The 2nd Pune Wine Tasting Festival 2008 organised by the Pune Gourmet Club was held on Dec. 13 & 14, 2008 at Rohi Villa in Pune's exclusive suburb of
Korega o n .India's only wine tasting festival modelled on international events held in California, Australia and Europe offered the visitor the opportunity to taste some of the best wines crafted in India including prize winning ones and reserves. Wine enthusiasts were also offered a tasting of Seagram's yet-to-be-launched Rose. Park
Chateau d'Ori who won a sliver medal at the India Wine Challenge for their Cabernet Merlot 2007 debuted with their entire range but alas not their prize winner which had sold out. Chateau Indage poured out their Marquise du Pompadour by the fluteful while Diageo & Four Seasons filled stemware with their whites and reds. Nine Hills didn't stint with their exclusive Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon Reserves.
Each visitor was wristbanded, given a wine glass, a wine guide & a pen and let loose on the lawns of the majestic Rohi Villa to imbibe to their fullest. The ambience was relaxed, casual and festive. Parag Kanhere held court with his hugely popular 'Cooking with Indian Wine' shows while Clive Castellino and Sujata Patil walked visitors thru wine appreciation sessions. We even had wine festival souvenir tee shirts and aprons. Silk Route served Teppanyaki and the PGC stall sold kababs and even grilled lobsters! There was a Tapas Bar with a wide selection to suit every palate and preference from veggie to seafood.
The huge lawn of Rohi Villa was dotted with gazebos. Visitors could walk around and sample from each and every stall. Seating was under umbrellas and tall palms. Many wineries gave away freebies from wine glasses to buy one get one free. There were smiling faces all around. The festival attracted nearly 2,000 wine enthusiasts not just from Pune from as far as Mumbai and