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The wines of Kerala – Part 2

Category : Canada , Kerala , Malayalam , Niagara

English: Nutmegs (Myristica fragrans) on a tre...

മലയാളം: ജാതിക്ക (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The aroma of the Niagara wines reminded me of the nutmeg shells. Probably nutmeg shells are deeply imprinted in my memory database. I should tell my Mom to try making nutmeg wine!

Wines of Kerala

Wines of Kerala

Mallu winemakers traditionally use Bharani (ഭരണി ), the locally available porcelain container with a lid as French or American oak is beyond their reach. Porcelain obviously cannot bestow the fruity flavour to the wine. So we may have to find an innovative container for wine making. കറുവാപട്ട  (Cinnamon) may be a good replacement for oak, though I am not sure whether the flavour will be too much. Anyways, I am sure my Mom adds cinnamon to the wine that she makes.



Apparently, the oak barrels are air tight with no residual air at the top. Air changes the flavour of the wine. Wine should be allowed to breath only when the bottle is opened, just like the infant takes the first birth after birth. Bharani’s are not airtight. So this may be an important limitation for wines of Kerala.

Do you have any tips to improve the taste of our wines?

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Princess Point – Hamilton, ON.

Category : Canada



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Princess Point is located in the south east corner of Cootes Paradise Marsh, and is the principle access point to the surrounding natural areas. The property is part of the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary owned and managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Sanctuary (Photo credit: beapen)

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Scottish Rite Club of Hamilton & Frozen Niagara

Category : Canada , Hamilton

There was an open-house at Scottish Rite Club, Queen Street, Hamilton.

This ‘farmhouse’ originally built by James Mills in 1820 was later modified in 1895 by George T. Tuckett.

We ventured out in the freezing wind to have a glimpse inside this mansion.

The woodwork was elegantly rustic, and their majestic cathedral used for masonic ceremonies was breath taking. They have all-inclusive wedding packages.

Our trip to ‘frozen’ Niagara last month was enjoyable too. My video of frozen Niagara went ‘mini’ viral following news about frozen Niagara in BBC website.