This Saturday, the city will host an intensive day-long wine training course that will introduce Puneites to wine tasting and pairing. The workshop will initiate participants to eight different types of wines, and the various foods that can be paired with them.
A wine tasting session in progress. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Sovna Puri, head of tasting and training, Sula Vineyards, will be conducting the workshop. She says, “The main objective of this course is not only to make the participants familiar with the characteristics of principal grape varieties but also brief them about the service and retailing sector of the wine industry. I am also teaching them the delicate business of food and wine pairing and how not to go overboard with it.” This is an introductory course and is open to all interested in learning about wines, with or without any prior knowledge on the same.
When asked about the tricky task of food and wine pairing, Puri says that food and wine pairing has a lot to do with personal preferences. The classic examples of food-wine combo are Blue cheese and port/dessert wine or Oyster with Champagne.
However, “One has to think a little before pairing Indian food with a wine as Indian food contains a lot of spices and it is hot too. Hence, it is a challenging task. But when paired with a perfect wine, even a butter chicken or dosa can make a great option,” concludes Puri The workshop is graded Wine and Spirit Education (WSET) Level 1, and each participant will have to undergo an exam by the end of the day, where they will be tested of their food and wine pairing skills. Certificates will be issued to those who successfully complete all the stages.
On: June 28
At: Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre, Pune Station.
Fee: Rs 7,500