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GRAND Performance by The Grand Hotel at Delhi Wine Club Dinner (#320)
The 320th event of the Delhi Wine Club (DWC) at The Grand (earlier The Grand Hyatt), was a roaring success with the flamboyant Michel Koopman, the new Vice President of the hotel since November last, pulling no stops to make the first Wine Dinner under his nose an enviable benchmark for the hotel which has already covered miles to make it an excellent wine and food destination after it became sans Hyatt, writes Subhash Arora who would be happy to see the President Mukul Manku work with several different formats to keep the events refreshing
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Tasting the Wine Wonders of Australia in Delhi courtesy AUSTRADE
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) had recently organised a wine promotional event at the Captain’s Cellar, Hotel Taj Mansingh where Sonal Holland MW conducted a Masterclass on Australian wines, tasting 5 wines blind with a full house in attendance, writes Subhash Arora who enjoyed the proceedings despite physical discomfiture.
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Change of Guard at Delhi Wine Club January Lunch at CHO
The customary annual wine brunch of the Delhi Wine Club (estd. 2002) on 21 January 2024 had a different flavour this year with President Ranganathan Parthiban giving charge as President to the 4th President, Col. Mukul Manku (Retd.) at Cho Restaurant in Mehrauli, attended by a full house, writes Subhash Arora who founded the Club in 2002 and is now Chairman Emeritus
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Yauatcha Tie-up with Private Label Producer King Fratelli expands to Bangalore
Fratelli Wines had gone a step further in cementing its position as the largest producer making private labels in India by tying up a year ago with the Yauatcha group specializing in exquisite Cantonese fare, and introducing IVELLE white wine in Mumbai and recently in their Bangalore Restaurant too, writes Subhash Arora who believes the producer has quietly become a leader in private labelling in India with this excellent offering
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Tuscan Castello di Querceto visits Mumbai and Delhi
Marco Fizialetti, Sales Manager of the historical Tuscan Winery Castello di Querceto in Greve in Chianti, was in India recently, when the Indian importers Anggel’s Share introduced him to a set of invitees at a dinner hosted at Sorrento Restaurant at the Shangri La Hotel Delhi where three of their Tuscan wines were served, matched with food. Subhash Arora who was invited, reports
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Sula Wines takes over L’Osteria Bella Restaurant at Holiday Inn
Sula Wines took over the recently rechristened L’Osteria Bella Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Aerocity, and hosted a Sundowner for the members of the Delhi Wine Club and a few hotel guests, dishing out cheeses and antipasti with five wines from their premier range, writes Chairman Emeritus Subhash Arora who enjoyed the evening of authentic Italian snacks paired with Sula wines in an eclectic atmosphere thick with good food, wines and bonhomie
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An Experiential Virgin Hills Dinner at The Lovefools in Mumbai by IWA
Virgin Hills is the new kid on the block in Nashik, producing excellent wines, and The Lovefools is a new hip restaurant in Bandra already frequented by Bollywood and other celebrities. Natasha Vohra, the Mumbai-based Assistant Editor of delWine, curated an excellent wine dinner with the help of star Chef Sarita Pereira at this quaint Catholic Bungalow owned by the celebrity Ad couple Mitali and Prahlad Kakar, on September 21
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Antica Bottega del Vino Bags Wine Spectator’s Grand Award 19th Time
Antica Bottega del Vino in Verona, owned by the ‘Twelve Historical Families’ of Valpolicella, is an iconic restaurant in Verona specializing in wine and Italian food, and is one of the 6 Restaurants in Italy that has won the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for the nineteenth year in a row this year, writes Subhash Arora who was privileged to be part of a private wine dinner organised in the basement in 2005 during the Vinitaly Concorso and was bedazzled by the wines and the impressive Wine List
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Artusi Ristorante Gurgaon back with mouth-watering Sunday Brunches
The Leading Italian Gastronomy Restaurant Artusi introduced in Gurgaon today a Sunday Brunch for the lovers of Italian food in the NCR region, with a multi-course Menu served individually plated at your table with a range of Prosecco and other Italian red and white wines at Rs. 1290+ each per bottle, with the Buffet costing only Rs. 1990 ++, writes Subhash Arora who strongly recommends the combo for foodies and gourmets of Italian cuisine
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Masterclass: Wines with a Twist at Italics Wine Club Dinner @Diva
The Masterclass of Italian Wines organised on March 3 by Il Dolce Vino for members of Italics Wine Club, added a lot of colour with wines from food and wine specialist companies- Bernelli, Borgofulvia, Essentia and a relatively new family estate in Lipari island in Sicily, Tenuta di Castellaro, matched with the equally delicious cuisine at the Diva Restaurant at the Italian Embassy, writes Cav. Subhash Arora who conducted the Masterclass with Luca Bernardini from Indo- Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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Cornucopia of Hungarian wines and food at Hotel Claridges
A successful buffet dinner that was a bounty of Hungarian wines and food, including the famous Tokaj and the red Rhapsody from Eger, which laid the foundation for similar gastronomical delights in future, was organised by Liszt Institute- headed by Dr. Mariann Erdo at The Claridges recently, with the marketing support from Indian Wine Academy (IWA) inviting around 40 right profiled guests to this unique experience. Subhash Arora, President of IWA reports
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5th edition of November 16 -Indian Wine Day Celebrated across India –Part 1
The 5th edition of Indian Wine Day-16 November, conceptualised and organized by the Indian Wine Academy, made progress this year, with more producers and restaurants on board, even as the original collaborator, the Lalit Group of Hotels opted out, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Dinners in Chennai and Delhi NCR though Bangalore, Durgapur and Mumbai also saw action and feels it is only the tip of the iceberg and visualises it as big, Pan India wine festival to celebrate Indian wines, with wineries directly involved
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IICCI: Divine Food and Wine Match at Masterclass @Diva_Italian
After a few aborted attempts to have an Italian Wine Masterclass during the current Pandemic, the Indo- Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) was finally able to organise one on July 9 at the Diva Restaurant at the Italian Embassy, New Delhi, conducted by Cavaliere Subhash Arora, aided by Luca Bernardini in Italy, who took the select few invitees on a virtual and tactile visit to Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Apulia (Puglia) with 4 wines and the food that was truly a divine match with these wines
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Delhi Wine Club Roars again after Battery Recharge
After 11 months of inactivity post the maiden wine dinner by Sourish Bhattacharyya as the new President after Founder President Subhash Arora took voluntary retirement in January 2020 after 18 years and 300 events, the club had a mesmerizing evening with full-house at the Olive Bar and Restaurant on 17 March with premier wines like M/S and Sette from Fratelli and a Menu crafted brilliantly by Head Chef Dhruv Oberoi, writes Ranganathan Parthiban, the Club President
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Restaurant: Nadodi in Kuala Lumpur Rewarding Experience not only for Nomads
Nadodi Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur offering modern South Indian cuisine elevating rustic ingredients and traditional dishes using modern gastronomic techniques and presenting them with sensorial flair, was a rewarding experience for our guest writer Yegas Naidoo from South Africa with South Indian lineage and she feels it could replace the now shut-down Gaggan in Bangkok in winning accolades but feels the wine experience could be better
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