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Kebab Date of Chateau Margaux Heiress Revives Memories of Her Late Grandfather’s India-Pakistan Connection

Posted: April 18, 2014 at 3:18 am   /   Wine News

WHEN Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos pairs kebabs with the wines of Chateau Margaux at The Taj Mahal Hotel on Saturday, April 19, she will, perhaps unknowingly, re-establish the old sub-continental connections of her entrepreneurial grandfather, who was responsible for turning around the fortunes of the Bordeaux First Growth. Andre Mentzelopoulos, the son of a Greek peasant, moved […]

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Sula Opens China Account as Sales in UK, Germany & Sri Lanka Head North; Expected Listing on World Airline A First

Posted: March 21, 2014 at 3:10 am   /   Wine News

CHINESE products may be flooding the Indian market, but there’s one Indian brand that has just planted the Tricolour on Chinese soil. Earlier in the week, the first shipment of Sula wines reached Guangzhou (the city formerly known as Shanghai), marking the entry of the country’s top-selling wine brand into the world’s largest red wine-consuming […]

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Sulafest Has Shown the Way for Others to Follow and Harvest the Gains

Posted: February 12, 2014 at 3:04 am   /   Wine News

THERE was a time when sponsoring wine dinners was the only option available to wine producers and importers to make inroads into a society wedded to brown spirits. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of people like the late Ghulam Naqshband and our own Subhash Arora, whose Delhi Wine Club events have become launch pads for […]

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Dining With Miguel Torres, Rock Star of Spain’s Wine World, Under A Banyan Tree at Sevilla

Posted: February 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm   /   Wine News

IT IS not every day that you get to sit next to a wine legend at a fabulous dinner in one of the finest restaurants of Delhi on an evening blessed by the weather gods. I am talking about Miguel Torres, the Decanter Man of the Year 2002 who re-wrote the rules of Spain’s wine […]

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Meditating Over A Bottle of Santo From Fratelli’s Kapil Sekhri

Posted: February 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm   /   Wine News

I WAS pleasantly surprised to receive a wooden box from Fratelli Wines with a personal note from Kapil Sekhri, one of the six brothers behind the Akluj (Solapur)-based company, whom I had met most recently at the Panjim restaurant, Mum’s Kitchen. I am sure many others in the city must have got this gift. Still, […]

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At India’s Woodstock, A Soul-Stirring Offering of Food, Wine and Music

Posted: February 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm   /   Wine News

SULAFEST, without doubt, is India’s Woodstock. A celebration of youth power. A showcase of good wine, food and pop fashion. A music programme packed with the best of electronica and world music. A crowd that deserves to be held up as a model of self-discipline. When the late lamented Chateau Indage pioneered grape stomping as […]

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Remy Sula’s 100% Indian Grape Spirit Brandy Ready for Release; Awaits Remy Cointreau’s Green Signal

Posted: February 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm   /   Wine News

INDIA’S first brandy made 100 per cent with grape spirit is ready for release. It is the baby of Remy Sula, a joint venture between the Paris-based ninth largest spirits company in the world, Remy Cointreau, and Nashik’s Sula Vineyards, the producer of India’s largest selling wines, which is led by the Standford-trained engineer and […]

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Fratelli’s Sette VII Only Silver Lining for India at Decanter Asian Wine Awards 2013

Posted: October 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm   /   Wine News

IT HAPPENS to the best of Indian restaurants — they never make it to any respectable rank on any global ‘best list’. Indian wines, too, seem to be suffering from a similar crisis of acceptance.Indian wines — 16 of them — cut a sorry figure at the Decanter Asian Wine Awards (DAWA) 2013, whose results […]

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GOOD TIMES FOR BUBBLY: Moments After Chandon Launch, Fratelli Formally Announces Rollout of Gran Cuvée Brut

Posted: October 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm   /   Wine News

JUST AS I’d finished updating my post on the Chandon launch — my effusiveness, by the way, got me a mild rap from an active member of the Indian Wine Academy, a Facebook forum I greatly respect — I got a press release in my inbox announcing the launch of Fratelli’s bubbly, a methode traditionelle […]

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TASTING NOTES: India Gets First Sparkling Wines with French Pedigree from Moet Hennessy

Posted: October 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm   /   Wine News

I HAVE just come back to my 18th-floor room at the Four Seasons Mumbai from a sneak preview tasting of the Chandon Brut and Rose, Moet Hennessy India’s debut methode traditionelle sparkling wines from Nashik, convinced that the country has a future as a serious producer of bubbles made with wine grapes and not Thompson […]

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