Paul John

Paul John Brilliance – All the brilliance of Goa is bottled up in this Single Malt. Its sparkling hues are reminiscent of sun-kissed beaches. The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight.

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Colour – Sparkling copper.

Nose – The Demerara sugars give off a whiff of sweet fragrances, with a hint of cinnamon, dash of honey and faint spices.

Palate – Sweet and spice and all things nice, make this Single Malt. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.

Finish – Brilliance has a smooth and beautifully relaxed finish, with a hint of mild spices and deep intense vanilla.

Pairing – With its rich accents of vanilla and subtle hints of spice, this Single Malt is the ideal accompaniment to luscious fruit pies and Indian grilled meat dishes.

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Paul John Edited – Edited is for the extraordinary. We poured forth all our mastery into crafting this Single Malt. The hint of peat has been skilfully created from discreetly chosen cask profiles. All to delight the true whisky connoisseur.

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Colour – Amber gold.

Nose – Honey and cocoa are laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso. A deeper whiff reveals fruity fragrances.

Palate – The grassy flavours of barley show up first, but gently make way for subtle peat notes. They slowly dissolve and pave the way for a rush of mint and mocha.

Finish – The finish is long and drawn out. You can sense a hint of spice and chocolate mint as it ends on gentle peat notes.

Pairing – The hints of peat and chocolate mint in this Single Malt are perfect with a mildly spiced lamb stew, or even dark chocolate.

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Paul John Classic Select Cask – Explore tropical Goa in every sip of the Select Cask Classic. The lush freshness of this Single Malt envelops you from the very beginning. To give you this experience, we’ve matured it in selectively chosen cask profiles and bottled it without chill filtration, at cask strength.

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Colour – Rich amber.

Nose – Fruity, malty aromas are intertwined with honey. A hint of bourbon teases your senses.

Palate – With the very first sip, flavours of malted barley greet you. A heady mix of bourbon and manuka honey-liquorice makes for an attractive spine. And while you relish this experience, the unexpected flavour of toasted honeycomb takes you by surprise.

Finish – This Single Malt has an absolutely elegant finish, with juicy Demerara tones ensuring a soft, friendly finish.

Pairing -The spices from the oak and the mellowness of this elegant Indian classic are a perfect match for smoked salmon, ham or a sinful chocolate soufflé.

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Paul John Peated Select Cask – One never tires of Goa. From exploring its various personalities, its past, its present, its sheer decadence or perky cheer. For the true explorer, Goa always has a surprise tucked up its sleeve. Much like the Paul John Select Cask Peated. This Single Malt astonishes even a seasoned whisky aficionado. Unexpected flavours balance each other, offering the perfect tipple.

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Colour – Golden mahogany.

Nose – The smoky, sweet and earthy fragrances have mellow resonances of spice.

Palate – As the crisp Muscovado and Demerara sugars create layered nuances, the smokiness of the Single Malt sets in, creating a perfect balance. A hint of spice radiates from the hickory and Dominican-style cocoa.

Finish – The delicate finish of this Single Malt has notes of Dominican cocoa laced with the tart edge of marmalade.

Pairing – This extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Paul John Single Cask Unpeated – Intensely passionate – like Goa, its people, its beaches, and its very essence – the Single Cask Unpeated sweeps you up in a swirl of emotions. The interplay of fragrances and flavours paints a vivid picture of the bustling spirit of Goa.

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Colour – Rich Vibrant amber

Nose – This Single Malt takes you to that comfortable, favourite corner in an oaky den.

Palate – The wholesome taste of malt takes centre stage, while oaky flavours mixed with tart butterscotch sweetness drift in. A succession of delicate sugary tones, stirred with lovely spices, flutter in next. The underplay of malt resonates with a crisp, biscuity bite, while the intense barley never lets go of the oakiness, radiating richness far and wide.

Finish – The intense notes of barley and soft oaky spices radiate far and wide, giving it a rich finish.

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Paul John Single Cask Peated –  The starlit skies, the crackling bonfires and barbecues sizzling on the sandy beaches go hand-in-hand with the warm and relaxed spirit of Goa. To toast the mellow mood of the place, we crafted this Indian Single Malt. Its distinctly young flavours are highly nuanced, making it a perfect drink for an evening by the beach.

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Colour – A gleaming, rich mahogany.

Nose – The tantalising aromas of rich smoky bacon mingle with intense peaty aromas. A surprising hint of eucalypts gives it a distinct and reverential signature. As the scents and hints of assorted spices tingle your senses, the rich Demerara undercurrent draws out a fine balance.

Palate – A subtle sweetness embraces your taste buds, inviting you to explore the rare peaty, malty, smoky depths, rounded by the slightest hint of fresh barley. And just when you sink into the flavours, an oaky taste of vanilla and toasted fudge tickles your palate.

Finish – The finish is surprisingly complex for a whisky this young.

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Paul John Bold – Bold is a journey that leads you down the unexplored, unchartered terrains of Goa. It offers you a slice of its best-kept secrets, unravelling the mysteries, bit by little bit. This expression of ours invites you to leave the trail, tread the path less taken and plunge headlong into the delicious depths of Goa.

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Colour – Liquid gold

Nose – After the slightest whiff of smoke, a dizzying array of Manuka honey, prickly spice and red liquorice takes over.

Palate – This melt-in-the-mouth malt has the most profound flavours crashing in like waves. At first, the delivery feels sublimely silky and studded with oak-like honey. And just when you think you’ve savoured it all, you are surprised by a hefty second wave of spice. This is followed by a cloudy, smoky feel that coats the roof of the mouth and leaves a tidal wave of dry molasses, peaty soot and a degree of copper in its wake.

Finish – Bold has a light finish with a tinge of copper slowly making its presence known. You can also sense a gorgeous smoked mocha shaped by delicate and intricate spices.

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Limited edition Paul John Oloroso – A limited edition of the Indian single malt from the sunny Goan coasts, Oloroso presents an aromatic tapestry of complex yet gorgeously weighted fragrances, from toasted honeycomb to figs and a touch of dry raisin. Matured for 3 years in American bourbon barrels and finished in sherry casks for 4 years, its creamy flavours offer a delectable blend of barley with grape. The intense sherry richness towards the end, gives this rare whisky its name. The finish is long and luxuriously spiced, with a cocoa tinged vanilla.

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ColourDark Amber.

NoseComplex and gorgeously weighted, toasted honeycomb, dry resin, Dates, figs and apricot, its almost an aromatic tapestry.

PalateMagnificent mix of barley and grape, sweet and creamy, intense richness of sherry in the end.

FinishLong and luxurious, with pulsing vanilla-cocoa mix and a build-up of spices.

PairingThis extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine – Asian Age

Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine

The first do when drinking wine is that you don’t need to worry about saying the right thing or perceiving the aromas and flavours as anyone else does.  Wine is wonderfully subjective and your appreciation of it depends on the time of day, how much wine you drink, what you usually eat or drink, your mood and of course most importantly your own preferences. Do trust your own instincts and form your own opinions.

The wine world comes across intimidating at times but it really isn’t and once you get into it you will find that it is not that complicated either.

A couple of things you should do. Ensure your wine is at the right temperature. Too cold and you will not be able to taste or smell all the aromas and flavours, if too warm the wine will come across flabby and flat. Ideally wine should be drunk at 11 degrees Celsius for whites, 6 degrees Celsius for sparkling and sweet wines and 16 to 18 Degrees Celsius for reds.

Do drink your wines in the right glassware. The shape, size and thickness of the glass all matter and also of course the cleanliness of the glass. If you’re going to pursue discovering wine, I would recommend spending a little money on good glassware. Incorrect glassware can destroy even the best of wines. If in your trip on discovery road you intend building a collection at home it would be wise to buy a wine fridge to store your wines at the right temperature. Do not keep your wines at the back of your cupboard where they can be subjected to 40-degree heat.

Do allow some reds wines to breathe. Open the bottle and keep it open for some time depending on the wine you are about to have or pour the bottle into a decanter to speedup the process. You could also simply rotate the wine in your glass to enhance its offerings to you. Wine opens up as it comes into contact with air and releases otherwise hidden aromas.

Please do experiment with our local cuisines and cuisines from all over the world with wine. We have some of the greatest culinary traditions on the planet and not drinking wine with our food is a shame.

Do experiment, get a bunch of people together and constantly try new wines. The world of wine is very large with many countries, regions and grape varieties producing a plethora of styles for you to discover.

We even have a wine-growing region in our very own backyard  – Nasik/Akluj/Nandi Hills to name a few and you will find that there is great quality being produced here itself.

Do not put ice in your wine, do not fill it all the way to the top and please do hold the wine by the stem of the glass and of course don’t be disappointed if the wine you have bought is not to your liking. Move on and do try the next.

Written by -Nikhil Agarwal

Sommelier & CEO, All Things Nice

Johnnie Walker

JOHNNIE WALKER RED LABEL – In 1909, ‘Special Old Highland Whisky’ was renamed Johnnie Walker Red Label and a legend was born. Imbued with pioneering spirit from the outset, Johnnie Walker Red Label travelled “wherever ship could sail”. With its bold flavour and versatile character, it mixed well socially and made friends all around the globe. Today, it is the world’s best-selling Scotch Whisky, available in more than 180 countries.` Johnnie Walker Red Label has won more than thirty major awards, including two Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and three golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competition

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Red Label is crackling with spice and bursting with vibrant, smoky flavours. It’s a blend that combines light whiskies from Scotland’s East Coast and more peaty whiskies from the West, creating an extraordinary depth of flavour. Johnnie Walker Red Label tumbles onto your palate with the freshness of spray from a breaking wave, bringing the unmistakable zing of aromatic spices – cinnamon and pepper – fizzing over the centre of your tongue. There’s a suggestion of fruity sweetness, like fresh apple or pear and a mellow bed of vanilla, before the Johnnie Walker signature of a long, lingering, smoky finish.

JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL –In 1909, ‘Extra Special Old Highland Whisky’ was renamed Johnnie Walker Black Label. Johnnie Walker Black Label was created to represent the very best from all four corners of Scotland and was quickly recognised as a new benchmark in blending excellence. Embraced by the great and the good, it has been immortalised in a painting by none other than Winston Churchill and on film in the cult classic Blade Runner. Today, it is one of the world’s best-selling Deluxe Scotch Whiskies.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Black Label is rich, complex and incredibly well-balanced, full of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and signature smokiness. Blended exclusively from whiskies matured for at least 12 years, it brings together flavours from the four corners of Scotland to create an experience that is complex, deep and rewarding. Johnnie Walker Black Label rolls decadently over the tongue, releasing intense sweet vanillas that give way to orange zest and aromas of spice and raisins. The finish is unbelievably smooth and layered with rich smoke, peat and malt.

JOHNNIE WALKER DOUBLE BLACK – Johnnie Walker Double Black was created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge as a darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label. The blend is matured in heavily charred casks and uses a greater proportion of characterful West Coast and Island whiskies to elevate iconic flavours to a new level of intensity. A relatively recent addition to the Johnnie Walker range it may be, but Johnnie Walker Double Black is already a classic. Johnnie Walker Double Black has won several major awards, including gold at the International Spirits Challenge and Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Double Black is the Intense Blend – powerful, full-bodied and smoky.The heavier influence of the ‘big’ flavours of Scotland’s West Coast and Islands is immediately apparent, with swirls of peat smoke over rich raisins and fruits – apples, pears and citrus. These soften into sweet vanillas and spice, before developing into a warming finish of oak tannins and lingering smokiness.

JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is the Celebration Blend, a personal creation of Master Blender Jim Beveridge for very special nights out with very special friends. Included in the blend is the Clynelish Single Malt, whose distillery was fed with water from hills where gold was once discovered. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is every bit as luxurious and indulgent as its name suggests. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve has won several major awards, including four Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and four Double Golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours  – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is known for its creamy smoothness. It opens with a luxurious burst of delicate nectar and gentle smokiness that develops into sweet fruits and deeper, velvety, honeyed tones before giving way to sublime, lingering whispers of smoke and oakiness in the finish.

JOHNNIE WALKER PLATINUM LABEL 18 YEAR OLD – In times gone by, whiskies were set aside by Johnnie Walker master blenders for the purpose of making ‘private blends’. These were extra special blends given as personal gifts in acknowledgement of an exceptional relationship. Whether for customer, employee, business partner or friend, they were highly prized by those who received them. The spirit of them lives on in Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Year Old, an exquisitely-crafted blend for the 21st Century that draws inspiration from the richness of the past.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Year Old blends big, classic Johnnie Walker flavours with intriguing contemporary notes of citrus and fragrant almonds. Initially sweet with a warm vanilla undercurrent and a suggestion of tangerines, it moves smoothly over the palate into a nutty, malty dryness before a long finish brings elegant suggestions of soft charcoal smokiness and a beautifully fading citrus zest.

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL – In 1867, John Walker’s son, Alexander, created his remarkable ‘Old Highland Whisky’ blend. It was a masterpiece of the blender’s art that drew together the finest flavours from the four corners of Scotland to create something rare and exceptional. Johnnie Walker Blue Label commemorates Walker’s Old Highland Whisky, a statement of whisky excellence that stays true to the genius of the Walker name. Johnnie Walker Blue Label has won many major awards, including six Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and three Double Golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Blue Label is incomparably rich and smoky, with velvety smooth breaking waves of powerful flavour. Created from hand-selected casks of some of the rarest and most exceptional whiskies, there is no sensory experience quite like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges tumble in first, before releasing hidden secrets like ginger, kumquats, sandalwood and dark chocolate. A rich honey sweetness emerges, accompanied by hints of pepper and dried fruits, before an impossibly long, lingering, smooth finish of perfectly balanced, soft smoke.

JOHN WALKER & SON  X 21 – John Walker & Sons XR 21 was created to honour this very special occasion. Inspired by Sir Alexander’s own hand-written notes, it is blended from the exclusive Johnnie Walker reserve of rare whiskies, all of which have been matured for a full 21 years.

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Flavours – Assured, balanced and elegant, it has intriguing layers of intensity that are both surprising and delightful. Sweet honey and tempered spices come cloaked in warming smoke. Citrus zest, ripened tropical fruits and caramel swirl within hints of tobacco and raisins. The long, smooth, soothing finish is complex and fascinating – a myriad of influences played out over a subtle tapestry of peatiness .

JOHN WALKER & SON KING GEORGE V – In 1820, John Walker started out in business with a single small shop, but he always had big ambitions. Just over a century later, John Walker & Sons was awarded a Royal Warrant by King George V. By then, Johnnie Walker was already well on its way to becoming the world’s most popular Scotch whisky. Becoming a supplier to the Royal Household was an important step on that journey. John Walker & Sons King George V commemorates the granting of the Royal Warrant on 1 January 1934. It is created using only the finest whiskies from distilleries that were operating during George’s twenty-five-year reign (1910 – 1936), some of which, like the famed Port Ellen, no longer exist. They are blended together to reflect the distinctive Johnnie Walker style of the era.

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Flavours – It is an opulent and regal blend. Sensuous, layered and intense, the John Walker & Sons King George V is a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas. Hints of roasted nuts, dark chocolate and an imposing sweet smokiness combine elegantly with suggestions of honey, citrus orange and rose petals. This is an extremely complex luxury whisky.

JOHN WALKER & SONS ODYSSEY – John Walker & Sons Odyssey is a celebration of the epic journeys our whiskies undertook in the early years of the 20th Century, as they travelled over the oceans to every corner of the world. This rare Triple Malt was created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge to evoke the aromas and sensations of this defining era. He took as his inspiration the legendary Johnnie Walker ‘Swing’, created in 1932 by the founder’s grandson, Sir Alexander Walker. He was a blender of extraordinary skill who handed down his detailed notes for future generations.

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Flavours – John Walker & Sons Odyssey is made from just three extraordinary Single Malts, carefully blended and married together in oak casks to enhance the intricate layering of flavours and impart an exquisite smoothness. This elegant whisky has a deep and distinctive russet-red hue that hints at the rich tannins to come. With the first sip, toffee and honey emerge followed by cooked berries, roast walnuts and top notes of delicate citrus. The finish is sublime – an impeccable, rich smokiness that seems to linger forever.

THE JOHN WALKER – The John Walker is the ultimate celebration of progress – an enduring tribute to the life, vision and legacy of the man who started it all. Known as the Founder’s Blend, it uses only whiskies that would have been familiar to John Walker in his lifetime, some of which come from distilleries that are now silent. Just nine distilleries in total contribute exquisitely-made whiskies, which are blended by hand using traditional methods and in extremely limited quantities, before being married together in a 100-year-old cask.

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Flavours – The blend itself is refined, sophisticated, supremely complex, yet harmonious. The magnificent presentation only hints at the experience to follow. The nose is rich and redolent of mature fruits with youthful aromas of fresh citrus hovering above. With the first sip, a vanilla oak burst soars across the palate. The blend’s enormous body and elegant structure are immediately apparent as big, opulent flavours cascade down onto a bed of soft sweetness. They evolve and transform constantly to deliver an echo of signature smoke in the finish. This is a whisky of unique discernment.

 

Wine Tasting at Aer

A fantastic private wine tasting with Philippe Gonet Blanc de Blanc Champagne, Pascal Jolivet Sancerre, Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG Del Comune Di Gavi, Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso DOC, Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Dominio Del Plata BEN MARCO Malbec and Saint Cosme, Cheateauneuf-Du-Pape at Aer, Four Seaons Hotel.

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Walk around tasting

Advent

Walk around tasting with Corte Giara Allegrini Soave 2012, Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino, Marchesi Di Barolo Gavi Di Gavi 2014, Pighin Pinot Grigio D.O.C. 2015, Querciabella Camartina 2010, Réserve Mouton Cadet Sauternes 2012, Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2013, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV, Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2011, Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG 2012 at Chambers at Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai.

Beer Tasting at Woodside Inn, Lower Parel

All Things Nice hosted a fun, interactive tasting with 12 beers at Woodside Inn – Lower Parel! We tasted beers by Doolally Taproom, Brewbot Mumbai, Independence Brewing Company, The Barking Deer Brewpub and Gateway Brewing Co.

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Martell Hosts Art D’Artisan With Sommelier NIkhil Agarwal

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Martell, the oldest of the great cognac houses hosted ART D’ ARTISAN, a fine evening for the crème de la crème of Chennai at ITC Grand Chola where Martell celebrated its 300 year old legacy of craftsmanship through art, gastronomy and conversations.. Cognac enthusiasts came together to celebrate the evolution of Martell Cognac through this finely curated evening.

Focusing purely on French elegance and style, the evening witnessed chosen installations crafted by Jean Francois Lessage, scion of the legendary couture embroidery family, where the art pieces reflected the dimensions of curiosity. Just like the brand Martell, his designs have today become a paradigm of French artistry.

Moreover, showcasing Martell’s passion for gastronomy, the evening turned each moment into a gastronomical pleasure where all the guests came together under one roof to indulge in sumptuous combinations of international and Indian cuisine. Sommelier, Nikhil Agarwal, paired these combinations with the luxury of different blends of Martell Cognac. In the first course, Nikhil and Jean Francois Lessage himself, spoke of the artistry of the French 19th century, the Martell founder’s craftsmanship and Jean Francois’ artwork. Also, being the first luxury liquor brand to collaborate contemporary art with gastronomy, Nikhil shared his thoughts on the concept of the 19th century French artistry along with Martell’s art of distillation while the guests enjoyed Martell VS served with the chef’s choice of appetizers.

In the second course, guests were served molecular fare as Nikhil and Anil Thadani, General Manager, ITC Grand Chola, spoke about Martell’s passion of gastronomy. The element of curiosity was also brought alive by the chef through the use of unique ingredients and innovative presentation of the food while the guests indulged in a pairing of the main course with Martell VSOP.

The evening culminated over an indulgent pairing of the Martell XO where the complimenting notes of XO and desserts were savored over a riveting rendezvous with S. Muthiah, a renowned historian, as he spoke about the French way of life, literature, art and the cultural exchanges between India and France, creating a sensorial experience.

Living up to its rich legacy with French elegance, ART D’ ARTISAN brought alive a prefect amalgamation of Art, Gastronomy & Conversations, for its discerning epicureans.

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Celebrating India’s Finest 2017

Celebrating India’s Finest 2017 – All Things Nice, Liebherr and HT 48 Hours presented Celebrating India’s Finest in association with Lifestyle Partner Living Foodz and Hospitality Partner Sofitel Mumbai BKC.

Event Partners include Uber, Pascati Chocolate,  Spiegelau, Jean-Claude Biguine India and Atma

Participating wineries were Charosa Vineyards,  Myra Vineyards,  Sula Vineyards,  Good Drop Wine Cellars, Grover Zampa Vineyards,  Soma Vine Village,  Nine Hills, Oakwood Vineyards Reveilo Wines and York Winery.

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