Rude Drink by Vir Sanghvi: Grape expectations from India’s new wine boom
India is learning to love wine again. And things are different now. A wine bar with free tastings, new labels, more fun, less fuss. And better prices too
If you are a wine-lover of a certain age, you may remember a time, around 15 years ago, when the world’s great winemakers beat a path to India. When the government decided that wine-drinking was to be encouraged to promote tourism and lowered duties. When nearly every fortnight, there was a wine-dinner in one of India’s metropolitan cities, where food was paired with the greatest wines from Italy, France, America and Australia.