Aficionados Acknowledge Andean Ambrosia
By Isha Singh Sawhney
The Chilean Embassy hosted a wine tasting evening at the residence of the ambassador on Monday. The evening was preceded by an exhaustive session held at the Hyatt where a panel of wine aficionados and experts from the hospitality business got together to rate the best Chilean wines. The aim behind this endeavour was to introduce high-end Chilean wines to
Indians who enjoy their wine at home.
"We want people to enjoy Chilean wines here, especially the top-end ones," said Chilean Ambassador Jorge Heine. "We rated only red wine at the earlier wine tasting and those that are priced above US$15. To open up the Indian market we need to join forces and work together and make wines easily available to connoisseurs."
Subash Arora, President, Indian Wine Academy, said, "The ambassador has been a good ambassador for wine. We aim to educate the Indian palate about these wines. We will be rating these labels on our website and will see which Indian food complements what wine."
As the six chosen wines went around the gathering with accompanying snacks, Roger Lienhard, General Manager, Hyatt Regency, said: "Our only test is to see whether these wines can be paired with Indian food and what food goes best with what wine. Quality and price are not an issue."