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A Toast to Bangalore International Wine Fest 2014
With wine gaining a strong threshold in India, Karnataka held its international wine fest on July 25 at Jayamahal Palace, Palace ground. As many as 35 international and national wine brands came under a single crown along with some wine afficianados and amateurs to raise a toast at the second Bangalore International Wine Fest 2014.
The Karnataka Wine Board along with Department of Horticulture signed up together to bring grape growers, wine enthusiasts and wineries together. The main aim of the fest was to offer people a tasting of different wines at an affordable price, teach people about the wine culture and tasting techniques, and provide Indian wines a greater exposure and a platform for the grape growers.
Chairman of the Karnataka Wine Board, Mr. G. V. Krishna Rau, said one of the aims of organising the wine festival at mass was to facilitate grape growers assist economically.
He said, “We need to support the growers by promoting the wine industry. The government will interact with the various industries and discuss how we can help promote growth and exposure of the industry.”
To make the event remarkable and interesting, there was ‘everyone’s favorite’ grape stomping, food and wine pairing sessions, wine tasting at several stalls and also a flee market to name a few in the fun part. Also there were a couple of artists and performers who entertained the crowd throught out the evening with their singing and dancing talent.
Also people got to buy both national and international level wines at a 10% discount. Heritage Wines offered their wines for tasting at no charge.
Apart from the fun element, the board also made sure that an element of education and knowledge was shared with the wine enthusiasts. Hence, a couple of wine tasting as well as wine education sessions was held. The guests got to learn about the wine trails in India like Nasik, Bangalore, Akluj and Baramati.
India’s first French certified sommelier Mr. Magandeep Singh along with Mr. Gurjit Singh Barry held two interesting sessions on the same subject along with few of the other renowned wine personalities such as Dr. V.S. Patil, Viticultirist and Wine Consultant, Bangalore, Mr. Ajoy Shaw, Chief Winemaker at Sula Vineyards, Dr. Sawant, Director of N.R. Cigarette, Pune and Mr. A.B. Patil, Director of Extention University of Horticulture Sciences, Bagalkote to name a few.
All in all, it was a festival to look out for in Bangalore. It was one of the gala events to celebrate the whooping success on wine in Karnataka as well as in India. It definitely proved to be a huge gate of exploration and success to many.
By Swati Sahoo