Thursday, June 10, 2010

वाइनको मनसुन

Its bold time for wine in Kathmandu. More wine is being consumed than ever before. Wine is increasingly being chosen as an accompaniment to meals. The tremendous surge in popularity for wine is coming from several sources. Young adults of the millennial generation are embracing wine. Earlier wine was not that easily available, few elite class people or some abroad returned used to talk about wine. But these days wines are easily available in all liquor stores. There were no importers who used to import wine earlier. The other reason behind the increase in this trend is: a lot of new wine drinkers who grew up with wine-drinking parents. Beer and spirits drinkers are also increasingly opting for wine these days. Earlier all alcoholic drinks were taken as same due to the lack of knowledge. It happened as there were no training institutes and hotel schools where people could get some knowledge about this drink and there were no one who would educate people regarding wine and resources was also not available. People were unaware of the benefits of drinking wine. In fact moderate consumption of wine is beneficial for health, especially red wine which has antioxidant in it. The new generation of drinkers are also interested in learning more about wine, and are open to experimenting with wine from all over the world.

Its shouldn't be mistaken, wine is not at all similar to hard drinks or in our words distilled alcoholic beverage or spirits. Wine is just a fermented alcoholic drink, whereas other hard drinks are fermented and distilled. There is an incredible amount of differences between wine and spirits, although it is the similarities between wine and spirits that seems to be more noticed. Wine, on the one hand, is an alcoholic beverage which is produced from the fermentation of fruit juices, particularly that of grapes. It has generally lesser alcoholic percentage by volume than spirits. Spirits, on the other hand, are liquid preparations, fermented and distilled beverages that are low in sugars and which contain at least 35% alcohol content.

We have an innate preference for some flavour cues. Many wines have some sweetness of fruit that is appealing to novices, and certain successful popular styles of wine focus on providing simple, accessible, fruity flavours. As we learn about wine in general – the history, geography, grape varieties, winemaking practices, differences between producers and so on – and as we face each new glass, the different aspects of the sensory experience take on fresh meaning. We attend to the process of tasting more carefully; we understand the significance of the various aromas and flavours, the structure and the texture. We begin to develop our own ‘culture’ of wine by a process of exploration and benchmarking: we read what ‘experts’ consider to be good and bad expressions of wine, and this then shapes our own preferences and values.

Don’t be intimidated. Taste as much as you can. Lastly, if someone acts like they know everything about wine then they know nothing about wine! Wine is a humbling topic like life. The more you know the more you realize there is to learn.

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