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Vino Fest (Mumbai)
Vino Fest, a wine, art and music festival organized in Mumbai by Ex Miss India, Ramp model and Wine Expert Shamita Singha; successfully concluded on 2nd Feb, 2014. The three day event, which commenced on 31st Jan, 2014 was held in the large courtyard area of Phoenix Marketcity mall in a central suburb of Mumbai. The weekend event was a huge hit amongst the youth of Mumbai as there was live band performance, as well as a DJ churning out some rock, trance and fusion music. The festival drew crowds from across the city. The uninterrupted flow of finest wines, classy decor and red lights along with pulsating music set up the tempo and created a perfect evening backdrop for the wine lovers of Mumbai.
Reputed names in the wine industry like Grover Zampa, Nine Hills, Revelio, Charosa Vineyards, Rio, Myra and Turning Point Vineyards participated in Vino Fest. Crowds were eagerly trying the offerings at all wine counters and taking home their favourite wines. ‘Kaff India’ had set up a stall to display their wine cool
er range. Riedel, a German wine glass company had a variety of beautiful wine and martini glasses along with wine decanters on the display. Where there is wine, good food has to be there! ‘The Cheese Collective’ brand had set up its stall and attracted the wine enthusiasts who wanted to complete their wine experience with assortment of good cheese.
The entrance of the venue was dominated with a painting exhibition, wherein beautiful paintings of all sizes adorned the walls. Kids and young teenagers were trying their luck with the paint brush strokes on the canvas while the elders were busy tasting different wines. Also drawing the crowd’s attention were lamp shade, classy evening gowns and outfit counters.
Some guests were well-informed wine lovers as they would request the sommelier to serve wines made out of specific grape varieties for tasting; while most others appeared to be impulsive guests, willing to go by the sommelier’s recommendation of the choicest wines. But as expected, the late harvest wine was the most preferred category and some wine counters ran out of stock of the sweeter variety bottles.
Guests were enjoying some savory food or cheese platter along with their glasses of wine. Crowds would gather around the DJ console with their wine glasses and occupy the informal semicircle seating area to enjoy the live performance. They would breathe in the aroma and savor every sip of the wine in the background of lively music.
Wine and music were the key attraction for Mumbai’s youngsters, but the festival also witnessed a good number of families and groups relishing the wines and the festive spirit until midnight. Most guests seemed to be in high spirits and thoroughly enjoying the festive atmosphere in the company of their family and friends.
Altogether the combination of finest wines, good food, energetic music and a good ambience created the perfect festive vibe and Vino Fest lived up to its expectation. The city eagerly awaits the next edition of wine and cultural fusion of Vino Fest.
By Madhurima Mukhopadhyay