I recently received my year-end copy of the Wine Spectator magazine chronicling the ‘Top-100 most exciting wines of 2010’. Occupying the proud number 4 spot on this list is a wine made by a fellow Indian – the cardiologist Dr. Madaiah Revana. The magazine says that Dr. Revana grew up in rural India before immigrating to America. Making wine is apparently his second career and he still practices cardiology in Houston.
Per the magazine he planted his vineyard in Napa Valley in 1998, after ‘he caught the wine bug’. The Revana Family Vineyard website speaks of Dr. Revana’s love of Bordeaux first growths that eventually led him to Napa.
I have never tasted the Revana Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007 (US $125 retail in the US), but I certainly look forward to it. Making it to the Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 wines of 2010 is certainly an achievement, and because it is an Indian who did it – we can all be proud of it! The journey from rural India to a top award-winning wine estate is a long one – so well-done and congratulations Mr. Revana!