Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Featuring wines from 8 countries showcasing 4 brands each, introductory certification courses from world renowned institutes WSET & CAFA in addition to single malt workshops – the TASTE features are set to invigorate the senses. 

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When: January 28 & 29, 2010
Where: Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai
Day & Time                 AgendaBrands/ Topics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

DAY 1                                                   
11.00 – 11.15              INAUGURATION 
12.00 - 13.00               WSET INTRODUCTORY TASTING CLASS – I 
                                    'Taste like a professional'                                                             
                                    Conducted by David Wrigley, MW, WSET                                             
Swirling, slurping and spitting – the art of tasting wine in a professional arena is very different to simply enjoying a glass with friends.   The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been developing and delivering qualifications for the trade professional for over 40 years.
Build your confidence in tasting wine, complete an activity to attune your senses, followed by a wine tasting using the WSET’s Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting.  By taking the time to assess the colour, describe the aroma and consider the palate you can start making decisions about the quality of a wine – vital skills for those who love wine.                        
Attendees receive certificates from WSET at the end of the session.         
12.00 - 13.00               CAFA SCHOOL OF WINE & SPIRITS 
                                    'Wine-making methods used in Europe'
                                    Conducted by Mathieu Huguet, Wine-maker                                                     

14.00 - 14.30               WINES OF FRANCE
The French group will be delighted to take you through the regions of Champagne, Bordeaux, Sud De France. Wines available to taste are Champagne Chaudron, Champagne Malard, Buzet, Aimery Sieur D’arques and Domaine de Puech Haut from the Languedoc region, Cognac and Pineaux Lheraud and Chateau Montaud from Provence.               

14.00 - 14.30               WINES OF ITALY
A group of charming wines including regional specialities such as Chianti, Brunello, Montepulicano and Barolo will be presented by the interesting mix of Italians.  

14.30 - 15.00               WINES OF AUSTRIA
The Austrian Wine Marketing board representing the best wines available from the country will be presenting some classic and young interesting vintages.               

14.30 - 15.00               WINES OF GERMANY
A strong interesting group of wines made available to you at TASTE include Kerner Gewürztraminer Spätlese, Riesling Niersteiner Ölberg  Spätlese, Trollinger Lemberger QbA and specialist wines from the Morhena  association of wineries.   

15.00 – 16.00              WINE AND SPIRIT PANEL DISCUSSION
‘Overcoming the challenges facing the Indian Wine Market Tackling taxation and its impact on the market’
• Highlighting the struggle in introducing new labels
• Following market trends
• Embracing change within the wine market
v  Sanjay Menon, Importer, Sonarys                                                   
v  Vishal Kadakia, CEO, Wine Park                                                     
v  Subhash Arora, President, Delhi Wine Club & Indian Wine Academy                                              

Conducted by the Tulleeho Bartending Academy, the Tulleeho Workshops will not only add the dash of flavour to your next drink but will also leave you with interesting facts that will serve to open up a whole new meaning to taste. Attend and appreciate.              

16.00 - 17.00               WINE AND SPIRIT PANEL DISCUSSION                                                          
v  David Wrigley, MW, WSET                                                      
v  Dharti Desai, CEO, FineWinesnMore      

16.00 - 16.30               WINES OF PORTUGAL
Portugal is the new star at the wine fair and will be presenting a range of wines including the finest of Porto Wines. Featuring Vista Alrgre Port LBV 2003, Costa Do Pombal (Doc Douro) and Vallegre Special Reserve 2005.    

16.30 - 17.00               WINES OF INDIA
                             A host of the finest wines from the finest and talented wine makers in India will give you a live taste of the amazing progress achieved by the country’s pioneering wine makers.

DAY 2       
12.00 - 13.00               WSET INTRODUCTORY TASTING CLASS - II
‘Does wine tell its own story?’                                                       
Conducted by David Wrigley, MW, WSET             
Tasting wine professionally isn’t a clever party trick designed to impress your friends when you manage to guess the grape variety, country and vintage correctly, it’s a chance for us to consider a wine in detail and to make educated conclusions.

In this session, WSET will look at what we can learn about a wine by tasting it blind.  Using the WSET’s Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting, we will evaluate the wine before asking ourselves what our tasting notes, together with our global wine knowledge, tell us about what we have in the glass… what does the wine tell us about itself?  Is it a classic wine of its style? What is its value category? 
Attendees receive certificates from WSET at the end of the session.
12.00 - 13.00               CAFA SCHOOL OF WINE & SPIRITS
‘All about Cognac’
Conducted by Amit Keval, Consultant    
This workshop will focus on the intricate details of how cognac is manufactured and how to taste it best.     

14.00 - 14.30               WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA
Wines of South Africa will be presenting award winning wines with a special focus on wines from the distinctive terroir of Saronsberg. The ranges available include the Provenance range known for their fruit driven elegance, the Provenance Shiraz range renowned for their elegant and accessible tannins, the Saronsber range with their full range of bold fruity wines and the Saronsber Seismic range.     

14.00 - 14.30               WINES OF SPAIN
The group of wineries from Spain are here to present to you 'new to India' wines including brandy from Jerez, wines from the region of Toro and a range of wines presented by Grapeland.           

15.00 - 16.00               FOOD PANEL DISCUSSION 
Highlighting the weaknesses & optimising the strengths of the Food & Beverage Sector in India                          
v  Vijayan Gangadharan, Director - F&B, Grand Hyatt                                                                     
v  Rajiv Kapoor, Assistant Director - F&B, Le Royal Meridien                                               
v  Ranju Singh, Director - F&B, Taj Lands End           
                                    Mesmerized by Single Malt?                                                                  
Take the Scotch Whisky Trail and get acquainted with the regions of Scotland and their varied whiskies. Learn from the Whiskey Guru and get fascinated by the taste and smells that will undoubtedly overwhelm your senses. Brands for tasting will be announced shortly. Attendees receive certificates from the Tulleeho Bartending Academy at the end of this session.                   

16.00 - 17.00               THE ULTIMATE WINE & FOOD PAIRING SESSION
Conducted by Cru Classe's Lara Cowan
An oenophile and “wine geek” at core, Lara believes in staying abreast of the newest developments in the world of wine, yet trusts and respects the traditions that have nurtured wines through the ages. To complement the world of Wines, Lara also has a background in Food Technology. As a trained Pastry Chef and an accomplished Chef she believes in "balance". Balance of flavours, textures and all the delicate intricacies of ingredients are important to her...and without compromise. Food and Wine Pairing, undoubtedly comes naturally to her!        

16.00 - 17.00               TAJ TEA WORKSHOP
This tea tasting and appreciation workshop reveals the mystery behind this exotic drink and   takes you on a journey that will transform you from a tea lover to a tea connoisseur. Along the way, we will master the art of making a perfect cup of tea and also figure out what to do with an orange peel. Featuring Taj Tea Brands, by Hindustan Unilever Limited.                                 
                                    *TASTE Show Features agenda and timings are subject to change
To enroll for the TASTE features, please contact me on +91 98207 04500. Registrations on a first come first serve basis only.

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