Traveling Gourmet: Wine and Dine in the Maldives

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Got the munchies in the Maldives? Two über-luxe resorts in this Indian Ocean paradise are raising the bar on fine dining.

First up, the Beach House Maldives, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, today launched a new menu in its over-the-water restaurant, Saffron. We love the concept - pairing wines based on the five tastes (think salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami). Wines and champagnes have been hand selected from 10,000-bottle list, and have been paired with appropriate dishes. Want a sample? The restaurant suggests the following:

Pair sour dishes, such as grilled tuna with mango salsa, with dry wines that are as acidic or more acidic. Tip: A 2003 Prunotto Nebbiolo from the Barolo region of Italy.

Pair spicy dishes, such as Maldivian fish curry, with a fruity, lightly okayed win. Tip: Vernaccia or Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.

Next on the menu (pun intended), Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will welcome wine estate owner Hubert de Boüard de Laforest. He will be leading six-course dinner tastings with wines carried from his estates.

Nice touch: The hotel is home to an underwater restaurant, with 180-degree views of reef and marine life. The special dinners will take place on March 12 and 14.
 

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