Expert cheese-maker Sohrab Chinoy, Director, ABC Farms, Pune, says, “Wine and cheese are an inseparable combination,” writes Brinda Gill describing the wonderful variety of cheese on display along with a choice of wines at the ABC Farms Cheese Festival 2011. The Cheese Festival took place on 3rd and 4th December 2011 at ABC Farms, Koregaon Park Pune.
In his quiet yet bustling unit set amidst foliage, Chinoy churns out over 60 varieties of cheese from cow, buffalo and goat milk with flavours from the basic to the exotic; textures, crumbly to dense; aromas, mild to strong. Chinoy is known for the variety of ingredients – including oregano, chives, walnuts, raisins, wine, whisky, rum and cognac – that he adds to cheese; and his efforts are much appreciated by cheese lovers.
The much awaited annual festival presented a spread of cheese delights of special cheese varieties including goat milk, red wine, coffee, basil and cranberry cheese; cheese cakes; cheese dips and a choice of preparations with cheese.
Adding to the fun of tasting slivers of unusual cheese, were wines served for tasting from Fratelli, Reveilo, Vallonne, Zampa and Bohemia with representatives from the wineries inviting visitors to taste and sharing details of wines with them. Shailendra Pai from Vallonne, and Yatin and Kiran Patil from Reveilo interacted with visitors, who also shared their thoughts on the wines with them.
Also on display were chocolates; affordable art by Dominic Corda; KOOK Kitchen’s modular furniture; garden furniture; Wrapistry’s gifting solutions; roof tiles made from used tetra packs by Clint Desouza from Goa; pottery and plants, Ayurvedic products from the ABC Farms Ayurvedic Centre…all making for an enjoyable experience over the weekend.