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Wine tasting for Cisco at Trident, Gurgaon

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin, 2015 Marlborough New Zealand

This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavours dominated by gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavour profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity.

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier, 2014 South Australia 

This wine is corn silk in colour with green hues. It expresses aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine, with poached quinces and apricot. The palate includes grapefruit, lemongrass and stone fruit, and the texture adds layers of fruit persistence. The added aging on lees and wild fermentation deliver a rich and silky mid-palate, whilst maintaining its freshness, making it a pleasure to drink. Pairs perfectly with harissa chicken or crispy rice pancakes with potato and chickpeas.

Dr. Loosen Reisling, 2014 Mosel Germany

This estate-grown Riesling showcases the mineral-driven style of the steep, blue slate vineyards in the middle Mosel. It comes from parcels owned by Dr. Loosen in the villages of Bernkastel, Graach and Wehlen. It is bright and vibrant with the classic white peach fruit and floral, flinty minerality that is so typical of this terroir. This wine makes an elegant aperitif and is an excellent match for seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.

Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis Toscana IGT, 2013 Tuscany Italy

A delightful wine that combines elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced and approachable in its youth with considerable aging potential of 5 to 8 years.

Montes Alpha Merlot, 2013 Colchagua Valley Chile

Handsome ruby-red color. Outstanding nose of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, with hints of tobacco. These elements come through on the palate, revealing a full-bodied wine. Mid-palate is round and velvety, with an added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish.

 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Columbia Valley USA

The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices, with the Syrah blended in (11%) showing itself. The blue and black fruit flavours are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouth feel and a sustained sense of balance. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees. Fresh and expressive, deftly balanced and juicy, with raspberry and cherry flavours supported by hints of cinnamon and pepper. The finish persists against nubby tannins.

Wine Tasting for Cisco at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai

Masi Levarie Soave Classico DOC 2014, Veneto, Italy

Pale straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. Good intensity on the nose with hints of flowers and tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. On the palate, a refreshing acidity is well balanced by creaminess with melon and ripe pear flavours. Ideally served as an aperitif or with hors d’oeuvres, soups, pasta or simple rice dishes with Mediterranean flavours or with fish dishes.

Chateau de Parenchere Superieur Bordeaux Blanc 2015, Bordeaux, France

This blend contributes directly to the balance of the wine. The Sauvignon produces aromatic strength and freshness, while the Semillon complements this with a certain degree of roundness on the palate. The Muscadelle adds intense white flower notes to the aromatic range of the finished wine. A white wine with intense white and citrus fruit aromas, which is both fresh and round on the palate.

Selbach ‘Incline’ Riesling 2015, Mosel, Germany

Vinified in stainless steel, with just a hint of residual sugar, this wine vividly represents all that Mosel wine should be – Fruity with vibrant acidity, clarity, and precision; all highlighted by intense slate-driven minerality. Fresh-tasting, with snappy green apple and ripe citrus flavours flanked by plenty of savoury and herbal notes. Lemon drop accents show on the finish

Allan Scott ‘Hound’ Pinot Noir 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

Hints of cherries, black plums and a maple on the nose. The ripe and sumptuous concentrated fruit is supported by subtle notes of oak. The wine finishes very smoothly with refined ripe, light tannins providing structure and a smooth silky long flavourful finish. Aged for 12 months in new French Oak.

Torres Altos Ibericos Tempranillo 2013, Rioja, Spain

Opaque cherry red. Rich cherry, black plum jam aromas with spicy green peppercorn and smoky notes. Intense, warm, with firm tannins nicely structured by oak aging and a backbone of subtle fruit acidity. Excellent with all kinds of tapas prepared with fresh ingredients; red meat, oil-rich fish and cheeses. Exquisite with cured pork.

Rolf Binder ‘Halliwell’ Shiraz Grenache 2013, Barossa Valley, Australia

The bouquet of this wine is filled with the abundance of berry fruit. The subtle use of both old and new oak combined with soft tannins comes through on the palate. Strong full bodied characters last right through to the back of the palate and linger. The wine boasts of ripe fruit characters.

Wine Tasting with Alchemy at The Chambers, Taj Lands End

Allan Scott Single Vineyard Moorlands Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand – Aromatic with lemon citrus and perfumed notes with hints of passion fruit and freshly crushed herbs. The palate is elegant with citrus, passion fruit and dried herbs; the oak influence is delicate and perfectly balanced with the clean refreshing acidity giving this wine a deliciously appealing finish.

Pighin Pinot Grigio DOC. 2015,  Friuli Grave, Italy – Straw yellow with lightly amber-coloured tinges in color with fruity and floral aromas including banana, pineapple and wisteria flowers. Persistent, excellent body and correct balance.

Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaël AOC 2011, Bordeaux, France – A very dense, very concentrated wine with elegant tannins that stand out, but are mellow and smooth. They are elegantly      woody, but not excessively to leave plenty of room for the fruit.

Prunotto Barolo DOCG 2012, Piedmont, Italy – Garnet red in colour with ample and complex aromas of violets and berry fruit, full and velvety in flavor and very balanced. Its structure and body make it an ideal match for meat and game dishes and for cheese.

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, USA – Deep, enticing wild berry and black currant fruit weaves harmoniously with layers of fragrant tobacco leaf, forest floor and toast in a complex ribbon of flavor that flows into a deliciously long finish in this powerful yet refined taste of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot.

Blind Tasting at Cafe Zoe

Casablanca Vino Spumante NV, Nasik, India: Pale straw color revealing its fresh and young character. A generous fruity nose of kiwi and grape fruit layered with lime and floral undertones.  Light bodied. On the palate reminiscent of pear and green apple with a predominant acidic structure.

Bertani Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy: Greenish yellow in colour, this white boasts a light nose exuding floral and fruity aromas. Discover this dry, fruity and light-bodied wine expressing lively acidity and offering a slender texture. It also unveils a light mouthfeel that leads into a short finish.

Fratelli Chardonnay 2016, Akluj, India: Straw coloured with light green reflections, the wine has citrus aromas of orange and lemon with subtle notes of white flowers. On the palate, Fratelli Chardonnay exemplifies great balance. It reflects the freshness and minerality of the sandy soils it is grown on. An east-west sun exposure ensures proper ripeness and thus, good acidity. The use of French oak lends roundness and buttery notes on the finish. Elegance and structure combine together to make for a delicious wine that does justice to the varietal.

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Chardonnay 2016, Casablanca, Rapel & Limari, Chile: Light lemon yellow with expressive and attractive aromas of pineapple, citrus, and vanilla. This elegant wine is balanced with bright acidity and a long, memorable finish.

Grover’s La Reserve Blanc 2015, Nasik, India: La Réserve Blanc is aged in French oak barrels, with the fragrant notes of honeysuckle, apricot and pineapple. Rich and powerful with a long persistence, it finishes on tropical fruit, citrus and soft oak notes.

Le Grand Noir GSM 2015, Minervois, Languedoc Roussillon, France: A lively Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre with prominent notes of black cherry, blackberry, dark plum with hints of cloves and black pepper. Well structured, medium bodied with gentle tannins.

Dona Paula Malbec 2016, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Intense purplish red color. Sweet, spicy and intense aromas, with notes of red fruits and herbs (such as Herbes de Provence). In the mouth, this wine is soft, velvety, fresh, and well balanced.

Sula Rasa Shiraz 2015, Nasik, India: It is a complex wine, with power and finesse. Crafted from handpicked grapes from our own estate vineyards, Rasa Shiraz is aged for 12 months in premium French oak barrels and then further matured in the bottle before release. The wine is drinking beautifully now, opulent and lush, with supple tannins and a peppery finish.

Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014, Nasik, India: Barrel aged in French oak, the bouquet of this wine is exceptionally intense. The fruity notes of cherry, raspberry and blueberry are enriched with the spicy notes of pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. On the plate, the structure is extremely full. The body is velvety and harmonious.

Swiss – Indian Wine Tasting

De Mauler, Cuvée de Réserve Brut 2000, Môtiers Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Elegant, mellow yellow robe. Fresh fruits dominated by roasted notes of grilled bread. Full bodied with a beautiful, harmonious structure and very fine pearls.

Badoux Aigle les Murailles 2013, Vaud Chablais, Switzerland: Beautiful lemon yellow. Fine and delicate on the nose, with aromas evoking lime blossom, minerality and chalky character typical of the gypsum veined soil. The palate is elegant and fruity, with flavors of mango, linden flowers, accompanied by a subtle mineral touch.

Reveilo Grillo 2017, Nasik, India: The wine greets you with a bouquet of citrus, lemon, orange and grapefruit. It is a medium bodied wine with crisp acidity and a long mineral after taste.

Dézaley de l’Evêque Grand Cru AOC 2015, Vaud Lavaux, Switzerland: Complex nose of floral aromas. A soft attack on the palate with strong mineral expression. Full body with flavors of toasted almonds and caramelized apples. Balanced and harmonious.

Fratelli Vitae Chardonnay 2015, Akluj, India: The wine has notes of brioche, vanilla and butter on the nose while the palate is clean with a distinguished minerality, notes of tangerine and citrus, completed by a long finish at the end.

Domaine Les Perrières Cabernet Sauvignon, Peissy Genève AOC 2017, Geneva, Switzerland: Dark red with cherry and blackcurrant on the nose with coffee, gingerbread, blackcurrant and elderberries on the palate.

Sula Cabernet Shiraz 2017, Nasik, India: A smooth, medium-bodied red wine accentuated by ripe cherry and plum notes, black pepper aromas and soft, silky tannins.

San Domenico Merlot del Malcantone Ticino DOC 2013, Malcantone, Switzerland: Deep garnet red with aromas of wild berries and sour cherries, spice and light vanilla notes. Full-bodied, delicious, warm and harmonious, soft and well-integrated tannins.

Charosa Reserve Tempranillo 2014, Nasik, India: Dark ruby red in color, this wine is filled with rich coconut, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry aromas. A medium-bodied wine which has an excellent concentration of warm red fruit flavors like raspberry, strawberry and plum, distinctly ripe and fleshy. Well-balanced with a perfectly round and soft finish.

Hellyers Road Peated, Single Malt Whisky

Aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) and distilled using peated grain sourced from Inverness – Scotland, this single malt was recognised as the nation’s best at the Malt Whisky Society of Australia Awards for Excellence in 2010. True Scotch lovers will be in awe of this delightful Tasmanian crafted drop. 46.2% alc/vol. Presented in a stunning canister.

A whiff of burnt fern smokiness greets the nose with typical hints of citrus, lemon and orange presenting through the haze. The palate is further complimented by a citrus sweetness with overtones of malt presenting. A lingering aftertaste conjures fresh forest regeneration with layers of smoke and pepper omnipresent.

Hellyers Road Peated, Single Malt Whisky

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir, Single Malt Whisky

Hellyers Original Single Malt Whisky, aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) finished in French Oak (ex-pinot noir) to provide a tantalising point of difference for single malt lovers. Imaginative and unique, this delightful spirit evokes all the complexities of a Tasmanian rainforest. Judged a Global Whisky Master and one of the World’s Ten Best Value Whiskies in 2015 (United Kingdom).

The nose is immediately drawn to crisp summer citrus, lemon and orange that obediently withdraws on the palate to manifest a sweet, gentle layer of pepper and spice – a persuasion of the red wine cameo. Burnt blackberry sauce lingers in the aftertaste foreclosing a treasured confusion of the senses.

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir, Single Malt Whisky

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. Made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in century old warehouses until the peak of maturity. The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit. The smooth finish lingers on the palate. This will never change.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey