A Dinner Among Friends, Part 3: The Wine

A Dinner Among Friends, Part 3: The Wine

If you’ve been following this video series, our watch fan/party goers have had their cocktails and started their feast. Now it’s time to get serious – well, not too serious – with the perfect wines for dinner and after dinner. Uncork this next installment of The Lounge by Watchonista’s four-part video series.

By Marco Gabella
Chairman & Executive Publisher

The Guest List

• “The Sommelier” – Arthur Leclerc, Singapore Director of Baghera/wines

• “The Catador” – Andrew Luff, Watchonista CEO

• “The Mixologist” – Carson Chan, Independent watch critic & collector

• “The Chef de Cuisine” – Marco Gabella, Watchonista Chairman & Executive Publisher

The Scene

For “The Wine,” Arthur Leclerc, the Singapore Director of Baghera/wines – a world-leading rare wine auction house with a boutique and private wine club on Rue Adhémar-Fabri in Geneva – surprises us with an eclectic, yet perfectly paired, selection of wines to accompany the event.

A few days before the dinner, while discussing the wine pairings for both the food and after-dinner cigars with Arthur, the only request I made was for him not to select an Italian wine. To choose a vintage with a similar terroir to the risotto I made would have been a bit too “old school,” even for me. Little did I know that my jocular request would result in Arthur leading our little party on a sophisticated tour of France.

For my “Pandemic Risotto” – or risotto della completa solitudine, “risotto of isolation,” as I often call it – Arthur selected a Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé from 2004. And with its medium-bodied flavors and crisp freshness, it was a much better pairing and near-perfect counterbalance to the richness of the risotto than a heavy Barbera or Barbaresco.

Then, as the meal concluded and we ignited our cigars, Arthur decanted an absolute gem: a 1998 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places from the legendary winemaker Jean-Michel Gerin.

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(Photography by Pierre Vogel. Video by Johan Corminboeuf)

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