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Monday, June 25, 2012

Tasting Wine!!!

I still remember the first day I tasted wine ever. My cousin had taken our gang out, and red wine was ordered. I remember wincing at the first sip... but there was something in that sour taste blended with a quaint sweet flavour. I not only finished that glass, but although I am an essentially non alcoholic person, I would love to have a glass or two of wine occassionally. Oops, that's a secret let out!!!

So, when my blogger-and-more buddy, Sushmita invited me for a Wine Tasting event organised by  Four Seasons, I readily agreed ignoring the fact that it was on a Thursday afternoon. The venue was near my office, Fresco Restaurant in Connaught Place, which is famous for exotic Italian food. I was joined by seven fellow bloggers, (left to right in the picture): Rituparna, Pratik, Purba, Deeba, Sushmita, Sangeeta and Rekha.

The bright face you see behind our group is Shamita Singha, Miss Earth Universe. She came across as the girl next door and told us about wines, about Four Seasons and interacted with us freely. Never for once, did she sound like a celebrity. But she sure knew a lot about wines!
I mean, I have consumed wine on various occasions at different restaurants in a number of cities, and used to think myself as quite a  connoisseur. But never had I bothered to think how wine was made, where it got its colour from, etc. Shamita told us all this,and gave us ideas about pairing different types of wine with the type of cuisine. Yes, dont be surprised if I serve you wine with Baingan-ka-bharta (Roasted brinjal, a delicacy from the Indian cuisine) now! We tasted five types of wines over enthralling converstation, and were quite tipsy and gay by the end of the session. All of them were great!!! Two smart representatives from Four Seasons, Jyoti and a handsome young man (sorry, I forgot to ask his name) kept us company enthusiastically over the food and drinks.

We were gifted a complimentary bottle of wine for our friends and family. So come over, if you want to share my newly gained knowledge and taste the wine.

Some of my friends have also blogged about the event, and their posts are far more colourful, informative and exciting!! Read them here, while I leave you a teaser with the snaps above:
Deeba's, Sangeeta's, and Sushmita's .

Photo credits: Group Photo by Four Seasons, Wine Bottle and Glasses: Deeba Rajpal

22 comments:

ashok said...

i can see that u had a gala time!

sulagna ™ said...

i have always been the run to vodka kind of person..when in doubt go for vodka :) but yes my husband is a wine wizard, right from the kind of goblet needed to sip a white wine to the cheese tasting with red wine and introducing me to Californian rose wine..now m craving for some !!

sangeeta said...

Loved it. Thanks for the mention Anupama :-)

shooting star said...

am so glad u attended the event...it's awlays nice to have u for company girl!!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Ashok,
You bet!!

@Sulagna,
California Rose Wine is indeed an exotic drink. Share this post with your husband, and lets see what he says.

@Sangeeta,
This would not have been complete without mentioning posts by you guys.

@Star,
Same here!!

Deeba PAB said...

Wonderful to have met you Anupama. Loved your bubbly, cheerful company. Nice post ... from the heart and evocative! Hope to meet up again and soon. Thank you for those sweet words!

R. Ramesh said...

wah buddy...i am not fond of alcohol but am happy that u had a gala time..when my friends r happy i am hapy..what say? hey, btw..may be in delhi in august..cya

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Deeba,
Nothing compared to your post. :)

@Ramesh,
I am also essentially non-alcoholic. August, sure!

Premjeet Dasgupta said...

Please save some for me...

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Looks like you and Sushmita were in the same wine tasting session which had one solitary ever blushing guy !

SG said...

Glad you had a great time. If you are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will take you to the Napa Valley and arrange a private tour. In addition to sipping wine, we can learn about various types of grapes, how the climatic conditions affect them, how they process and store the wine, etc.

By the way, my favorite is Merlot.

R. Ramesh said...

thanks bhalo cya:)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Prem,
Sure. When are you coming over?

@Mr Ramakrishnan,
The guy had a great time flanked by so many graceful girls!

@SG,
Looking forward to a session with you.I am sure Merlot is heavenly.

@Ramesh,
That was sweet.

Nirvaan said...

Well...I envy u sooooo much...:|

magiceye said...

Cheers!! :)
Bubbly post!

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Rahul Bhatia said...

That was quite a party with august gathering:)

Manushree said...

You had an awesome time !!! :D

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Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Nirvaan,
:)

@Magiceye,
Cheers to you too!

@Rahul,
Indeed it was!

@Manushree,
How do you insert links in comments? I did check out your blog, it was amazing.. such creativity! Are you following privately.. can't see you?

numerounity said...

Awwww I missed it. How come? :(

Anyways looks to be a jolly good expereince. I recently been to Nashik but couldn't go vineyards there somehow.

Have fun girl! Baigan ka bharta sounds yumm with daal n chawal...wine ke saath? ahem ahem.

R. Ramesh said...

hi boss long time no c..wishes

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Ekta,
Maybe it is the Gurgaon-CP distance on a weekday afternoon..

The very idea of wine with Indian food took me by surprise as well!

@Ramesh,
Thanks for remembering.