“The International Vine and Food Experience 2016” at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi was as exciting as the previous years. Held this time around, in association with Sibarita – The pleasure principle, it was curated by Sommelier Keith W Edgar, and well-attended by Delhi’s who’s who of the wine industry from March 25 to 26.
With “The Grand Tasting” on the opening day, international wineries showcased their repertoire of wines at the Hotel’s beautiful lawns, as winery experts took the guests and attendees through “their beautiful vineyards” and gave them a taste of what was in store.
Apart from the tastings, additional master classes were held over the two-day period by a notable panel of wine experts. These included – Liam Steevenson MW, Fratelli’s Craig Wedge on Zardetto Prosecco, Rupali Bhatnagar, Sula’s sparkling winemaker and chief winemaker, Ajoy Shaw, Karishma Grover spoke about barrel fermentation and Vishal Kadakia of The Wine Park on the native grapes of Spain and Portugal on the first day at the walk-around tasting. On the next day, Liam Steevenson described the range of Marlborough wines, Kei Choshiya introduced Sake with an audio-visual presentation, Keith Edgar enlightened the audience on the production of ice wine in Canada by Donald Ziraldo, while Magandeep Singh presented Champagne Drappier in the absence, this year, of Michel Drappier himself. The event came to a befitting end with a Black Tie Gala dinner – a Champagne Drappier reception that also featured Le Corti Chianti Classico, Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, and Sela from Bodegas Roda in Rioja, paired with gourmet delicacies such as Smoked Duck and Dill-Scented Shrimps.
Commenting on the occasion, General Manager Satyajeet Krishnan of The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi said, “We are honoured to host Delhi’s first edition of the International Vine and Food Experience. At The Taj Mahal hotel, New Delhi, we always aim to create meaningful experiences for our patrons and with IVFE we bring two days of extravagant celebration of delicious wine, an elaborate array of delicacies and exquisite set-ups. The Taj group initiated this pioneering experience three years ago in Kolkata and we at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi are proud to carry on this legacy by introducing it to the capital city.”