What started as a hobby has now burgeoned into a fully-fledged fascination. I’m on a mission to decipher all I can about wine and inspire a wine drinking culture in Kenya. That means wandering into wine bars, shops, talking to stakeholders in the wine scene, networking, taking notes and making appearances.
I have dragged a friend of mine on winetasting event that another friend of mine told me about. We are in Muthaiga Shopping Centre. As we are descending the stairs that lead to La Dolce Vita, I happen to see some people holding wine glasses in the opposite direction. I point in that direction and tell my friend, who is probably wondering why we came all the way, that that was the place we were meant to be. Relieved, she scampers down the stairs and joins me.
We are in “Out Of Sicily’, a wineshop that only stocks Italian wines. I meet Sam, who had invited me to the event, and introduced my friend. Today, we are tasting the Ferrari sparkling wines. I love sparkling wines, because of the bubbles, quality and taste. I think that they are one of the wines that are made with utmost care. Read more about Champagnes and sparklings in this article.
According to the owners of the shop, Emanuele Corino and his wife Nebiat Tekle Corino, Italy is one of the best wine growing regions of the world because it has great soil and climate. There are thousands of grape varieties in Italy and they thought that they would introduce them to the Kenyan market. The reception was good and they decided to set up shop in Muthaiga Shopping Centre.