Letter from the Editor – New Issue of Sommelier India in Circulation!

Reva Singh
As we welcome the new year and bid farewell to the old, Sommelier India embarks on a new path while remaining true to its original mission of providing SI readers strong editorial features, news, profiles and interviews from around the world. Keeping in mind the changing landscape of communications worldwide, SI is charting a new course to actively engage the reader. So stay tuned and pick up the latest issue of Sommelier India.
Winning national and international acclaim in a relatively short time, Fratelli Vineyards is one of India’s top wine estates. This issue’s cover story describes its success in cultivating cool climate grapes in an environment that one would least expect, writes SI correspondent Brinda Gill.
Marques de Riscal, located in the heart of the famous Rioja wine region, has made amazing strides in 25 years in stepping up quality as well as production, writes Michael Fridjhon. Urban vineyards are being rejuvenated or created, says Carol Wright. Some of them are sponsored by city councils to preserve the city’s green lungs. Find out more about this trend in this issue. Discover Cru Bourgeois wines which have never been greater value for money than now. Ashika Mathews believes the quality is so good that some of them could be upgraded to Cru Classé.

Don’t miss the article on Amarone – an intense wine from Valpolicella, one of Italy’s greatest red wines. Another popular Italian red is Brunello di Montalcino. Discover how Castello Banfi put a poor hill-top town in Tuscany on the global map. Other interesting reads include an interview with Paul John about his latest award-winning single malt, “Kanya”, and articles on cognac by Rimy Martin and the many expressions of port.
The issue closes with a photo feature of a Sommelier India wine dinner celebrating the magazine’s contribution to the spread of wine culture in India and a decade-and-a-half of publishing.
Wishing you increased appreciation of wine and many wonderful vinous times in the year ahead,
Reva K Singh
Editor-in-Chief, Sommelier India