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  • Is Indian industry imported wine selection going anywhere?

    On Mar 28, 2014 07:30:52 AM

    Prowein is the world biggest wine show which happens every year in Dusseldorf, Germany. The place is the mecca for everything wine. The most striking factor of this show if you are Indian buyer is how much interested the world is in India. It does not matter if your 2 year consumption from one of the winery is equivalent to a sale of a super market promotion for 1 week in USA from the same producer.

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  • The Dilemma - Passion or Economics

    On Dec 27, 2013 11:20:02 AM

    Is it easier to sell a wine which is mass produced, superbly marketed and cheaper (INR 1500/- MRP) as compared to one which is passionately made by a wine maker, hand-picked in an organically grown vineyard with minimal intervention to respect the terroir and shows what the nature provides, but obviously comes at a higher price point (INR 3000/- MRP)??

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  • Transforming your Wine Cellar from Boring to Voila!

    On Aug 20, 2013 11:56:29 AM

    Quite often when I go to house parties, I am branded as the wine expert due to the nature of my business. I am the guy who knows wines best, well that’s what the guest who has invited me thinks! The bottles of wine served during the course of the evening often come to me first for comments. Many a times the guest invites me to take a look at the bottle collection they have stored either in a wine cellar or more often in their store room or closet.

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  • Portugal – Extempore!

    On May 28, 2013 11:04:54 AM

    In today’s era of lonely planets, Google maps, trip advisors, internet chat rooms and endless number of travel books and magazines, it is more often that you already know a lot about your travel destination, even before putting your foot on the ground. All of the above are fantastic tools and make your trip very convenient, but does it really add to the charm, excitement and adventure to a trip that could have been if you were without these tools? Think again!

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  • Wine & Food Pairing with Chef Vicky Ratnani

    On May 20, 2013 12:54:06 PM

    Bodegas Maurodos Prima from the hot Toro region of Central Spain makes juicy full-bodied wines which are not for the faint-hearted. Chef Vicky pairs this robust red with some of his innovative creations from the kitchen of Aurus and shares some amazing recipes.

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  • Wines of 2012

    On May 20, 2013 12:53:15 PM

    2012 was tour de la wine year. I travelled more in the European wine country in 2012 than in the past 5 years and loved every bit of it. My travels took me to Spain, Germany and Italy. I also got to try some exciting wines in 2012. Some with my collector friends and some with my wine maker friends!

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  • Madrid - Authentic and Rock Star

    On May 20, 2013 12:49:20 PM

    Madrid is the most spanish of the cities in spain. Everything of the city from the gastronomy to vino and fashion oozes...no screams español. In my 3 day visit to the city and to 30+ tapas bars in that time (oh yes!) I did not get a hint of anything international. But that is the very essence of why you go to Madrid - to get away from your civilization and to basque in their wonderful culture.

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  • Wine and Food Pairing - Fun or Fuss!

    On May 20, 2013 12:48:29 PM

    Recently a few friends had taken an over night trip to visit a new and upcoming winery at Nashik. During dinner at the winery we all bought a bottle each to enjoy. The first one to open was a Chardonnay from South Africa called Dewetshof, Chalk Hill from 2009 vintage. It was a stunner. We all could not believe the quality of this south african wine - fantastic integration of oak and fruit with a superb balance and a really long finish. It was in all context yummy. After savoring the last drop, it was time for the next bottle - A Meursault!.

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  • Different Wines of 2010!

    On May 20, 2013 12:47:35 PM

    2010 has been a year of "different". Just because I got out of my comfort zone to try wines which are different from the usual - region wise and grape varietal wise. Moving away from the conventional is always a little unnerving but then if you discover something exciting then its is always worth it. For eg. one goes to a restaurant and is always ordering the same wine type - either a sauvignon blanc or a chardonnay or a sangiovese or a shiraz. But how many times you have looked at the wine list and said lets go crazy - lets try a Gruner Vetliner instead - or lets open a bottle of the Grenache or even better lets try a wine that we have never heard of. Give it a try - I assure you that if you hit on the winner, you will have more bragging rights the whole week in your friend circle than any one else!

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  • Oh Vino! Oh Australia!

    On May 20, 2013 12:45:26 PM

    If you think snobbery exists in knowing your wines – you better get your arse down to Australia – they will change ya! Nowhere I have seen a bunch of wine makers with such a fantastic attitude and approach towards life and wine making. Their fun, feel good and simplicity approach towards life and everything surrounding them reflects in their terrific Vino.

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