Recent honours for Sommelier India
Our normal way of life is low key. We like to fly below the radar and we rarely blow our own trumpet. But last month was unusual. First, we were thrilled to get the news that SI contributing writer, Sovna Puri is a Future 50 Awards Winner and the only Indian in the final list that has awardees from 14 countries. Sovna was selected from a global list of 600 professionals. The Future 50 Awards is an initiative by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) to select 50 ‘Under 40’ future influencers of the global drinks industry to mark 50 years of their establishment. And second, no less gratifying, is the news that Reva K Singh, our founder and editor in chief, was admitted into the prestigious Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin of Burgundy. The same honour was conferred on Ravi Viswanathan, Sommelier India Advisory Council member and chairman of Grover Zampa Vineyards. The old tasting-cup used by tasters and wine producers, the tastevin (pictured below) is the historic emblem of Burgundy’s wine producing and gastronomic heritage.
Although no longer in general use, the tastevin cup, in solid silver or silverplate, has a raised design so that the appearance and colour of the wines, especially the reds, can be appreciated.
Three wines to try
Here are three new wines to look out for. Imported by Faustine Imports Pvt Ltd, under the brand name Calvet, the wines are a white and two reds: Calvet Chardonnay (100%), Calvet Merlot (100%) and the more premium Calvet Reserve with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Calvet is a well-known brand in France under the prestigious Les Grands Chais de France group. Jean Marie Calvet founded the winery in Bordeaux in 1823. Today the brand is one of the most trusted in the world for its exceptional quality of wines.
Faustine is a unique company. An Indian company whose three shareholders — Arnaud Droz, Ceo, Frederic Geoffroy Director and Florian Barbaro Director — are all French nationals with a strong India connection and love for the country. Keen to bring the two countries together through wine and gastronomy, their goal is to make available to Indian consumers quality French wines that are well priced and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Five easy questions to test your wine knowledge. Answers at the bottom of the page.
1. What was Napoleon’s favourite wine?
b. Amorne della Valpolicella
2. What is vin orange (orange wine)?
a. Wine flavoured with orange peels
b. A white wine
c. A rosé wine
3. Which champagne was served to guests at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana?
a. Veuve Clicquot
c. Moët et Chandon
4. Where is the highest vineyard located?
a. In Chile
b. In Argentina
c. In Nepal
5. Which wine is popular for its fuel like aroma?
a. High quality German Riesling
b. Austrian Grüner Veltliner
c. British wine
Hereby hangs a foxy tale
Fox in the Field is the story of a clever Fox in Whitefield, Bangalore. The Fox can be visited in his den spread over four floors where you will be nourished with food, crafty brews and foxy concept cocktails. That’s all the details we are going to give you. In short, it’s a new watering hole worth a visit. You first have to ‘Enter the Fox’, visit the ‘Fox in his Den’, be entertained by ‘Fox on Stage’ and when you’ve had enough, ‘Chase Fox and the Moon’ to the terrace. And all shall be revealed! To book a spot, call the Fox on: +91 80 2501 8119. His den opens at 12 noon at Forum Shantiniketan, Whitefield, Bangalore
Hallelujah – Mouton Rothschild’s newest art label
Every year since 1945, a famous artist has been given complete freedom to create an original label for the new vintage. This year the owners of Château Mouton Rothschild commissioned the French artist Annette Messager for the 2017 label. Known around the world for her creativity, Messager uses objects, shapes and words from everyday life to create poetry – from the joyful to the startling – marked by her feminism. Her label titled “Hallelujah” combines milk and wine, which are often associated together in the Bible. The 2017 wines are rich, with an attractive tannic structure, full bodied and pleasantly fresh. A
Bordeaux First Growth château, Mouton Rothschild has 84 hectares of vines at Pauillac in the Médoc.
1. Gevrey- Chambertin. This Burgundy wine comes from the Côte de Nuits. It is said that Napoleon drank half a bottle of it at each meal.
2. A white wine. Orange wine comes from a white grape, vinified like a red wine with skin contact.
3. Bollinger. Kate and William opted for Pol Roger.
4. In Argentina. Altura Maxima is planted at an altitude of 10,000 ft in the Andes mountains.
5. High quality German Riesling.