The fourth Chilean Wine and Food Festival organised by ProChile was held at The Lalit Hotel on 24th October 2013. Over 200 guests filled the Grand Ballroom for walk-around wine tasting followed by a buffet reception. The annual event was inaugurated by Nestor Riveros, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Chile in India. (From left to right: Mr & Mrs Nestor Riveros, Reva K Singh, publisher SI Wine Magazine and Kulbir Singh, president of The Wine Society, Delhi)
The wine importers of Chilean wines who participated were Agnetta International, Aspri Spirits, Brindco Limited, Hema Connoisseurs and High Spirits. Chilean Wines have become increasingly popular, year on year, thanks to the efforts of the enthusiastic and energetic Riveros, who sadly will be leaving India towards the middle of next year after four-and-a-half years of promoting Chilean wine.
Equally popular at this year’s event was the food prepared by the Lalit Hotel chefs with imported ingredients from Chile including Chilean Smoked Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops, Pork Ribs and Scallops along with salads and vegetarian offerings and a steady flow of toothsome canapés.
The guests included diplomats, members of various wine clubs and societies, the hospitality trade, importers and wine lovers. Wines available for tasting were Valdivieso Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine imported by Agnetta International.
The greatest variety came from Brindco Limited with San Pedro, Misiones de Rengo and the recently relaunched Montes featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Also on offer from Brindco were Tarapaca Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and Baron Philippe de Rothschild Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
From Hema Connoisseur guests tasted Emiliana Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay while Anakena Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère were offered by High Spirits and Los Boldos Carménère and Chardonnay from the wine division of Aspri Spirits.
Chilean wines first made inroads in the Indian market with value-for-money wines. Since then, high-end quality Chilean wines have become increasingly available giving the discriminating wine connoisseur a wider choice. Numbering among these wine lovers were several friends and subscribers of Sommelier India Wine Magazine.
Said Kuko Kapur who is a member of the exclusive SI Women’s Wine Circle, “We had a great time tasting the different varieties of wines at the Chilean Festival. But I have to say my favourite was the Valdivieso, specially their Chardonnay and their sparkling wine. I believe there was a Pinot Noir at the Anakena table that was very good. By the time I got there it had finished but I had a great red wine from Baron de Rothschild. The variety of food was also wonderful, including different hot and cold canapés, and the main dishes were delicious – specially the pork ones!”
The last word goes to Jug and Bunny Suraiya, who said, “The Chilean Food and Wine Festival was an exciting exploration of the flavours of a distant continent. We particularly liked the Ona Pinot Noir from Anakena and the Valdivieso Merlot. We missed out on the Rothschild but will make a beeline for it next time before it finishes. Ditto the scallops though the salmon made up for it.”
All in all, the Fourth Chilean Food and Wine Festival was a great success in Delhi. Nestor Riveros will be a difficult act to follow!
The Mumbai event takes places on November 18.