Nagpur: The Nagpur Wine Lovers Club is once again organizing Nagpur Wine and Food Festival-2014 at Woods, C P Club, Civil Lines, Nagpur on November 22 and 23, 2014. Founder and President of Nagpur Wine Lovers Club Sharad Fadnis said that every entry will get 30 ml free wine tasting at every stall and wine tasting glass and informative brochures to every visitor. Entry is through donation coupons of Rs 300 per day per head.
This time eight wineries are participating in the festival. This include Sula Vineyards, Four Seasons Classics, Seagram’s Nine-Hills (Zampa) Turning Point, Fratelli, Grover Zampa, Pause Wines and some other companies which have shown willingness to participate. Sharad Fadnis added that live Band and DJ from 7 pm to 10 pm will create the right atmosphere for the festival.
Wine and way to enjoy wine the right way
Against the popular misconception that wine is liquor like rum, whiskey or vodka, Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits.
Wines made from produce besides grapes are usually named after the product from which they are produced and are generically called fruit wine. The term “wine” can also refer to starch-fermented or fortified beverages having higher alcohol content, such as Barley Wine, Huangjiu, or Sake.
In an exclusive interview with Nagpur Today the President of Nagpur Wine Lovers Club Sharad Phadnis said that wine is a connoisseurs delight and enjoyed only by a different class of people. One needs to develop a taste for wine. Enjoying Wine cannot be compared to other alcoholic drinks. One has to learn the tasting techniques for beginners. All the sensory organs like eyes, nose and mouth play an important role for one to enjoy wine, since one needs to see, smell and taste wine.
- One needs to see the colour of the wine, since it has to appeal to the eyes.
- Twirl the wine in the wine glass (with a long stem and an upper cup of 250 ml) and one can see tears like drops going downwards.
- White wine should be totally transparent. No particles or sediments should be seen floating in or at the bottom. White wine should be absolutely clean.
- One should take a short sniff and a long sniff in order to identify and recollect the aroma of the wine. One can often recollect the smell of fruits, spices, vegetables, flowers and leafs. Swirling of the wine in the glass is the most important part of wine tasting. Red wine may often smell of Fennel seeds, Dry-grapes or water-melon.
- Alcohol is the preservative which forms because of fermentation. This also happens in Ayurveda medicine “Dhrakshasav” which also has self generated alcohol almost upto almost 80%.
The tongue identifies the sweetness of the wine and so tongue plays an important role to play. Other than that oral cavity also is responsible in identifying the taste of wine. One small sip of the wine leaves behind a total dry feeling in the mouth. This dry-feeling in wine glossary is called “Astringency”. This Astringency comes from the outer skin of the grapes which has the contents of a lot of Tannin that causes dryness. This dryness makes one to feel an urge to eat cheese or a bite of salad, fruits or meat dishes in order to abate the dryness. This eating some dish keeps the palate ready to sip the wine again.
Sharad Fadnis claimed that wine is often paired with cheese, salad, chicken tikka, red-meat, fish fry, roasted liver etc.
While speaking about Oak Barrel Fadnis said that reserve wine after filtration for maturity is called Superior Grade Reserve Wine. This process of reserving the wine in Oak Barrels gives additional aroma of vanilla and woody flavor due to its maturity in the Oak Barrels. This also increases the shelf life. He added that exposure of wine to oxygen should be avoided as far as possible of as less as possible. This will help in proper maturity of the wine.
Sharad Fadnis claimed that he is a graduate of Level-II Worldwide Certified Course conducted by Wine and Spirit Educational Trust, London. There are courses up to Level IV. Sharad Fadnis also runs an academy called Nobel Wine Academy in his house itself. (Plot No P-2, Laxmi Keshav Apartments, RPTS Road, Nagpur). He added that they have courses that range from one day crash course to 20 days’ course. They deal with different subjects and to suit every individual requirements including course for beginners, house-wives or any person desirous to learn about wine.
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