Wine for Thought


Wine for Thought

My first memory of the smell of wet soil was way back in 1973 when I was really young and persuaded firmly by my dad to water rows of vegetables in our reasonably large kitchen garden in pune.

My father was, for many years, an avid, amateur gardener. He found a lot of expression and joy in growing his own vegetables. Inadvertently, the chores related to this passionate hobby were passed on to me; a grumbling pre-teen doing all the tasks that he could delegate my way.

The resultant joy of seeing cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, groundnut, radish and many other vegetables grow was magical. I was always surprised at how good they tasted right off the vine or out of the soil, unwashed, much to my father’s dismay. I would live on the fruit trees in the garden and had built a machan on a large, wild fig tree. I would spend many hours lost among its branches.

It was pure magic and I am grateful for the childhood I was given by my parents.

In the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to spend time with two wonderful, young winemakers at two great vineyards, Sanket Gawand and Vrushal Kedari !

Sanket Gawand is the winemaker at Vallonne Vineyards in Nashik and is probably the finest winemaker and agriculturist I have met in my life.

I don’t say this lightly as I have known him for more than a decade and every time I have met him he has found a solution for some of my biggest agricultural headaches at Cherish Farm, whether it is to do with snail attacks on my raised beds or our drip irrigation system. All solutions are given with a smile and with a deep understanding of local issues.

He applies this same knowledge and wisdom at a very young age to growing the finest grape which make some of India’s finest boutique wines in small batches for Vallonne. These are available only at our restaurants, at the vineyard in Nashik itself or in select stores and restaurants in Mumbai.

Vallonne is precious, scarce, small batch and unique.

I see the same effort from Shailendra Pai, the owner of Vallonne, that I saw in my dad growing vegetables in our garden when Shailendra supervises his vineyard. I see the pain and the joy in both of them as growing grapes and harvesting them. Turning these berries into excellent wine is an art!

When you buy wine understand that joy and pain; when one tastes that in the wine one pays for it with gratitude and happiness. Do that. Do it because making wine is not like brewing beer or distilling whisky – wine making involves agriculture at very intense levels from planting the vines, nurturing the soil, protecting the vines all their lives, nurturing the berries, harvesting them at the right time, all the while praying that the weather stays supportive.

It doesn’t end there. It entails sorting and crushing the harvested grapes and then letting the yeast do the work at the right temperatures with electricity not being supportive in remote areas of our state. Sacrificing a normal social life is the norm for all wine makers as the wine becomes the life partner and the purpose.

After the harvest the vineyards need a lot of attention through pruning at the right time and maintaining the ecosystem for the next harvest. When you drink a bottle or a glass of any wine please feel all this; taste the joy and the sacrifice and the minerality of the carefully nurtured soil in each sip.

Treat the wine with respect as it is all good hard work that goes into every bottle.

Respect the vineyard owner who takes all the risk financially to put forward that wonderful bottle of life on your table and the winemaker who sacrifices a romantic meal with his loved one so you can have that meal with your loved ones and enhance the experience with that great bottle of wine.

I am forever a fan of vineyard owners like Shailendra Pai and Gaurav Sekhri and wine makers like Sanket and Vrushal.

Recently I followed my visit to Malaka spice on Vallone vineyards with a visit to Akluj and the huge vineyards owned by Fratelli!

To say I was gobsmacked by the scale of the Fratelli effort would be a huge understatement. The investments, the risk to make a great bottle of wine on 500 acres of vineyards far removed from the wine district of Nashik itself is so courageous that it makes one very emotional at the sheer blind faith in the soil and the grape.

Fratelli has focused its efforts on Italian varietals and put in creditable effort, in addition to some traditional French styles of wines. Walking around their massive vineyards would take a couple of days so we were driven around in a jeep and we were thankful for that.

The highlight was to meet winemaker Vrushal Kedari, another young winemaker in India who embodies all that I have written about earlier and more. The scale at Fratelli is different from Vallonne; Vallonne is a boutique vineyard focusing on small batches while Fratelli focuses on large batches and have eight-five or ninety massive fermentation tanks at their facility and they supply their wine all over the country.

For young men like Sanket and Vrushal, these are the careers that they dreamt and studied for, putting in sweat, tears and years! The result is for all to see in their wines. I for one am very fortunate that Vallonne allows us to express our menus with their great wines at the Nashik vineyard. We are so very proud to serve wines from these two great vineyards at our Koregaon Park location and to be able to taste the wonder that is in the bottle every other day. I dream that one day, more and more wine drinkers will start appreciating these wines and paying the price for these glasses of heaven.

When such effort, purpose and risk is put out by a few entrepreneurs to make such wonderful Indian agricultural produce, it doesn’t seem fair for Indian retailers to demand ridiculous discounts to keep these wines in their store shelves.It is in my opinion disrespectful to all Vineyard owners and wine makers.

Be Indian. Be proud. Buy Indian. I promise you it is well worth it.

355Comments

Add yours
  1. Writing Articles with Artificial Intelligence

    I don’t need to tell you how important it is to optimize every step in your SEO pipeline. But unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to cut out time or money when it comes to getting good content. At least that’s what I thought until I came across Article Forge… Built by a team of AI researchers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Article Forge is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered content writer that uses deep learning models to write entire articles about any topic in less than 60 seconds. Their team trained AI models on millions of articles to teach Article Forge how to draw connections between topics so that each article it writes is relevant, interesting and useful. All their hard work means you just enter a few keywords and Article Forge will write a complete article from scratch making sure every thought flows naturally into the next, resulting in readable, high quality, and unique content. Put simply, this is a secret weapon for anyone who needs content. I get how impossible that sounds so you need to see how Article Forge writes a complete article in less than 60 seconds! order here.

  2. private blog network

    Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a
    blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have created some nice practices and we are looking
    to exchange methods with others, please shoot me an email if interested.

  3. aid ukraine

    After looking at a few of the articles on your web site, I truly appreciate
    your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back
    soon. Please visit my web site too and let me know your opinion.

  4. watch Minions The Rise of Gru

    Be sure the Minions they perform are suitable for them.You can examine the ratings around the front to be certain it’s ideal for the kids should you be a parent or gaurdian. A lot of Minions consist of brutal or sex articles to which you may not need your child engaging in.

  5. The Black Phone

    If this box office might be played online, take advantage of the adult manage adjustments.You need to see. Reduce your child’s internet connection if at all possible. Also take a look at good friend needs and set limitations for protection motives.

  6. AxbcdShubs

    Дневник моего раскрепощения 2 сезон [url=https://bit.ly/3O8Xfcp]Дневник моего раскрепощения 2 сезон смотреть онлайн[/url] Фильм Дневник моего раскрепощения 2 сезон.

  7. watch Thor: Love and Thunder

    Use previews to the total move forward prior to pay out up for the whole album. The preview lets you notice a few mere seconds worth of playing each and every bing prior to choosing to buy it. These previews have the freedom and on most bing films websites. This helps you prevent investing in a total recording you find yourself not taste.

  8. Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Are you presently thinking about learning to download music from the thought of knowing more about bing downloads for private entertainment? There are several positive aspects above getting yahoo news CDs. But it’s essential that you discover ways to do it right. This short article will give you properly when you enjoy yahoo movie downloading.

  9. Top Gun: Maverick full movie

    Question somebody in the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie retail store to recommend Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie you might like. When you can let them know what Jujutsu Kaisen 0 imdb you presently get pleasure from.The worker ought to know adequate to offer you a few concepts of the things Jujutsu Kaisen 0 to get, it can be hard to keep up with the brand new releases even.

  10. Thor: Love and Thunder full movie

    If you possess the want to earn a income from the hobby, but aren’t sure where to start, consider your ” special ” skills. What else could you do this nobody else does? You could create a hobby to do something that is profitable. This can help you a fantastic head start in finding something that may be profitable and enjoyable.

  11. Minions: The Rise of Gru

    You can do Minions: The Rise of Gru 2022 full movie that you could hang out with your mom. Take into consideration getting started with a cooking together through taking a class. You don’t must be a talented chef to learn something totally new from the benefits. Search the internet to get cooking seminars and classes in your town.

  12. DC League of Super-Pets full movie

    Owning a puppy is an excellent practical experience that may be very satisfying and provides incredible friendship. Nevertheless, most users don’t know precisely how you can help their dog keep satisfied and healthy. Trying to keep the recommendations using this report in your mind can help make sure that your canine develops up healthy and delighted.

  13. Bodies Bodies Bodies full movie

    Compose a reminder to remain on top of goals for Bodies Bodies Bodies news effectiveness, and appearance each energy bill against the previous year’s to see if you happen to be making gains.For example, if you make a conscious hard work to cut down on your normal water or electricity consumption, you will be far more likely to make sure to turn off the lighting fixtures and shut off the sink when not using them.

  14. watch Thor: Love and Thunder

    Pay attention to any national or nearby incentives associated with renewable power for making alternative-Thor: Love and Thunder film updates to your residence. Local energy companies might even offer you incentives for enhancements. You can even get taxes write offs from your authorities for creating your upgrades. These rebates and credits could minimize the net value of the installation of eco-friendly technological innovation significantly.

  15. SMM

    magnificent publish, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector do not realize this. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

  16. Jamar Schiaffino

    This blog is definitely rather handy since I’m at the moment creating an internet floral website – although I am only starting out therefore it’s really fairly small, nothing like this site. Can link to a few of the posts here as they are quite. Thanks much. Zoey Olsen

  17. Camila Marero

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Tubidy

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanx!

  19. Davidbenda

    Менеджер маркетплейсов: обучение Менеджер маркетплейсов: обучение онлайн, ТОП-10 лучших курсов – Обучение-менеджер-маркетплейсов.рф
    – бесплатные и платные курсы по работе с маркетплейсами WildBerries, OZON, Yandex Market и так далее, и освоение работы для начинающих “Менеджер маркетплейсов”, на курсе научат аналитике, разным форматам продвижения уже через короткое время, освойте востребованную профессию online и изучите навыки маркетинге, чтобы зарабатывать деньги и оказывать помощь бизнесу; в обучении изучается продвижение карточек, выстраивание стратегии продаж, работа с поставщиками, нюансы маркетплейсов, после прохождения профессионального курса выдаётся сертификат, стоимость и отзывы есть по ссылке.

  20. Kennethseexy

    Быстрые микрозаймы в интернете dostupno48.ru
    от МФК, срочная выдача на кредитную карточку, оформление займов с одобрением и выдача клиенту займа уже через пару минут с помощью сервиса МФО, погашение любым удобным способом на сайте онлайн, низкие % по займу и любые способы получения денег: онлайн, наличными в офисе МФО, оплата на счет в банке, переводом на банковскую карту. Достоинства и типы заемов: без отказа, краткосрочные, круглосуточно, с заключением договора с МФО, без проверки КИ, с долгами. Микрофинансовые организации предоставляют выгодные условия кредитования для постоянных клиентов и повторных займах. Подберите заем, заполните заявку на заем и микрозайм. Лучшие займы и рейтинг потребительских займов от МФО.

  21. tiktok downloader no watermark

    This is the perfect web site for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that has been discussed for decades. Great stuff, just wonderful.

  22. websites

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually bought me lunch due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this issue here on your web site.

  23. mp3juices

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your site.

  24. Waynefless

    Когда вы боретесь с расстройством, связанным с употреблением алкоголя, вам может казаться, что конца не видно, но вы не должны страдать в одиночестве. Сегодня существует множество вариантов лечения, которые помогут вам излечиться от алкоголизма и вернуться к здоровой и полноценной жизни.
    Различные факторы, такие как история болезни, система поддержки и личная мотивация, могут сыграть свою роль в успехе вашего выздоровления. Лечение должно проходить под наблюдением группы медицинских специалистов в реабилитационном центре. По всей стране в центрах лечения алкоголизма работают профессионалы, которые проведут вас через все этапы процесса выздоровления – от детоксикации до жизни после реабилитации. Считайте их своей круглосуточной системой поддержки, которая будет радоваться вашим успехам и вместе с вами преодолевать любые трудности.
    Помните, что преодоление алкоголизма – это процесс. Менее половины людей рецидивируют после достижения одного года трезвости. Это число уменьшается до менее 15% после пяти лет трезвости. Чтобы получить наибольшие шансы на долгосрочную трезвость после завершения стационарной или амбулаторной программы, вам следует участвовать в местных группах поддержки и продолжать консультации. Лечение алкоголизма – это инвестиция в ваше будущее. Оно изменит к лучшему не только вашу жизнь, но и жизнь окружающих вас людей, таких как члены семьи и друзья.

  25. zabawy dla par

    Thanks for your post. One other thing is that if you are advertising your property all on your own, one of the problems you need to be aware about upfront is when to deal with property inspection reports. As a FSBO seller, the key to successfully transferring your property and saving money about real estate agent income is know-how. The more you are aware of, the easier your home sales effort will be. One area that this is particularly essential is information about home inspections. zabawy dla dorosłych

  26. ytmp3

    I really love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own personal site and want to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called. Appreciate it.

  27. XsaAdkldekgt

    Всем рекомендую этот [url=https://exchanger24.org/xchange_btc_to_sberrub/]обменник биткоин[/url] для обмена криптовалюты в России! Процесс обмена биткоин происходит от 5 до 15 минут.

  28. homosexual porn

    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  29. Haroldcew

    Что такое гибкие кабели?
    Самый простой кабель – это одножильный провод с пластиковой оболочкой.
    Он может гнуться и сохраняет этот изгиб – если вы не делаете это слишком часто, потому что иначе провод ломается.
    Такие простые кабели используются в домашних установках.
    После установки кабель остается нетронутым в течение десятилетий.
    Такие твердые провода не подходят для многих других применений, где кабели должны быть гибкими и эластичными.
    Здесь проводники в жилах состоят из нитей – пучков тонких проволок, которые можно сгибать миллионы раз, в зависимости от конструкции, не ломая и не теряя свойств тока или передачи данных.
    Одно из самых неприятных мест для кабеля – тяговая цепь. Здесь кабели питания, сервопривода и передачи данных расположены близко друг к другу и перемещаются вперед-назад по мере работы машины.
    Иногда со скоростью более пяти метров в секунду с ускорением, превышающим ускорение силы тяжести более чем в пять раз.
    Кабели проложены в тяговой цепи таким образом, что они изгибаются только в одном направлении.
    КГ 1х10-660

  30. Haroldcew

    Что такое гибкие кабели?
    Самый простой кабель – это одножильный провод с пластиковой оболочкой.
    Он может гнуться и сохраняет этот изгиб – если вы не делаете это слишком часто, потому что иначе провод ломается.
    Такие простые кабели используются в домашних установках.
    После установки кабель остается нетронутым в течение десятилетий.
    Такие твердые провода не подходят для многих других применений, где кабели должны быть гибкими и эластичными.
    Здесь проводники в жилах состоят из нитей – пучков тонких проволок, которые можно сгибать миллионы раз, в зависимости от конструкции, не ломая и не теряя свойств тока или передачи данных.
    Одно из самых неприятных мест для кабеля – тяговая цепь. Здесь кабели питания, сервопривода и передачи данных расположены близко друг к другу и перемещаются вперед-назад по мере работы машины.
    Иногда со скоростью более пяти метров в секунду с ускорением, превышающим ускорение силы тяжести более чем в пять раз.
    Кабели проложены в тяговой цепи таким образом, что они изгибаются только в одном направлении.
    КГ 3х25+1х16-0,66

  31. รองพื้น

    Nice post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I’m inspired! Very helpful information specially the remaining part 🙂 I handle such info a lot. I used to be looking for this particular information for a very lengthy time. Thank you and good luck.

  32. youtube to mp3

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you ought to publish more about this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but generally people don’t discuss these topics. To the next! Kind regards!

  33. สล็อต

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  34. Desentupidor

    Awesome website you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get comments from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Bless you!

  35. jio lottery winner

    The very heart of your writing whilst sounding reasonable at first, did not really work perfectly with me personally after some time. Someplace throughout the sentences you actually managed to make me a believer unfortunately only for a short while. I still have got a problem with your leaps in logic and one would do well to fill in those gaps. In the event that you can accomplish that, I would undoubtedly be amazed.

  36. quantecspa

    obviously like your website but you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the truth on the other hand I will certainly come back again.

  37. sa far du storre brost utan operation

    A powerful share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. And he in fact purchased me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love studying more on this topic. If possible, as you turn out to be experience, would you mind updating your weblog with more particulars? It’s extremely helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this blog submit!

  38. gatsby hair styling

    I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours today, but I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It is beautiful price sufficient for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the web can be much more useful than ever before. “Dreams have as much influence as actions.” by Stephane Mallarme.

  39. Kampus Islam Terbaik 2022

    Superb blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Many thanks!

  40. idn poker

    Good site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  41. phone hackers for hire

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

  42. sapato social infantil

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  43. concrete hot tub

    I used to be suggested this website by way of my cousin. I am now not certain whether or not this submit is written via him as nobody else understand such specified about my trouble. You are wonderful! Thank you!

  44. bitcoin hacker tool

    Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

  45. banda de casamento sp

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

  46. สล็อต เว็บ ตรง

    สล็อต เว็บ ตรงแตกง่ายแตกหนักแจกจริง ไม่ผ่านเอเยนต์ต้องที่นี่กับ PGSLOT-TH.COM เว็บเกมคุณภาพจากค่ายชื่อดังอย่าง PG SLOT ที่มีลูกค้าเล่นอย่างมากมายทั่วโลก มาแรงปี2022

  47. sop 100

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  48. jio kbc head office number

    Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  49. porn

    After looking over a few of the blog posts on your website, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site too and tell me your opinion.

+ Leave a Comment