The Jakarta Post
Running from April 5 to 29, the expo presents wines from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Spain. (Shutterstock/File)
Adding a fine touch to the Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival is the Wine and Cheese Expo, to be held alongside the annual event at the Summarecon Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
Running from April 5 to 29, the expo presents wines from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Spain. There are a total of 16 tenants at the expo, including locally sourced wine from Bali called Hatten Wines.
Soeggianto Nagaria, JFFF chairman, said the expo would be an opportunity for an introduction on wine and cheese to some, as the majority of visitors would be coming for the more familiar choices of traditional Indonesian food at the Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe (KTD), the center of the food festival.
All the wines are affordable, Soeggianto said, adding that they had been curated to ensure the quality.
"The point is actually not to make people too intimidated to buy. But rather to make them feel open to try and hopefully enjoy it, then learning to understand the quality and knowledge of wine," Soeggianto said. He added that visitors could also try wines from lesser-known regions, such as Hungary and Georgia.
Speaking on different types of wine, Alexander H. Effendie, an adviser to the Indonesian Sommelier Association, said Indonesians who were new to alcoholic beverage would have a tendency to try a fruity, sweeter variety.
"In that case there is Moscato, Traminer and Pinot Gris, which are slightly sweeter. Meanwhile, Indonesians who are already used to wine might enjoy something like Sauvignon Blanc, which is high in acidity and dry, as well as Chardonnay," Alexander said, noting that they are all white wine varieties.
He further said white wines were also enjoyable in warm weather, suitable for Indonesian climate. Red wine, in comparison, was more full-bodied and complex in taste, Alexander added. (wng)