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Sommelier INDIA

Volume 7: Issue 3 June-July 2012

For Indians around the world who enjoy the good life

Lure of the

Loire Valley Superb wines and historic châteaux

MERCHANT’S VINTAGE

Bordeaux 2011 will be drinkable in 2015-25

iPAD VS THE SOMMELIER

The pros and cons of using iPads to manage wine lists

SEAT OF EXCELLENCE

The secret of Alfred Tesseron’s success

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Contents Volume 7: Issue 3, 2012

ON THE GRAPEVINE

4 NEWS, NOTES AND VIEWS FOR THE WINE BUFF 9 WINE CLINIC

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22 CAN THE iPAD REPLACE THE SOMMELIER? As more restaurants use iPads to manage their wine lists, Carol Wright presents the pros and cons of this new phenomenon

Your questions about wines answered

26 BORDEAUX FOR EVERYMAN

COLUMNS

David Cobbold spotlights generic Bordeaux, the lesser known face of the largest wine appellation in the world

Champagne producers owe it to us to provide more information on their back labels, says Jancis Robinson

30 INDIAN VITICULTURE GETS A THUMBS UP

10 INFORMATION DEFECIT

Cover Image: Château Chenonceau set in extensive gardens bordering the river Cher in the Loire Valley

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12 SHAHRUKH SHIRAZ, ANYONE?

Sonal Holland asks Philip Deverell, wine consultant for Pernod Ricard, about the challenges of cultivating grapes in India

Raghu Bahadur turns his thoughts to celebrity wine producers and their motivation for producing wine

34 THE IRRESISTABLE LURE OF THE LOIRE VALLEY

14 THE 2011 BORDEAUX: A WINE MERCHANT’S VINTAGE

Known as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley produces every kind of wine you can ask for, reveals Rosemary George

Steven Spurrier describes the 2011 vintage in Bordeaux as “very nice wines indeed”

40 WINES THAT FLY WELL

16 SPREADING WINE CULTURE Indian diplomat, B S Prakash is bemused by the extent and manner in which wine culture has spread in India

18 “I WAS LUCKY TO START MY CAREER WITH SULA” Suneeta Sodhi Kanga in conversation with Ajoy Shaw, Chief Winemaker of Sula Vineyards

Pairing food and wine at 35,000 ft is no mean feat. Carol Wright explains how highflying labels are selected by British Airways

44 REVERING DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI Ken Gargett makes a pilgrimage to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti which he describes as the most mystical vineyard on Earth

Eric Asimov tastes Château Musar wines from Lebanon with the wine producer Serge Hochar on his whistlestop visit to New York

REGULARS

60 RESTAURANTS FOR WINE LOVERS Rejoice in our writers’ choice of restaurants that give wine equal billing with food

66 CHEF’S TABLE Ruchira Hoon meets Chef Sabyasachi Gorai and finds him refreshingly direct and simple, despite receiving a prestigious award from the President of India

69 WINELOVER’S COOKBOOK Simple recipe for a risotto

50 SEAT OF EXCELLENCE

20 GUSTO MUCHO!

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh meets Alfred Tesseron, the proprietor of Château PontetCanet, to learn the secret of his success

Brinda Gill talks to Kadambari Kapoor, founder of Gusto Imports, who offers Indians quality international wines

56 REMARKABLE WINES FROM STRIFE-TORN LEBANON

FEATURES

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70 PHOTO FINISH Hungarian wines auctioned at Delhi’s Taj Mahal Hotel and the launch party of Mumbai’s first wine bar, Vinoteca

72 SI LISTINGS

Publisher, editor and owner: Reva K Singh. Co-publisher: Shiv B Singh. Assistant Editor: Ruchira Hoon. Copy chief: Bunny Suraiya. Copy editor: Vandana Mohindra. Design: Layout artist: Sandeep Singh Rana. Printed at EIH Ltd. 7, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi - 110054. Sommelier India is a restricted circulation bi-monthly produced by CMI, Consolidated Media Int, C-320, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110 024, India. Tel: +91 11 2433 1013. E-mail: info@indianwinemagazine.com. Web: www.sommelierindia.com. The views expressed in this publication are the writers’ own and not necessarily those of the publishers. Subscription price: ` 1,500 for two years and ` 1,900 for three years. International $56 for two years and $82 for three years, excluding postage.


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