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Tasting France in Delhi with Tastin’France
French wine lovers in Delhi were in for a vinous treat by Tastin’France, organized by Business France in conjunction with Business France India at the French Embassy on 22 November, 2023, with 22 French wine and spirits producers from Languedoc, Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhone Valley, South West, Provence, Burgundy and Loire Valley showcasing 200 wines and spirits, in what appeared to be too small a window to taste them all, writes Subhash Arora
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Tasting Top Tuscan Wines Brunello and Chianti Classico
It’s been a strange year to say the least, as all ‘live’ tastings have been cancelled in Italy since March 2020, so the opportunity to hit the road after many months and drive to Montalcino, a picturesque cross-country drive that takes about 1:30 hours from her home near Arezzo in Tuscany, was a real pleasure followed by a Tasting of Chianti Classico this month, writes our Italy Correspondent Michele Shah who braved visits to Montalcino and Florence to report on the 2016 and 2019 vintages respectively as part of the annual Tuscan Tasting in which foreign journalists were not invited this year due to the pandemic
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Tuscan Tasting: Brunello 2019 gets 5-Stars at Benvenuto Brunello 2020
Benvenuto Brunello 2020 (Welcome Brunello!), the final leg of the Annual Tuscan Tasting Marathon which concluded on Sunday 23 February, was attended by journalists and professionals in large numbers as earlier years, despite fears of Coronavirus, reports our guest writer from Tuscany, Antonio Sferlazzo who was in Montalcino to represent delWine and taste the 2015 vintage released earlier on 1 January, 2020 and where the 2019 vintage was officially awarded 5-stars
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Tasting: Senator Wines of Romania at Romanian Residence
Romania may not be well-known in India as a wine producer but it is one of the oldest wine regions in the world, now a part of EU since 2007 and follows European Wine Laws with 34 PDO’s and despite being under the communist regime till 1989, it has bounced back with quality wines and substantial foreign participation, writes Subhash Arora who attended an excellent wine evening hosted by Ambassador H. E. Mr. Radu Octavian Dobre at his residence with wines presented by Sorina Mashhadi from Senator Wine and loved the wines and the evening in general
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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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