Indian wines are making waves both at home and in the international arena, as they gain in quality and popularity, picking up prestigious awards along the way. I’m happy to note that Indian labels are featuring increasingly on restaurant wine lists because these establishments play a major role in introducing people to wine drinking with the help of trained wine stewards and sommeliers.
Now here’s the scoop. The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai is developing an ambitious new wine programme highlighting Indian wines called The Taj Vintners Series supported by Sommelier India. The idea is to bring the best of Indian wines to the notice of the consumer in new and varied ways. Come September you can look forward to great wines to drink, wine and food pairing sessions and wine tastings with the experts not forgetting winery tours if you are interested.
This summer many members of my team were out travelling. I had a fabulous time myself exploring the wine regions of Austria and France, and participating in the Chêne Bleu Extreme Wine Course in the south of France, a full immersion programme that has come to be known as a luxury bootcamp. It obviously did us good because we came back to put together a bumper issue, covering wine producers, wine regions, winemaker interviews, profiles and gastronomy, with articles by a stellar roll call of contributors.
These past few years, Château Margaux has undergone extensive renovations, alterations and additions. I was fortunate to be present at what may be called an historic event described so well by Steven Spurrier in this issue’s cover story – the unveiling of Château Margaux’s new cellars and winery designed by the renowned British architect, Norman Foster on the occasion of the Château’s 200th Anniversary. Sometimes described as the “Versailles of the Médoc”, the Château evokes the grandeur of the neo-Palladian style in France. Foster’s additions in no way detract from the grace and elegance of the original structure. If anything, they enhance it.
All told, the current issue has an interesting mix of stories, which I hope very much you enjoy. You can subscribe here to receive your copy.