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India’s leading wineries collaborate to launch ‘Wines of India’ programme

India’s leading wineries have come together to support and promote Indian wine as one entity with the launch of the ‘Wines of India’ programme. The aim of the programme is to stand together and promote a culture of domestic wine consumption in India and overseas. The Wines of India programme, a collective body set up by India’s 11 leading wineries is the first attempt of its kind where players in a sector have come together to promote a culture rather than a brand. Wines chosen to be part of the Wines of India programme have been selected on the basis of merit. The programme is an amalgamation of Sula Vineyards, Reveilo Vineyards, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Fratelli Vineyards, Nine Hills with more recently launched wineries like Myra Vineyards, Charosa Vineyards, Vallonne Vineyards, Good Drop Cellars, York Winery and Soma Vineyards.

Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal of All Things Nice has been appointed as the director of this programme who will conduct retail promotions, consumer tastings, staff trainings, consumer experiences and media interactions as part of this initiative.

India’s expanding wine industry is in the midst of a vital transition. With a rapidly growing export sector, expanding domestic consumer market and increasing industry support in major wine-producing States, the Indian wine industry has potential to be a global market competitor. Since the early 2000s, India has been hyped as an important emerging market for wine. The country has the optimum climate for grape cultivation and its main wine-producing states, Maharashtra and Karnataka, are leading producers of world class high-quality grapes. India also has made waves globally by winning awards at the renowned International Wine & Spirits Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards. Indian consumers are now waking up to the true potential of Indian wine and recognising that quality standards and wine making styles are now on par with countries that have been making wine for thousands of years.

India’s leading wineries collaborate to launch ‘Wines of India’ programme

Food & Hospitality World

“Wines of India” programme launched in Mumbai

Since the early 2000s, India has been hyped as an important emerging market for wine. The country has an optimum climate for grape cultivation and its main wine-producing states, Maharashtra and Karnataka, are leading producers of world class grapes.

Keeping the above in mind, the “Wines of India” programme was recently launched at AKA restaurant, Worli, Mumbai. The Wines of India is a collective body set up by 11 leading Indian wineries, as an initiative to support Indian wine within the country and at a global level.

Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal of All Things Nice has been appointed as the Director of this programme; he will conduct retail promotions, consumer tastings, staff trainings, unique consumer experiences and media interaction as part of this initiative.

Nikhil guided us through an interactive, structured tasting of 11 wines – one from each of the participating wineries. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet leading winemakers and owners to understand their services as part of this initiative along with the history and future of Indian wine.

Each winery in the “Wines of India” programme has introduced their unique style of winemaking, interesting grape varieties, technological innovation and marketing expertise.

Wines chosen to be a part of this programme have been selected on the basis of merit and represent only the best India has to offer. The programme is an amalgamation of pioneers like  Sula Vineyards, Reveilo Vineyards, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Fratelli Vineyards, Nine Hills with the more recently launched wineries such as Myra Vineyards, Charosa Vineyards, Vallonné Vineyards, Good Drop Cellars, York Winery and Soma Vineyards.

According to Ashwin Roderigues from Good Drop winery, “The aim is to stand together on an impartial platform and promote a culture of domestic wine consumption in India and overseas. ‘Wines of India’ programme, a  collective body set up by India’s 11 leading wineries is the first attempt of its kind where players in a sector have come together to promote a culture rather than a brand.” 

— Suneeta Sodhi Kanga

“Wines of India” programme launched in Mumbai

Spirit souvenirs to bring back from your travels by Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal

Conde Nast

The great part about planning your travels around food and drink is that can take back things to relive your journeys. I have no qualms in stuffing my bag with dim sums from Tim Ho Wan or cheese, just to experience those tastes once again. Easier though and less of a health hazard is bringing back booze as souvenir. Here’s my list of favourites from around the world:

By Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal

Read the full article here: http://www.cntraveller.in/story/spirit-souvenirs-to-bring-back-from-your-travels/

Sazerac – Whisky Cocktail

Sazerac

Ingredients
•3 ounces rye whiskey
•1 sugar cube
•Peychaud's bitters to taste
•Absinthe, Herbsaint, or absinthe substitute
•Lemon twist for garnish

Preparation
1. Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink.
2. In a mixing glass, soak the sugar cube with Peychaud's Bitters and muddle to crush the cube.
3. Add the rye whiskey and stir.
4. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.
5. Dump the whiskey mixture the absinthe-rinsed glass
6. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Sazerac

All Things Nice in Food & Hospitality World

Food & Hospitality World featured The 2nd Indian Wine Consumer Choice Awards conceptualized and organized by All Things Nice.  The aim of IWCCA is to give Indian consumers an opportunity to judge for themselves and on behalf of other consumers the best Indian wines and brands available in the country.

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