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    The second edition of South India’s largest wine and performing arts festival, heads to Bengaluru

    If wine is bottled poetry, then The Great Grover Wine Festival is all set to hit the right notes. The second edition of South India’s largest annual wine and performing arts festival opens its gates on February 6 at Bhartiya City, Bengaluru. The one-day event will be a joyous affair as it has something for everyone. There is standup comedy by Vamsidhar Bhogaraju, wine tasting sessions hosted by in-house sommeliers—and an array of award-winning wines including Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection, Chene Grand Reserve and premium sparkling wines like Soirée Brut and Brut Rosé are on offer—art galleries with exhibits by regional artists (like sculptures by NS Kumbar and canvas paintings by Shwetha Ganapathy), and more. You will also find multi-cuisine food stalls with a curated cheese spread (for wine pairings) and a flea market for those wishing to accessorise.

    New perceptions​
    Another major crowd-puller at the event—besides the quintessential heritage wine from India’s oldest wine company—is its multifarious musical acts that cover genres ranging from fusion rock (Lagori), Indosoul (Karthick Iyer Live), Sufi (Aabha Hanjura-Sufistication), blues (Ananth Menon & Trio) and electronic music (DJ Ivan). “I’ll be introducing the festival goers to contemporary Sufi sounds via our own compositions like Lal Vakh and folk music from Kashmir during the hour-long liveset,” shares award-winning Kashmiri vocalist Hanjura, whose outfit recently completed a multi-city tour of North India. Karthick Iyer Live will be playing tunes from their recently-released album, Indosoul. “You can expect songs like A Saranga Convergence (a rendition with elements of Indian classical and progressive rock) and an unreleased tune called Boxed Out,” explains violinist-vocalist Iyer who’s heading across the Pacific in a few months on The Indosoul Tour-North America 2016. And for those who’d like a bit of spotlight, vocal artiste and karaoke jockey, Sabrina Price, has multi-genre tunes from the 1920s to 2016, including classics like Hotel California.

    Unwind with wine​
    Since the 2016 harvest has already begun at the Grover Zampa Vineyards—across their properties in Bengaluru, Solapur and Nashik—the brand expects controlled yields with powerful concentration of fruits for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. “We’re launching, La Reserve, our flagship wine, in a new avatar and will also be introducing another premium wine for Indian wine lovers towards the end of 2016,” explains Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO at Grover Zampa Vineyards, adding that they intend to increase their international footprints
    from the current 22 countries to at least 30 countries in the near future.

    From Rs.1,250.
    On February 6,
    in Bengaluru. Details: groverwinefestival.com
    — Anoop Menon

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