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Wine is not for the snobs!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 - 1:00pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Kelly Healey is the celebrity winemaker of Chandon India, who has been making wines for over two decades. Over a couple of flutes at the launch of a new sparkling wine in the city recently, he gave some interesting insights on drinking them the right way and more...

Wine’s not only for the elite

It is inspiring to remember that in the oldest wine producing countries, wine is drunk by people from all walks of life — from the farmers who grow the grapes to the estate owners. I don’t believe wine should be used to separate people into groups but rather be used to bring them together in fellowship and facilitate greater understanding among all people.

When trying wine for the first time

If you are trying any wine for the first time, it is best to keep an open mind. Remember your first experience of something new may not be your best. Sensing the wine will help you remember it. How does the wine look in colour hue and depth? How does the wine smell? Does it remind you of aromas of things you are familiar with — flowers, fruits, other foods? How does the wine taste — crisp and fresh, fruity and sweet, dense and tannic? But most of all, decide if you like it or not and try to compare it to your next experience on your journey with wine.

Wines for the Indian taste palate

People have told me the Indian palate prefers sweet beverages. However, I find that people really enjoy wines of balance, flavour and length. Chandon Brut has flavours of citrus and green apple with some tropical fruit notes. The palate has a creamy texture and long lingering finish, yet people are surprised when they find out the wine is dry.

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