June 2011 - Posts
Delhi Duty Free Services Pvt. Ltd. (DDFS), a joint venture between DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited), IDFS (Indian Duty Free Services) and ARI (Aer Rianta International) which operates and manages duty free services at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, recently launched its website, http://www.delhidutyfree.co.in , a one stop portal for information on the latest products available.
The website, launched in October, provides detailed information on products, special offers with price listings etc. Tabs to product categories, from liquor, tobacco, confectionary, perfumes, cosmetics to Discover India products, etc., have been provided for simple access to the full range of options available for your duty free experience.
A thoughtful inclusion in the website is the guide on allowances permitted on arrival in/departure from Delhi. Information on rates and quantities of alcohol, tobacco/cigarettes and goods that travellers are permitted to carry to/from various countries has been clearly provided. Besides the above, career opportunities and a media centre provide relevant information.
Besides offering information, the website will soon have facilities for travellers to place their orders, making duty free shopping at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi seamless and connected to customers’ needs. “Understanding that some customers have limited time, we will soon be launching the pre-order facility that would enable customers to order online for a product through our website. The traveller can then collect their selected merchandise either while departing or arriving”, said Abhijit Das, Head of Marketing, Delhi Duty Free. Specialised tabs for Uisge Beatha malt whisky and Habanos cigars are also included in the website, providing an interesting read and information on a range of products that you can check out at the DDFS in the new Terminal 3. Promotional offers are displayed in a specialised tab.
A guided, wine appreciation & tasting session is to be held in Mumbai’s Renaissance Hotel at Powai on Saturday 18 June 2011, 5-7pm, with Finewinesnmore’s winemaker Craig Wedge.
Be there to make the most of this informal, interactive and fun wine appreciation session on Saturday. Mr. Wedge is an extremely well qualified wine identity in India with an unbridled enthusiasm for everything to do with the wine. He will provide a detailed and thorough explanation about two varieties of wines viz. Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet, Merlot from the Riverina region.
Fees: Rs. 999 + taxes
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After the successful launch of Grillo and Nero D’Avola in 2010, Reveilo
completed its Italian trilogy this year with the launch of Sangiovese. Mr. Yatin
Patil, Mrs. Kiran Patil from Reveilo wines and wine maker Andrea Valentinuzzi
were seen launching this wine at Escobar in Bandra on Sunday, 29th May 2011.
Reveilo Wines – the label from Vintage Wines has its Winery and Vineyards in the
wine corridor of Nashik. Made with excellent quality grapes Reveilo produces an
array of red and white wines that are young and tropical in nature and an
excellent representation of the new generation’s aspirations. With the
introduction of the Italian trio, Vintage Wines had become the first and the
only company in India to produce wines from Italian grapes and has further
carved a niche of its own.
As the story goes there exist thousands of grape varieties, some of them being
extremely good and untapped. The vision of providing the Indian consumer with an
authentic Italian experience motivated us to stride the untreaded path. The
choice of these grapes essentially emanated from our personal liking of the
Sangiovese - an intense ruby colored wine with aromas of raspberry, cherry and
spice, the palate is soft and fruity with finely textured tannins and well
balanced acidity giving the wine a rounded and lingering taste. This red
powerhouse grape of Tuscany is grown mostly in Central Italy right from Romagna
down to Lazio, Campania and Sicily. It is the main component to make Chianti
(70% of Chianti is Sangiovese). This dominant Italian grape makes delicate and
expressive wines of strong character.
Vintage Wines Private Limited launched the brand “Reveilo” in 2006 with the
primary objective of producing quality wines. The promoters of the company have
an ancestral landholding, now being used to plant wine variety grapes. With the
Wine Industry and the market on its ascendancy, forward integration in terms of
setting up a winery only proved to be a prudent decision. It is now a
family-owned company where the vineyards and winery are managed by Yatin Patil
and the sales & marketing by his wife, Kiran Patil from Mumbai.
Vintage Wines is unique in having its own vineyards growing table grapes and
wine grapes, testing lab, pressing, bottling and maturing facilities as well as
temperature-controlled storage area within a single estate. What’s more, Reveilo
wines are transported in refrigerated vans (company owned) - the first Indian
winery to do so – to ensure no loss in quality.
The Reveilo Regular range includes- Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah and
the Premium range includes Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is also a
Super Premium Reserve range which includes the Chardonnay Reserve, the Syrah
Reserve and the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
Reveilo wines have received quite a few accolades over the years. The Syrah
Reserve 2005 and Chenin Blanc 2007 were selected as the best wines by “The BT
More Wine Ratings 2008”. Reveilo also received the highest number of credits at
the India Wine Challenge 2007. Syrah Reserve was once again selected as one of
the best wines in 2010, this time by The Wine of India. To conclude a good year
2010, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve received “The Connoisseur’s Choice” award at
Experience the flavours of Reveilo at Escobar, in its endearing dining and
lounging environment amidst tanned leather interiors, embellished by mirror
dividers. Taste exotic wines perfectly complimented by wooden textures and warm
earth tones accented by an aura of soft, mood lighting, candles that enhance the
room’s distinctive ambience.
Influenced by Spanish culture, this modern Mediterranean restaurant presents its
clientele with a host of dishes created with a unique variety of ingredients
gathered from every continent. Pizza ovens providing crisp, thin European pizza
and side dishes which combine with one another to create an outburst of yin-
yang perfection offer a relaxed dining experience by the bar.
“The percentage of South African wine in India is quite small,” says Neethu Sheth, owner of The Wine Rack, Mumbai, which imports 23 labels of South African wine. “But it has grown steadily in the three years I have been in business.”
Sheth says that as with any imported product, there are challenges in dealing with red tape and customs laws. Since it is a time-sensitive product and falls under the food and beverage category, different organizations are involved in the approval process. Procedures are lengthy. And since it’s a heat-sensitive product, you have to be careful your wine doesn’t get spoilt in storage, says Sheth.
For four South African winemakers and producers who wish to export to India, the challenge was obvious within a week of their presence here. At the India 2011: International Trade and Investment Initiative conference to promote their wines in Mumbai earlier this year, they found their sample bottles never made it past customs, leaving them with no option but to hope that brochures would substitute for taste.
All four representatives have so far had little luck with finding that critical importer. “I need to secure an established importer with the necessary distribution channels,” says Khan. “Though I have sent a lot of emails to major importers, I have not got a meeting with any. I am not sure if the timing is bad, or they have a lot of brands or they are not interested. I haven’t met people from the wine industry, which is sad for me.”
India well on track to become big wine consuming nation. The government of
country's largest wine consumer, Maharashtra has raised the official age for
buying and drinking liquor from 21 to 25 years.
Nevertheless, this new standard is not applicable to wine as the state
government has placed no age restriction on sale and consumption of wine. Even
with 14 % alcohol, there is no age limit for wine, while beer with just over 6 %
alcohol will not be sold for under 21.
The younger generation will now have no other option but to buy wine and with an
approximate 50 % of population in the state below 25 years, the latest
restrictions can be a real boon for wine producers.
Here comes some interesting fact regarding India government and its incentive
towards Wine. "All the Indian liquor shops used to be called as wine shops
regardless they have any single bottle of wine or not"
However I don't encourage consumption of wine among younger generations and hope
that this new restriction will be an opportunity for younger generations to
enjoy drinking (wine) rather than getting boozed(Hard Liquors and Beers)