Napolean Bonaparte once famously said, “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” And with yet another year moments away from slowly bidding us adieu, leaving us with its share of bittersweet memories to briefly dwell on, the stage is all set for us to raise a toast to 2014. Although the next leg of our journey will perhaps be fraught with peril, the future beckons with its seemingly endless share of possibilities. Hence, it is only apt that Liquid examines the Indian wine business through the perspective of the prominent names that matter to it and have in many ways shaped it. They speculate if this promising industry will indeed succeed in overcoming the steady stream of seemingly insurmountable hurdles to realise its vast potential for growth and rightfully claim its share of glory.
Liquid travels to Omni Parker House in Boston, the oldest continually operating hotel in the United States, and sets foot on its hallowed grounds to witness a grand display of unparalleled splendour. It is a tribute to the singular vision of one man, Harvey D. Parker, who landed in Boston harbour in 1854 virtually penniless and yet battled against all odds to live the great American dream. While still in America, Liquid heads to Kentucky to explore the true American spirit-bourbon.
For a taste of the Italian way of life, we tour Puglia to soak in the fine Mediterranean climate that it is renowned for. Amongst picturesque olive groves and vineyards, Liquid visits the Azienda Agricola Valle Dell’ Asso winery and witnesses a new revolution that is underway there with a refreshing shift in emphasis on the pursuit of excellence through quality wines.
Even if you would hardly consider yourself as being the greatest fan of the perceptible drop in temperatures, Liquid spreads some much-needed warmth with a few rather interesting wine and food pairings.
As always, happy reading.