I got an opportunity to attend to a dinner party thrown by The Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (means Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup in English) . If you are a wine enthusiast, you’ve must have heard about such events and wish to be a part of such gorgeous gatherings. There are several wine promotional organizations in major wine districts in France called themselves as Chivalric Order of Wine. Those who have contributed to the spread of wine in that particular area and/or who have influences to get the word out of the wine will be appointed to the knight of the wine area, sort of becoming a wine ambassador of the area. Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne must be one of the well known wine promotional organization. The one I went was the organization for Burgundy Wine. I learned about Chivalric Order of Wine organization after I got into wine school and dreamed to attend to their event once in my life time. Of course I didn't know any celebrities who would take me to a shiny dinner party like that, so it was suppose to end as a dream that would never come true.
Well, never underestimate the power of wishing! One of my facebook friend was appointed to the knight last year and offered me to join to the dinner party. Unbelievable! I've been seeing pictures of those parties for years but never imagined that I would be in those pictures. It was early July and too hot for kimono, so I prepared an evening dress. Its been a while since I last attended to a party with formal dress code, so I enjoyed every moment of preparation time. Going for hair makeup, doing nails were all fun! The party was held at Imperial Hotel Tokyo, one of the high end hotel in Japan. We arrived early, toasted with Champagne at the aperitif space. I started to fill a bit awkward thinking maybe I should have decorated myself a bit more while watching ladies in beautiful outfits and gentlemen in a black tie were filling up the space.
The dining hall had long dinner tables covered with white cloth, sprinkled red rose pallet in the middle. Fancy! The wines were brought to the event from the organization all in magnum size. And they were 1er cru or grand cru from the top domaines of Burgundy! The wines were all great but what impressed me more was that I got to hear stories from surrounding chevaliers about the Burgundy, the landscape and vineyards which added richness to the taste of wine.
I imagined the party to be all formal and ritual but actually it was more like a gathering at the harvest festival in the French vineyard, just they happened to be in a formal dress. There were an orchestra on the stage constantly singing songs that requires clapping and humming together.