ROOTS TO TABLE: FOOD & WINE

Monsoons are a wonderful time to visit the region around Nashik, home to  majority of  the Wine makers of India. The lush green scenic valleys, mountains  and countryside are a sight to behold.

We are at the top of the mountain which is home to  the Pause Vineyards.

Vineyards in India

Vineyards of Pause Wines

vineyards drape the mountains

Vineyards drape the mountains

A gentle cool breeze , natural beauty and a glass of the finest Wine from Pause Wines: what more can you ask for? Hema this is the land for you.

The picture that follows was specially  taken with you in mind.This is the Pause Vineyard , 25 kms from Dindori.

Sauvigan Blanc, my friends favourite

Sauvignon Blanc, my friend Hema’s  favourite

The grapes for wine are relatively smaller than the grapes cultivated for consumption as fruits. They are marked and segregated based on the type of wine they would be used to make.

close look

close look

small grapes for wine making

small grapes for wine making

While the reason for the trip was to visit the vineyards what amazed me was to see how our vegetables were grown. I share this joy with you. The winery of Pause Wines is home to these vegetable farms as well.

A large number of the vegetables are grown in enormous green houses which are irrigated by  modern drip irrigation systems.You can see one such green house in  the picture on the right .  A  brinjal farm can be seen in the  foreground .

brinjal

brinjal

the flower of brinjal or aubergine

the flower of brinjal or aubergine

brinjal farm

brinjal farm

It was educative to see  Capsicum/Bell Peppers grow on creepers growing up to 21 feet.( 7 m) . Do observe the beautiful flowers. In Hindi we call them Shimla Mirch.  The weather is as in Shimla; comfortable  24 C.

capsicums/ bell peppers

capsicums/ bell peppers

capsicum or bell pepper flower

capsicum or bell pepper flower

We have often seen vegetables sold in markets, but seeing them being cultivated on this  scale  was a first for me .  Now seeing the brinjals and capsicums  being sold by these charming vegetable vendors  on the way back had donned a  new meaning.

these vegetables are then sold by these pretty vegetable vendors

these vegetables are then sold by these pretty vegetable vendors

Shimla Mirch or Capsicums

Shimla Mirch or Capsicums

Could we leave without tasting the wine which was paired with the local cuisine using these Farm fresh vegetables.

poster outside the cafe inspired the title of this article

poster outside the cafe inspired the title of this article

The chef from Pause Wines  insisted on pairing the wine  with the local Maharashtrian food.It not only looks great , it was the best meal of the trip. The Brinjal was the best I have ever had .It is the second dish from the left in the picture below.

An award winning wine with super food

An award-winning wine with super food

The Local bread is called Bhakri, which  is hand rolled and then cooked over a wood fire. It is made from Indian millets called Jowar or Bajra. We were fortunate to see them grow as well. They are rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

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Bhakri

Bajra or Pennisetum glaucum

Bajra farm

It is very rare to be able to experience  food and wine  from Roots to Table, the wine tasting festival had enabled precisely that.

Exit from highway to the Winery

Exit from highway to the Winery

These lovely  cows  in rust accompany us  on our way back to Nashik.

back home

back home

The natural beauty will leave you spellbound. Hundreds of waterfalls and rivers gurgling will keep you mesmerized on the drive back. Take a break and visit the vineyards NOW .

waterfalls

waterfalls

monsoon rivers

monsoon rivers

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