Keeping the current Covid-19 situation in mind, less than seven people will be allowed inside the tasting area at a time. After the tasting, customers can choose to purchase their favourite bottles at a special price and take it home to share with families during the festive season.
“Wine is a kind of different product. Each wine has a story to tell and people can have a conversation around it, which makes it a good choice of drinks,” says Rana.
Vesper, is also one of the major importers of fine wines in Nepal, specialising in wines from Spain, France, Italy, Australia and Germany. “We keep in mind the palette of Nepalis when importing wines while some are chosen because they are in trend at the moment,” says Rana.
Tasting wine is a very different experience from drinking it but Vesper House has made a concerted effort to educate Nepalis when it comes to wine. Before the pandemic hit, Vesper routinely brought in sommeliers from around the world for events. It regularly trains staff both in-house and in other hotels and restaurants about the nuances of wine.
Those interested can also sign-up for a wine workshop (this is on-hold due to the pandemic), where the team guides them in how to identify the appearance, taste and smell of the wines. Each client is poured three different wines: one each of sparkling, white and red (this can be customised to the client’s liking) and provided a tasting mat to take notes in along with some hors d’oeuvre to cleanse the palate in between drinks.
The team then explains the details: name, year, region of origin, grape variety(ies) before moving on to discuss the appearance: the colours, clarity, intensity, smell: intensity, aroma, palate: flavours, alcohol content, body, finish etc. At the end of this session even first timers will come out appreciating wines a little more.
For those who want to take a deep dive in the world of wines, Vesper House also offers a wine club subscription, where enthusiasts can get a well-chosen selection of wine delivered to their doorsteps every month. The subscription ranges from Rs30,000 per year for Gold Curiosity plan to an annual Rs100,000 for the Platinum option. This option may actually be a safe shopping habit during the pandemic restrictions.
In the past years, Vesper has seen a change in its clientele. While it used to be more expats and foreigners coming in, they note that more Nepalis are drinking wine now. Says Rana, “More young Nepalis have developed a taste for good wine.”