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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.

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Nine Hills – Floored byJMJ

Hmmmm….. Didn’t we tell you that Jean Manuel Jacquinot is passionate about grapes and the wines he makes from them? Didn’t we tell you that you’d encounter a ‘never before’ exploration of food and wine under the gaze of the master himself? Didn’t we tell you that the events, both in Mumbai and Bangalore, would be ‘rocking’? We told you, we told you, we told you…………..

Is it surprising then that the events in both the cities were much-appreciated and raved about? Actually they surpassed the expectations…..In both the dinners, JMJ tutored all guests on the choice of wines that were being served and the logic behind pairing them with the food/snack chosen. The guests couldn’t have asked for more…tuitions from the wine wizard………

All right, we have enticed you enough….here’s sharing the entire gourmet delights…..

The Park, Navi Mumbai: Corporate honchos as guests from across industries. Host Nine Hills team – JMJ (needs introduction?), Adrian Pinto (Business Head, Nine Hills India), Satwinder Pal Singh (Wineries Head, Nine Hills), Nine Hills Marketing team (Navi Mumbai ). Meal – Italian (and boy, was it some good food!!)

With Nine Hills Shiraz Rose doing the rounds amidst a good spread of assorted cheese and snacks on the tables, the evening started with a guided tour of the Nine Hills vineyard — via projector!!! (Did enough to make every guest pine away to go there…) Antipasti was a choice between Involtini of chicken with basil & gorgonzola (Non-veg) or Pomodori Semi Secco, mozzarella di buffalo with pesto (Veg), served with the sparkling Nine Hills Chenin Blanc. Then came fresh asparagus soup with Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Main course was once again a choice between veg potato gnocchi with spinach, gorgonzola cream (absolutely the right consistency and taste…yummm) and non-veg herb crusted salmon on a bed of parsley mash potato, peppers and beans. Drinks doing the rounds at this stage were the Reserves of Nine Hills – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Desserts? But obviously – Tiramisu  — and the evening was made.

Adrian pointed out that there was Dance after Dinner..…perhaps to burn all those cream and cheese that had been admiringly slurped at the table.

Fava at UB City, Bangalore: Guests — Once again, heads from various corporations, expats. Hosts –JMJ, Adrian Pinto, Nine Hills marketing team (Bangalore). Meal – Mediterranean.

Nine Hills Shiraz Rose opening the ceremony with crispy cheese and fresh herb cigars with spicy tomato dip, slow roasted tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella melted with pesto and balsamic reduction, chicken shish kebab and assorted non-veg crostini. For salads, it was Ceasar Salad with Asparagus tips(veg) and Prawn Nicoise Salad(non-veg), served with Nine Hills Chenin Blanc. One the salads were over, came the most loved Spinach and Ricotta Raviolli with Sage Butter sauce, served with Sauvignon Blanc. Dinner, once again, saw the Nine Hills Reserves – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – with Chickpea Kofte and seven Vegetable Tagine with Cous Cous (veg) and Grilled Lamb with Polenta grilled vegetable and Red Wine sauce. Dessert – Alphonsos to enslave the guests – Vanilla and Mango Par Fait with the mango king.

This time no dance…..guess the wines and food had cast their spell — guests kept gushing about the eclectic mix until the wee hours of the morning……..and when they left for home, they left with goodies – bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, candles and a bell-pepper sapling………..

Excellence redefined. Inspirational.

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