The husband and I are always game to taste some new wine. We love a glass of this over the weekend and of late, I’ve also been making a lot of Sangria, so that means there’s always a bottle or two, of wine, at home.

A weekend or two ago we went to the Uppercrust Food Show at Cuffe Parade. The two of us have been regulars at this annual event and we’d heard about some fun stuff at the show this time, so we were eager to check it out!

One of the stalls that caught our attention was the one selling drinking straws lined with flavour beads. I was hesitant at first to try, because you had to drink milk with it *wrinkles nose*, and those of you who know me, know how much I ‘love’ milk. *wrinkles nose again* You get the picture? But surprise, surprise! I tried some milk with the choco-orange flavoured straw and guess what? I actually drank milk! The husband was shocked and when I told my mother, she wondered aloud why something like this didn’t exist when I was a kid. Ha!

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So from that, we decided to move on to something a little more adult-ish! The Grover Zampa stall. The sommelier there, Hardik, took us through their extensive range of wines, including the Vijay Amritraj special. The IMG_20151205_194717[1]culmination of a merger between Grover Vineyards and Vallée de Vin, Grover Zampa has vineyards in two locations in the country – Nandi Hills in Karnataka and closer home in Nashik, Maharashtra.

The label has a whole lot of brands under it including Raya, Sante, Chene, One Tree Hill, La Reserve, Art Collection, Zampa, Zampa Soiree and Vijay Amritraj. Some  of these are award-winning wines as well.

 

We went through a quick tasting of their entire range. Our favourites were the Raya white, for its mild flavours, a

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The La Reserve
nd the La Reserve white, which was dry – just the way I like my white wines. The Vijay Amritraj selection was easy on the palate, with a smooth finish and the red wine had a beautiful oaky finish. The Sante Chenin Blanc, which I use often to make Sangrias, was a winner too.

We picked up some wine from here, which needless to say, was made into a Sangria the next day!

 

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Tasting the Chene

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