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Hurray!!! Holidays!!! What Plans?

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s that time of the year again, nip in the air (‘chill’ is the word for the North and North-East), fog in the mornings, cup of ‘chai’ tasting heavenly, schools about to shut for a couple of weeks, bosses willingly allowing you the leave of absence you have been accumulating over the year, picnic plans, get-togethers, savouring delectable food, fashionable winter clothing…. magic in the air!!! Surely you have plans to make the most of this season. And fret not if for some reason you are not going on a leisure travel this season……there’s so much to do at home

 

  • Bond. Spend time with your family. Do simple things in the house that don’t cost much, but are meaningful – make a bird-house for your child, take over the break-fast preparing chore from your Mom for a week (notice how happy that makes her!!!), spouses cooking together, siblings making hand-made cards for friends/family. Get in touch with friends…

 

  • Read that book you have been planning to for a long time. Classic lovers, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee never fails to steal your heart. There’s an Oscar winning movie on it too, with Gregory Peck (!!!) on the lead. But nothing beats reading the book – your choice though. Readers who thrive on non-fiction, how about laying your hands on Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson? It’s voluminous and will get you a complete insight on the man who changed the world!!

  • Watch some GOOD movies – bother the multiplexes showing commercial stuff!!  Get to the nearest  DVD store — Dev Anand’s ‘Guide’, Guru Dutt’s “Pyasa”, Dilip Kumar’s “Mughal-e-Azam”, Amitabh-Dharmendra’s “Sholay”, Amol Palekar’s “Golmaal”……., is worth watching many times over. Western movie lovers, how about “Se7en”, “Pursuit of Happiness”, “12 Angry Men”, “Breakfast at Tiffany”?

  • Garden. This is the right season to grow Petunias, Sweet Williams, Carnations, Roses, Sweet-peas, Calendulas, Chinese Umbrellas….And try your hand at growing your own herbs like Coriander, Basil and veggies like tomatoes, spring onions, brinjal, chillies. Urban farming is ‘in’ and whatmore!! There’s no bigger joy than seeing your sapling grow into plants to bear flowers and fruits!!!

 

  • Listen and groove to some great music amongst all this. The choice and genre can be so overwhelming, let’s not even get to taking names. Suffice to say that you MUST give “Kolaveri di’ a miss and get into some meaningful melodies, instrumentals….

 

Plans needn’t be big to have a GREAT time. Your special touch and thoughts are enough to make you and your loved ones happy this festive season.

Cheers!!! And spread the cheer!!!

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Nine Hills – Introducing JMJ

Well, the French have always claimed their supremacy over the rest of the world in wine-making, nay wine art as they love to call it. As arrogant and vain as this may appear to a discerning non-French person, we cannot really waive off the claims —- for France is really the country which makes great wine. Regardless of the fact that there are various factors that contribute to the end result, every maker in France has his own specified method that adds up as his personal touch in making his wine unique.

One such wizard is Jean Manuel Jacquinot ………he comes from a family that set up their wine business just after the First World War (!!!). Picking up the tricks of the trade from his grand-father and father, Jean grew up amongst vineyard, family wineries and Champagnes. Needless to say that his best schooling happened there; and after his formal university education and projects with numerous projects with wine-companies, he turned into a wine-consultant.

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In 2005, he joined Pernod Ricard, erstwhile Seagram India to set up an international quality winery in Nashik, India in order to, in his own words, “be able to create and to develop a complete range of wines”. The first year’s production was a still dry Sauvignon Blanc, a still sweet Chenin Blanc, some reds with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. This range has widened now with Shiraz Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Shiraz Reserve joining the list. Jean attributes his success in India to the very progressive farmers who have been able to follow his guidance in viticulture to grow grapes suitable for high quality wines. And, as is obvious, there has been no looking back…..

This much acclaimed wine maestro will be amongst our midst in Mumbai on 17th June, 2011 and Bangalore on 18th June, 2011.

Mumbai: A sit-down dinner with JMJ and the invited guests at The Park, Navi Mumbai where each course will be paired with a Nine Hill wine.

Bangalore: Will see and hear more of JMJ…Two events have been planned for the Garden City:

  • A relaxed complimentary lunch at  Vivanta by Taj, MG Road in association with Food Lovers Magazine where there shall be grape stomping (!!!), barbeques, live food counters and jazz music.
  • Wine Maker’s Dinner to be co-hosted by Chef Abhijit Saha & JMJ at Fava- UB City. This will be a paid dinner @ Rs 1200 for a four course dinner with wines

Also, in Bangalore, Radio Indigo station will run an interview with JMJ Monday morning prime time, 20th June 2011

Hoping to catch you in your city….join Jean in his passionate affair with grapes.

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