Mumbai Wine Fest 2013 Round up

The fourth edition of the Mumbai Wine Fest was held at Radio Club on the 5th and 6th of January. As far as ambiance goes, this wine fair on the pier takes the cake every year. When I entered late Saturday (6th) evening the venue was quite packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Then again when there’s that much wine and with the ‘fine weather’ that the city’s been boasting of, it’s hard not to have fun. A quick round-up of the hits and misses, wine-wise.

– The Wine Park showcased some of the great wines that they import including Little James’ Basket Press, Bad Boy and The Wolftrap. They also launched The Wine Park. The first of its kind in India, the Wine Kart is exactly what it sounds like – a flipkart for wine. A clean and nice looking website will allow Mumbai’s wine lovers to browse by country, price, grape or brand, and order discounted wines that will be home delivered.  Check it out at The Georgian wine stall was among the best at the fest. Last year at a similar wine fest I was introduced to Tabuni Gvino’s wines made from Georgian varietals Saperavi, Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli. Since then I’ve almost learnt how to pronounce their names and found a deeper appreciation for them. Well balanced wines, elegantly bottled and very well priced. Kartik Sharma who imports these wines also popped a special brut for us to try but more on that later.

– The other Indian wine stalls like Fratelli, Zampa-Grover, Reveilo and  Turning Point/JLT had some winners too.

Things that didn’t:

– I don’t normally diss a wine I know little about, but in this case I can’t help myself. Deshmukh Vineyards or Deshmukh Vineyard’s (they couldn’t seem to decide which to put on their label so they alternated) based in Nashik has some of the vilest wine I’ve ever tasted. I sampled the Chenin blend and didn’t want to risk trying the others. This is one wine that has a long lasting aftertaste – unfortunately, it’s in the worst way possible. Pause wines didn’t fare much better either.

– The Reveilo Merlot 2012 which was released a few months ago was a little disappointing. Far too sweet for my taste (winespeak: disproportionately high amount of residual sugar), but I strongly suggest that you try it for yourself.