|Wine sales in Bangalore have been somewhat dull of late, what with the April heat and mid-year holidays having taken lots of consumers away from the city, as also state elections in May that kept watering holes closed for five full days apart from placing various restrictions on supplies. Alok Chandra reports.|
Nevertheless, the IPL cricket matches in the city (and the after-match parties at UB City) kept up the tempo of things happening in Bangalore.
Meanwhile there have been other wine related developments and events.
– The Bangalore Wine Club has a new Committee: Rishad Minochar (of Hatworks Boulevard fame) takes over as the President, and committee members include Kavita Vij, Mohan Kumar (VP Taj West End), Aslam Gafoor and myself. Wine lovers can look forward to the bar being raised ever higher in future events.
– A Karnataka Wine Policy was announced in June 2007, and the only action taken was the formation of the Karnataka Wine Board. However, a recent front-page article in the Times of India talked about impending moves to implement the policy (excluding fortified wines). With the new state government in place perhaps a Gazette Notification may come out soon. Look forward to a hundred wineries blooming!
The new excise year starts in July with the renewal of licences and label registrations. Since the latter can take up to three months for imported wines, all hotels stock-up in June (at least for foreign wines and spirits). It’s Christmas for the importers!