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A Perfect Indulgence into the Best Vintage Ever Served

March 11, 2010
View of a Vineyard

View of a Vineyard

I was sipping wine while sitting on a patio overlooking a tranquil beach’s turquoise water, suddenly a thought ponders my mind as I pour another glass of wine. The art of wine making is what my mind is brooding. When i think of wine all I recollect is beautiful vineyards, a walk in a cloud (movie), red red wine (UB40), intensive aroma, wine cellar, mature acidity and accessories like bottle and cork. It is often a notion that winemaking only reflects romanticism, but here the winemaking hard work begins. I put my self for a task to learn all about it, finally after my obsession and continuous questioning my partner decided to make it real. A month back we visited a vineyard owned by his friend’s father in Karnataka. I was shocked to learn that Karnataka, is the second largest wine consuming state in India. The first place falls to Maharashtra.

Grapes for Wine

Grapes for Wine

Red Wine

Red Wine

grapes

grapes

As we reach our destination, the lush green vegetation of grapes in the vineyards looked like a view from the movies. I was educated a crash course on how location, sun, climate, terrain, soils, vines, rootstocks, irrigation systems and pest management controls plays an important role. Believe you me, it is not an easy task.  What was most intriguing was the hand harvesting, this is done to protect the grape’s juice content. Awareness about wine is growing rapidly in India, people are learning the health benefits of Wine. Mr. Sharma told us that famous grape “stomp” helps the wine to achieve its intensive aroma, mature acidity, rounded tannins and the most important a full body.

Then came the part of learning the art of wine tasting, i was enlightened by

White Wine

White Wine

an expert at the vineyard that once you get going on this perfect indulgence, there’s no end in sight. Look, smell and taste were the three mantras of wine tasting. This learning adventure did created a deepen admiration for both wines and winemakers. Mr. Sharma informed me that cabernet sauvignon; one of the finest wines in India comes fro the home of Grover Vineyards. He further stated, the majority of the index consisted of French wine making traditions of Bordeaux. Finally i asked him the question that was dwelling my mind, what are the points one needs to remember when visiting a wine merchant? To this he graciously advised the rules first being the preference of taste and second pairing wine (red or white) with meal.

Cheers to Independence

Cheers to Independence

Drinking wine has become more womencentric these days in India, as women have achieved to attain an individual mark in the society. Professional women in high paying jobs, needs a tonic that helps them relax, unwind and get rid of distress. The young entrepreneur women of this era have developed a suave taste and know how to enjoy it. India has a great future in wine as, one of the leading fruit processing company called Shimla Hills may venture into wine selling.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2010 6:18 pm

    Sorry for my bad english. Thank you so much for your good post. Your post helped me in my college assignment, If you can provide me more details please email me.

  2. Jolama permalink
    June 5, 2010 8:21 pm

    There is something intriguing about this post though i can’t figure out what.

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