Of high tea and fine wine

first_imgThe grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across,The grub guide1) GROVER ZAMPA AURIGAPictures courtesy: Rudra SenCelebrating 25 years of winemaking, Grover Zampa has launched the extravagant Auriga, India’s first ever sparkling wine with gold flakes. “We stand for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards. Winning 92 awards since 2013 across various distinguished international platforms, this year, they have also become the only Indian producer of Brut sparkling wine with edible gold flakes-a process that embodies craftsmanship and finesse.What’s special is that the gently aged wine has citrus and floral aromas. The palate is intense with a pleasant sensation of fruit and creaminess. The notes extend to a long and refreshing finish with hints of brioche and dried apricot. Website groverzampa.in Price Rs 1,500 (750ml)2) YOKU MOKUThe premium Japanese cookie brand made its foray in India with its first store in Mumbai in August. Now a well-respected international brand, founder Noriichi Fujinawa named his confectionery brand after the Swedish town, Jokkmokk where he first tasted European butter cookies.Their cookies use butter instead of flour as the main ingredient, adding a unique combination of egg whites, sugar and flour to create what they call the ‘golden balance’. What’s special is that they’re made with the finest natural ingredients, including Hokkaido butter, and are preservative-free. At 12/14, Ground Floor, Rajgir Chamber, Opposite Old Customs House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort Tel 22-66381056 Website yokumoku.in Price Rs 1,800 (for a box of Billet Aux Amandes) onwards3) THE TGL COPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharIn 2014, working in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group, Bhuman Dani would often hit Amanzi, a tea bar in central London. That was the beginning of his fascination with tea. Dani, now back home in Mumbai, runs the gourmet tea company with co-founder Shariq Ashraf.Less than a year-old, TGL Co’s delicious gourmet teas are already among the most popular in the city. On menus across most Mumbai cafes and restaurants, their blends are unconventional and cater to both non-tea drinkers and lovers of tea. Their first experiential store, at the Sofitel Hotel in BKC, allows you to sample the brew before you buy.advertisementWhat’s special about their tea is that they ensure the perfect balance of taste and nutrition. “Our ingredients are sourced from across the globe, and the tea leaves are not only from the Indian subcontinent but also from China and Japan-where the best Oolong, white and green tea grows.Targeting India’s youth-centric, health and wellness-conscious market, our teas are blended at an undisclosed location in Europe under the watchful eye of culinary experts and botanists,” says Dani. At TGL Tea Salon, Outside Artisan Cafe, Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex Tel 022-61175000 Price Rs 599 onwards (for 50 gm) Price tglteas.com4) ENTISI CHOCOLATESUnable to find chocolate good enough to satisfy her craving, Nikki Thakker decided to commit herself to giving India a chocolate brand that it could be proud of. She travelled across Europe to understand the science behind chocolatemaking, imported machines from Italy, Belgium and USA, and last month, she launched Entisi Chocolatier, a boutique chocolate store in Santacruz.Here she stocks single-origin chocolate tablets from Madagascar, Tanzania, Ghana and Ecuador, bars with freeze dried fruits, bonbons with exotic flavors like raspberry, ginger lime, truffle oil etc., dragees, chocolate spreads and more. What’s special is that they also make diabetic-friendly, sugar-free chocolates, exotic Asian and Italian flavours, as well as Indian flavours.At Krishna Villa, Junction of Linking Road and Saraswati Road, Santacruz West Website entisi.com Price Bon bons are for Rs 60; Gifting boxes start from Rs 395 5) TYAANI.COMKaran Johar has always wornseveral hats. Collaborating with Satyani Fine Jewellery, he brings hisdistinctive touch to their online polki store Tyaani.com. What’s special is that in their pursuit of creating affordable and wearable 22 karatpolki necklaces, bracelets, pendants, maangtikkas, jhumkas, andmulti-hued chandbalis, they use the proprietary gold rolling technique.This makes the jewellery light but retains the required quantity of gold,making it the ideal travel companion on a destination wedding. “Thechallenge was to create a shift in how polki is worn-from just beingbridal and trousseau wear to being something you can wear to work or onan evening out with friends,” says Johar. At Tyaani Jewellery, 2ndFloor, Bandra 190, Turner Road, Bandra West Website tyaani.com PriceStarts at Rs 10,0006) ISHARYAPicture courtesy: Jeremy MontemayorThe global fashion jewellery brand Isharya commemorated its 14th anniversary withthe launch of their first Mumbai store in Bandra. Set up by USA-basedRadhika Tandon and her sister-in-law Gauri Tandon, based in Mumbai, thebrand has garnered a huge international following. When they first setup, no one was really creating Indian costume jewellery. “It was eitherreally fine or bottom of the barrel stuff,” says Gauri. Deeply inspiredby the city, the duo have created the latest Bombay Deco collection,which takes from the city’s large number of art deco buildings. What’sspecial is that they work on an Indian aesthetic, but still createsomething that could be worn all the time rather than just at weddings.So you could easily spot someone in California wearing what a patron at aMilanese cafe is sporting. “Our idea is to take Indian techniques anddesigns and try to marry one with the other,” says Gauri. Resin plays abig role in their designs, a trend that Chanel is credited for startingin the 1920s; what Indianises it, is its use in combination with styleslike filigree. At 7, corner view, Bandra (west) Website isharya.comPrice Rs 3,480 onwardsadvertisement7) VANITY CASKWith 30 years experience in the retail sector, Vanity Cask founder TarunJoshi’s idea was to create a platform through which women could discover and sample luxury beauty products. Following the subscription model,the Vanity Cask beauty box contains samples of luxury beauty brands,handpicked by experts to suit the Indian consumer.Their firstskincare box contained five samples from brands such as Clinque, Vichy,Votre, Kama and Thalgo, the haircare box included Batiste, Balmain,Organix (OGX), Votre & The Nature’s Co, while the current festiveedition contains products from Biotique, Votre, Thalgo, Mom’s Therapyand MCaffeine.What’s special is that they tie up with brandslike the German-made Babor offering generous freebies to customers whoare able to get access to the best international beauty products.Website vanitycask.com Price Rs 999 a month, Rs 2,399 for 3 months, Rs4,199 for 6 months8) WELLNESS CUISINE AT SHILLIMPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharThe new chef helming the kitchens at the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat andSpa, Chef Shubhendu Kadam, has created a new menu based on theprinciples of Ayurvedic rejuvenation. The food is made using fresh,seasonal produce with cooking techniques that stress on preservingnatural flavours and wellness properties of the ingredients.What’s special is that dishes on the menu are specifically recommended as perthe Ayurvedic principles of Dosha (or body type). The menu includesdishes such as a spinach stuffed amaranth and walnut idli with chutney;pumpkin ginger and coconut cappuccino, beetroot aur til ke kebab,southern spiced chicken tikka and so on. At Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval,Shilim Website shillimretreatandspa.hilton. com9) SULA THE SOURCEThis Tuscan-inspired resort overlooks the vineyards. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a spa, gym and a restaurant. If youhaven’t visited the winery before, a tour and tasting session with thewinemakers is recommended.What’s special at The Source are their luxury tree houses, which promise to bring you closer to nature. AtSula Vineyards, Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off Gangapur-SavargaonRoad, Nashik Website sulawines.com Price Rs 6,500 a night onwardsadvertisement10) MEESHAPicture courtesy: Rajwant RawatCombining India’s rich textile heritage with the French aesthetic, MEESHA beganin 2011 when three friends across New Delhi and Paris decided to createsomething extraordinary together. The Fall Winter 17 collection ofscarves and accessories is inspired by dance, and they have attempted to capture music and movement in each of their prints.”The graceof ballet, the fire of tango, the vigour of the Masai and thesoulfulness of the Mevlevi are all celebrated in this collection,” saysMeesha Khanna. What’s special is that at the heart of the brand are theweavers weaving the finest natural wool and cotton found in thediversity of the Indian heartland. At Le Mill, 1st Floor, PherozeBuilding, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba Price From Rs 4,000for pocket squares to Rs 20,000 for the pure cashmere scarves11) INJIRI BY CHINAR FAROOQUIBungalow 8’s creative director Maithili Ahluwalia compares Chinar Farooqui totextile doyenne Asha Sarabhai. “Both designers-three decades and manyfashion cycles apart-have been feted by the West for their ability tostay honest to their roots,” she says. Both worked from her creative’oasis’ in Ahmedabad, catering to ‘discreet internationalists’ as TheIndependent, UK, described her clientele.Bungalow 8 is among the very few stores to stock Farooqui’s designs in the country. And a fewweeks ago, welcomed her latest collection ‘Char Bagh’-a collection offloral block prints inspired by dried flowers and botanical sketches.What’s special about Farooqui’s designs is that it fits in perfectlywith the idea of ‘conscious luxury’. Making traditional contemporary,she uses only hand-woven cotton from artisans in Kutch and doesn’tbelieve in using fabrics imported from the West. At Bungalow 8, InsideWankhede Stadium, North Stand E & F Block, D Road, Churchgate Tel022-2281988012) BERLEIGHA luxurymulti-brand footwear and accessories retailer, the Berleigh store atHorniman Circle brings together the finest products from celebratedbrands from around the world. While Indian consumers are more consciousof their appearance, there was a gap in the market for superior qualityshoes with great craftsmanship, believes Payal Bathija, Creative head at Heel & Buckle Luxury Pvt. Ltd. “We wanted to provide them the beststyles and quality from all around the world. Also, we will keepintroducing newer brands at Berleigh for our customers,” she says.At the moment, 80 per cent of the brands cater to men and 20 per cent towomen, but they’re planning to introduce more women-centric brands toBerleigh. What’s special is that their experts travel around the globeto identify and personally select every item, calling on the fashionindustry’s top names and always striving to provide the best selection.At Ground Floor, ReadyMoney Mansion, Veer Nariman Road, Fort Websiteberleigh.com Price Rs 800 onwards13) JADEPicture courtesy: Mandar DeodharMonica Shah and Karishma Swali of JADE commemorated their 10 year journey with the launch of their massive new store on Peddar Road earlier this year. The haveli-inspired store, decorated by designer Monica Shah, isreplete with curios, antiques and sculptures from across the country.”The idea was to create a space that embraces you and envelops you in an ambience that is inspiring, while celebrating a design ethos that isIndia’s heritage,” says Swali.What’s special is that theflagship store is a one-stop shop for all things JADE and includes thebridal studio. ‘Amoh by Jade’ the popular new luxury pret line isdisplayed in the very first section, followed by the couture line whichis for occasion wear, and lastly the Signature Bridal Heirlooms atelierwhich is by appointment only. At Mewar Apartments, Next to SophiaCollege Lane, Peddar Road Tel 9833115000last_img

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