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Bruñal: No Brunello but a Rare Gem from Castilla Y Leon- Spain
Bruñal is a rare indigenous Spanish grape variety which was near-extinct variety two decades ago and grows only in the province of Castilla Y Leon in Arribes del Duero Natural Park, but has been revived by a handful of producers like Bodegas Ribera de Pelazas which showcased it at a private dinner at Seville Restaurant at Hotel Claridges in Delhi last month, writes Subhash Arora who loved the wine for its character, age-ability like Brunello or Barolo and the collectible nature because of very small quantity produced but feels it has to go a long way before people can appreciate its intrinsic value
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Wine Tasting : Wine Park adds Affordable set of Quality Bordeaux Wines
Mumbai-based Wine Park has already established itself as an importer of select brands from generally family owned wineries from 13 countries across the world, has not touched Bordeaux wines much but after a study of the market a couple of years, has imported seven labels that he feels represent Bordeaux quality wines that are affordable in hotels restaurants, writes Subhash Arora at a private tasting organised at the Pali Village Cafe a few days ago where we tasted seven of the labels imported in recent times
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Panel Tasting: Indian Wines Shining Overseas
Many Indian wine snobs still scoff at the Indian wines but are obviously ignorant of the much-improved quality that has made wineries like Sula, Fratelli and York craft special co-owned labels for sale outside India successfully while others like Grover Zampa, Krsma and Somanda have been exporting their labels at handsome prices due to their high quality, writes Subhash Arora who had a panel of around 11 people taste 10 such wines with and without food at a private, exclusive Tasting at Pullman recently, in a run up to the 2nd edition of Indian Wine Day of November 16 at the Lalit Hotels in India
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Tasting Wines from Australian Victoria in India
In a bid to promote wines from Victoria, the Australian High Commission and Austrade organised last Friday a Masterclass and Tasting of 8 wines from 3 producers-De Bortoli (already represented in India by Prestige Wines), Brown Bros. and Montara Wines last Friday, for which Michelle Wade, Commissioner from the State Govt of Victoria had come from Melbourne along with a Montara producer, writes Subhash Arora who was equally impressed with the snacks served and the warm hospitality of the officials
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Masterclass and a Vertical Tasting of Mas La Plana by Miguel Torres
A select group of wine journalists, F&B professionals and wine aficionados were invited last Saturday to an exclusive event at the Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi, hosted by Prestige Wines and Familia Torres – a Master Class and Vertical Tasting of the history-making Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon, led by the legendary Miguel Torres visiting India after 3 years, reports Natasha Vohra, Asst. Editor delWine, who had the honour of meeting the great man and tasting three vintages of this elegant ‘Black Lady’ among more than a dozen other wines from the Torres stable
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Tuscan Tasting 2018: Poggiotondo Chianti Wines from Alberto Antonini are Super
Alberto Antonini who owns Poggiotondo winery in a small town in the Chianti region- Cerreto Guidi near Florence in Tuscany and 5 kms from Vinci where Leonardo Vinci was born, is a winemaker’s winemaker, producing excellent quality of Chianti and working as a consultant , was not there when I went to visit his winery a couple of months ago after the Tuscan Tastings but his wife Alessandra Renieri organised to pick me up from Grand Hotel Baglioni in Downtown Florence and show me the vineyards, writes Subhash Arora who finally managed to visit the Estate this year
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Wine Tasting: Multi-Region Spanish Wines in India
Last week saw a couple of French people in India promoting Spanish Wines at a private tasting in Mumbai and Delhi, bringing Christopher Vanpoulle, Founder CEO of Very Fine Vinos in Madrid and his Hong Kong based Export Manager Francois Bailey with 14 samples of Spanish wines from small family owned wineries with no export departments from the wine regions of Rioja, Carinena, Bulla, La Mancha and Valencia, writes Subhash Arora who tasted them at Claridges Hotel and found a few of them excellent value-for-money wines of very good quality quite suitable for India
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Wine Tasting: Taste of Armenia in Delhi
An interesting Tasting of Armenian Wines was organised by Reva Singh, of Sommelier India at her residence last Sunday evening, attended by H.E. Armen Martirosyan, Ambassador of Armenia and Gevorg Hakhverdyan, Consul, where 12 wines were presented by Suzanna Mkrtchyan from Armenian Vine and Wine Foundation, with several foods from Armenia presented as condiment, making it an interesting evening with wines as the protagonists , writes Subhash Arora who believes it was a great start that needs further impetus to succeed in entering this market
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TASTING FRANCE: A Wine Tasting courtesy Business France
Business France organised Tastin’France, for wine professionals in Mumbai on October 11 and the French Ambassador’s residence in Delhi on October 13 where 9 French wine and spirits producers and merchants from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Languedoc, South West France, Armagnac and Reunion presented around 60 wines, writes Subhash Arora who tasted almost all the wines and found they had some interesting offers that ought to excite importers and end consumers
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Maison Vincent Girardin of Burgundy comes to Town
The latest addition to the Portfolio of the Wine Park comes from Maison Vincent Girardin in Burgundy and Vishal Kadakia had organised a private Master Class on Burgundy wines at Pullman Aerocity where the visiting Commercial Director Marco Caschera organised a tasting as well, writes Subhash Arora who loved the lucid Masterclass and the Tastings of 8 wines which had Burgundy stamped on them and were quite enjoyable
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Tasting Basque and Rioja Alavesa Wines from Northwest Spain
At a delightful private and exclusive dinner hosted recently by Xabier Arruza, a visiting native of the autonomous Spanish Region Basque, one could discover two delicious and unique ‘Chocoli’ white wines from Basque along with four red wines from Rioja Alavesa, one of the three sub-regions of Rioja and a part of Basque, paired with dishes from Pluck Restaurant at Pullman Aerocity, making it a unique evening any connoisseur would love to be a part of, writes Subhash Arora
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Taste of Fratelli and Magic of Chef Sujan at Olive
After test marketing a few imported labels in 2014-15, Fratelli Vineyards shifted gears last November, adding several labels by taking over popular labels imported earlier by FineWinesnMore and showcased Zardetto, Fortant and Bonpas along with the domestic super premium VITAE at a surreal dinner curated by the Maestro Chef Sujan Sarkar who came up with dishes showcasing his dexterity and creativity at Olive Mehrauli, writes Subhash Arora
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IGT Terre Siciliane: Wines to match Spices at the Market
The wine dinner at Gulati Spice Market was a tryst with Sicilian wines for most invitees who had a lot of fun matching the four IGT Terre Siciliane wines- Perlé di Ginestra Moscato, Antiche Vie Syrah, Antiche Vie Nero d’Avola and Morogó Nero d’Avola with several Indian dishes and who came out swearing by some of the combinations while enjoying them on their own, writes Subhash Arora who had organised the import and clearance of wines for different groups of wine lovers, the Delhi Wine Club members and their guests being one such group
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Canadian Wines from Ontario
Toronto-based wine educator and consultant Dr. Nupur Gogia has been visiting Delhi during the last few days and used the opportunity to introduce wines from three Ontario producers at the Canadian High Commission on Saturday, writes Subhash Arora who attended the tastings and feels it is not only the icewine anymore but Canada can take credit for making wines which may not be cheap but are clean, crisp, cheerful, and cool climate food friendly wines
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Artadi: Tasting Magic of Terroir and Tempranillo
Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle, owner-winemaker of the premium Rioja winery Artadi was in Delhi this week to showcase his entry level Viñas de Gain white and red wines and the top end El Pison-both reds with 100% Tempranillo, at a special evening hosted by H.E. Gustavo Manuel de Arístegui y San Román, Ambassador of Spain in India at his residence in Delhi, writes Subhash Arora who was pleased and intrigued with the wines
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