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What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista

Wine and dine

Ashok Patil at the Charosa wines launch at Pali Village Café

The wine shine was on as Charosa Vineyards launched its exquisite range of wines at Pali Village Café. On offer were new-world wines Charosa Reserve Tempranillo, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Selections Sauvignon Blanc, Selections Shiraz, Selections Viognier, Pleasures Sauvignon Blanc and Pleasures Cabernet Shiraz. And the menu comprised roasted bell pepper and jalapeno hummus, prawns in lemon coriander broth, roast garlic marinated chicken, roasted tomato and mascarpone risotto, pan-seared Cambodian bassa and desserts of hazelnut mousse flan and flourless chocolate fudge. In attendance were Parag Kamat, CEO, Charosa Wineries along with Clive Castelino, manager – training and corporate sales and winemaker Ashok Patil.


Wonder whiff

Maricza Alvarenga at the Cigar Conexion evening at Dome

The whiff of fine cigars was in the air at Dome at InterContinental Marine Drive at the Cigar Conexion evening to introduce Rocky Patel, creator of the famed Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. Guests gleaned that Cigar Conexion, headquartered in Bengaluru, is the exclusive and official distributor of the finest hand and machine made cigars from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, the US and Indonesia. Slickly designed humidors, cigar cutters and wooden gift boxes for cigars were on display.


Great going

Kajal Aggarwal at The Great Grover Stomp in Nashik

From noon to sundown it was a heady time at The Great Grover Stomp at Sanjegaon in Nashik Valley. A vineyard walk, winery tour, wine-tasting session, traditional grape stomping in a huge wooden vat, art with wine by Jatin Das and Rini Dumal, music by the band Junckt, live cooking with wine by Chef Natarajan Kulandai and an auction with wine bottles signed by Bollywood’s Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri and Huma Qureshi with the proceeds given to the local Jilha Parishad primary school formed part of the action. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the award-winning wines like La Reserve, Zampa Chene Grand Reserve, Art Collection Viognier and Zampa Soirée Brut and Brut Rosé.


Fest with the best

Shonali Nagrani, Binal Trivedi, Svetlana Casper and Carol Gracias at Vino Fest at Phoenix Marketcity

Wine and food, art and fashion blended beautifully at Vino Fest 2014, Mumbai’s largest wine festival at Phoenix Marketcity. Guests sipped and savoured Indian and imported wines and had a bite of exotic flavoured cheese from Go Cheese, The Cheese Collective and Epicure/Milkana. Hosted by Shamita and Mashoom Singha, this fest included a drum performance, wine tasting, salsa performance and a ceremonial grape stomp. Enjoying the experience were Waluscha De Sousa, Carol Gracias, Svetlana Casper, Pia and Binal Trivedi, Sanea Shaikh, Shonali Nagrani, Mehak Chahal and Anushka Manchanda among many more. Nine Hills, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Charosa Wineries, Reveilo Wines, Turning Point and imported brands like Jacob’s Creek, Ixora Vineyards and Continental Wines participated in this popular wine festival.

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