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Alessandro Nesi of Piccini Tuscan Winery
Alessandro Nesi, Sommelier in the family winery being run since 1882, now by the fourth generation of Piccini family of Tuscany, which has extended its operations to Puglia and now to Etna in Sicily, was in India for about three weeks and stopped by in Delhi to introduce the Etna white and red from the family estate Tore Mora at a Lunch at Hyatt Regency, writes Subhash Arora who enjoyed them along with the Valiano Chianti Classico and a Brunello 2011 from the family estate in Montalcino
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Winemakers from Chapel Hill and Amelia Park Australia
Michael Fragos and Jeremy Gordon, the young highly regarded and awarded winemakers from Chapel Hill Winery in McLaren Vale and Amelia Park in Margaret River, Western Australia were in India last week when Subhash Arora met them at Cirrus 9 Bar at the Oberoi, New Delhi at an evening of tête-à-tête with them by Le Cave and the importer Brindco and tasted the four wines being currently imported
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Stephane Tournade of Chateau Valandraud Saint Emilion
Stephane Tournade, Sales Representative for India for Chateau Valandraud Saint Emilion, owned by the ‘Bad Boy’ Jean Luc Thunevin and popularised in India by its distributor, Vishal Park was in Mumbai recently and an interesting Tasting was hosted by its owner, Vishal Kadakia at Four Seasons. Malathi Natrajan who used to write for delWine before she left for Singapore 5 years ago and returned to India last year, reports
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Jean Claude Terdjemane of Bodega Roda in Mumbai
It was a pleasure to attend a Tasting and Masterclass organized by their importer Wine Park Mumbai, conducted by Jean Claude Terdjemane, Area manager Asia-Pacific for the Roda group of Rioja, Spain at Masque, Mumbai, says our guest writer from Mumbai Sheetal Kadam who was adequately impressed by both the Cava and the Rioja red wines
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Luis Felipe Edwards Jr. of LFE Wines from Chile
There has been a change of guard at Luis Felipe Edward (LFE) Winery with Luis Felipe Edwards Jr. visiting India for the first time along with his Hong-Kong based export Director for Asia, Pacific and Middle East manager Nick Tullet who was in India last year when Dhall Foods was the importer, writes Subhash Arora who was invited at an exclusive tasting at the Wasabi Restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel organised by the new importer, Ace Beveragez
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Passing By: Benvenuto to Cesare Benvenuto of Pio Cesare of Piedmont
Cesare Benvenuto, the younger 5th generation family member and partner in Pio Cesare was in India for a couple of days when Sumit Sehgal, VP and All-India Director of Prestige Wines and Spirits, their importers in India hosted an informal tasting and food paring of 3 of their wines at Sly Granny Restaurant in Khan Market, turning the usual formal and staid tasting into a fun event, writes Subhash Arora who feels it was a successful experiment, especially for youngsters
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Elena Bortoletto of Donnafugata in Sicily
Aspri Spirits, India’s leading distributor of premium wines and spirits, hosted an informal evening to meet Elena Bortoletto, the Verona-based export manager of one of the top Sicilian wineries, Donnafugata, when the guests enjoyed dinner with two of their wines being currently imported by them into India, writes Subhash Arora who reminisced about their gems-Mille e Una Notte red and the sweet Ben Ryé that have been discontinued due to high price and taxes
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Gérard Blanloeil of Clarendelle Wines of Haut- Brion Bordeaux
Gérard Blanloeil, Managing Director of Clarendelle Wines, a fine wine Négociant in Bordeaux making also the Clarendelle wines since 2002, was in Delhi this week where he conducted a Masterclass and guided tasting of wines from the 3 chateaux owned by Prince Robert de Luxembourg and Clarendelle, writes Subhash Arora who loved the wines but found the second wine of La Mission most likeable
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delWine Tasting Panel wowed by Pinot Noir Blind-Tasting
After an interesting food-wine paired tasting last month, the delWine Tasting Panel with 16 persons was wowed as they blind-tasted 11 Pinot Noirs with the Editor Subhash Arora who, with 63 international wine competitions under his belt, is quite knowledgeable about the rules of such tastings, hoping that soon the panellists will be able to deliver dependable, reliable and sought-after results, writes Subhash Arora while exhorting them to be bold tasters focusing on each wine
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Time Dolan- Young Winemaker of Barossan Winery Peter Lehmann
Tim Dolan, Senior Winemaker of the Barossa producer Peter Lehmann belonging to Casella Family Brands Group since November 2014, was in India along with Malcolm Davies, Export Director Asia Pacific as part of a delegation of wine makers from South Australia and had an exclusive Chat with Subhash Arora during Lunch at Bukhara Restaurant at the ITC Maurya about his winemaking style and the relatively new wine- "The Barossan" Shiraz crafted by him and being introduced in India
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Michelle Lam of Villa Maria NZ Wines
Michelle Lam, the Brand Ambassador of Villa Maria Wines is visiting India and conducted a guided Tasting of 5 wines at Shang Palace, Hotel Shangri La last week, thanks to the visit organised by La Cave Fine Wines for wine journalists and bloggers, writes Aruna Chawla who found them great value for money wines and well worth the visit during the hot Delhi afternoon
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Cakebread Cellars Wines from Napa Charm at Dinner
The Culinary Director of Cakebread Cellar, Brian Streeter was in Delhi earlier this week and curated a special meal on Monday for invitees of La Cave at the soon-to-open new Italian Restaurant to be most likely named as Perbacco (Good Heavens!) with 3 wines that are already being imported by Brindco in India and retailed through La Cave- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Dancing Bear Ranch 2009 that is not being imported yet, paired with dishes cooked under his supervision, writes Subhash Arora
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Marchesi di Barolo Dinner at the Chambers impresses
The Taj Mahal Hotel Delhi hosted a wine dinner along with Brindco and La Cave at The Chambers last Friday where 4 wines from the old historical wine cellar of Marchesi di Barolo were served and presented by the 5th generation owner and producer, Mrs. Anna Abbona who is not new to the country, having visited India already, writes Subhash Arora who found the mid range wine selection well-matched the excellent food served to a full house in the Grill Room
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Jean-Marie Bourgeois of Henri Bourgeois of Loire Valley
Jean Marie Bourgeois, the 10th generation family producer and the patriarch of the Bourgeois family in Sancerre Region of the Loire Valley was in India recently when La Cave and Brindco hosted an excellent dinner at The Chambers at the Taj Mansingh Hotel where three Lore Valley whites and a Pinot Noir from their Marlborough winery were paired cleverly with the Indian cuisine from the Varq Restaurant, writes Subhash Arora who was particularly impressed with the Pinot from New Zealand and its excellent PQR for the Indian market
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Taittinger big Hit at The China Kitchen
Clovis Taittinger, the 4th generation family member of the family-owned Champagne House and working as the General Manager looking after the export market in 150 countries, was in India last week when the guests enjoyed Taittinger Brut and Rose Brut with streaming snacks from The China Kitchen (TCK) over endless chats with Clovis, writes Subhash Arora who loved the evening, especially the surprise, Comte de Champagne 2006 served generously to the guests towards the later part of the evening
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