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Global wine production set to drop by up to 4% in 2014, report warns

Global wine production is expected to fall by as much as 4% in 2014, despite a rebound in France following last year's small crop, says a new report from Rabobank. Read more here.

Should You Let the Sommelier Taste Your Wine?

Is the sommelier's pretasting your bottle an expert service or an excuse for a sip of your very expensive wine? Here, the pros and cons. Read more here.

Amar'e Stoudemire takes red wine bath to recover on his off day

Have you ever done vinotherapy which is all about bathing in wine? New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire who's only 31 did just that recently. Read more here.

Restaurant Review: Kiyan, Dusit Devarana, Delhi

Looking for a good Delhi restaurant with a wine list worth exploring. It's time to try Kiyan. read more here.

Wine: the weirder, the better

These days, we're being as adventurous with our wine choices as with the food we put on the table. M&S stocks Sula now which is adventurous for the UK. Read more here.

The Old Wine Pairing Rules Don't Work Anymore

With a nine-course tasting menu, you can still pair wine in the traditional way, but as eating habits have changed so should wine pairing. Read more here.

Was it fine and rare wine or a homemade witches brew?

Rudy Kurniawan, once celebrated in the world of fine wines, concocted fake rare vintages in his kitchen and sold them for tens of millions of dollars. Read the story in the London Telegraph

Liquor companies and social media

Liquor advertising at best is a grey area. Does a tweet or a FaceBook post about alcohol constitute advertising? Read more here.

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Celebrating India's Finest Wines

0023.jpgBesides winning accolades worldwide, Indian wines are being increasingly celebrated in their own country with wine challenges and competitions proliferating, pioneered by the first Indian organised wine competition by Sommelier India way back in 2009 ( Here, SI correspondent Alok Chandra reports on a recent landmark wine tasting conducted in Mumbai.


Wine Society of India event hosted by Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier, one of the world's most influential wine critics (and Sommelier India columnist) flew into Mumbai on the 5th of November to conduct a "one-night only" event with The Wine Society of India, of which he is Chairman. This event was held for The Wine Society's Best Customers, in conjunction with Fratelli.


7th Indian Sommelier Championship gathers speed

5 Nov-Sommelier Compr.jpgThe 7th Indian Sommelier Championship is gathering speed as the excitement builds up with the Mumbai chapter concluded a short while ago. Now all eyes are turned towards Delhi. The training that primes candidates for the final test in both Mumbai and Delhi, is over as is the written and blind tasting examination. What now?


Chilean Food & Wine Fest: long awaited & much enjoyed

1 Nov-Lalit ballroom r.jpgEntering its 5th year, the Chilean food and wine festival held at the Crystal Room of The Lalit Hotel in New Delhi (pictured, left) saw a full house. The event was more special this year because it welcomed the new Chilean ambassador, His Excellency Andres Barbe Gonzalez who presented his credentials to President Mukherjee in September.


Pune's new wine club - The GrapeWine Oenophiles

IMG_1285.jpgWith its central location that offers easy access to wineries in Nashik, Baramati, Sangli and Solapur; restaurants with a good selection of wines; a mix of young professionals, travellers, foodies, expats, wine rookies and connoisseurs alike - Pune boasts a growing wine culture. Reflecting this trend is a new wine club - The GrapeWine Oenophiles. Brinda Gill reports...


Grover Zampa Vineyards stand tall at DAWA 2014

DAWAr.jpgNandi Hills and Nashik-based, Grover Zampa recently won the first international trophy for the Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014 at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2014. Read on for the news report.


Sangrias in a bottle!

Group of Bottle_1r.jpgNeon lights, new-age techno music... Young, hip silhouettes moving to the beat while others hold on to colourful bottles from which they take a swig every now and then. Remarkably, these aren't your regular bottles of beer or fruity breezers but wine sangrias. Ashwin Deo, the founder of Trinity Vintners Pvt Ltd, recently launched Turning Point Sangria in keeping with the overall brand promise of making wines "young, approachable and fun". SI correspondent, Suneeta Sodhi Kanga reports.

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