2007; a horizontal 2007 tasting of Guado al Tasso, Tignanello, Solaia; Muffato della Sala; and the repasts end with a soothing Grappa Tignanello as a digestif.
About the Chateau Latour events: during his stay, Engerer will host three degustation dinners; one at Ithaa undersea restaurant on 28th December priced at US$780 per person; one in The Wine Cellar on 30th December prices based per person, and one at the over-water Mandhoo restaurant on 2nd January prices based per person. The dinners include all wines, pre-dinner champagne and canapés and the dinner itself.
Each course is accompanied by wines from the Chateau Latour estate collection with food lovingly prepared by the resort’s Executive Chef Mark Rowsell Turner to match each wine. The dinners promise to be sparkling evenings with lively conversation centering on fine food and the best wines.
Menus and final wine list for the Chateau Latour events are still to be confirmed. Bookings can be made directly through the resort by emailing: [email protected].
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