There was a time when Chile was associated with mass market, value for money wines rather than premium ones. Now no longer. Eduardo Chadwick, the visionary owner of Vina Errazuriz has successfully put Chilean wine on the global fine wine map, writes Reva K. Singh. Continue reading her Editor’s Note below which discusses the contents of the latest issue of Sommelier India. Subscribe to Sommelier India and receive this special issue at your doorstep. Sommelier India is written by some of the best wine writers in the world and targets Indians who enjoy wine and the good life. For iPad or Android subscriptions, go here.
In 2004 Chadwick asked Steven Spurrier to conduct a blind tasting for his Chilean wines in Berlin. And, to his utter amazement, Vinedo Chadwick 2000 and Sena 2001, two of Chadwick’s three flagship wines bagged first and second position out-performing Lafite, Latour and Margaux as well as Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia and Guado al Tasso. For Spurrier’s engaging firsthand account go to page 12. In a companion piece on the elevation of Chilean wines, Stephen Quinn reports from a Chadwick wine tasting he attended in London (page 38).
Very often certain personalities come to be associated with a particular country. If Eduardo Chadwick is seen to have turned the fortunes of Chilean wines, Miguel A Torres is widely credited for taking the wines of Spain to the world. Highly respected for his work across many frontiers, with vineyards in Chile as well as California, he was the subject of our cover story two issues ago. Following my visit this summer to the Torres estate, my admiration for this family-run company has only grown (page 76). You need to visit to really appreciate it and Torres welcomes visitors.
Sommelier India is about wine education, wine discovery and, of course, wine enjoyment. For casual wine lovers there is a fair amount of information about where you can enjoy a glass or two of good wine with a great meal in our section on restaurants at the end of the book. New wine bars and restaurants seem to be proliferating in Bangalore (pages 57 and 22). There is a new restaurant at the Sula wine estate in Nashik, Soleil by La Plage which is an off-shoot of the popular Goan beachfront restaurant, while Artusi Ristorante e Bar, an Italian restaurant in Greater Kailash II in Delhi (page 64) is as authentic as can be.
If you want to know where to buy a bottle of wine to drink at home, FineWinesnMore has opened a new wine boutique and tasting room (page 56) in Andheri West, Mumbai. In Delhi, check out House of Spirits (page 54), a luxury liquor store in Select City Mall, Saket, for a good range of alcoholic beverages.
As for which wines to drink, we have two tasting articles, Sommelier India Tasting Panel’s findings on Indian reds (page 28) and a claret lover’s recommendations of affordable Bordeaux (page 30). If you are a red wine lover, my personal recommendation from the Torres stable is Gran Coronas, a Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo blend, aged 12 months in French oak.
Finally, don’t miss Eric Asimov’s article on why a wine critic’s realm is not a democracy (page 18). Should wine critics allow their personal preferences to colour their critical views? he asks. Now, there’s some food for thought.