Guess what, Decanter’s bi-annual Power List 2009 is out and we’re proud to report that it includes one of our own – Sanjay Menon, occasional SI contributor, wine importer, proprietor of Sonary’s, and founder of the KBR School of Wine that runs WSET courses around the country.
When we congratulated Sanjay, he responded by saying he was acutely embarrassed to find himself on a list with such illustrious figures although modesty was not his strong suit! He attributed it to the media’s love affair with India and declared that that was not justified either as India did not deserve the honour for wine!
“We are a huge consumer of Spirit brands and proudly the no. 1 Whisky market in the world, no. 1 Brandy market in the world (although neither product is whisky or brandy as the world knows it being made from molasses) and the no. Rum consumer in the world.”
The list features such luminaries in the wine world as Richard Sands, chairman of Constellation Brands who has pipped Robert Parker to first place in the 2009 edition, Jancis Robinson and Steven Spurrier, and comprises 50 people from around the world who have the most influence in terms of shaping what’s in your glass, as Decanter editor, Guy Woodward said on You-Tube. Among the new entrants is Gary Vaynerchuk, from the US, representing the video blogging community and surprisingly politicians like Nicholas Sarkozy with his hardline on alcohol and wine in, ironically, France of all places! Besides political figures, the most conspicuous change is the representation from Asia.