FOR the first time in the city, wine lovers and newbies can stop over at Enoteca, a wine library and education centre to bone up on wine-related information and experiences. The brain-child of KS Lokesh, founder of Madhuloka liquor boutique, Enoteca is part Irish-pub, part homely European winery. A large ceiling-to-floor wooden case stocked with exotic wines from Australian De Bortoli and Francis Ford Coppola’s Diamond Collection to home-grown Sula and Fratelli, dominates the room along with a long brick and cement table, which is ideal for tasting sessions or a great catch up wine party with friends.
“Bangalore is one of the fastest growing wine markets as people here are quite experimental. So apart from wine tastings, which we know are doing well, we want to introduce wine education at varying levels,” says Lokesh, adding that there will be lessons for novices all the way to intense refresher courses for connoisseurs.
The wines can be conveniently sourced from the impressive selection at Madhuloka, while the wine education is courtesy Wi-Not, a New Delhi-based wine concierge service. “From teaching people how to hold a glass and the process of wine making, to more complex pairing and aging concepts, the professionals from Wi-Not will help you demystify wine,” shares Lokesh. Apparently, they’ll even suggest the right wine for a party or organise a wine soiree at your home.
Gurjit Singh Barry, a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)-qualified trainer and wine-taster, can be invited over for a personal interaction, and Vipul Thakur, also a WSET level three graduate, will be the in-house sommelier.
There will also be periodic trips to wineries across the Deccan Plateau (like Sula, Big Banyan Tree and Four Seasons), which will give you a real glimpse of life in wine regions like Bordeaux.
Currently, food at Enoteca is not offered in-house but you can create a menu with a caterer of your choice. At Sarjapur Road. Details: 65791564