OMGD United Arab Emirates Inauguration Chapitre
Abu Dhabi, March 11, 2017
Theme for the evening: celebrating Pinot Noir

The Bailliage inaugurated its Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD) section at this Chapitre held in the Marco Pierre White Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel, Bab Al Bahr.

In keeping with the vinous objectives of the OMGD the theme for the evening was a celebration of the Pinot Noir grape, showcasing its many faces, depending on its origin and treatment.

For our introduction to the grape, we chose Champagne Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé, taking the opportunity of the beautiful setting to introduce some members to the art of sabrage.

Eleven members were inducted into the OMGD by Bailli Délégué Ian Fairservice acting as the inducting officer. He was assisted by Échanson Elect, Sandeep Sathees.

With input from the outgoing Executive Chef, Cladys Magagna, Chef Gianluca Cazzin had prepared delicious dishes expertly-paired with our chosen wines. (NB. Given that the wines were the feature of the event, exceptionally they were shown before the food on the menu)


NV Champagne Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé
Parmentier soup, Wagyu beef
Périgord truffle, Parmesan baguette


2014 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir - Marlborough, New Zealand
Ultra-soft Sichuan pepper-glazed veal short rib
wild mushroom, 50-year-old balsamic vinegar

2014 Villa Franz Pinot Noir - Rheingau, Germany
Pumpkin risotto, pigeon breast
Burgundy sauce

2013 Kenwood Pinot Noir - Sonoma County, USA
Roasted Barbary duck
foie gras ravioli, pomegranate sauce, mashed potatoes

2014 Pommard Les Vaumuriens Hauts, Domaine Henri de la Grange
Tête de Moine with elderberry jam

The evening was rounded off with the appreciation given by Chargé de Missions Wolfgang Johansson as the kitchen and service brigades were received with well-deserved applause.

James McIsaac
Conseiller Gastronomique