Matt and I were invited to attend a private event in the new Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi the evening before it opened for business to the public. The occasion was to mark the first dinner in the hotel with the help of a private tasting of Dom Perignon vintage. Anyone knows that bubbles are pretty much my favorite accessory for an evening out - so this was like wearing the crown jewels! The hotel was in top notch, untouched form as we entered the spacious foyer - greeted by a bell hop who said "welcome to the Fairmont!" with enthusiasm and then upon realizing his mistake said, "sorry sir first day in the new job". It's so new the staff haven't even said the right name yet!
It was a beautiful and memorable evening where we had a chance to sample some of the finest years on offer from the house of Dom Perignon, proving that pairing something old with something new is a winning combination.
The meal from the team at Etihad was fantastic. Each dish was designed to pair with the sparking from the specific year. It was a wonderful treat!