Publisher’s Note from the Spring 2023 Issue

Shiv B. Singh, Co-publisher

Wine enthusiasts often remember the first wine experience that piqued their curiosity, teasing them into the mysterious world of wine. For me, it was a visit to Merryvale Vineyards in Napa back in 2003. I tasted a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, nothing particularly extraordinary by Napa standards, but the infectious energy of the owner, René Schlatter, and of course the delicious feel of the wine in my mouth, contributed to sparking what is now a lifelong interest in wine.

That introduction led me to enthusiastically support Reva in launching India’s first magazine dedicated to the fledgling wine culture in India. I still remember The Oberoi New Delhi coffee shop table where we sat and discussed what would later turn into Sommelier India. At that time, there were few wine drinkers in India, very few wine producers and the global wine industry paid scant attention to anything that included the words wine and India in one sentence. How times have changed!

Now, nearly twenty years later, with Sula’s IPO symbolizing a coming of age for the Indian wine industry, we are much further along. We hope the attention on Sula serves to, not only lift the entire Indian wine industry but also jump-start a much broader interest in wine among Indians.

Sommelier India, too, has grown over this period from a 16-page saddle-stitched bimonthly to a perfect-bound glossy magazine complemented by a much-read email newsletter, a rich and informative website, tasting panels, and wine events. Esteemed writers from around the world have written for us and interest in the magazine continues to grow.

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So what comes next? As with every new year, we treat this moment to recommit to our purpose of bringing you the best of wine writing to keep up with your own growing interest in the world of wine. This issue hints at some of those plans in its mix of stories.

We plan to do more to connect the dots between wine, food, travel, history, and Indian wine news. We will also further invest in our digital presence bringing you regular features and wine recommendations. Yes, there’s more to come and we look forward to an exciting 2023!

Happy New Year and thank you for reading Sommelier India, the country’s premier wine magazine. It’s been an exciting journey together and one that in many ways is only just beginning.