Sometimes my job sucks. Getting flown
business class by Emirates to Champagne so I could taste the new-release 2005
Dom Pérignon may have been one of the best trips of my life, so I can
understand your lack of sympathy if I now tell you that it wasn’t enough. I want more – because now, incredible though
it may seem, there is more available.
I’m not talking about my Aussie colleague
Chris Morrison who sipped Dom Pérignon in the nude whilst enjoying a shower on
board at 40,000 feet (click here to read more) although that would have been cool too. No, I want the in-flight pairing of
the Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 and canapés concocted by the lovely Pascal Tingaud
whose food we tried whilst staying in Champagne. Passengers flying in and out
of Dubai can now enjoy outrageously-delicious nibbles in First Class such as cured
duck with saffron poached peach, walnut baguette with persian feta cheese,
fresh fig, and truffle infused honey, charcoal cracker topped with ash goat’s
cheese and quince jelly, and finally, mixed sesame coated tuna with wasabi
mayonnaise, each one specially-designed to perfectly highlight the Dom Pérignon
Matching food to champagne isn’t something
people always think about doing, generally reserving bubbles for aperitifs
only. But that’s a big mistake and Pascal, a two Michelin-starred chef and Dom Pérignon’s
in-house chef, perfectly illustrated this at the dinner he prepared for us.
Each course was paired to a different Dom Pérignon, going back as far as 1971.
Dishes included exotic pairings such as ceviche of scampi with papaya and
caviar served with the 1998 and an incredible curried guinea fowl with the 1995
Rosé. According to Vincent Chaperon, chef de caves at Dom Pérignon, they have
had multiple-course dinners paired with the same champagne at each course
served at different temperatures, changing the flavours and allowing different
matches each time.
The wine on board is only served at one
temperature, hence the different pairings available. Joost Heymeijer – Senior
Vice President, Catering at Emirates says “Food and wine pairing has reached
its tipping point, in that it is now an expected part of the fine dining
experience. We place great emphasis on creating an experience onboard that our
customers will cherish, and hope this new offering with our exclusive partner
Dom Pérignon will help meet the high standards they have come to expect from
Emirates”. I suspect he’s probably right but just in case, I think I’d better check
it out for myself. What do you mean, I should be grateful for the trip I’ve
had? I want more, MORE, MORE – book me on that flight now!
Cathy was a guest of Emirates and Dom Pérignon.
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