Grape Fun! Bordeaux Wine & Cheese Tasting at Shangri-La, Mumbai

Sabina Khilnani , 16 Feb 2013
wine & cheese
Wine & Cheese

Last night we had the pleasure of tasting Ekayana’s wine and cheese flight at the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel in Lower Parel. From February 15 – 28th, Ekayana (Shangri-La’s wine lounge) will be featuring French wines from the Bordeaux area, with other regions to be showcased in the months to come.

wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La Mumbai
Wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La, Mumbai

The wines we sampled were carefully selected by resident sommelier Thomas Lefebvre, who recently joined the Shangri-La after spending time in Spain, Australia and France, where he received his certification.  His passion for curating wines is apparent in everything from the presentation to the exquisite range of flavors he presents – from crisp, easy drinking whites to complex, bold reds.

Thomas Lefebvre
Thomas Lefebvre
wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La Mumbai
Wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La, Mumbai
wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La Mumbai
Wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La, Mumbai
wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La Mumbai
Wine & cheese tasting at Shangri-La, Mumbai

All five wines we sampled were of exceptional quality, but our favourites (by a hair) were the Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux Blanc – a light and balanced white perfect for a warm summer day – and the Chateau Malmaison, Moulis en Medoc – a layered, toasty red that keeps you thinking about it long after it’s gone.

Bordeaux wine
Mouton Cadet, Bordeaux Blanc
Bordeaux wine
Chateau Malmaison, Moulis en Medoc

Shangri-La’s wine tasting is not your usual night out, and we found it a fun and relaxed way to kick-off the weekend. Given the 5 star  environment and quality of wines, the price tag is a little steep at Rs. 3000 per head. However, you are guaranteed to come away with more than a few glasses of great wine. And here’s an added bonus: soon tasters looking for continued action will be just a short elevator ride away from three full floors of food, drink and entertainment when Shangri-La’s complete F&B options kick in (including a continental restaurant helmed by Lefebvre’s brother). Now there’s something worth raising a toast to ;)

wine menu
Wine tasting menu

The Details:

Wine & Cheese Tastings at Ekayana
Shangri-La Hotel, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Time: 6pm to 7pm
Day: Every Thursday and Friday, 15th February Onwards
Cost: Rs. 3000 per person plus taxes
For Reservations Call: 022 – 6162 8000

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