Aspri Spirits, a leading player in the international wines and spirits business in India hosted a Zonin Black Straw party with the seventh generation Italian owner of Zonin 1821 wines, Francesco Zonin at Dashanzi, JW Marriott, Juhu, recently. Suneeta Sodhi Kanga reports…
For the first time many wine connoisseurs in Mumbai were seen holding small Prosecco Piccolos and sipping the refreshing bubbly with a black straw. I must confess I was quite surprised when I was handed over the 200ml bottle of Prosecco instead of a flute but it was immensely enjoyable.
The evening saw the who’s who from the glamour and hospitality industry indulging in wines and cocktails created using Zonin Prosecco. Francesco Zonin, Vice-President at Zonin shared his life journey of being a part of a fine wine brand with the patrons.
He said, “Those who enter the world of wine rarely decide to leave it: it is just too fascinating and stimulating.” Francesco is based at the company’s historic headquarter in Gambellara, Italy, and coordinates sales, communication and marketing activities both for the home and export markets. Also present was Dubai-based Fraser Jones, area manager, Middle East, South East Asia and Indian sub-continent.
Guests at the party also enjoyed other wines from the Zonin portfolio. These included the the Zonin Pinot Grigio, Zonin Soave, Masseria Altemura Apulo Rosso Salento IGT and the icing on the cake – the Zonin Amarone Valpolicella. Zonin1821 is not only one of the most respected wine companies in Italy but also in the world of wines. Today, the company has over 2,000 hectares under vine cultivation, supervised by a team of 30 two oenologists and agronomists. These make up nine estates situated in Italy’s seven finest wine regions, as well as vineyards located in Barbourville, Virginia USA. The Zonin family has been making wine since 1821 and currently operates Italy’s largest privately-owned vineyard and winemaking complex.
The new range of Zonin wines are available at most leading hotels, restaurants and select retail outlets across India; Aspri Spirits is the exclusive importer and distributor of Zonin 1821 wines in India.