I’m not a wine expert. I’m just a regular person who loves good food and drink. Albeit I’ve attended a wine workshop and wine appreciation lectures in the past, I regret to say that I’m still not a wine connoisseur by any measure.
I was invited to an intimate lunch with Hardys fine wines last November 16, 2009 at The Oakroom, Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center’s fine dining restaurant. This being a wine event, we were welcomed with glasses of Hardys Stamp Riesling Gewurtzraminer (pictured above). Riesling Gewurtzaminer is a sweet and fruity white wine which I really, really loved. Like most wine novices, I preferred the sweeter wines which are more like sparkling fruit juice rather than alcohol. A bottle of Hardys Riesling Gewurtzraminer costs only P300+. I’m really quite easy to please when it comes to wine.
The highlight of the event was the presence of Bill Hardy (pictured above on the right with James Du Vivier on the left) 5th generation, and currently the brand ambassador of Hardys. Bill talked about how his family’s wine business got started, the challenges they faced along the way, and their current position as one of Australia’s top brands of wine.
We had Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Sauce, Mini Vegetables, and Sauteed Potatoes (pictured above right) for the main course served with Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz (pictured above left) — our first sampling of red wine. The Shiraz was as expected, even stronger than the Chardonnay. I could feel my face getting hot as it was my third glass of wine already. I’m more of a white wine person since I prefer its lighter taste.
For dessert, Chocolate and Grand Marnier Brulee was served. I’m not fond of Creme Brulee since it’s usually too sweet and sore-throat inducing but wow, this particular Brulee was absolutely heavenly. It was very creamy with just the right level of sweetness, plus it had rich milk chocolate swirls inside. It was sooo good. I literally scraped my bowl clean because I couldn’t get enough of it. The Oakroom’s Chocolate and Grand Marnier Brulee definitely has my vote for the best brulee ever.