Friday, 22 January 2010


Wednesday 20 January: Mid-morning when voluptuous French Fanny opened-up a fine ruby-red I knew I was in for a treat . . . and I got it in the form of the berry-fruit flavours of Grover Wine's Cabernet Shiraz.
India's IT capital -
there is no need to dwell in Bengaluru (Bangalore's official name) - give the Hard Rock Cafe a miss, throw away your guide book and simply take the 285M bus from platform 23A of the City Bus Stand to Doddaballapur for a short rickshaw ride to Raghunathapura village and Grover Vineyard. But, e-mail Fanny Olivier in advance to visit the vineyard and tasting room.
Bought a Grover La Reserve at Spencer's supermarket in MG Road (Mahatma Gandhi Rd) in Bangalore. Established in 1992, incredibly, Grover's don't yet have a license to sell alcohol!

Photos of Bangalore area.
After dinner and few beers - a mad dash with Kaveh to just catch the 9:40pm
Kanyakumari Express sleeper down south to Varkala in sleepy Kerala.

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