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News & Views Archives. Austrian winemakers are making very good wine and are not afraid of letting the world know. Austria is not only about the history of the Habsburgs, the Sachertorte and the Viennese waltz; there is also the wine. Excellent wine, as I discovered during a standout visit to the country three years ago, where a day-trip to Kamptal become the highlight of a spectacular five-day visit. If asked to describe Austrian wine in two words I’d go for ’boutique’ and ‘beautiful’. Add terroir- driven (soil, microclimate, temperatures and vegetation), and that perhaps best sums it up. Winemaking in Austria is very old – the Cistercian monks are credited with bringing wine production to the country. Over the centuries, wine became part of daily life, and the quaint, picturesque Heurigen or wine bars exists even today. Willi Klinger and Stephan Reinhardt MW at the Austrian wine masterclass at Vinexpo Hong Kong At the masterclass, the lineup of bottles for the tasting That’s not all.

Trend spotting: Notes from Vinexpo Hong Kong. Think 1,465 exhibitors representing 30 winemaking countries. That is a whole lot of wine. Add to this 18,000 visitors, 50 expert-driven masterclasses, seminars, tastings and endless parties, and you have three days of breathless wine-oriented activity. This was all at the recently-concluded Vinexpo Hong Kong. But the fun part of any wine business fair is the trend spotting.

So, if you are wondering what 2019 holds for wine drinkers, here are a few to consider. Rosé wine: in the pink The last few years have seen rosé portmanteau words popping up in social media as the pink wine’s popularity soars — from brosé (men drinking rosé) to frosé (frozen rosé slushies and popsicles). Buy it: While Indian producers Sula, Grover Zampa and Fratelli are among those making rosé, the ones from South Africa, the US, Spain and France are available in the metros. Prosecco: wallet-friendly bubbles rule It’s fun, easy and bubbly. Tech in the vineyards Organic wine is just fine Vinexpo introduced WOW!

Austrian wine: what's new with the wine sommeliers love. Austrian winemakers are making very good wine and are not afraid of letting the world know. Austria is not only about the history of the Habsburgs, the Sachertorte and the Viennese waltz; there is also the wine. Excellent wine, as I discovered during a standout visit to the country three years ago, where a day-trip to Kamptal become the highlight of a spectacular five-day visit. If asked to describe Austrian wine in two words I’d go for ’boutique’ and ‘beautiful’. Add terroir- driven (soil, microclimate, temperatures and vegetation), and that perhaps best sums it up. Winemaking in Austria is very old – the Cistercian monks are credited with bringing wine production to the country. Over the centuries, wine became part of daily life, and the quaint, picturesque Heurigen or wine bars exists even today.

Willi Klinger and Stephan Reinhardt MW at the Austrian wine masterclass at Vinexpo Hong Kong At the masterclass, the lineup of bottles for the tasting That’s not all. Post Views: 87. Austrian wine: what's new with the wine sommeliers love. 'There is no instant learning when it comes to wine' One of India’s top importers of wine, Vishal Kadakia is known as the ‘wine storyteller’ in Indian wine circles. For him, wine is not a product, it is a living thing around which stories have been woven. To enjoy that wine, you must listen to its story. He has more than a few to tell, usually around a table, while tasting wine. In his guest column, Vishal describes how, to love wine, you must give it time to make a place in your soul.

There are no shortcuts to understanding wine. I started drinking wine when I was in my engineering college in 1993. At the time it was just another type of alcohol to me, like beer or Old Monk. Drinking my very first Burgundy, Savigny Le Beaune from Simon Size in Paris, 2003. I really began to understand wine in 2000, a good seven years after the time I began drinking it.

Those 10 years, from 1993 to 2003, turned out to be very important to me. Sharing a Rosemount Shiraz with friends at home in Boston, 2002. Never the opposite. About Vishal Kadakia. Chandon India: A sparkling start in Indian Wine Market | Ruma Singh. Traditional drummers welcome the guests to the winery in Nashik So Moët Henessey India, the luxury wines and spirits division of French beverage giant LVMH, has made a scintillating entrance in India in grand style with the launch of its Chandon winery. The Rs 50 crore ($7.5 million) 21-acre winery, situated in the picturesque hilly region Dindori in Nashik, Maharashtra (known as India’s premier wine region), was unveiled at a high energy party. Gourmet brunch food, summer-accented sparkling cocktails in colourful stemware, glorious flower arrangements and colour-coordinated goody-bags greeted guests, most of whom were from the wine media and trade. It was impressive, to say the least.

Although Chandon has been making two sparkling wines - Brut and Brut rosé - for a year now at a third-party winery under the supervision of its own team, there was a palpable excitement at the grand curtain-raising of its very own show. Steel and more: Giant stainless steel tanks dominate the new winery. 'There is no instant learning when it comes to wine' What Is Your Poison: Red Wine or White Wine? – mayarawilson. If you are on this page, perhaps you are new to wine. Or, you are just curious to find the difference between red and white wine. If we keep the technical part aside, the differences between the two go far beyond just the choice of grapes and the color which can range from production methods to food pairing.

Let us understand this in detail. The difference between red and white wine shoot predominantly from tannin which makes the taste of wine dry or bitter. To be more specific, tannins are a component, found in the skin of grapes. Now coming to the red wine, the skin is kept in contact with the juice as it ferments. What is the difference in the making methods? Red wines are doted on for their rich, velvety flavors, while white wines are loved for their floral aromas, pure fruit, and acidic notes. It doesn’t mean that red wines are always made in oak barrels. Some common types of red wine are — Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. KRSMA Manifest 2018: Reviewing one of the top wine brands in India. Just four years after its ritzy launch, India’s KRSMA Estates is busy re-doing, re-thinking and re-vamping its portfolio. The single constant factor is a laser-focus insistence on quality.

A quick check in with the Chigurupatis spells out the changes and the constants. KRSMA wins Best Indian Winery at the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2018 At the recently held Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2018 in Mumbai, the award for Best Indian Winery was given to the Hampi Hills-based KRSMA Estates by a 22-member jury. This is not the first time that KRSMA has won an award and it is unlikely to be the last. When I recently met up with both the owners at a KRSMA wine dinner at Bengaluru’s new dining hot spot, The Smoke Co, it was a rare opportunity.

Uma and Krishna Prasad Chigurupati Seated next to Krishna Chigurupati at the dinner, I asked him about the latest from the Hampi Hills. KRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon KRSMA Estates Sangiovese Arrivederci, Sangiovese. Fingers crossed… Decoding the Indian Wine drinker, Winemaker and Wine Industry in India | Ruma Singh. …and celebrating the winemaker! Sonal Holland’s recently commissioned survey, the Indian Wine Insider 2017, seeks to throw light on how far the urban Indian wine drinker has come.

She is also chairing the India Wine Awards 2017 which rewards the best in class available in India today. Sonal Holland officially became India’s first Master of Wine (MW) last year, and ever since, she has been on a mission. Already headlining her own wine school, the Sonal Holland Wine Academy (an approved programme provider for the noted wine school, London’s Wine & Spirits Education Trust), she turned to conceptualizing a wine club in Mumbai, the SoHo Wine Club.

Sonal Holland MW On her list of to-do things remained one important act – to create a survey which allowed the wine industry and eager consumers to understand one another. Some key findings of the survey included: Price leads the criteria for consumers selection of wine. Women and wine in India. SH: Women are taking to wine in a big, big way.

There is more to New Zealand wine than its famous Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand’s wine production is a mere 1% of the wine in the world, but ever since this world discovered the Sauvignon Blanc grown in its Marlborough region in the late 1970s, the country has never looked back, quickly establishing itself as one of the top quality wine producing countries today. As for its Sauvignon Blanc, just read of the tasting notes of this grape by experts and you might be tempted enough to rush for the nearest bottle. (Note the use of superlatives) Jancis Robinson: “(New Zealand’s) pungently herbaceous style of Sauvignon Blanc, heady with the tropical fruit smells of a cool, prolonged fermentation….” Wine Folly: “… jaw-dropping herbaceous-yet-floral aroma that’s complemented by a juicy, yet zesty, citrus zing in your mouth.”

No wonder that the Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough – fruity, aromatic and luscious – is among the most popular varietal wines in the world. But is there more to New Zealand wine than its famous Sauvignon Blanc (or indeed, its Pinot Noir)? Between the Wines: All About Indian Whisky, Red Wine Brands, Wine Tasting Events and more! Enjoy the Sip of Top Wine Brands with Various Skin Benefits —... KRSMA Estates' new Syrah wine to launch shortly : Ruma Singh. KRSMA Estates is gearing up to release the first ever vintage of their much-awaited small-batch Syrah. Co-founder Uma Chigurupati explains its background and how it fits with their own winemaking ethos. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that whatever India’s KRSMA Estates does with its small but focused portfolio, becomes news. This is not unusual for KRSMA, established as one of the top wine brands in India in a few short years. Their flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, now with its fourth vintage in the market, has been winning awards ever since its high-profile launch.

The Sauvignon Blanc has its steady fans, and its second label, the youthful, fresh K2 has also made its mark. Over the last few years, insiders have been hearing whispers about a bright new star – a premium Syrah, quite unique to its terroir – being added to the portfolio. KRSMA co-founder Uma Chigurupati at the vineyards in Hampi Hills Watch the video interview with Uma Chigurupati, below. Climate change and a taste of Torres - Ruma Singh. As Torres reestablishes itself as one of the world’s best wine brands, Miguel A. Torres’ continued personal commitment to innovation and preservation continues – as demonstrated at his Delhi masterclass, complete with a dash of humour and sips of three vintages of his top-rated Cabernet Sauvignon, Mas La Plana Miguel A.

Torres speaks at the Mas La Plana masterclass at Le Cirque, Leela Palace, New Delhi The world of wine has its share of heroes. Many of these people make wine their life’s single largest passion. A rarer few have the ability to see beyond the production of wine to embrace an earth-friendly ideology that looks into the future, even as their brand flourishes. Miguel A Torres is one of these people. I first met Torres, patriarch of Spain’s 300-year-old-Catalonia-based Bodegas Torres many years ago in Bengaluru.

“We need a balance,” he said, explaining in simple terms, “Today, Torres is preparing for an uncertain future, not because of war but because of global warming.” True. Q & A: What is black and red and the pride of Australia? - Ruma Singh. Easy answer: Penfolds of Australia, the world’s third most admired wine brand A week long visit to India by Sam Stephens, winemaking ambassador of Penfolds, the emblematic wine brand of Australia, turned the spotlight onto the noted Australian wine producer and its wines. In a series of high octane, glamour laden series of black tie wine dinners in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, the range of Penfolds wines was reintroduced to the Indian wine lover, from the entry level red wine to the iconic Grange.

Penfolds, which features in the world’s top three most admired wine brands (it was #1 in 2016) and certainly commands respect in barrel fulls, is a New World wine with an Old World soul. There is both terroir and structure in these varietal-driven wines, especially their higher-value red wines. The founder of Penfolds, a physican named Dr Christopher Penfold, started making fortified wine to help treat his patients’ ailments in 1844.

But then that’s his job. Best Wine Brands in India: Best Indian Red Wines, Popular Wines in India | Ruma Singh. Two things had a major impact on the Grover story – the merger with Maharashtra-based wine producer Vallée de Vin in 2012 made it India’s second biggest wine producer. Shortly before that came the entry of young Karishma Grover as assistant winemaker, qualified in viticulture and oenology from UC Davis and fresh from working in the Napa Valley. She brought along with her new ideas and a new commitment to making quality wine in India. Today, Grover Zampa Vineyards is notching up new achievements and marking new milestones Karishma Grover with Vijay Amritraj at the VA Reserve Collection launch I’m intrigued by young people who decide to go into their family business; it is getting rare these days.

‘A switch flipped somewhere inside…’ During our chat at the winery I ask her about her debut into the wine world. Karishma agreed to give it a try though she was still far from convinced. This openness has defined her management style, she says. Karishma offline Karishma Grover in the GZV cellars. KRSMA Manifest 2018: Reviewing one of the top wine brands in India. Looking for Best Indian Wines around 1000 INR? Here is a List ... Though the Indian wine brands are not usually held in a very high regard in the international market, but Indian wines have come a long way right from their humble beginning in the later part of the 20th century. Earlier in India, wine was considered as a niche drink, which was meant to be consumed by the elite section of the society, but the wine scenario has experienced a drastic change though. More and more wineries are opening their doors, which will give us more understanding and options to relish wine.

The Indian wine brands need to keep themselves affordable in order to break into the market because wine lovers in India are very few in number. This is the reason why the taste for wine should be developed within the wide masses of India. So let us apprise you all with the top wine brands in India that you should certainly give a try: • Grover La Reserve Blanc First produced in 1998, La Reserve came as a red wine and has achieved many international wine awards. Price: 1050 INR. News & Views Archives - Ruma Singh. KRSMA Manifest 2018: Reviewing one of the top wine brands in India.

Jean-Charles Boisset - India has potential to be a great wine region. Part 2 – ‘We want India as a great wine region, not just as a great food region’ Boisset expounds on his great affinity for all things Indian, how Indian wine can be very good indeed if made with passion and pride, and his future plans for J’NOON. It is easy to attribute adjectives like audacious, flamboyant and media-astute to Jean-Charles Boisset. He has proved he is all this and more. But underneath those glittering Alexander McQueen and YSL suits beats a heart filled with a singular passion for his all-consuming raison d’être – wine.

Then, there is his avowed intent to make J’NOON the best wine in India. In Part 2 of the interview, he explains how India is ready to take its place among the upcoming wine regions of the world and produce wines of ‘insane quality’ like J’NOON, to go with the food that India is already famous for. Whom do you see as the typical consumer of J’NOON? You are known as a consummate marketing maven – along with your winemaking skills. 5 Important Portuguese Proverbs You Should Know – Languageoasis Blog. Fratelli's new J'NOON is India's most expensive wine brand. Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh. Bordeaux wine: A tasting of top-rated classified growth wines of Bordeaux. 'Tis the season for some red, red wine (and white) Part 2.

News & Views Archives. Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh. ‘A wine is not made by nature, but it's an interpretation of nature…’ 'The Scots are whisky-making legends, I'm a fan' 'Tis the season for some red, red wine (and white) Part 2 - Ruma Singh. Taste of Food and Wine Archives. Kanya by Paul John is the Whisky Bible's Asian Whisky of the Year 2018. 'The Scots are whisky-making legends, I'm a fan' Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh.

Kanya by Paul John is the Whisky Bible's Asian Whisky of the Year 2018. We were inspired by wine museums in Rioja, Barolo. Grover #25 Part 2:  Karishma, the comeback kid - Ruma Singh. Fine Dine, and Drinking Wine. #Grover25 Part 1: A Walk in the Vineyards - Ruma Singh. Q & A: What is black and red and the pride of Australia? - Ruma Singh. Risotto, reservas… and a winemaker’s selection - Ruma Singh. It's raining awards for Grover Zampa Vineyards - Ruma Singh. Taste of Food and Wine Archives - Ruma Singh. Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh. Risotto, reservas… and a winemaker’s selection - Ruma Singh.

Risotto, reservas… and a winemaker’s selection - Ruma Singh. 'Ninety per cent of Bordeaux's Grand Cru châteaux are open for visits and tastings' - Ruma Singh. 'Ninety per cent of Bordeaux's Grand Cru châteaux are open for visits and tastings' - Ruma Singh. Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh. Brazilian Butt Lift in Miami, Chicago, Houston, New York. Taste of Food and Wine Archives - Ruma Singh. News & Views Archives - Ruma Singh. Q & A: What is black and red and the pride of Australia? - Ruma Singh. Best Wine Brands in India Online | Ruma Singh. News & Views Archives - Ruma Singh. Wine of Thrones: HBO launches Game of Thrones wines - Ruma Singh. Bordeaux meets Ukraine on the 45th parallel - Ruma Singh. India’s York Winery: in the pink | Ruma Singh.

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