We present here a fresh new issue of Sommelier India. Going by what I hear, each new edition is awaited with eager anticipation. And when our courier or postal system fail us, as they do occasionally, we receive irate calls and emails about not having received the magazine! This is the kind of positive feedback that has kept SI coming out six times a year ever since the first issue rolled off the EIH Press. To my surprise and gratification, it was recognised by The Limca Book of Records as the first and only Indian magazine on wine in 2005. The 60-plus issues published since then contain a wealth of material, which will soon go online. As part of SI’s 10th anniversary celebrations, our archives are being digitalised so that we can make them available to you.
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Turning to the issue at hand, the lead feature is about Piero Masi, partner and oenologist at Fratelli Wines, who brings decades of Tuscan winemaking experience to bear on Indian wine production. For a firsthand experience and better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes at a winery, you can’t do better than visit one. Our Pune correspondent, Brinda Gill has done extensive research on Nashik. Her article, “Touring India’s Wine Country, A Taste of Heaven”, provides all the information you will need.
Ronald Rens’ article about Bordeaux First Growth château, Mouton Rothschild, “Making the Impossible, Possible”, and Michele Shah’s “A Tribute to Toscana” will set you dreaming about vineyard visits further afield. Elsewhere in the issue, Mira Advani Honeycutt describes a unique bespoke service, Soutirage that will go to any length to assist wine lovers in nurturing their passion.
Undeterred by warnings from family and friends about visiting conflict ridden, Lebanon, Renu Chahil-Graf our correspondent in Europe, braved it all to bring us an account of the exceptional but lesser known wines produced there. The pioneering winemaker who did more than anyone else to make the wines of Lebanon known around the world was, of course, Serge Hochar, who died unexpectedly last year. You may remember reading his obituary in the last issue of SI.
“On the Grapevine” features an interesting potpourri of wine news and what’s trending. Read about international wines available in our country, Querciabella’s latest Chianti Classico Riserva from Tuscany, De Bortoli’s re- entry in the Indian market, Cockburn’s bicentenary, and more. Before you put down this issue, do remember to fill in the answers to SI’s Lucky Draw and send them in. There’s a bottle of Fratelli’s latest release to be won. What’s more, you get a free bottle of Grover Zampa’s La Réserve with a three-year subscription to Sommelier India!