Friday, March 14, 2014

FineWinesNMore brings Chilean wines to India

With an aim to do away with the snob value associated with wines in India, FineWinesNMore has been bringing premium international wines from across the world to India’s snobberati and wine enthusiasts alike.

The latest additions to their collection are one red and one white wine from Chile’s Caliterra Winery
- Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc Reserva
- Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 

However, we tasted four wines - two whites and two reds. Read more on that at the bottom of this post.

The perfect glass for wine tasting
To make things simple, FineWinesNMore will soon be launching its retail store and tasting room located in Laxmi Industrial Estate in Andheri West. This will make it easier for all those who want to experience the finest selection of imported wine along with a few offerings from India. The store will also offer cold artisan beers. 

Here, FineWinesNMore will conduct wine and beer tastings by inviting local specialists and visiting industry icons. Craig Wedge, its COO, is an enthusiastic Australian who makes wines look easy and fun. And it probably is, after you do away with all the frivolities of 'jargonism'. 
Nicolas and Craig at the wine-tasting event in Mumbai's LPQ in BKC
As Nicolas Happke, Area Manager (SE Asia) for Caliterra, said during the wine tasting evening at Le Pain Quotidian, BKC, wine is best enjoyed with good food, good people, and good conversation. Vino need no more!

If you wish to learn a little more about wines, you can watch Craig dish it out on Youtube for you. With him, there is never a dull moment. 

You can also check out this amazing website dedicated to wine called Indian Wine List. They are currently in the process of revamping and renaming the site as well as their mobile app (yep, you heard it right!) to include beer and whiskey as well.
The four wines from Chile's Caliterra Winery

This is how the producers of Caliterra describe their wines:   

Caliterra Chardonnay Reserva
Region: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Variety: Chardonnay
The intense aromas hint at ripe tropical and citrus fruits balanced by a straight mineral note that adds persistence. It is well-rounded and soft yet full on the palate. Its fruity flavours and toasty oak give way to a creamy texture and lively acidity. Crisp acidity and a hint of fresh lime brighten the long finish. A well-balanced wine.

Sauvignon Blanc Reserva
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
It presents tremendous aromatic intensity and freshness that enhances the citrus and mineral notes accompanied by chilli pepper, tomato leaf, and tropical fruit. The palate offers sharp acidity and concentrated tropical fruit that make the wine fresh and pleasing.

Caliterra Merlot Reserva
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Variety: Merlot
This wine has a deep, bright red colour. Range of aromas of dried fruit, plums and fresh cherries mingled with notes of liquorice and spice set against the sweet notes of oak. On the palate the wine is full and lush with soft, ripe tannins and a velvety structure. Dark plum and chocolate linger in the smooth finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine has a lively ruby-red colour and offers tremendous aromatic intensity with notes of berries such as raspberry and black currant made more complex by a touch of coffee and tobacco. The crisp and voluptuous palate shows fresh fruit flavours.

Our coterie of wine tasters

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