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  • The Novice On Wine : Pairing Revelations

    On May 20, 2013 12:56:09 PM

    An invitation to a wine tasting comes with the exciting possibility of good food and good wine. But as a novice you always tend to worry about sounding like an idiot in front of people who know their grapes.

    “I smell grass...” one might say after stuffing their nose into their wineglass as though hoping to breathe in all the liquid.

    “I smell lemons,” another may add with a triumphant smile.

    “Ah... Apples!”

  • My love affair with Shiraz

    On May 20, 2013 12:55:13 PM

    My love affair with Shiraz started during my September school holidays in 1972. There was a large team planting vines in our Heysen vineyard and it was my job to water them in with a long hose connected to a large tank on the back of a small truck. It was not so much the watering that had me hooked that day but the ability to drive the truck, a huge thrill for an eleven year old. I had to wait for the tank to empty, uncouple the hose so that we knew where we were up to in the row, then drive the truck to the end of the row. Astounding stuff for a kid at that age.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Wanna Throw a Wine Party? Try these recommendations from Sonal Holland

    On May 20, 2013 12:50:59 PM

    Wines for the Party Season - The WineKart has one for everyone


    The New Year is upon us once again, and so is the joyous season of celebration over parties that easily last till early morning in the midst of good friends and wine. I suspect many of us spend hours planning the food, the wine doesn’t get much attention until the last frightening minute. Choosing wines for a party should be a pleasure not a pain. A bit of forethought can set right the mood with the right drinks at the party. The thing to remember is that some people like to drink only whites, some only reds, so it is important to have one of each. Looking for wines that are popular will ensure the guests are happy and you win their vote as a good gracious host.

  • Drinking and Driving

    On May 20, 2013 12:50:11 PM

    With the year-end festive season upon us and the media exhorting all “to be of good cheer” , it would be useful to review what the pitfalls are of being ‘high spirited’ in India – something normally brought home to a reveller if/when pulled up by the cops for testing the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

  • 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 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.

  • 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!.

  • 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!

  • 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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