Xenius a Spanish wine brand from the house of Covides, Catalonia, Spain was launched at a wine and dine Soiree at the Pali Village Café. The evening was hosted by Suprio Bose the Trade Commissioner of Catalonia, Sachin Rane of Ixora vineyards, the importers and Ricard Gil the Director General of Covides.
Catalonia is most known for its Cava, the generic name for sparkling wine from Spain which made in the traditional method apart from the other still wines it produces. India encounter with sparkling began with Champagne; the Australian Sparkling came in next followed by Prosecco from Italy which is now the hottest. Cava is relatively unknown in the market and Xenius Cava made from the Classic Paralleda, Xarel.lo and Macabeu with a hint of fruity sweetness surely has the potential to delight the Indian palates especially when it comes at a price of Rs 1700. The Consul General of Spain in India Mr Eduardo De Quesada graced the occasion and popped the cork to show his support for the sparkling wine from his country. The guests for the evening included people from the wine trade and wine media, hospitality leaders and members from the Catalonian office.
Torres also from Catalonia is the brand which is top-of-mind for Spanish wine in India and they are certainly good, however they do not do Cava yet. Xenius wines apart from the Cava are also bringing in other wines which will certainly give more Spanish wines options to the consumers and they are priced under Rs 1300. Our pick of the wines were the 100% Tempranillo rose, bursting with cherries and strawberries with faint aromas of aniseed, it the one of the best in the market. The others a Merlot & Tempranillo blend and the Merlot reserve were both no-fuss easy drinking with the latter showing some oak nuances.
We at The Happy High are optimistic about the new wines and hope that the Indian consumer goes out and takes a step out of their comfort zone!