Wine enthusiasts often remember the first wine experience that piqued their curiosity, teasing them into the mysterious world of wine. For me, it was a visit to Merryvale Vineyards in Napa back in 2003. I tasted a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, nothing particularly extraordinary by Napa standards, but the infectious energy of the owner, René Schlatter, and of course the delicious feel of the wine in my mouth, contributed to sparking what is now a lifelong interest in wine.
That introduction led me to enthusiastically support Reva in launching India’s first magazine dedicated to the fledgling wine culture in India. I still remember The Oberoi New Delhi coffee shop table where we sat and discussed what would later turn into Sommelier India. At that time, there were few wine drinkers in India, very few wine producers and the global wine industry paid scant attention to anything that included the words wine and India in one sentence. How times have changed!
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