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    Gear up for a wine-soaked weekend at Jayamahal Palace

    EVER 100 wineries, connoisseurs and experts from the industry come together for the second edition of the Bengaluru International Wine Festival, organised by the Karnataka Wine Board (KWB) this weekend. Giving manufacturers, enthusiasts and newbies a common platform to exchange experiences, tips and knowledge on the subject, the event promises to be an exciting affair for everyone involved.

    “Due to strict laws, we are not able to market our wines effectively enough, so a lot of consumers do not have the right information. This festival should address that,” says Vikas Arora, head of marketing and sales, Myra Wines.

    food8lead6Global affair
    With about 10 wineries from Maha–rashtra and 15 from Karna–taka expected to participate, including big players like Sula and Grover, the event has an added international flavour with a few wine labels from France, Italy and South Africa scheduled to be part of it.
    The KWB hopes to focus on the  varieties of vines grown across the Nandi, Krishna and Cauvery Valleys in the state. Tasters can sample a wide range from pinot noirs and cabernets to chardonnays and chenin blancs.

    Myra will be showcasing three select labels – Myra, Two Headed Bird and Myra Reserve — a premium wine aged for over a year in French oak barrels. Hampi-based winery KRSMA will stock their range of award winning labels, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sangiovese 2012, Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

    Fun and games
    A host of activities have been lined up to draw in and entertain the  crowds. You can win the title of Wine King or Queen with your handle on wine trivia. Or engage in some impromptu wine-based games which involve opening a wine bottle with one hand, or without the use of a corkscrew. If you are a bit of an expert, we suggest some blind wine tastings. As we know everyone loves a good old-fashioned grape stomp, come prepared to leap into a barrel and give your feet a wine drenching. This promises to be the highlight of the three-day event.

    Serious note
    On a more serious note, there are talks by scientists in the viticulture field while wine connoisseur Surjit Singh from Delhi will hold a session on wine-food pairings to add an epicurean touch to the affair.

    At Jayamahal Palace Hotel. Tickets (Rs. 49) on bookmyshow.com

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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