Wine tasting at Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba, Mumbai

All Things Nice arranged for a wine tasting event on June 29th at Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba. The event was ‘Celebrating India’s Finest’ wine makers under one roof.  They were the winners of the Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Awards 2012 organised by All Things Nice in November last year. The event gave a good platform to these wine makers to interact in person with their consumers and answer their querries if any. The wineries that showcased their wine were Sula Vineyards, Fratelli Vineyards, Reveilo Wines, Chateau d’Ori, Nine Hills Wine, Myra Vineyards, Grover Vineyards Ltd, Zampa Wines and Vallonne Vineyards.

Wine tasting Sula counter

Wine tasting Sula counter

The entry price was Rs 1200 per head which included unlimited wine and appetizers. Belgian appetizers by the host Le Pain Quotidien complimented the wines showcased in the event. I especially enjoyed oven roasted Basa with chili garlic and the spread of olives, cheese and cold cut meat by Fortune Gourment. I tasted the green hued Wasabi flavoured cheese for the first time in my life and decided never to try it again. Also, Rs 100 was contributed towards child education through an NGO called ATMA; another jolly reason to be a part of this event.

Fortune gourmet olives, cheese and cold cut meat

Fortune gourmet olives, cheese and cold cut meat

I found wines by Chateau d’Ori very appealing, especially their award winning red wine Cabernet Syrah. It was an aromatic red wine with hints of spice and pepper and mellow tannins; perfect for grilled vegetables or meat.  Gajanan Nayak from the winery was very informative as he told us what varieties they sell and where can we find them in Mumbai. Sula’s Brut Rose, a sparkling salmon pink palate-pleaser that packs a million tiny bubbles in every sip was very interesting. I have always been a big fan of Sula’s Dindori white and couldn’t imagine Brut Rose being better than that. Also, Myra’s medium bodied, fruit driven wine with notes of chocolate and coffee, Shiraz is worth a mention. Vallonne’s Cabernet Sauvignon Classique with flavours of spices and blackberry was also good. The representative from the Grover’s wine was comic and epic. He was so high on wine that he just mumbled about the brand which we couldn’t decipher.

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The arrangement was a bit claustrophobic as several wine enthusiasts came to the event and the property was not big enough to contain such a crowd. Le Pain Quotidien’s wooden ambience was perfect for the occasion as it gave a sense of being in a countryside pub with barrels of good wine in their cellar. Most of the participants were expats and aristocrats and a few like us who just wanted to have a good time. All said and done, the Indian wine market has come a long way and today the market offers a variety of choices to satiate the Indian palate. 

Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien

 

La Pain Quotidien

La Pain Quotidien

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