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Published: Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 11:52:20 AM

Four of the finest Ceretto wines from Italy

Samplings On The Fourteenth
Level 14, East Berjaya Times Square Hotel, 
Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel: 03-2687 7112 or +603 2117 8131

For over 80 years and three generations, the Ceretto family’s mission has been to produce excellent wine and promote Piedmont and Italy throughout the world.

For most, Ceretto is predominantly recognised for its extraordinary red and white wines as well as modern wineries.

The youngest of the Ceretto family, Federico Ceretto visited Malaysia last month and introduced four of his finest wines at the Samplings On The Fourteenth at Berjaya Times Square Hotel.

The lavishly decorated restaurant set the mood for an evening of luxury wines paired with an exquisite four-course meal. The dining room can seat 60 people.

Set high up in Berjaya Times Square Hotel, this fine dining restaurant offers a gorgeous view of the Kuala Lumpur Towers and KLCC at night.

It is used by Berjaya College culinary students to practise their skills during lunch, while at night the place transforms into a beautiful fine dining restaurant.

Food and wine enthusiasts had the chance to enjoy a unique wine dining experience at this restaurant with Ceretto recently.

The gastronomic wine dinner was specially prepared by the restaurant’s acclaimed sous chef Val Murugan and paired with exquisite Ceretto wines from Piedmont, Italy.

The dinner, hosted by Ceretto, featured a selection of his top-of-the-range wines to accompany the four-course meal.

Guests started with a plate of marinated scallop on a mesclun mix and served with balsamic dressing.

This was paired with a glass of Ceretto Blange Langhe Arneis Doc.

Ceretto said the Arneis was pleasing on the palate as it was fruity and a tad effervescent.

The pairing of the two brought out a different flavour.

The name Blangé is derived from the word boulanger or baker, given by the French residing in the nearby village of Cherasco long ago.

Served next was an amazing cream of courgette soup with toasted pine nuts and smoked salmon, paired with Ceretto Piana Barbera D’alba.

“The Barbera is a young wine, from 2008, and gives the soup a great balance as the wine is not too fruity nor tannic,” Ceretto told guests.

Then we had a choice between the baked cod fish fillet with Sauvignon Blanc cream dill sauce, root vegetables and minted saffron potatoes or the grain-fed beef tournedos with rich port wine sauce on a bed of garden vegetables and rings of anna potatoes.

The two were paired with Ceretto Arbarei Langhe Bianco and Ceretto Zonchera Barolo respectively. Ceretto insisted everyone try the Barolo, as it is one of his favourites and something he is proud of.

“The Barolo is my heart,” he told guests and explained that the wine has a good acidity and very long finish.

The classic Barolo is harmonious and velvety with limited tannin content and a consistently fine balance between alcohol and acidity.

The wine displays extraordinary taste after just a few months in the bottle and, in good vintages, can be kept in the cellar for up to 20 years.

With the fish, guests were served Ceretto Arbarei Langhe Bianco, which has a lovely straw colour and greenish highlights.

Ceretto said this wine is fruity with mineral undertones that promises an interesting development.

When sipping this wine, the mouth immediately feels acidic.

For dessert, Ceretto warned us about the wine we were served, the Grappa.

He said it was a sweet sparkly, delicate and charming white wine.

Sweet is not the word I would use to describe this drink. A whiff is all it takes to tell you how strong it is.

The Grappa was paired with Orange Mascarpone Cheese with lady’s finger biscuit and caramel sauce.

Though the pairing was supposed to complement the taste, the combination might be too strong for the average Malaysian palate as most of the guests left their wine unfinished.

New to wine, I certainly found this concept of pairing different wine with food a true delight.

The wine dinner was an eye-opener to the hard work involved in making wine.

As Ceretto said: “Wine is about lifestyle and culture, and not just about drinking.”

Ceretto wines are now featured in Samplings on the Fourteenth.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Samplings on the Fourteenth, Wine dinner, Ceretto, Wines, Red wine, White wine, Wine pairing, Berjaya Times Square Hotel

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