My friend Krishna Chigurupathi is a stubborn ol’ coot, writes Stanley Pinto, in his imitable style. No gauntlet thrown at him, no matter how unlikely, is too crazy to be picked up and dealt with. And like all Indian wives, his beautiful wife, Uma (pictured left) dutifully supports him in every mad quest.
Krishna has had a life-long penchant for making home-made wines. It started with buckets of rotting fruit in his garage when he was twenty. Uma tells me that when they were married, they had a two-bedroom apartment, and one of them was Krishna’s winery! A few years ago, when visiting the dry, gravelly, hard-scrabble 14th century heritage town called Hampi, not far from Bangalore, he wondered out aloud whether it would not be a good place to make high-quality wines. As usual, his friends greeted what was surely a hair-brained idea with hoots of laughter, so of course Krishna set out to do it.
This is Hampi.
And this is the winery Krishna and Uma built from local stone.
They called their wines KRSMA. Two years after the launch in India in 2013, Krsma wines have climbed the ladder to the top of international-standard wines made in India. They will be launched in New York next week, but have already been well-received by several respected restaurants there.
In blind tests in Bangalore, their Sauvignon Blanc came out on top of the most internationally-renowned versions from New Zealand. And their Reds (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) are now the standard in India.
Krishma and Uma are not only top-notch winemakers. Another of their hobbies got them into the Guinness Book of Records a few weeks ago as the first couple in the world to have run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days! Starting from Antarctica, they were the first to cross the Finishing Line in Sydney, Australia!
Watch the video.
And as if this isn’t enough, their day job is as promoter-owners of Granules India, a $300 million company that makes medical products in India and the US for companies in the US.
From the Editor
Since the note above was written, KRSMA has been launched in New York City. KRSMA wines from India are now poured in more that 15 restaurants in New York and are available for sale at two stores in Manhattan – Sussex wines & liquors and Park Avenue Liquor shop. They are also available online in the City throughhttps://www.
“Uma and I met a few restaurant managers and everyone seems to be rating the wines very high. It looks like we sold 100 cases in the first three weeks! Says Krishna with justifiable pride.
The US price for KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon is $45 and KRSMA Sauvignon Blanc is $20.