Sunday, August 25, 2013

Journeys Through Wine by Wine Daddy

It's the journey, not the destination: And what a journey it is at these wine appreciation gatherings, hosted at least one Sunday each month by Prakash Ragavan in his own home.

Step inside Prakash's Bukit Damansara sanctuary for a three-hour session that'll fly by effortlessly, tailored for anyone with a healthy curiosity about wine & a desire to better understand how to derive maximum satisfaction from imbibing. It's not a conclave of wine snobs but a community of wine lovers that's being nurtured here.

Our spelunking starts underground: Prakash has constructed his own cellar beneath this house & built an enviably bedazzling collection of wines from across the globe.

All this from a man whose torrid affair with wine only blossomed in his late 20s, after he developed an allergy to beer & was struck by an epiphany fueled by a fortuitous Margaret River meal that deliciously partnered rabbit stew with some Merlot.

Prakash holds a diploma in wine from South Africa's Cape Wine Academy; that should serve as encouragement, not deterrence, for folks who might feel intimidated about heading here. He's the perfect man to guide those of us who have little idea what the difference between Shiraz & Syrah could be (is there even a difference? hmmmmm).

And even for wine enthusiasts who already know a lot, there's still plenty of knowledge to absorb & share in the first half of these sessions, when we sit & talk about everything from the history of wine to the various types of wine to the etiquette of consuming wine. Not as somber as it seems; the teacher's gentle & good-humored, generous with smiles & eager to laugh.

The hall's chilly; in a testament to his passion, Prakash keeps the thermostat at 22 degrees Celsius, a suitable room temperature for savoring an open glass of wine.

The fun escalates when participants (typically kept to a maximum of 12 people) begin a blind tasting of wines that transforms into a spirited guessing game about what we're sipping & what characteristics these eight-or-so bottles might feature.

The time spent here is intoxicating in every sense of the word. But the hope is that by the end, everyone leaves with a clearer sense of which kinds of wine they like best & how to enjoy them.

These "i-1-wine" classes cost RM150 per person, with the next session slated for Sept. 15. Prakash also sometimes stages dinners that pair, say, Spanish wine with Spanish cuisine for "tutored tastings." Follow him on https://www.facebook.com/WineDaddy for updates.

Many thanks to Yeenli, Prakash's associate in the Wine Daddy enterprise, for the invitation to this session of an endeavor that harbors the tantalizing promise of genuine delight & discovery.

Wine Daddy's Journeys Through Wine

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24 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful, well equipped wine cellar, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it was really impressive to see this cellar, not at a retail outlet but painstakingly assembled by one man for his own personal collection. a real labor of love, it seems =)

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    2. I think that the very fact that this was a personal collection is more appealing because it is a labour of love...a life passion, which is far more touching than any retail outlet! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    3. Linda: my pleasure. yes, it was really good to hear him talk about the wines in his collection. it clearly took a lot of time, effort and expense to put together =)

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  2. Somebody is in wine heaven! :D :D :D

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    1. Ulric: haha, yes, i learned a nice amount about wine, and even if i hadn't, i enjoyed all the drinking, heheh =)

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  3. Looks like an interesting wine tasting session. I need to learn more on wines too!

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    1. Jean: ya, that's the nice thing about wine. there's always so much more for all of us to learn! =)

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  4. Woah! That's so nice of Mr Prakash to open his home to strangers, share his knowledge, etc and also in providing a warm, cosy atmosphere for wine lovers and enthusiasts alike at the same time.

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, you described it completely right (though of course, there's a fee of RM150 that we'd gladly pay, very reasonable for not only the time spent learning but also the glasses of wine that we drank) :D

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  5. How many of the wines did you guess right? I only know Australian wines, this might be a good way to get used to the other regions in the world and broaden my palate.

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    1. Happyeverafter Bride: heh, i think i guessed 90 percent of the wines wrong! i'm terrible at recognizing wines. but yeah, classes like this would definitely be useful for us in the long run :D

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  6. Ummm...I don't drink. Not anymore... :(

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, that's actually a good thing, i think =)

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  7. I don't know anything about wine, and I only can drink one glass the most, hehe :P

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    1. CK: ooo, one glass is good enough! i also actually know very little about wine. i only know how to drink a lot, heheh :D

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  8. That is a very impressive wine cellar in someone's home!

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    1. Baby Sumo: true, i know i'll never have a cellar like this, so i can only stare in amazement :D

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  9. I have no shame. I drink plonk. After the first few glasses, it doesn't matter what it tastes like. The effect is pleasing.

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    1. Cquek: heheh, well, it sounds like the drinks make you happy, and that's what's most important :D

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  10. Nice cellar that is packed with wines. Its a dream come true to have a cellar such as this!

    Strange but I was processing some payments on Go Daddy and while waiting was reading this post..and I asked myself since when did Go Daddy have a wine cellar in Malaysia. Reread and noted it was Wine Daddy. Gosh...my eyes are playing tricks or is my mind going bonkers?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i'd love to wake up and suddenly have a cellar like this! heheh =) oooh, interesting 'daddy' coincidence. haha, i know the recent feeling when we're sleep-deprived and zombie-fied and our brain starts playing crazy tricks on us :D

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  11. hey I really like this idea and I'm glad Prakash has such a passion for wines and then turn it into a business by holding wine tastings at his home. I hope to attend it one day when I'm backtown.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, i think you'd enjoy this one. it's nice to discuss and drink in a casual but enlightening way =)

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