What, pray tell, could sound more dreamy than an evening of gourmet Italian seafood washed down with a champagne of exceptional status?
In a city that prides itself on its splendor, exclusivity and unique experiences, it would seem that champagne and Dubai share a lot in common. And so we headed to the newly-opened Italian restaurant Alici, Bluewaters, to celebrate the launch of Bollinger La Grande Année 2008.
Released on March 11, the 2008 harvest is widely considered as the best vintage of the noughties after 2002. This wine, which is made of made of roughly two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay, ferments entirely in oak barrels, and undergoes its second fermentation under cork instead of crown capsule.
After mingling over a couple of glasses of the effervescent tipple, we sat down to begin our champagne paired dinner. Literally meaning “anchovies”, Alici is the sister restaurant to Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Il Borro and, keeping it in the family, boasts a consistency between the aesthetic with white washed wood, handmade blue ceramic tiles, citrus trees and heaps of natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows whose open façade offers an iconic sea view across to the Dubai Marina skyline.
On the menu you’ll fine fresh, meaty oysters from Dibba, sea urchin linguine, scallops with roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, and lemon cheesecake – all complimented perfectly by that signature power and structure found in Bollinger La Grande Année 2008.