Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh: The Wines of India book launch

 Peter Csizmadia-Honigh outside the Vintners' Hall, London 
with his Indian book

On Tuesday morning Peter Csizmadia-Honigh launched his book The Wines of India book at the Vintners Hall. Peter won the Geoffrey Roberts Bursary in 2014 with his proposal to write a pioneering book on Indian wine. 

Peter introduced his booking explaining that it is possible to have three harvests during the year. He also stressed that the vines are pruned on twice in the year – in May in preparation for the monsoon season – and then in August and September. The main grape varieties planted are French and Italian. These include Chenin Blanc – the most planted variety, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Nero d'Avola.  

After Peter's presentation there was a tasting of 31 Indian wines with rather patchy results. Many of the reds were too heavily oaked with harsh tannins. Time for a bonfire of wooden staves!

The wines that impressed:

2015 Chenin Blanc, Soul Tree 
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sula Vineyards
2015 Dindori Reserve Viognier, Sula Vineyards 
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, York Winery   

2015 Rosé, York Winery – 100% Zinfandel  

2014 Misfit, Myra Vineyards  – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
2014 Shiraz, Soul Tree
2014 Dindori Reserve Shiraz, Sula Vineyards   


The Wines of India, a Concise Guide £25


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