One of Rhone Valley France's most iconic brands Chapoutier is now back in India after an insignificant first attempt. M. Chapoutier has been producing iconic wines from Rhône Valley since 1808 and holds the title for the most awarded wine maker and the record for a 100 point rating from Robert Parker 33 times with top ratings from all other major wine critics. They were most recently awarded the first “World’s Most Admired French Wine Brand” by Drinks International Report 2018.
Michel Chapoutier, a true visionary with a deep understanding of the terroir cultivates and harvests the vineyards organically and biodynamically to ensure the wines are the truest expression of the region. The first to introduce braille on their wine labels, this unique feature continues to distinguish their brand from other wines on the shelf. Their passion for wine making and the pride they carry for the Rhone Valley region have been recognised the world over. M. Chapoutier is the preferred French wine brand for worldwide travel retail and airlines like Air France, Emirates, Etihad and Air India to name a few. Today, M. Chapoutier also has vineyards in Australia, Portugal and Spain and exports to over 130 countries around the world. India is the latest addition to their growing global presence.
"Our vision is to offer new trends and the finest selection of Wine & Spirit brands to our discerning consumers across the Indian sub-continent. M. Chapoutier is an iconic and top awarded wine producer from France and we are thrilled to bring this historic brand to the Indian market. I do believe the majority of the popular grapes from the Rhône Valley region especially Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc and Viognier offer a great affinity to Indian cuisine. We are confident that the quality and variety of our M. Chapoutier selection will find acceptance and appreciation from the wine lovers in India.” said Sumedh Singh Mandla (CEO – VBev)
Edouard Payot the Export Director of the brand who flew in for the occasion to introduce the portfolio to the Indian audience seemed positive and said, “Maison Chapoutier is very excited to start working with VBev for the Indian market and to launch our famous Rhône Valley wines in the market. India is a fast-growing and developing country with more and more wine being imported every year and we sincerely hope to convince the Indian consumers with our terroir-driven and elegant wines. It’s a priority of development for the group Chapoutier and we’re confident that we’ll find our place in this competitive market due to the professionalism of our new partner and the indisputable quality of our wines.” says Edouard Payot
Following wines were Showcased:
Le Bernardine Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2015
Les Meysonniers Crozes Hermitage 2016
Bila-Haut Cotes Du Roussillion Villages 2017 - MRP 2190
Belleruche, Cotes Du Rhone , Blanc and Rouge - MRP 2590
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Taj Lands End, Mumbai added yet another jewel in its repertoire of culinary offerings with the re-launch of the Atrium Lounge in a brand new avatar. The launch marked by a grand event that witnessed the magnificent revival of this exceptional offering and evolved into a soiree with Mumbai’s crème de la crème, celebrating. Gracing the event was Mr. Puneet Chhatwal – Managing Director & CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), along with other eminent personalities such as Brian Lara, Mukesh Bhatt, Talat and Bina Aziz, Nisha JamVwal and celebrated personalities including Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi, Dino Morea, Isha Koppikar, Suchitra Pillai-Malik, Kim Sharma, Harshvardhan Rane and Neha Sharma.
Located at the heart of the hotel, the effervescent Atrium Bar & Lounge offers a welcoming retreat from the bustling city life. With a wide selection of first flush teas and single origin coffees along with the signature smoothies, the Atrium Bar & Lounge offers every reason to sit back and relax while the sun sets over Bandra’s charming seascape. For aficionados, eager to experience the finest, Atrium offers the largest selection of whiskeys and spirits from across the world accompanied by iconic concoctions distinctive to the Golden Age. Reminiscent of Mumbai’s dynamic culture, the Atrium Bar & Lounge invites guests to experience the city on their plates. From aromatic street-food to the suave palate of world-cuisine, the menu boasts of a distinct mélange of local and international flavours.
The evening came alive to the sound of music and displayed magical performances by renowned artists like Manasi Scott and Keya Pothen coupled with a euphoric camaraderie of the subtle notes of violin and cello. Commenting on the momentous occasion, Mr. Parveen Chander Kumar, Area Director – West and General Manager – Taj Lands End said, “We are delighted to reintroduce our signature bar & lounge, known for its tranquil ambience and delectable culinary experiences. The new avatar encompasses a truly sensational experience in terms of service, décor and flavours. We look forward to our guests partaking in this brand new journey of the Atrium Bar & Lounge .” ( Excerpt from a press release)
Helmed by Gargi Kothari, Rojita Tiwari and Ruchika Agarwal D’souza; Agents of Cheer is India’s only curated Drinks Festival, which provides an opportunity to wine and spirits enthusiasts to taste, explore and savour the world of drinks in a fun and intimate way. The festival has been conceptualized and curated with the objective of offering drink lovers an experience that is unique, exciting and entertaining.
The first in the series, Agents of Cheer Vol 1 was held in January 2018 and was a resounding success. The appreciation sessions on wines and spirits, conducted by their expert team members offered the perfect opportunity to learn many intrinsic aspects of both the drinks. The walk-around tastings (40 premium wines and spirits) offered a perfect set-up for the guests to mingle around and savour a wide variety of handpicked wines and spirits while enjoying a live-band performance. Artisanal cheeses, cigars and, art showcases added an extra oomph to the overall experience.
With the promise and vision to make Agents of Cheer the most unique, informative and fun event for the discerning consumers and trade, Agents of Cheer Vol 2 washeld on 6th October 2018 at the beautiful setting of Mabruk and Oceans in Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. The event entailed two in-depth appreciation sessions followed by a walk-around tasting. The appreciation session - Understanding Specific Origin Wines - will be conducted by Gargi Kothari, a wine geek and the founder of Magic Cellars, a company that curates wine experiences. The Spirits Studio session - Learning To Appreciate Gin - will be conducted by Rojita Tiwari, India’s leading beverage professional, wine & spirits journalist and founder of Drinks and Destinations.
The Spirits Studio saw premium brands from Bacardi India’s portfolio along with a new spirits category, a Chinese spirit - Baijiu brand called Jiangxiaobai which has entered India and was presented to the consumers for the first time. Baijiu means “white alcohol” with a strong flavour, which is distilled from fermented sorghum.
A classy affair had live music performances, stalls showcasing fashion accessories, apparel, works of art, and a delicious line up of appetizers and bar bites as a perfect accompaniment to the wines and spirits.
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Chêne Grande Réserve 2015, India Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 2015, India Sula Dindori Viognier 2018, India Reveilo Nero d'Avola 2017, India SDU RESERVA 2014, India Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2015, Italy Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie NV, France Joseph Drouhin 'Drouhin-Vaudon' Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2015, France Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy Susana Balbo CRIOS Torrentes 2017, Argentin Zonin, Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Italy Framigham Pinot Noir 2015, New Zealand Domaines Barons De Rothschild Réserve Spéciale Pauillac, Franc
Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio 2016, Italy Erasmo Barbera Garnacha, Chile Chateau d'Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel Rosé, France Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2014, Italy Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Bramito del Cervo' 2016, Italy Cavino Naousa Xinomavro 2015, Greece Cavino Nemea Agiorgitiko 2015, Greece Four Seasons Vintners Reserve Red Wine 2015, India Fratelli SETTE 2015, India Fratelli MS Rosé 2017, India Fratelli MS Red 2017, India Fratelli Sauvignon Blanc 2018, India Fratelli Chenin Blanc 2018, India Fratelli Sangiovese 2017, India Good Earth Bleu NV, India,Good Earth Antaraa NV, India Good Earth Basso NV, India Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection White 2017, India Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection Red 2015, India Grover Zampa Art Collection Viognier 2018, India Grover Zampa Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2018, India Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Magnifique 2016 , India La Réserve Red 2016, India Sensi Campoluce, Chianti DOCG (Organic) 2016 , Italy Sensi Collezione Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2016, Italy Sensi Collezione Nero d'Avola IGT Sicily 2015, Italy Sensi Collezione Chianti DOCG 2016, Italy Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa 2015, Spain Bodegas Faustino VII Rioja DOCa 2015, Spain Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Les Traverses, Ventoux AOC 2016 , France Bodegas Portia Roble, Ribera del Duero 2016, Spain Château Goumin Blanc 2015, France KRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, India KRSMA Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2017, India Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Brut , France Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2017, Spain Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Italy De Bortoli Noble One 2013, Australia Reveilo Sangiovese 2017, India Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, India SDU DEVA Chenin Blanc NV, India SDU Trilogy 2014 , India SDU Deva Syrah 2014, India Soma Vineyards Rosé Gold 2018, India Sula Rasa Cabernet 2016, India Sula Brut Chardonnay, India Sula Chenin Blanc Late Harvest 2018, India Sula Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017, India Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2018 , India Sula Zinfandel Rosé 2018 , India Sula Rasa Shiraz 2016, India Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz 2017, India Kadu Sauvignon Blanc 2018, India Kadu Chenin Blanc 2018, India Kadu Cabernet Shiraz 2017 , India Bouchard Aîné & Fils Chablis A.O.C., France Bouchard Aîné & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay A.O.C., France Ferrari Brut NV, Italy Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Red 2015, Italy Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand Thelema Shiraz 2014, South Africa,York All Rounder White 2017, India York Rosé 2018, India
SILVER AWARD WINNERS
Barton & Guestier Reserve Merlot, France Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Chardonnay, Chile Nederburg The Winemaster's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, Spain Donnafugata, Sedàra IGT Sicilia Nero d'Avola, Italy Carpene Malvolti Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut, Italy Pampas del Sur 'Select' Shiraz Malbec, Argentina Peter Lehmann Portrait Eden Valley Riesling 2016, Australia Doña Paula Malbec 2017, Argentina Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2016, Australia Masi Levaire Soave Classico 2016, Italy Selbach Riesling 2016, Germany Maison du Sud Merlot 2016 , France Maison du Sud Sauvignon Blanc 2016, France Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2017, New Zealand Jacob's Creek Reserve Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017, Australia Cape Dreams Pinotage 2016, South Africa Four Seasons Chenin Blanc 2018, India Four Seasons Blush 2018, India Four Seasons Shiraz 2017, India Fratelli Cabernet Franc – Shiraz, India Fratelli MS White 2017, India Fratelli NOI, India Fratelli Chardonnay 2018, India Fratelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, India Fratelli Classic Chenin, India Fratelli Classic Shiraz, India Fratelli Classic Merlot, India Casablanca Rosé Spumanté NV, India Casablanca Frizzano Semi Dry NV, India Casablanca Frizzano Extra Dry NV, India Casablanca Vino Spumanté, India Grover Soirée Brut, India Grover Art Collection Shiraz Rosé 2018, India Grover Art Collection Chenin Blanc 2017, India Grover Art Collection Cabernet Shiraz 2017, India Sensi Prosecco Pure 18K Gold Brut 2017, Italy Vintales Bloomin’ Late Muscat 2017, South Africa Vintales Last Call Shiraz 2017, South Africa Sensi Collezione Merlot, Toscana IGT 2016, Italy Sensi Collezione Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT 2016, Italy Sensi Collezione Vermentino, Toscana IGT 2016, Italy Chateau Bonnet, Entre Deux Mers AOC 2015, France Chateau Goumin, Bordeaux Rouge AOC 2015, France Sensi Pinot Noir Rosé Pure 18K Gold Brut NV, Italy Sensi Collezione Pinot Noir Veneto IGT 2016, Italy, Paul Jaboulet Aîné Syrah 2015, France Campo Viejo Blanco 2017, Spain Sileni Estates Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, New Zealand Reveilo Chardonnay Reserve 2016, India Reveilo Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2016, India SDU Deva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, India SDU Winemakers Selection 2014, India Soma Vineyards Zinfandel Red Reserve 2017, India Soma Vineyards Shiraz Reserve 2018, India Soma Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Gold 2018, India Soma Vineyards Rosé Dessert 2018, India Soma Vineyards Shiraz Cabernet Silver 2018, India The Source Grenache Rosé, India Sula Brut NV, India Sula Brut Rosé NV, India Sula Cabernet Shiraz 2017, India Sula Zinfandel 2018, India Sula Chenin Blanc 2018, India Sula Riesling 2017, India Sula Brut Rosé, India Trapiche Old Cask Malbec, Argentina Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand Le Grand Noir GSM, France Conti Serristori Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy, Cap Royal Bordeaux Supérieur, France Nik Weis St Urbans-Hof QbA Riesling 2016, Germany The Daily Dose Sauvignon Blanc 2017, India Saint Clair Pinot Noir, New Zealand York All Rounder Red 2017, India York Shiraz Viognier 2017, India
WINE LIST AWARDS
ONE STAR AWARD
1. Rivers to Oceans, Mumbai
2. The Table, Mumbai
3. The Wine Rack, Mumbai
4. San:Qi, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
5. Kebabs and Kurries, ITC Grand Central Mumbai
6. Romano’s, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
7. Fratelli Fresh, Renaissance Mumbai
8. Artisan – French Bistro, Sofitel Mumbai BKC
9. Le Cirque Signature, The Leela Mumbai
10. Luna, The St. Regis Mumbai
11. Caprese, Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
12. Le Cirque Signature, The Leela Palace Bengaluru
13. Le Jardin, The Oberoi Bengaluru
14. The Wine Company, Gurugram
15. The Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi
16. Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya New Delhi
17. Pluck, Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Two Star Awards
The Chambers, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
2. Wasabi by Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi
3. Le Cirque, The Leela Palace New Delhi
WINE DESTINATION AWARD
1. The Wine Rack, Mumbai
2. Romano’s, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
3. Le Cirque Signature, The Leela Mumbai
4. Toscano, Bengaluru
5. Caprese, Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
6. Le Jardin, The Oberoi Bengaluru
7. Qla, New Delhi
8. Le Cirque, The Leela Palace New Delhi
WINE-TRAINED STAFF AWARD
1. The Table, Mumbai
2. San:Qi, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
3. Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha Mumbai
4. Dublin, ITC Windsor Bengaluru
5. The Wine Company, Gurugram
6. Honk, Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
From 11–15 March 2019 all eyes will be on Antwerp, where the prestigious world championship competition of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I.) will be held. Sixty-five sommeliers from sixty-two countries will vie for the crown of the worldwide brotherhood/sisterhood of sommeliers/sommelières at the fiftieth anniversary edition of the sommelier Olympics. And who will be there leading the way? Wines from Austria.
International top sommeliers focus on Austrian wine As a longstanding partner of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale – of which the Austrian Sommelier Union has been a member since 1988 – the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has been granted the unique opportunity to participate – along with Inter Rhône – as a platinum sponsor. This means that a wide range of Austrian wines from all of the winegrowing regions will be presented to the competing top sommeliers and the attending international journalists during the tournament from 11–15 March. At every lunch and every dinner – all the way up to the gala feast after
the grand finale – and at the conclusion of every day in the ‘bar des sommeliers’, as well as in two master classes for the sommeliers and members of the trade.
For five days, Austrian wines will be able to shine on the stage of the world’s finest sommeliers and before the avid eyes of international wine journalists – which is sure to heighten interest in the small wine-land and its great wines.
Return to Belgium after fifty years The A.S.I. was founded in 1969 with the objective of helping sommeliers all over the world to reach new levels of achievement in their profession. That same year, the very first Concours de Meilleur Sommelier du Monde was held in Brussels. Fifty years later, the sommelier world championship – held only once every three years – returns to Belgium, where the highly coveted title ‘A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World’ will beconferred upon the victor.
Great media interest in the title match There will be sixty-five top-drawer international sommeliers competing, who must already have emerged victorious from elimination rounds in their own countries, in a five-day marathon of tastings. Among the contestants will be Austria’s top sommelier, who will be named on 5 November at the ‘Best Sommelier of Austria 2018’ competition. The world championship programme will feature several written tests of knowledge and blind tastings, as well as examinations in facets of wine service and awareness of the international wine market. At the finale on 15 March in Antwerp’s ‘Konigin Elizabethzaal’, the final three candidates must ultimately prove their capabilities in front of some 2,000 attendees.
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Celebrating the global success of the Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection, Grover Zampa Vineyards along with the legend Mr. Vijay Amritraj, hosted an experiential evening over fine wines and conversations at Skydeck, Shangri-La Bangalore on 6th September, 2018. The event, full of fine wines, conversations and delectable meals prepared by the talented chefs at Shangri-La, witnessed socialites, wine aficionados and industry stalwarts who gathered to honor the various achievements earned by the VA collection.
“It has been my utmost pleasure being associated with Grover Zampa Vineyards, witnessing the rising recognition received by the brand in India and overseas. With the growing appreciation for the collection, we are positive about the winning streak to continue with a lot more accolades flowing in.” said Amritraj, Ranked among India’s finest wines, the Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection, launched in 2014 in London, marks a distinctive association between sports and wine. The wines, a perfect mélange of inimitable diversity and smoothness, have earned worldwide recognition with 22 distinguishable awards. The most recent recognition garnered by the collection was the gold medal bagged by the red variant at the much-acclaimed Asian Wine Review 2018 in Hong Kong. The review also conferred Grover Zampa Vineyards the Best Asian Winery. While the brand is already internationally available in USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Singapore; it was recently launched in Dubai earlier this year.
Vivek Chandramohan, CEO, Grover Zampa Vineyards opined, “It has been a matter of great pride to have associated with Mr. Vijay Amritraj to co-create and produce some of the finest wines that are representative of the Indian terroir. The accolades bestowed upon the collection over the years are a testament of the immense passion and dedication invested in their production. We are committed to providing our patrons with the best experiences always.”
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Aspri Spirits, India’s leading distributor of premium wines and spirits, hosted a special evening to bring together Campari lovers to celebrate Negroni Week at the Italian restaurant CinCin, BKC. The week-long international charity event is being hosted in bars and restaurants across the world to raise money for charitable causes.
Guests started with a Classic Negroni which is the 2nd Best Selling Cocktail in the world moving on to the other offerings at the event. The guests included India’s favourite female bartender Shatbhi Basu, Bollywood Makeup Artist Clint Fernandes and Sandhya Shetty, Model, Actor & Commonwealth Karate Gold Medal Winner amongst many other known faces from the industry.
Joining the movement, Mr. Jackie Matai, Co-founder, Aspri Spirits said, “We started hosting Negroni Week in India since 2015 and have continued to progress. This year, we have 103 bars participating across the country and have also rank 2nd in Asia. With the modern cocktail movement continuing to expand, the annual event has grown larger every year, with Negroni Week 2018 set to be the biggest yet. Starting with 100 participating bars in 2013, last year’s Negroni Week welcomed the involvement of 7,770 venues in 60 countries to raise a phenomenal $1.5 million for charitable causes since the launch. This year India alone has over 103 bars hosting the charitable event.
RECIPE FOR CLASSIC NEGRONI
As a globally consumed classic cocktail, the prestigious IBA Official Drink List states Campari is the key defining ingredient.
BACARDÍ launched BACARDÍ House Party Sessions this year to bring to the world tomorrow’s musical sensations. Unlike most recording labels, BACARDÍ House Party Sessions offers a partnership that will foster each artists’ growth by providing them the right mentorship and opportunities coupled with provision of dedicated time to work on their future tracks and albums with dedicated studio time. The first leg of the BACARDI House Party Sessions campaign witnessed the announcement of its winner’s (RITVIZ, MojoJojo and Aarya) huge success with the launch of the first track UDD GAYE by RITVIZ which garnered over 3 million views and is the 4th trending track across all genres on Apple Music, after topping the charts.
After the massive success of the first BACARDÍ house party anthem ‘UDD GAYE’, BACARDÍ House Party Sessions brings you the next epic track - Chak Bass (https://youtu.be/71yeChlLjrE) by MojoJojo. Known for his distinctive brand of crossover music and fine handlebar moustache, MojoJojo aka Akshay Johar, is one of the four winners of the BACARDÍ House Party Sessions hosted by All India Bakchod (AIB) and Nucleya and this is the second music video release of the Sessions campaign.The fun and peppy track depicts a scenario in a rundown warehouse in a typical Mumbai setting where a high stakes carom championship is underway but events take a surprising turn.
Commenting on the Sessions campaign, Mr Anshuman Goenka, Marketing Head, BACARDÍ India says, “We are ecstatic looking at the overwhelming response that RITVIZ’s work has witnessed. UDD GAYE has become a sensation all over and this is the kind of leap that we aim to provide to our artists. Taking a step further in the direction, we are extremely excited to announce the launch of the second track- Chak Bass by MojoJojo. We are sure that this track will be equally loved by our audience and get us closer to our goal of bringing on board the right mix of experiences and opportunities to take the house party culture a notch higher in the music space. As a constant endeavour, we will continue to discover more such talented artists and help them along their journey. We have been globally known to foster talent and would like to reiterate our commitment to the world of music through BACARDÍ House Party Sessions.”
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Folonari wines from the house of Gruppo Italiano Vini were showcased over a relaxed lunch in Bandra. Mr Maurizio Bertacchini their Asia rep who was on the Indian market visit waxed eloquent about the wines and said,
"Folonari was started in 1825 and the focus was always to make some good quality wine at an affordable price" . The Pinot Grigio was refreshing and was a good start to the Sunday brunch. The Valpolicella and Pinot held forts and showed good value at their price points.
Rikshit Parsan of Ace Beveragez the importer of Folonari ensured the glasses were full at all times and the afternoon extended into early evening!
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Grover Zampa Vineyards, the most prestigious and longest-standing wine producer of India, held a party to celebrate its remarkable journey of 25 years of wine making topped off with the launch of Auriga - India’s first ever sparkling wine with eye-catching, 24 carat gold flakes.
This new gold edition makes the perfect drink for ceremonial moments, mainly created for those who appreciate an extravagant addition to indulgence and celebration. This gently aged wine with an extravagant dusting of gold embodies craftsmanship and finesse. With its golden straw hues, the wine has a fresh nose revealing citrus and floral aromas. The palate is intense with a pleasant sensation of fruit and creaminess.
A journey which began in the late 80s, Grover Zampa launched their first vintage in 1992. Today the company is a pioneer in the Indian wine industry and has established a significant presence on the global wine scene. A remarkable combination formed as a result of a merger between Grover Vineyards and Vallée de Vin, Grover Zampa Vineyards is also India’s most awarded wine producer. It has won 93 international grand awards since 2013 including the Decanter Awards, Decanter Asia Wine Awards and the New York International Wine and Spirits Competition. Riding on the back of their award spree, the brand has made steady inroads into the export market and currently exports about 20% of its volume to more than 30 countries, with top markets being France, Japan and UK.
Key milestones that have made the brand as magnificent as it stands today include:
- The launch of India’s first reserve wine Grover Zampa La Réserve in 1998
- Working with noted Bordeaux-based oenologist Michel Rolland from 1995
- The launch of Chêne, India’s first Tempranillo Grand Réserve in 2013
- The introduction of the Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection in 2014 in partnership with the legend himself
- The recent launch of Insignia, single vineyard and estate bottled, this is one of India’s most premium wines sold only by invitation through the cellar door.
Mr Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards proudly states “For most, journey is about traveling from one place to another. For us, it is about reaching a higher ground as we grow. It has been 25 years since we produced our first wine in 1992, a dream envisioned by my father. Today, we boast the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry. This year, in keeping with our traditions of excellence and innovation, we have taken it a notch higher: we proudly present to you Auriga. With this launch, we have added more breadth to our portfolio with a wine that provides the perfect accompaniment for life’s ceremonial moments.”
From humble beginnings, Grover Zampa Vineyards now stands for heritage, rich culture and exceptional craftsmanship as well as wines that have been created with great passion and reverence for tradition.
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Coravin, the innovative and ground- breaking wine access and pouring system that has already transformed the way the world enjoys wine across 50 markets is now in India . It was launched by Aman Dhall of Brindco with an inaugural presentation by Sonal Holland MW over an interactive master-class tasting of fine wines, at The Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai.
The Coravin System is a wine access tool that allows the desired quantity of any wine, from any bottle to be poured and enjoyed by the gla ss, without uncorking. By preserving the wine with the patented Coravin technology, the remaining wine is kept unspoiled and in pristine condition. Coravin uses a medical grade needle that punctures through the natural cork of a bottle. Argon, a harmless inert gas used regularly by winemakers, is then pumped through the needle, creating pressure within the bottle that pushes wine out through the needle. When the desired amount is poured, the needle is withdrawn and argon is left in place to prevent oxidation. The cork reseals itself naturally and the wine does not aerate, meaning any amount of the wine can be tasted at any point and the last glass will taste just as good as the first.
Greg Lambrecht, Inventor and founder- developed and tested his concept for 14 years before he founded and launched Coravin in 2013. With a background in physics and nuclear power, a career in medical engineering and a passion for wine, Greg combined his expertise in innovative technology and love of wine to create a product that has made a major impact on the wine industry. Greg comments “Today, the Coravin Wine System can be enjoyed in numerous different settings, with restaurants and bars embracing the technology that allows wine-by-the-glass programs to expand without fear of wasted win e. Diners and wine drinkers can also enjoy a wider selection of premium wines and can pair multiple bottles with their meal, instead of committing to just one bottle.”
Coravin is available in Indian and the range starts at Rs 21624
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Wine enthusiasts of the city have a reason to rejoice as The Leela Mumbai gets the Great Indian Wine Buffet at Citrus. This All – You – Can Drink Wine Buffet will feature over thirty Indian wine labels at a very special price of Rs 1090 ++ per person.
On display will be a selection of some of the finest Indian wines from esteemed wineries like Grovers, York, Turning Point, Fratelli, Reveilo and Zampa. If you fancy red wine, take your pick from blends or single varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc , Merlot and the more obscure Sangiovese and Nero D Avola. White wine lovers can choose from Viognier, Sangiovese Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Grillo and more.
The promotion goes on till 30th September 2017 and is available 7 pm onward.
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Sula is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Pringle as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. In his capacity as the COO of India’s leading wine company and fastest growing alcobev company, Nick will work closely with Rajeev Samant, Founder and CEO, Sula Vineyards, while overlooking the company’s strategy and operations.
Rajeev Samant commented, “I am delighted that Nick Pringle is joining Sula as COO. Nick brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Accolade Wines and AB InBev and is the right person to help steer Sula Vineyards, one of Asia’s fastest growing wine and alcobev companies, to even greater heights!”
Nick has over 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. He has worked extensively in international markets to create a significant category across emerging markets for wine and spirits consumption and he strongly believes that numerous opportunities lie in the Indian alcobev industry.Nick Pringle stated, “India is a very young and dynamic market. It has immense potential to grow in the wine sector and the enthusiasm, with great people that Sula possesses is infectious! Despite barriers, Sula entered the wine industry here in India and carved a niche for itself as both, the best and leading wine company. Sula recognized the changing industry trends and launched Sula Selections and Artisan Spirits to diversify itself, becoming a genuine front runner in the industry. I am proud to be associated with a brand that has turned things around for the industry altogether and look forward to creating
more milestones for us to achieve together.”
Prior to this, Nick worked at AB InBev for 12 years. He later joined Constellation to assume a variety of roles and eventually joined Accolade Wines to strengthen Hardys globally in 2011. At Accolade Wines, Nick was in charge of emerging markets and responsible for travel retail relationships across regions spanning Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America, Asia Sub- Continent and Southern Europe. Key markets for growth from his regions were Central and South America, Africa and India, which became a passion for him, while in India an increasing number of consumers were experimenting and progressing from beer and spirits to the wine category, during this time he was working in partnership with Sula. In 2016, Nick was appointed as Head of Accolade Wines for China, a significantly growing market for the company, before being given this amazing opportunity with Sula.
Before working in the wine and spirits industry, Nick was a professional cricketer and played for his home county - Somerset, from 1986 to 1991. Now he loves to see his son, Mathew play cricket and enjoys playing with him too. A thorough sportsman, he also used to play rugby and he loves watching football. Nick is a fitness enthusiast and also takes keen interest in music and travelling.
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Having successfully ventured into premium grape brandies with JANUS and J in 2016 Sula Vineyards takes a step further into the world of spirits as they launch their first whisky – Eclipse.
Cognac cask aged Eclipse embodies the exceptional French spirit making heritage and the expertise of Sula in selecting the best Indian grapes. Premium quality peated Scotch and then of course premium grains goes in to the produce of this all new whisky too. Eclipse from the House of Sula, is made with a touch of grape spirit which is double distilled using a traditional French distillation process. The liquor is aged in ‘Limousine Oak Cask’ under the supervision of Sula’s Master Blender Yogesh Mathur. The result is a whisky of exceptional smoothness with character of dried fruit, spices and vanilla.
Yogesh Mathur, Master Blender, Artisan Spirits Pvt. Ltd said, "It has been a meticulous task but was worth all the efforts! Our blending team has worked together to create a blend which gives a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and smoky smooth finish that is traditional yet modern at the same time”
Eclips is priced at INR 1395 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, INR 1250 in Delhi and INR 790 in Pondicherry. In Goa, Daman and Silvassa, Eclipse retails at INR 750 and is available across leading outlets.
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Aspri Spirits, India’s leading wine and spirit importers launched the most acclaimed and awarded Speyside Single Malt Glen Grant 10 Y and Glen Grant 18 Y with an exclusive evening in Mumbai. The evening commenced with an exclusive masterclass by Mr. Robin Coupar, Global Brand Ambassador Gruppo Campari followed by a sit down tasting session of the 10 Year old and 18 Year old Glen Grant.
For the last five years, the 10 Year Old has won the ‘Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky: 10 Years and Younger’ category award in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. In addition to this, in 2016 the 10 Year Old also took home the guide’s top honour for single malts by winning overall Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks). And the 18 year old was the award winner of “Scotch Whisky of the Year 2017”, “Single Malt of the Year 2017” and “Best Single Malt Aged 16-21 Year 2017” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017.
Indian speyside lovers now have another go to and this time a much coveted one for their spey collection. Slainte!
The country’s most gorgeously situated Gourmet World Music Festival went several notches higher in its 10th edition! The event saw festival goers from across the country at a weekend to remember and this year was an even grander production with even more amazing memories.
The festival this year being a 3 day affair – adding Friday dedicated to Indian artists had also added one more stage – The ‘Tropical Stage’. Friday’s highlights were Nucleya at the Atmasphere Stage and Indian Ocean at the Amphitheatre Stage. Sula’s all new musician talent hunt competition “Rise and Shine” contest winner performed to a thrilled audience at the Tropical Stage.The Bloc Party from the UK made their India debut and rocked the Amphitheatre stage on Day 2, Saturday – while Loco & Jam from Germany performed to a haven of fest-goers at the Atmasphere Stage. The Tropical Stage highlight this day was Peter Schumann’s performance. Amphitheatre Sunday headliner – Infected Mushroom from Israel set the stage on fire! German Jan Blomqvist & Band created magic at the Atmasphere Stage located amidst the vineyards.
Another new addition to the festival this year was the ‘Globe in a Glass’ stall where fest-goers had the opportunity to meet and taste with the people behind various brands from the Sula Selections portfolio. The renowned wine profile Robert Joseph was attending the festival for the first time showcasing his brand Le Grand Noir. Brightening up the weekend even further was the SulaFest Bazaar with a selection of fun and funky items for sales.
Speaking about SulaFest 2017, Cecilia Oldne, Global Brand Ambassador and Vice President - Marketing, Sula says, “Cheers to 10 years! What a beautiful weekend and what an amazing crowd! See you all next year!”
Furmint one of the most important grape varieties in Hungary would finally be celebrated on 1st February. For a long time, it has been connected almost exclusively to Tokaj wine region, but due to the increasing attention in the last decade; there are vineyards planted with it all over Hungary. It is the first year in 2017 that the International Furmint Day would be celebrated.
It is a late ripening variety; that is the reason it gives usually a medium or full-bodied wine. At the first sight it seems a pity disadvantage that it is vulnerable for certain fungal diseases, however, Botrytis cinerea, the well-known fungus attacking the ripen grape is univocally essential for making Tokaji Szamorodni and Tokaji Aszú, the two iconic sweet wine types of this region. Wines of Furmint are not considered to be aromatic with significant fragrance; therefore, it can reflect the terroir very well just like Chardonnay does, including the growing area as well as the viticulture and winemaking philosophy. Vivid acids are also very characteristic to this variety; they give elegance to the wine and provide excellent capability for longer maturation.
Furmint was common all over the country pre-phylloxera era but From the 20th century its plantations were found almost exclusively in two wine regions, Somló north of lake Balaton, and Tokaj, in north eastern Hungary. Furmint has been widely popular with wine lovers in Hungary mainly due to dry Furmint wines. Furmint from Úrágya vineyard of Királyudvar Winery, made by István Szepsy and Zoltán Demeter in 2000, initiated a revolutionary change in the wine region. Internationally the sweet wines have a bigger reputation.
Furmint February, a thematic month programme organized for the 8th time in a row this year in Hungary aims to highlight this premium quality. Dániel Kézdy, host of the programme series and author of the book People and vineyards published on the wine region decided to step up to the international podium by announcing 1st February as the International Furmint Day from 2017. The mission of the first International Furmint Day is to highlight this exciting and likeable variety for wine lovers all over the world. Make sure you taste some Furmint on 1st of February and hashtag #furmintday.
Aspri Spirits, a leading player in the international wines and spirits business in India recently hosted an Amarula evening with Mr. Kay Pillay, DISTELL-MD Asia Pacific and Middle East . It saw gallons of Amarula being enjoyed neat or in cocktails like the Amarula Peaches & Cream, Amarula Chocolate Orange Cookie, Amarula Espresso, and Fiery Dusk
Amarula is a cream liqueur flavoured with the Marula fruit which is indigenous to Africa and grows in the wild. And as the past and the present has it even the pachyderms like to get intoxicated on a fermenting marula .
Have you tried the Amarula yet!
Aspri Spirits, a leading player in the international wines and spirits business in India, hosted a Zonin Black Straw Party with the 7th Generation Owner of ZONIN 1821, Mr. Francesco Zonin.
Zonin1821 is one of the most respected wine companies in Italy and also in the world of wines. The company today has over 2,000 hectares, under vine cultivation, supervised by a team of 32 oenologists and agronomists. These make up 9 Estates situated in Italy’s 7 finest wine regions, as well as vine yards located in Barbourville in Virginia USA. The Zonin family has been making wine since 1821 and currently operates Italy's largest privately owned vineyard and winemaking complex.
The evening saw the who’s who from the glamour and hospitality industry indulging in cocktails created using the iconic Zonin Prosecco. Mr. Francesco Zonin shared his life journey of being a part of a fine wine brand, Zonin with the patrons.
The privileged guests present at the party were seen enjoying the Piccolo, Zonin Pinot Grigio, Zonin Soave, Masseria Altemura Apulo Rosso Salento IGT and Zonin Amarone Valpolicella. The highlight of the evening was Zonin Piccolo, the 200ml Prosecco bottles which people were seen enjoying with a Black Straw.
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LOUIS XIII, the luxury cognac brand has pioneered their first experience centre in the world, at the luxurious SKP mall in Beijing. Two complementary spaces a Salon and a Boutique with the LOUIS XIII Salon serving as a gateway into the boutique.
RDAI’s design concept for the boutique reveals the notion of concentration and invites clients on a
passage through time. It starts with the Grande Champagne terroir, the nucleus of the Cognac region
that produces the eaux-de-vie that will mature into LOUIS XIII, to create an intense wave of aromas
and flavours. From the chalky soil to the vine, the hand of the cellar master and the ancient oak casks, the singularity of LOUIS XIII is expressed in each material and facet. The closer you come to the heart of
the boutique, the more luxurious the environment gets culminating in a private Eternity Room, reserved
for previews of exclusive limited editions and intimate conversations with visiting luminaries from all
corners of the world.
The LOUIS XIII Boutique exposes a skilful mix of luxury and elegance, design, digital technology and customised lighting, therefore appealing to all senses. It showcases materials and colours that tell the LOUIS XIII story – limestone evoking the precious chalky terroir, copper recalling the eaux-de-vie stills, oak invoking the ancient casks, glass and crystal for the decanters.
The space invites clients to take time out to savour and discover this iconic cognac. Among the LOUIS XIII offer that clients can experience will be tasting opportunities and food pairings as well as special editions and unique LOUIS XIII products sold exclusively at the Beijing SKP LOUIS XIII boutique.
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Sula Vineyards and its import arm Sula Selections with world renowned producers from around the world hosted a industry pioneering event at Sofitel Mumbai BKC with 40 different wines and 20 spirits – all under one roof!
Leading wine and spirit producers from different corners of the world joined hands with Sula for a day long tasting, socializing and musical soiree at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The event extended to its guests the opportunity to sample wines, whisky, liquor, tequila, brandy and more – and also meet the people behind the brands. The hotel saw people from different industries, diplomats, industry leaders and even socialites coming over to learn more about the world of wines and spirits.
Wine and spirits showcased were Mud House from New Zealand, Hardys Australia, Trapiche Argentina, Cono Sur Chile, Kumala South Africa, Antica Sambuca, Remy Martin Cognac, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Ruffino Italy, Cointreau France, Don Alejandro Tequila Mexico, Drambuie France, Mount Gay Rum Barbados, St Remy Brandy, Volare Italy, Pitu Cachaca Brazil, Bouchard Aine & Fils France, William Grant & Sons (Hendrick’s Gin, Grant’s, Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder) and Le Grand Noir France.
Representing their brands were Robert Joseph, celebrated Wine Connoisseur and Winemaker of Le Grand Noir, an award-winning French wine; Nick Pringle, Commercial Director, Accolade Wines; Emma Hammonds, Regional Director, Asia, Constellation Brands; Ann-Marie Battista, Regional Manager, AMESCA, Accolade Wines for Hardys; Nick Rees, Marketing Manager, Remy Cointreau; Vitoria Cavalcanti, Third Generation Owner, Pitú; Jon Tracey, Export Manager, Boisset UK/Ireland, Bouchard Aine & Fils and Matias Gerardo Amstutz, Corporate Business Manager India, Middle East and Oceania, from Trapiche.
More power to you , Rajeev Samant!
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Aspri Spirits has launched Patrón XO Cafe Incendio an intense, fiery hot chile chocolate liqueur handcrafted with the same attention to quality as ultra-premium Patrón tequilas and Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueurs. Patrón XO Cafe Incendio combines the spicy, distinctive flavor of Mexican arbol chile with the rich, decadent essence of Criollo chocolate, brought together with the crisp, smooth taste of Patrón Silver tequila. It is best served either chilled over ice, or used to add a spicy kick to your cocktails.
It is available in 750ml size and packaged in the eye-catching handmade Patrón XO Cafe glass bottle, a frosted version of the iconic cork-closed Patrón tequila bottle. The red, yellow and black label features imagery evocative of smoke and fire.
Price: Mumbai : INR – Rs 7495
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In a unique setting of events, Absolut, the world’s most iconic vodka today launched its globally acclaimed Absolut Colors in India. True to its legacy of launching pioneering and creatively different renditions of its traditional packaging, the limited edition Absolut Colors has been dressed in the Colors of the famous pride flag made in 1977 as a message of solidarity, love and respect for diversity.
For a brand which resonates creative collaboration and promotes art and creativity, artists from India’s LGBT community came together to creatively represent the expressions associated with each of the six Colours of the pride flag. In line with this, the event showcased a multimedia exhibit with a premiere of a film, a book reading, display of selected artworks by artists addressing queer issues, and a stand-up comedy.
Excited about the launch of the iconic Absolut Colors, Sumeet Lamba, executive director, Pernod Ricard india said, “Absolut has always supported elevation of creativity and self-expression and encouraged people to be who they are. Through collaboration with various artists, Absolut celebrates creativity and diversity which go hand in hand. The launch of Absolut Colors today is a testament to this belief and we are extremely proud of it”.
Each color on the new Absolut Colors bottle stands for an expression which was also brought alive at the launch event by the six artists – Parmesh Shahani, Jeff Toy, Aunsha Yadav, Sanaya Ardeshir, Sharmistha Ray and Anuvab Pal. While the color red denotes ‘life and sexuality’, orange is symbolic of ‘healing and friendship’; the color yellow on the bottle stands for ‘vitality and energy’ and green depicts ‘serenity and nature’. The expressions of ‘harmony and artistry’ have been symbolized through the color blue and purple stands for ‘spirit and gratitude’.
Absolut Colors is priced the same as Absolut flavors in India and has now hit shelves in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana, Goa and Karnataka.
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