From army officer to business tycoon to vintner – GS Sareen

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A former army officer himself, Ravi Joshi catches up with an old army buddy to discover how his passion for wine grew.

Are you kidding me?! That was the response of a wine connoisseur friend when I told him a longstanding friend of mine had around 200 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines in his private cellar. Burgundy’s DRC, as it is is popularly known, produces some of the most exclusive and expensive wines in the world. It was logical then that he wanted to know more about this friend. But could I describe him in a few words, not if you consider that our association went back more than three decades – through the thick and thin of our formative years in the Indian army.

This made me flash back to a particular day in the firing ranges of the Indian Military Academy, where I lay prone with a 7.62mm Light Machine Gun aligned towards the target 500 metres away. I was part of the detail (a group of soldiers) awaiting orders to commence firing. “Fire!” came the command and we let loose carefully controlled bursts of two and three rounds of bullets until our magazines were exhausted.

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