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We Recommend: Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier 2018
With November being the Indian Wine Day (Nov. 16) month, we feature an Indian wine and what better to recommend than what we tasted at the Kimono Club where we Charles Donnadieu, the Corporate Sommelier of The Lalit Hotel partnering Indian Wine Academy for the Indian Wine Day, and I insisting on an Indian wine and finding Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier 2018 a perfect match for the various dishes we tasted, writes Subhash Arora
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Ward Valley Marlborough Duo of Sauvignon and Pinot Noir
New Zealand has carved out a beautiful niche for its perfumed Sauvignon Blanc and fruity and nuanced Pinot Noirs but usually they are quite expensive for the customer due to higher taxes too but recently I tasted Ward Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough and found the price very reasonable for the fine flavours, says Subhash Arora who recommends the duo for any wine lover but especially a novice or teetotaler
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CESARI Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
For those interested in full-bodied, powerful wines and lovers of Amarone, Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella docg offers an excellent option at a higher retail cost of Rs. 8,000 writes Subhash Arora who has always liked the wine imported by Hema Connoisseur and is happy to note that their 2015 vintage just won the Grand Gold and won the Best of the Show Trophy for an Amarone
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Devaux D Quality Champagne Decent Price
Champagne is the unchallenged king of bubbles and the best way to enjoy it is at a champagne brunch in a few of the 5-star restaurants of which Pullman Aerocity is one of the top ones serving unlimited Champagne Devaux D which, made from the Blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and second fermented in the bottle for 4 years after a year of base wine, is anyway a delicious, creamy champagne worth its value, writes Subhash Arora
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Rose Gold from Soma Vine Village
Soma Rose Gold 2017 made from Zinfandel grapes by Soma Vine Village, offer a very easy drinking wine any time during the day and especially in a warm weather in Mumbai, it is very refreshing and crisp and can also match a majority of foods or be imbibed as an aperitif, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is a great buy at Rs. 650 but available currently only at the winery and Maharashtra
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Celebrating Life with NOI from Fratelli
Before releasing their J’NOON high end sparkling wine costing Rs. 3500, Fratelli Vineyards, quietly released their low end ‘NOI’ aimed at young, new and women wine drinkers who love Prosecco or other sparkling wines which are off dry (over 12 gms residual sugar/liter), writes Subhash Arora who believes that at the retail price of rs. 850 in Delhi and even lower at Rs. 850 in Bangalore and Mumbai makes it an excellent value for money sparkler
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Domaene Gobelsburger GruVee Kamptal 2016 but Conditions Apply
Gruener Veltliner, also known as GruVee in its short and easily pronounceable form, is an excellent white wine from Austria and produced by Domaene Gobelsburg in Kamptal and imported by Aspri Spirits and Wines, is an excellent white wine for connoisseurs at Rs. 1898 in Bangalore; but the price is rather high in Mumbai and Delhi (Rs.3810), writes Subhash Arora
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Mionetto Prestige Cuvee and Vivo Rose Spumante
Thanks to the growing popularity of Prosecco, a wider choice is available now in India but unfortunately the prices are not always commensurate with quality in many cases, though Henkell-owned Mionetto makes good quality Prosecco and with the prices hovering around Rs. 1700 a bottle, all the 3 variants in the market make a very good choice, with the Prestige Cuvee being my personal top favourite
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Fratelli Vitae Chardonnay 2015
Although Chardonnay has not done well as a varietal at most Indian wineries so far, Fratelli has been able to produce a quaffable Chardonnay but the Vitae Chardonnay introduced in 2104 is one of the fines white wines produced in India and though slightly expensive for the price tag of Rs. 1500 for an Indian label, it is highly recommended for discerning white wine lovers who are not too price conscious, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is an outstanding value-for-money quality wine
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IVFEx 2017: Aah Taj! Wah Taj! Quintessentially Indian Taj!
During his visit to India last month to attend wine events organised by the International Vine and Food Experience (IVFEx 2017) in Hyderabad , Delhi and Mumbai during which John Salvi MW also visited Nashik, giving him opportunities to visit 5 different properties of the Taj Hotels group which impressed him and left a lasting impact, he writes
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Vitae Chardonnay from Fratelli
Vitae from Fratelli is a super premium label with 3 variants- Sangiovese, Tre and Chardonnay each selling for around Rs. 1500- seemingly expensive, but to a discerning Connoisseur, it offers a world- class wine that would please even the Burgundy wine lovers, claims Subhash Arora who had visited the winery recently and spent considerable time with the Italian winemaker Piero Masi during the 3-day visit and found him concurring with him as the best white wine from the Fratelli stable
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Cono Sur Pinot Noir and Cab Sauv
Cono Sur for the Connoisseur with an eye on the budget is how I would describe the pair of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from the biggest Chilean wine producer, being imported by the biggest Indian wine producer, Sula, says Subhash Arora who recommends both varietals based on what food you eat, because the prices appear to have been better aligned now
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Sula Brut Limited Edition for Holi
After the successful launch of Sula Brut Tropicale with special, funky, paisley motifs, the largest wine producer has unleashed its creative capabilities to bring out a ‘Limited Edition Sula Brut’ in Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal with only 1000 cases produced, making it a fun bubbly for the festival of colours and wine for the aficionados, writes Subhash Arora who feels this is the best gift one can take for the hosts celebrating Holi or to send them as a Thank you gift the day after since Holi is a dry day
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Grand Tasting Experience debuts at the Taj Mahal in Delhi
After curating it thrice at the Taj Bengal and following it up with the Taj Krishna at Hyderabad, Keith Edgar, and expat wine educator and importer residing in Kolkata has tied up with the Taj Mahal Hotel to launch for the first time, the International Vine and Food Experience in Delhi on March 25-26 where one can have an excellent culinary experience with several Masterclasses running concurrently and a Grand Tasting of around 250 quality wines spread over 2 evenings and a Lunch
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Chandon Rose Bubbly for your Valentine
Introduced in 2013 by Moet Hennessey India, Chandon Rose sparkling wine is decently priced premium Rose sparkling wine made by using the same method as for Champagne but retail priced at around Rs. 1400-1450 a bottle, , but with a special Mikado gift box packaging at no extra cost, it makes an unbeatable choice for this year’s gift to that special lady friend or more on Valentine day, writes Subhash Arora
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