Sick of scrunching up your oenophile nose at all those lesser mortals drinking Old Monk at parties? Sigh no more, because the Fete du Vin this weekend at UB City gives you a chance to convene with like-minded winers and diners. From Christ to Cersei, wine has united diverse personalities in (high) spirit. So before you head to this Spirited Grape Convention where you can stomp on grapes, attend tasting workshops, compete in wine related quizzes, and also munch on cheese; brush up on your knowledge of Cork-Dorks that have been setting the bar high long before you took your first gulp of this adult beverage.
Like his cartoon namesake, this Greek philosopher was an alcohol aficionado. Though his drunken rant may not be as iconic as Simpson’s, his profound observation on its effects is just as true: “It is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool—it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.”
When good ol’ Billy Shakes wasn’t penning legendary plays and sonnets he was just being regular Wino Will. While some scholars may argue that his references to ‘ardent spirits’ may be largely metaphorical, the Bard was known to openly indulge in drinking while secretly being religious — priorities that have largely reversed for his readers over time.
The patriarch of modern science and one of the earliest astronomers gazed longingly at more than just the heavens. Perhaps the fancy term for booze, ‘aqua vitae’ came from this epic quote by this Italian scientist, “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” Think of that the next time you scream his name while karaoke-ing your lungs out to Bohemian Rhapsody.
While many a reader has turned to Irish handcuffs to wade through his epic Ulysees; the creator of the doozy himself expressed his fondness for all flavours of wine, saying, “White wine is like electricity. Red wine looks and tastes like a liquefied beefsteak.” Now if only all of us could be this eloquent after a few gulps of the time travelling giggle juice…
So much has been written about the American novelist’s drinking habits; that its influence (pun intended) is no longer a secret. His (misattributed) advice to “Write drunk and edit sober” may or may not have helped many through their writer’s block, but his alcoholic legacy is largely truthful. Hemingway loved his drinks cold, dry as a bone and highly, err… civilised.
So there you go: take all this newly acquired wine knowledge and utilise it at the Fete du Vin’s quizzes. Alternatively, you could up your pretentious quotient at their many workshops, or play whole new drinking games at their grape stomping events; while sampling the most exquisite collection of wines from various wineries across the country. And don’t worry about getting your buzz prematurely killed, because they have 6 hours of daily live musical performances as well. They should call it Fete du Win, amirite?
Get your tickets here.
How to get there:
What: Fete du Vin (Wine & Cheese Festival)
Where: The Piazza, 2nd floor, UB City, Bengaluru.
Date: 9th & 10th July, 2016
Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
For more details, check out their Facebook Event page.