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It was all about the WINE at the Mysore Wine Festival!

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Earlier this month wine lovers from Mysore were in for a treat! The Karnataka Wine Board, Bangalore, and the Department of Horticulture collaborated and organized the Mysore Wine Festival that took place on the 18th-20th Oct.

Nine Hills Wine at the Mysore Wine Festival

Nine Hills Wine Mysore Wine Festival

 

The three day event was conducted at the Oil Palm Project Office in Mysore and drew connoisseurs from across the erstwhile princely city of Mysore.

 

The event encouraged the cultivation and the founding of more vineyards urging land owners to switch from tobacco cultivation to the planting of grapes in the state.

 

With 11 Wineries from across the country participating, the festival was open to all and was the ideal space for several wine centered activities like special wine tastings, education on wine and food pairings, a fun-filled grape stomping and a plethora of musical and cultural programs.

 

The fete also focused on the multitude of health benefits wine drinkers enjoyed – as an elixir and in shackling the progress of heart disease and cancer.

 

The Nine Hills Wines Stall at the festival was one that buzzed with activity, offering wine lovers tasting samplers, special festival discounts and free gifts and goodies on the purchase our gorgeous wines!

 
The event was a precursor to The International Wine Festival in Bangalore that will be the highlight of the holiday season this December!

 

Watch out for more events with  Nine Hills- this November, we will be at Bangalore’s  favorite flea market extravaganza – Soul Sante and at The Bandra Wine Tasting Festival in Mumbai! We look forward to seeing our Nine Hills faithful there!

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The Nine Hills Food & Wine Showcase 2012

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Friends, Nine Hills Wine is going places!

In the recent Nine Hills Food & Wine Showcase 2012, an elaborate sit-down-dinner attended by the crème de la crème at the Leela Palace, Bangalore, the top most chefs of the country showcased their culinary skills enhanced by the delicious wines from the cellars of Nine Hills Wines. Alok Chandra, covers the salient features of the remarkable evening hosted by Nine Hills Wines in his latest article in Business Standard.

We have re-produced the entire article below for your benefit:

Wines to lift the spirits

Alok Chandra / Bangalore Sep 08, 2012, 00:23 IST

Food Lovers Bangalore Magazine recently undertook a four-month long effort to identify the best restaurants in Bangalore. Titled “The Nine Hills Food & Wine Showcase 2012”, it culminated last Saturday in a seven-course sit-down dinner for 175 people at the Leela Palace, Bangalore.

Nine Hills is, of course, the wine produced by Pernod Ricard India — which used to be Seagram India before the parent company was broken-up and sold off in 2000-01, mainly to the two largest spirit companies in the world, Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Guinness) and Pernod Ricard (Chivas Regal, Absolut vodka, Jacob’s Creek wines).

Seagram India had famously “tweaked Vijay Mallya’s beard” (I won’t tell who said that) by making a success of its grain alcohol-based whiskies (Royal Stag, Blender’s Pride). With Mallya now reportedly talking to Diageo for a buy-out of his United Spirits, the worldwide rivalry between the two competitors will take an interesting turn in India.

Back to Nine Hills, whose winery near Nashik was set up in 2005, and the wines launched in end-2006. The initial wine quality left much to be desired: I remember a dinner at the Taj West End for the Bangalore Wine Club in 2007 with the wines — everyone was very polite, but tellingly most of the wine glasses remained only half-empty!

But, as they say, “You’ve come a Long Way, Baby”. The wines have been steadily improving in quality with every vintage, and the eight wines we had with the superlative food laid out at the event were (mostly) very good indeed. Their white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Viognier) were crisp, clean and balanced; the Shiraz Rose was aromatic and easy-drinking, while the reds (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, both regular and reserve) with the balance, fruit and soft tannins, were a good match with the food. All the regular wines were of 2011 vintage, with the reserves being from 2010.

Interestingly, the dishes were prepared by 18 different chefs from each of the 18 restaurants featured in the showcase — a rare feat, as normally one chef will not tolerate the presence of another in the same kitchen. Top honours (the gold awards) went to two standalone restaurants: Olive Beach and Caperberry, and to hotel restaurants: Jamawar (Leela Palace), Pink Poppadom (Ista).

Kudos to Kripal Amanna (publisher and managing editor of Food Lovers) and his team who have crafted a unique platform, one that showcases the “best of the best” in the city, recognising culinary talent where it exists, and bringing this to a discerning audience — all with world-class style and panache. Well done, guys!

Wines I’ve been drinking:

Of the wines we had, the one I liked the most was the Nine Hills Shiraz Reserve 2010: its dark red colour presages a big wine and the aroma does not disappoint, being a bit woody and full of berries and spice. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and manages to be both sharp and mellow (come on, it’s still young), with rounded tannins and a decently long finish. But it was a superb match for the pork spare ribs by Chef Manu Chandra (no relative) of Olive Beach.

We’ll drink to that.

Here’s the link to the article – http://bit.ly/RBPsPC

Haven’t we always said that the wines from our vineyards are one of the best? Now people say it too. Try out Nine Hills Shiraz Reserve 2010 and experience it for yourself one of the finest wines from this part of the world!

Cheers!

Categories: Events

Nine Hills Wine Contest: Celebrating Cabernet

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

The International Cabernet Day, celebrated this year on 30th August, is dedicated to the ‘King’ of red wines, loved for its intensity, fruity hints, well balanced acidity and soft tannins.

In order to celebrate one of the most cherished wines, Nine Hills Wine announced the CELEBRATING CABERNET Contest — a 5-day contest starting from 27th August till 31st August.

The contest included 5 questions, 1 question for every day of the contest.

And the prize: A bottle of Nine Hills Wine’s delectable Cabernet Sauvignon.

Our award-winning Cabernet has a nice red terracotta color with purple highlights and it expresses hints of cherry, vanilla and capsicum aromas. It’s well-balanced acidity and soft tannins charm the palate and leave a lingering finish. It pairs well with various meats and cheeses.

Here are the answers to the questions asked:

1.       Cabernet Sauvignon is believed to have originated from which popular wine producing region?

A.     Tuscany, Italy

B.     Burgundy, France

C.     Napa Valley, California

D.     Bordeaux, France

E.     Barossa Valley, Australia

Answer: Bordeaux, France

Originated in the Bordeaux region, mainly Medoc, in France, Cabernet represents over half the planted grape-varieties. From France, the grape spread to Europe and the New World like Napa Valley, Australia, Chile.

2.      Name two common aromas that are associated with the Cabernet Sauvignon Grape?

A.     Blackberry and Spices

B.     Eucalyptus and leather

C.     Vanilla and Cherry

D.     Pineapple and Oak

E.     Peach and Tobacco

Answer: Vanilla and Cherry

Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits quite a few aromas. Some of the aroma and flavor descriptors most typically found in Cabernet Sauvignon are: Cherry, Bell Pepper, Black Currant, Black Berries, Vanilla, Tobacco, and Leather.

3.      Wine producing regions experiencing ………………………… climate have a higher success rate of growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

A.     Hot and humid

B.     Slightly cooler

C.     Cold

D.     Warm

Answer: Warm

Cabernet Sauvignon is usually grown in relatively warmer climate regions. We received a lot of entries with Hot and Humid, but no, the trick was ‘humid’. Cabernet doesn’t grow in humid climate.

4.      Cabernet Sauvignon  –

A.     is a red wine with usually high tannins.

B.     grapes have thick skins and small berries.

C.     Both

D.     Neither

Answer: Both.

5.      What is another name for Cabernet Sauvignon?

A.     Sauvignon Rouge

B.     Pinot Blanco

C.     Fume Blanc

D.     Cabernet Rouge

Answer: Sauvignon Rouge

This one was quite close with many participants confusing it with Cabernet Rouge. But still many of you got the correct answer.

The contest received an overwhelming response that made it all the more difficult for us to choose the final winners. Only one winner could answer all the 5 questions correctly. The rest of the winners were chosen on the basis of maximum correct answers to our questions.

And now hold your breath, for the WINNERS are:

  1. RISHI Bhojnagarwala, MUMBAI – All Correct Answers
  2. MARIA Menezes, DELHI
  3. VARUN Mittal, GURGAON
  4. SONIA Bedi Gwasia, BENGALURU
  5. SUBHASIS Roy, KOLKATA

Congratulations!!!

Guys, please share your Postal Address and Contact Nos. with us at: marketing.ninehillswine@gmail.com

Keep Winning, Keep drinking Nine Hills Wines! Cheers!

Categories: Events

Chance for a Wine Dinner with Wine Masters

They came, they conquered, they left and they are back again.. We are talking about none other than our wine masters Jean-Manuel Jacquinot and Philip Deverell who floored everybody with their deep knowledge of wine and vast experience of viticulture and wine-making in their respective last visit. Now they are coming back to India on a whirlwind tour of major Indian cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Hyderabad.

JMJ was born with a silver spoon of wine in his mouth (not literally of course). Born in the family of wine-makers and growing up surrounded by wines and vineyards, he realized wine-making was in his blood and it was inevitable that he should pick up the wine-making traits from his grandfather and then, his father. Later, he studied Oenology and Viticulture from France and his passion for wine took him to various places (read vineyards) where he worked on improving grape quality and wine quality.

Jean-Manuel Jacquinot

Philip works with Premium Wine Brand as a Viticulturist and looks after new and on-going developing projects. With several international projects behind him, Philip has an international exposure to a variety of vineyards and wine production styles around the world.

Philip Deverell

So what’s in store for you?

We are running a contest starting Friday, 21st May until 30th May. There will be one winner from each of the above mentioned cities who will be invited for a special sit-down dinner with our master viticulturist and oenologist Philip and JMJ organized. Participate and you can be the winner and get a golden opportunity to engage in a tête-à-tête with these wine stalwarts where they will not only increase your wine knowledge by leaps and bounds, but will also teach you the fine nuances of food and wine pairing.

Isn’t it fabulous?

So join us in this wonderful wine journey of ours with Philip Deverell and Jean-Manuel Jacquinot.

Stay tuned on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NineHills.Wine) as we start rolling out the questions from tomorrow…

Categories: Events

Best Indian Wines 2012 – Nine Hills Wine

A few weeks ago, Fine Wines and Champagne India magazine had organized a grand tasting of Indian wines. Every major winery in India was invited to participate in this unique and exclusive event with their wines. True varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and one blend of the winery’s choice officially made it to the event.

The judges included sommeliers, wine writers and wine enthusiasts. It was a Blind Tasting where bottles were foil wrapped and numbered. The wines were appraised at an objective level, alone on the merits of effort. Wines were rated on a 100 point scale. And only the wines those scored 80 points and over were considered to be good quality wines.

Though the wine industry in India is still young and the market relatively immature, there were a few wines that were appreciated and showed good quality winemaking. Well, no marks for guessing that Nine Hills Wines shone through and through.

Nine Hills Wines had sent five wines for this tasting and all these five wines featured in the article in the Spring 2012 issue of Fine Wine & Champagne India edition.

The star varietals were:

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Chenin Blanc 2010
  • Shiraz Rosé 2010
  • Shiraz 2010
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Also, Nine Hills Shiraz Rosé was the only Rosé wine, with national availability, that got a mention in Fine Wine & Champagne India magazine.

What’s more! Fine Wine and Champagne India have decided to organize an annual tasting and ranking event to monitor the evolution of Indian wines. The objective is to create an opportunity and on-going process for the wineries to have the quality of their wines assessed in an independent and objective manner by the world’s leading fine wine professionals.

Nine Hills is looking forward to getting more bouquets next year.

THREE CHEERS TO US!!!

Categories: Events

Phillip Deverell, our consultant viticulturist, came visitng

Philip Deverell, our Viticulturist visited India and our Nine Hills Vineyards during the harvest time in Feb-March where his skills and experience were utilized to further develop the viticulture capabilities of the vineyard.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Land Management Viticulture from the University of Sydney. On his various international assignments, Philip’s exposure to a variety of vineyards and wine production styles around the world developed his knowledge not only in different production techniques for high quality vines and wines but also a broad knowledge of vine varieties.

 

We, at Nine Hills Wine, lapped up the opportunity to meet Philip in person and gain some firsthand knowledge about vines and wines.

 

Q – Could you brief us on your role in the wine producing process at the Nine Hills Wines?

 

Philip –Nine Hills has a focus on producing quality wines that start in the vineyard itself. The team at Nine Hills work with our growers throughout the year to ensure that the grapes grown meet the quality and standard required by the Nine Hills wine making team. This process must be year round as there is only one vintage every year and if a mistake is made in growing the grapes, it may result in a reduction in quality.

There is a focus to produce fruit which exhibits varietal character and this can only be done from vineyards which are well managed. Any new growers must have their vineyard reviewed before supplying to see if it meets our standards. We would rather not harvest fruit from a below standard vineyard than harvest it and make sub standard wine.

 

Q – What is the purpose of this India visit?

 

Philip –My purpose is to review the current growing season and inspect the vineyards prior to harvest. It is important to inspect each vineyard to taste and assess the fruit. This is the first step in the wine making process as this will influence some of the techniques used by the wine maker.

 

Q – How are the wines for the current year shaping up?

 

Philip –Wines are still undergoing fermentation so it is very early in the whole process but the ferments are looking good and are exhibiting good flavors and aromas.

 

Q – Are the vines looking promising?

 

Philip –The vineyards are very clean and are free of pest and disease which is ideal at this stage. The vines are showing good ripeness and period of cooler weather earlier in the month has allowed the flavors to accumulate. Whilst we are early in vintage the scene is set for one of good quality.

 

Q- What challenges do you foresee?

 

Philip –The weather is warming a little which means that the ripeness will increase at a faster rate. This means that the team will have to work quickly to harvest the grapes at their optimum. Nonetheless, this is a nice challenge to have rather than having to deal with the threat of looming rain.

 

Q – What is your overall feel after this trip?

 

Philip –Picking grapes is a special time; it is the culmination of the growers’ and viticultural teams’ effort for the year and the beginning of the effort for the wine makers. The 2012 vintage for Nine Hills looks very promising.

Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Nine Hills Wines is looking forward to an excellent vintage in 2012.

 

Cheers!

The Verdict

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

From Day One, it looked like a fierce battle is imminent. The last day toppled it all………..

The first day we asked, “One of the latest varietal that Nine Hills Wine launched is ____”, and all twenty-nine participants replied ‘Nine Hills Viognier’ correctly!!

2nd Day: The question was, “Wine that pairs with the turkey roast during Christmas is ___”. This time, twenty-seven people said ‘White Wine’ and got it right

3rd Day: We asked, “Wine Barrels are made from the wood of which tree?” and all fifty-seven entries were correct!!

4th Day: With the scene heating up, we asked whether “Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon won the “Best Indian Red Wine” at the First Indian Wine Challenge” on the fourth day, and fifty-seven Nine Hills Wine fans came back with a resounding “Yes”!!

5th Day: Sure that we were heading towards a massive lucky-draw, our final question was, “Rose Wine is made from _____”. The options were red grapes, green grapes or both. This saw the highest response – sixty-two in all. But the clincher was, only 3 participants answered it correctly. Rose is made from both red and green grapes. Hence, the third option, ‘both’, was the correct answer!!!

After a very well-participated contest, there emerged two participants who answered all 5 questions correctly – Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Seeing the earnest participation, Nine Hills Wine’s team has decided to declare both Abhishek and Kalyan joint winners!!! Both of them will individually win the hampers from Nine Hills Wine and Borges.

Encouraged by your interest and participation, we, at Nine Hills Wine, have decided to run another contest called – BRINGING IN 2012 Contest. This time round, we will announce four winners from across the 4 zones in our country. So gear up once again.

Congratulations Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Both of you will win a Nine Hills Celebration Hamper and a Borges Hamper.

Welcome, BRINGING IN 2012 Contest.

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After a very well-participated contest, there emerged two participants who answered all 5 questions correctly – Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Seeing the earnest participation, Nine Hills Wine’s team has decided to declare both Abhishek and Kalyan joint winners!!! Both of them will individually win the hampers from Nine Hills Wine and Borges.

Encouraged by your interest and participation, we, at Nine Hills Wine, have decided to run another contest called – BRINGING IN 2012 Contest. This time round, we will announce four winners from across the 4 zones in our country. So gear up once again.

Congratulations Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Both of you will win a Nine Hills Celebration Hamper and a Borges Hamper.