How do you feel when you are very hungry and someone gives you to eat one thing that you like the most? How do you feel when you are bored to death and a friend comes to your rescue. You feel elated, right?
Sunday’s for me is usually boring; most of the time goes in sleeping. But the past Sunday was really exciting and happening for me. At my rescue was Four Seasons making my boring usual Sunday a classy affair at wine festival organised by the Bangalore Wine Club at ITC Gardenia.
After reaching the venue at around 11:30 am, I was awestruck seeing the setup by the leading wine brands from across India. What a pleasing site to be at on a Sunday morning. Turn your head to 360 degrees and all you see is wine wine everywhere.
This wine festival was organized by Bangalore Wine Club, bringing the top notch Indian Wine Brands and wine enthusiasts under one roof. The main aim of the meet was to offer people a tasting of different wines promoting the wine culture and provide Indian wines a greater exposure.
Mr. Jacob on behalf on Four Seasons said, “We thank The Bangalore Wine Club for organizing this festival and today we have range of wines from Sauvignon Blanc to Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon to Blush Wine and Barrique Reserve Shiraz”.
He further says “We are very upbeat with the Barriue Reserve Shiraz and which we think fully justifies the term 'Reserve'. We age these wines in oak barrels from the period of twelve months minimum to the period of one year. The wine that we are presenting today is a 2009 Shiraz, a 100 % from the Baramati region of Maharashtra”.
The wine brands other than Four Seasons present at the festival were: KRSMA Estates, Turning Point, Charosa Vineyards, Seagram’s Nine Hills, Fratelli, Grover Vineyards, SDU, Sula, Chandon and Big Banyan.
The location was buzzing with who’s who of the wine industry. Everyone from the wine owners to the representatives to the wine enthusiasts were having a ball of a time, savouring the best of the wines accompanied by lip smacking food and never ending conversation. What added to the beauty to this morning was an outstanding Bangalore weather giving a warm welcome to the wine festival with open hearts.
Also present at the wine festival was Mr. Abhay Kewadkar, Chief Wine maker and Business Head for the wine division of USL. He holds the honour of being the first Indian winemaker to have shaped the Indian commercial wine industry since the country’s Independence.
Being present at the festival for almost three hours, I made sure to taste wine of all the brands present there. A special mention about the Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz – It is a still red wine, matured for 9 months in New French Oak Barrels, originated from the Baramati region in Maharashtra, India. The composition of grapes is: 87% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier.
Tasting Notes of Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz:
Aroma: Plummy depth of ripe blackberry and some dry spices on the nose.
Palate: Intense smoky and earthy flavours on the palate. Fully bodied and complex.
Serving suggestion: Enjoyed best at 18 -20º C.A fine wine to go with fine cousine like herbed duck confit, charcuturie,barbequed or red meats,wild mushroom raghu and chargrilled vegetables.Mature cheeses like livarot and reblochon also pair well this wine.Ready to drink now but connoisseurs will realise that this wine will age well over 5 years.
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