OMGD UAE Wine Tasting Dinner
Abu Dhabi, November 9, 2018
Re-enactment of the 'Judgement of Paris'
" we sampled three French wines and three Californian ones "

At our latest OMGD event we staged a blind tasting where we sampled three French wines and three Californian ones, giving a nod to the famous “Judgement of Paris”.

Our venue was Tamba Restaurant which serves fine contemporary Indian cuisine. General Manager Jocelyn Furtado and Chef Divesh Anand did an excellent job ensuring our evening was a memorable one, with flawless service and delicious food.

The menu card listed just the food. We were asked to rate the wines based only on our enjoyment of what we had in the glass. These were served in pairs to accompany the dishes with a score card on which to indicate our preferences. At the end of the dinner, the results were revealed. The French white wine came out on top, while in both categories of red, California prevailed.

As a welcome drink, Champagne Perrier Jouët Brut NV was much served. With the dessert, we finished with Champagne Devaux Rosé.

For the blind tasting the three pairs were of Chardonny, Pinot Noir and Cabernet-Sauvignon style:
- Chassagne-Montrachet (White) 2015 - Picard, Burgundy
- Kenwood Vineyards Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma County
- Chassagne-Montrachet (Red) 2015 - Picard, Burgundy
- Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014 - Sonoma County
- Château d’Escurac 2011 - Médoc
- Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - Sonoma County

Our heartfelt thanks went to Tamba for making everything go so well and to Échanson Sandeep Sathees for both organising the event and choosing the wines.

James McIsaac
Conseiller Gastronomique

Ed:  The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 - known as the Judgment of Paris - was a wine competition organized in Paris on May 24, 1976, by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, in which French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California). A Californian wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world's best wines. Spurrier sold only French wine and believed that the Californian ones would not win.