My father thought it would be wonderful to see this father and daughter duo. It was a truly memorable event and an unbelievable concert at Carnegie Hall. What a treat! Thanks dad.
The music was mesmerizing. I didn’t know much about ragas, the style of music that they were playing. After having listened for a bit, I have decided that this is the perfect cathartic music to relax to after a long day. The Shankars played to a packed house and received many standing ovations throughout the evening. The music had a very hypnotic quality to it as well.
Seeing these wonderful musicians from India made me think about Indian wine, another subject I confess to knowing very little about. I have been doing a bit of research and it seems some relatively big events are on the horizon. I found this one called the India Wine Show in November of this year.
I discovered an interesting portal about Indian Wine and this article from Food Biz Daily, a news wire that I like to read. It offers some insight about the Indian market and the British influence on trade.
What I haven’t found are the names of any indigenous grapes, my big interest. It seems that many international varietals are being planted. All of the usual suspects. I have read that Viognier does relatively well.
I love Indian food but I usually have a Riesling or a Gewurztraminer with it. These wines, thanks to their aromatics and touch of sweetness, can stand up to the spices in Indian food. Sweet can very well offset spiciness.
One thing I have not had, is a lot of success pairing red wines with the dishes I like. I will keep trying however.
I’m excited to delve into a new area and am looking forward to learning more about this ever expanding wine region. If anyone has any tips, favorite sites, blogs or wineries to mention, I loved to hear about them.
Oh and I will be buying Ravi Shankar’s complete works. What a thrilling experience. The spry 89 year old gave a performance that almost rivaled Bruce….What a joy!