December and January, representing the Holiday Season are unusually busy months for me. This is the time of year when my friends and family from around the world descend on Delhi and claim my time and attention in a most pleasurable way. But at the back of my mind is always the lurking thought that there’s an issue of the magazine to be brought out.
This particular year had several trips out of the city – to Goa over Christmas, Dubai in early January and now even as I write with the magazine safely put to bed, I’m up at our getaway in the lower Himalayas in freezing cold but with crisp, fresh air and brilliant, blue skies.
Through all of this, thanks to the internet and modern technology I am able to present Sommelier India readers a spanking new edition of the magazine.
Kaveri Ponnapa’s account of where KRSMA is today provides an insight into how unconventional the Chigurupatis’ path to success has been. It’s quite a remarkable story and Kaveri tells it well. Sula Vineyards recently crossed a 15-year milestone. Kerry Damskey tells Suneeta Kanga in the Sommelier India interview, “Sula has grown from a duffle bag of grape cuttings to a winery that produces over one million cases a year.”
No mean achievement that.
In some ways Sula’s progress also parallels the growth of the Indian wine industry, with Indian wines gaining traction in India and abroad. However, while Sommelier India continues to entertain and enlighten readers about the wider world of wine, the growth of imported wines in India has been disappointing.
In this issue, you can read wine travel stories such as Mira Advani Honeycutt’s experience aboard the Napa Valley Train and Carol Wright on the picturesque region of Alentejo in Portugal, as well as two articles from the world’s most famous wine region, Bordeaux, not forgetting, Steven Spurrier’s account of an historic tasting of 100 years’ of Marqués De Riscal wines in Spain and Jancis Robinson’s views on China’s wine industry.
How many of these wines does one actually get to taste? So many of our importers have shifted their focus, or moved on to more lucrative pursuits while others have trimmed their portfolios. The taxes and tariffs are just too high to make the business of wine worth their while.
I’m looking forward to the time when the Indian wine scene opens up for the benefit of all – the consumer and the trade.
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– Reva K Singh