A fabulous range of Indian wines, both old favourites and recent additions to the market, featured at the third Bandra Wine Tasting Festival, reports Suneeta Sodhi Kanga. Mumbai’s most awaited wine tasting festival drew large crowds of visitors eager to further their acquaintance with more than 45 wines from India. Pictured: Vallone stand at the Bandra Wine Tasting Festival, 12-13 November 2011
The participating wineries included York, Vallone, Good Earth, Pause, Nine Hills, Reveilo, Vinsura, Zampa, Fratelli, Four Seasons, and Mokssh. Said B. Shankaranarayan, Festival Coordinator, “The festival was a huge success in terms of attendance and a big boost for the Indian wine industry which is going thru a difficult phase.”
Apart from showcasing their existing labels, wineries also used the two-day event to launch new wines. Good Earth Winery displayed their recently launched range of everyday wines, while Pause introduced Tempranillo, a Spanish varietal and Reveilo presented Sangiovese, an Italian varietal from Tuscany. Fratelli Wines’ Chardonnay made its debut, and Vallonne presented Crimson Glory – a blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Held on November 12-13 at the D’Monte Park Recreation Centre, the Festival was organised by Pune Gourmet Club and Monsoon Winds Pvt. Ltd. under the aegis of Celebrate Bandra, an initiative of Celebrate Bandra Trust, and Fountainhead Promotions and Events Pvt. Ltd. Pictured: Neale Murray of Fountainhead Promotions and Events with Shankaranarayan of the Pune Gourmet Club
The open air event had a carnival atmosphere, complete with lively jazz music, gourmet food offerings ranging from Japanese sushi and Spanish tapas to “China-in-a-box” and “Pizza-by-the-slice”. There were also interactive sessions with winemakers, wine appreciation talks, lucky draws, and other allied events.