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Bigger Bang for the Buck: Wines at Hyatt Regency Delhi

Posted: Friday, 13 June 2014 11:10

Bigger Bang for the Buck: Wines at Hyatt Regency Delhi

June 13: Although most hotels and restaurants have kept the wine prices very high, some wines are decently priced or at least are affordable, quaffable wines. In order to help our Indian subscribers we recommend some of these wines which are of drinkable quality at prices you can afford and also won’t get lost in the sea of several unknown labels. In this edition we have focused on Hyatt Regency, Delhi which has a few enviable prices in their Classic Wines section.

Hyatt Regency offers better values in what they call Classic Vintage where the top Italian wines are available at reasonable prices. Otherwise, the Torres stable seems to have been more moderately priced as are Indian wines

Sparkling wines

Drappier Rosé NV 8500 is about the most reasonable Rose champagne available at any hotel

Luna Argenta Prosecco, Veneto 2650 is a no-nonsense, value for money Prosecco, if you want a bubbly.

Freixenet Cordon Negro, Cataluña, Spain 2700 is a decent Cava from a large but passionate producer. Made with the three staple grapes of Cava-Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada and double fermented in the bottle. But please check how old the stock has been-could be suspect due to long storage. Global Tax-Free has reportedly stopped importing this wine.

White Wines

Torres Mas Rabell ‘12, Cataluña, Spain 2500 is made from the Parellada grape and can be a delicious wine on its own or with fish and seafood with light texture. Goes well with most aperitifs too.

Torres Viña Esmeralda ‘12, Cataluña, Spain 3500 is a blend of Moscatel and Gewurztraminer. On the nose highly perfumed, slightly sweet, ladies ‘first choice’ in white wine. Worth the extra Rs.1000, if you are taking a lady friend or people who are new to wine-or if you are indulging in hot and spicy Indian or Chinese food in The China Kitchen

Soledoro Rubicone Trebbiano ’12, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2500 is perhaps too expensive if you knew its price in Italy but nevertheless, considering the general pricing for this grape used a lot in Orvieto wines-it is a decent wine to order for the price you pay.

Red Wines

Montes Reserve ‘11, Colchagua, Chile 3400

Argento Malbec ‘13, Mendoza, Argentina 2800 The entry level wine is pleasant and versatile

Nederburg  Winemaster’s Reserve ‘12, Paarl, South Africa 3950 If and only if, you are in a mood for the signature grape Pinotage of  South Africa, you may pay the slight premium and order this wine

Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’asti Superiore ‘11, Piedmont, Italy 2700-You can’t go wrong with this juicy, daily drinking wine of Piedmont that goes well even with vegetarian meals because of softer tannins.

Torres Mas Rabell ‘11, Cataluña, Spain 2700 Grenache grape brings out the warmth and spiciness in the mouth that many people would love-besides the reasonable price.
Deviating from our policy of recommending wines only up to Rs. 5000 to help novices to order a bottle of wine, we are highly recommending a couple of wines which are exquisite examples of Italian wines and are priced nicely here so much so that they may be priced more expensive even at most Italian restaurants serving them.

Marchesi Antinori Guado al Tasso ’09 15,500, Bolgheri, is a well-made blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30% with Shiraz making up for the rest 5%.  Very reasonably and sensibly priced Super Tuscan for affluent aficionados who do not like to be taken for a ride and want good bang for their buck.

Marchesi Antinori Tignanello ‘10, Tuscany 13,850 is a blend of Sangiovese 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, and Cabernet Franc 5%. It is the preferred Super Tuscan even for the Super rich (it also qualifies to be called a Grande Selezione Chianti Classico though Antinori has chosen not to be labeled as such. You cannot go through life without drinking a Tignanello and this is the best place in town for it in a restaurant.

Indian Wines

Fratelli ‘13,  Sauvignon Blanc Akluj-Maharashtra India 2250 Best Value in white wine category

Fratelli ’13 Chardonnay, Akluj, India 2900 –very delicious wine but priced slightly higher (right price would have been 2500-2600).Order if you are a Chardonnay fan.

Fratelli ’13 Cabernet, Akluj, India 2200 You may close your eyes and order this wine. You will soon want to order one more and at this price, why not? Very rounded with ripe tannins; delightful wine with lamb dishes. I have ordered it even with Indian food in another restaurant and my guests and I devoured it.

Grover’s La Reserve ‘12, Nasik, India 2100 Best buy in the Indian list. Order without reservation

Hyatt has a lot of wines that are better priced but since I am not sure of the provenance (storage conditions from winery to the table) I have not recommended them.  Many wines are too high-priced. The list here should be very useful to beginners as well as connoisseurs who will enjoy the two special red wines described.


Subhash Arora

Rating- Based on various parameters like the prices, description, variety, clarity of explanation etc. The List is rated at

Restaurants already covered:

Radisson Blu Plaza

Taj Palace


Tag: Hyatt Regency, Delhi


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