Monday, October 21, 2013

THE EXQUISITE TASTE OF FINELY SELECTED FRENCH WINE AND CHEESE

Today, I just got an invitation from Keraton at The Plaza, to taste their wine and cheese, which originally comes from France. Firstly, I'm a little bit surprise to be invited there, but it was really a good day. After kilometres and minutes away, I arrived there in very welcoming services, and really enjoy with them! This event will be held at Keraton Lounge, an oasis of style and sophistication - with its comfortable, intimate setting, a unique and eclectic menu of tapas and cocktails. Keraton Lounge is also the perfect destination to meet business colleagues, for after-work cocktails, Sunday High Tea or an evening out with friends.


Like the photo above, it's an assortment of cheeses that I can taste today. All those cheeses comes from France. You are curious about these cheeses? Well, here is a list of types of cheeses are :
- Asiago, an Italian cow's milk cheese
- Brie cheese
- Bleu d'Auvergne
- Mimolette, a cow's-milk cheese, produced around the city of Lille, France
- Comte, a French cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk
- Livarot
- Chevre Echard
- St. Nectaire, uncooked cheese made from cow's milk
- Tomme de Savoie
- Emmental
- Queso Manchego 

What could be better than the famous cheeses to begin with? This was a great treat, all are served in perfect harmony with their premium selection of French wines. Are you wanna come and take a little time here? I think it should be a must to try their wine and cheeses.


And for this afternoon, Keraton Lounge at Keraton at The Plaza features an exclusive selection of French delicacies and premium wines. We're warmly welcomed to indulge in exquisite French cheeses, foie gras terrine, tartare, and escargot - paired with the company of premium wines, specially imported from France.


The chef was cooking, precisely for the contents of the Vol-au-vent, which is typically made by cutting two circles in rolled out puff pastry and cutting a hole in one of them. This pastry is usually found filled with savory ingredients, but can also have a sweet filling.


Vol-au-vent, it was a puff with escargot in it, cooked with wine and creamy sauce. The taste was good and I really love it. You don't just simply takes one, for sure. Hehe. And this is perfect when served in a warm and you immediately eat it.


There was a plate with Bleu D'Auvergne, Mimolette, and the other slice of cheeses. Some of them, fit eaten with crackers or fruits.


Bleu d'Auvergne, is a French blue cheese, named for its place of origin in the Auvergne region of south-central France - it was made from cow's milk. And it  has a strong and pungent taste, but to a lesser extent than other blue cheeses; it is less salted, with a creamier and more buttery taste and a moister texture. Beside that, Bleu d'Auvergne is often used in salad dressings and pasta seasonings, and also it is a good cheese for snacking.


Brie, is a soft cow's milk cheese, the French region from which it originated. It's pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold. The whitish moldy rind is typically eaten, its flavor depending largely upon the ingredients used. Brie is a good source of protein, a serving of brie can provide 5 to 6 grams of protein. There are now many varieties of brie made all over the world, including plain brie, herbed varieties, double and triple brie and versions of brie made with other types of milk.


Queso Manchego, made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the Manchega breed. Official Manchego cheese is to be aged for between 60 days and two years. 


Manchego has a firm and compact consistency and a buttery texture and often contains small, unevenly-distributed air pockets. And this cheese has a distinctive flavour, well developed but not too strong, creamy with a slight piquancy and leaves an aftertaste that is characteristic of sheep’s milk. But since, it was a fantastic cheeses, it presented with Quinci jam.


Livarot de la Perelle, is a French cheese of the Normandy region. It is a soft, pungent, washed rind cheese made from cow's milk.

Tomme de Savoie, is a variety of Tomme cheese from Savoie in the French Alps. It's usually made from the skim milk left over after the cream is used to make butter or richer cheeses. As a result, the cheese has a relatively low fat content.

And after tasting a variety of cheeses, now is the time for me and the others for wine tasting. At the Keraton Lounge, they're providing several kinds of wine, either red wine or white wine, such as the following :

Red Wine :
- Chateau de Lavagnac, Bordeaux 2009
- Chateau de Callac, Graves 2006
- Chateau Cissac, Haut Medoc 2010
- Clos de Menuts grand cru, St emilion  2006
- Domaine De La Tuilerie Celebration, Merlot 2011

White Wine : 
- Grand Bateau Bordeaux Blanc 2010
- Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2011
- Menuts Sauvignon Semillon 2009
- Gustave Lorentz Riesling Altenberg de Bergheim 2009
- Gustave Lorentz Reserve 2009, alsace riesling
- Serame Chardonay 2011
- Serame Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- Dourthe no 1, AOC Bordeaux 2011



And of the many wines are available at Keraton Lounge, this time I and the others get a chance to taste some wines that has been served. And for the red wine, we tasted Chateau de Lavagnac, Bordeaux 2009 and Clos de Menuts Grand Cru, St Emilion, 2006. Then for white wine, we were served the Grand Bateau Blanc 2010 Bordeaux.

Honestly, I can say quite liked the wine, and between the two types of wine I prefer red wine, why? Because red wine tends to be stronger and there's a bit of a sour taste. While white wine that I think is quite light and slightly sweet. So, maybe you could say that the ladies will love this type of wine, but some of them are loved the red one.

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Tuesday Rendez-vous introductory price is at IDR 295,000/person for food only and IDR 550,000/ bottle for any of our premium French wines. 

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KERATON LOUNGE
Keraton at The Plaza
Jl. MH. Thamrin - Kav 15
Phone : (021) 5068 0000
Website : www.keratonattheplaza.com

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