Delivering an indepth wine session to Principals and Directors of a top global consultancy firm was not only a matter of privilege for me but also of immense satisfaction about practising my trade. The wines were avant garde (constrained only by the selection availabile at the venue) and so were the people. Sharing some glimpses of the electrifying session above.
Bruce Cakebread in India
World wine icons continue to visit India. It shows the promise that India holds for the wine trade even if in the long term. Bruce Cakebread of the iconic Cakebread Cellars of Napa Valley, California visited India in Feb 17 on a short trip. I had the pleasure to share dinner with him as also the privilege of a one on one conversation that dwelled among other issues, the latest concern of global community towards immigrants to the US. Read about the stimulating conversation here.......
A wine carnival started in 2008 by the India's biggest wine producer, Sula Fest has come a long way in its recently concluded 10th edition. The event was was not only about making merry with wine but offered a multidimensional experience with strong music,culture and cuisine elements . Here are some random images expressing the vibrant spirit of the fest that I clicked. Click here to read about the 5 high points of the event.
A Tuscan November
The weather was just right and the wines were rather special...as two icons of the wine world came visiting India in the closing months of 2016. It was my pleasure to share lunch with Mario Piccini, of Piccini wines and Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta of Tenuta San Guido. That I had visited Tuscany just a couple of months back worked as the nostalgia element...
Click on links below to read my interactions with : Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta Mario Piccini
Look Who Came Calling!
Clovis Taittinger, the 4th generation scion of Taittinger Champagne and the brand's Director Marketing arrived in India to bat for his brand (seen in the photo too!) on a two city tour to Delhi and Mumbai. I had the pleasure to share dinner with him and also show off the Taittinger sterling silver cuff links that I received as a gift when I visited Champagne Taittinger in 2012 as part of my scholarship itinerary. Read about Clovis' first ever Indian experience here..
It was my privilege to be invited to the mega Austrian wine fair VieVinum in June 2016. I also took the opportunity to travel to the Austrian wine region of Burgenland, followed by Friuli, Tuscany and Veneto in Italy. Sharing some images of VieVinum 2016 above. For a pictorial overview of my entire wine expedition please visit my blogpost: 5 Collages Of My Picture Perfect Wine Journey
A Visit to Weingul Elfenhof in Rust, Austria
What started as a business meeting in New Delhi last year, led to a friendship further reinforced by my visit to Weingut Elfenhof, a 17th century wine producer in the picturesque Rust in Burgenland. Apart from my friend and the current helmsman of the estate Ernst Holler, I had the singular privilege to dine with two generations of the Holler family now in its twelfth generation of wine business. Fresh fish from lake Neusiedl and freshly plucked cherries from their own garden added to the all effusive charm of my hosts..... as the images below try to capture...
The Magnificent Slopes of Chianti
Few regions across the world inspire as much awe as the famous Chianti within the Tuscan wine country. I visited Piccini wines, one of the most prominent producers in the region, and shot these snaps to bring home the charm. Something we are sure that winelovers would want to feast their eyes on.....
The Effusive Charm of Montalcino
If Tuscany is the royalty of Italian wine, Montalcino is its crowning jewel. This hill town of Tuscany, 130 kms from the capital Firenze (Florence), is surrounded by slopes that produce the famous Brunello di Montalcino among other wines. Here are some images showcasing the beauty of this quaint town which I captured during my recent trip to Italian wine regions.....