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  • Rieslings - The Myth, The Reality and Its Importance for Success in India!

    On May 20, 2013 12:44:30 PM

    Sweets wines have a stigma in india and world over. If its is sweet, then it must be either a) not good b) cheap 3) not manly enough to drink. The grape that always is caught in the cross fire is Riesling! Oh Rieslings - it must be too sweet then. For facts 80% or more rieslings made in the world are dry style (opposite of sweet). Very few regions in the world make sweet rieslings (the most famous being Mosel in Germany). Also there are 7 levels of sweetness in Rieslings. The lowest level being off dry style to the highest level being Ice Wine - which is really sweet and needs to be had with deserts or ice cream. And honestly the ice wines are so freaking expensive that most of the average wine drinking crowd in the world will not be able to afford it.

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  • Wine & Its Stories

    On May 20, 2013 12:43:39 PM

    I was recently conducting a tasting for a few friends. While everybody was sipping on a popular Super Tuscan wine from Italy - Brancaia IL BLU, I was explaining how the term Super Tuscan was coined:

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  • Spain and Mariano Garcia - It can't get better than this for a wine enthusiast!

    On May 20, 2013 12:42:37 PM

    Spain simply put is a magical country to visit for its wines, gastronomy, and oh yeah…its vibrant party culture. It’s unlike Europe. Everything here works differently. People start making plans to go out at 10.30 for dinner (in France I will be tucked into my bed and dreaming!). People go home to have lunch at 2 and then for a light nap (siesta!) before they come back to work at 4 again!

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  • Is it really worth Paying $100 for a bottle of wine, when you can drink a perfectly good one for $10!

    On May 20, 2013 12:41:51 PM

    In todays scenario when value wines are becoming a rage and giving expensive wines a run for there money - this is an important debate. My answer typically is Yes and No - the Librian I am!

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  • French v/s New World Wines - Which are Better!

    On May 20, 2013 12:40:13 PM

    In continuation with the educational wine post - todays topic is "French v/s New World Wines - Which are Better!"

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  • German Riesling from Mosel

    On May 20, 2013 12:39:26 PM

    I have to admit that being in the wine trade is sometimes very rewarding, especially if you like to travel to the interiors of the country and explore the cultures, tradition, food and of course the wines. Every year I look forward to visiting a new wine region and this year was no exception when I visited the famous wine country around Mosel in Germany. If you have not visited a wine country yet, I suggest you start packing right away. I guarantee it will be truly exciting experience.

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  • Knowledge is Contagious - Especially in Wine

    On May 20, 2013 12:38:41 PM

    I was recently visiting a new hotel in New Delhi. I had a meeting with the Food and Beverage Director. After introductions, I was offered to see the hotels ambitious wine list. It was indeed ambitious and one of its kind! When you have great champagne houses making champagne especially for you - that is serious, amazing and expensive. I was amazed with the variety they had. The list was comprised of several boutique bottling that even I had not heard of. But through my browsing I came across something that immediately caught my eye. I was running through their selection of cult napa valley wines when I saw Harlan Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2003 for Rs. 6000 a bottle....wow!

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  • Aroma and Taste of Wines

    On May 20, 2013 12:37:58 PM

    During one of my trip to Napa Valley I had gone to visit a winery called "Silver Rose". The owner of the winery was conducting the tasting. Naturally he picked a glass and put his nose into the glass to smell the aromas of the wine he had just poured. All the people surrounding him followed suit. He started describing the wine's aromas "lemony, raspberries, strawberries, woody, buttery - commonly used terminology in the wine drinking world. HIs class nodded in approval including me - hypocrites! 90% of the people in the room had no clue but it was the fear of being coming across as a novice that kept us nodding. But then a interesting thing happened - one girl out of the audience raised her hand and innocently asked - sir how does a grape possibly generate all these flavors you just described. Do you added these flavors to your wines! Yikes! You should have looked at the face of the wine maker - he was shocked beyond belief and immediately suggested that their wines are made out of pure grape juice and nothing is added! What he failed to understand is that the girl was not accusing him of doing something wrong, but rather trying to understand how these beautiful flavors come to existence.

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  • Wine Storing and Serving Temperature-how important is this?

    On May 20, 2013 12:37:07 PM

    Drinking wine is not really easy. I know I am supposed to encourage - but the reality is as compared to any other drinks (Scotch, Vodka, Beer etc), to enjoy wi4. ne there is a little drama surrounding it. You may have one of the top wines in the world but if you don't have the wine stored at proper temperature and being served at the right temperature in a proper wine glass and most importantly in the correct company or ambience - 9/10 times the wine will be disappointing.

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  • WINES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2013

    On May 20, 2013 12:35:52 PM

    As another year draws to a close, it is fitting to talk not about the past but the future: Indian wines to watch out for next year.

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