Photo Credits: Shakeb Nezam
Where: Boca, DIFC, Dubai.
How much: AED 310 per person
Recommended: Gramona wine and the Truffle Burrata Cheese
Every month Boca features wines from a different country, and September was dedicated to the Northeastern region of Spain – Catalonia.
The session is held at their wine cellar, which is located on the lower ground of the restaurant. We tasted 4 wines from that region, paired with a selection of tapas. The wines that were served in this session surprised us, described in the order of service below:
- Blanc de Pacs, 2014 – Served chilled, this white wine has a yellow lemon color. It smells fresh, crisp and lemony. The taste was extremely light, with a good amount of acidity. Perfect for hot summer days – it’s organic too! This was served with cold sides and paired well with the Burrata drizzled with truffle oil, served on a toast.
- Gramona Gessami, 2012: A slightly heavier wine than the first, the Gramona had an essence of jasmine. The color was shimmering gold and the aroma was a mix of fruits and flora, with a dash of lemon. There was an explosion of flavors, a mix of peach and green apple, with a hint of ginger and jasmine.Sweet compared to the rest of the wines, it proved to be an absolute favourite with all the guests. Served with hot tapas – lip-smackingly good.
- Finca Cuco, 2013- This wine was a clear deep red in color, and the odor resembled red cherries and black currant. The taste was light compared to the usual red wines, and the flavor was sweet with a hint of spice.Paired with a crispy ball of meat and cheese, this wine can top any list.
- Atrium Merlot, Torres, 2013- Made with Merlot grapes, this red wine reminds one of a raspberry jam. A slightly heavier wine compared to the Finca Cuco, with an attractive cherry color. Slightly fruity in flavor, but it has more of a herbal touch with a spicy after taste.Best paired with a red meat, or the four cheese platter served at Boca.
Ambience and Service:
The setting of the restaurant is modern, simple and comfortable without the extra fluff. The lighting is dim which enhances the feel of a real wine cellar.
The service was timely, and the sommelier, Sofia, gave every little detail one needs to know about wines [so, don’t worry, you can accumulate wine knowledge here]. We left feeling a whole lot more knowledgeable and confident about wine tasting thanks to her.
Overall, an extremely pleasurable experience, giving one a real feel of a wine cellar experience. Not to worry if you are not a wine expert, as the sommelier will give you all the tips you need to differentiate between wines.
Their next stop is wines from South of France, so make sure you reserve your spot!
If you’re interested, take note:
- There is a 20% off all bottles from the featured region.
- There is limited seats available for the wine cellar experience, so make sure you book in advance.
- For more information, contact Boca: +971 4 32 318 33.
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