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Mizoram vine growers bemoan the lifting of prohibition

You would think that the lifting of prohibition was a reason to celebrate, but not so for the vineyard growers' societies of Mizoram. Read more here.

What are Indian wine newbies drinking?

Indian wine consumers, especially the younger generation and wine newbies, are understandably attracted by simple, easy-drinking wines that don't cost a lot rather than the high end, complex, age-worthy variety. Australian wine is a case in point. Read the news report in The Hindu for more.

Burgundy Vintner, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Dies at 59

Anne-Claude Leflaive, proprietor of one of Burgundy's most storied white wine estates will be sorely missed by her friends and associates in the wine industry. Read Eric Asimov's tribute.

It's all about location, location, location - and microbes

Soil microbes found around the plant's roots are more important the soil's physical characteristics, reveals new research. For more, read on.

UK Budget 2015: Drinks industry hails duty cuts

The UK drinks industry has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to cut the duty on spirits and cider, although wine is not included. Read industry comments here.

Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target

Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map. Read here for more.

Recipe for Success

Rajeev Samant has no qualms about admitting he can't describe his wine in flowery language, but he certainly has the recipe for success in creating an award-winning brand of wines. Read The Economic Times article here.

Lunch with Kapil Grover - A born raconteur

Even though snobbish Indians speak disparagingly about Indian wines & prefer to pay more for very average imported wines, our wines are rapidly gaining acceptability in the West. Read Rahul Jacob's account of lunch chez Kapil Grover in the Business Standard.

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Sommelier India Issue 3, June-July 2015 in circulation

Sommelier India CoverThe issue you hold in your hands has a new look. Our diligent and talented designer has been burning midnight oil to give Sommelier India a fresh, more contemporary look. In a bid to make the magazine even more striking and compelling we have embarked on an ambitious programme of ongoing change. Does this mean redoing its identity? No, not at all. We don't want to tinker with that and hence it's still a work in progress.

Read Reva K. Singh's note which discusses the contents of the latest issue of Sommelier India Wine Magazine. In this edition find stand-out examples of the latest Indian red reserves as discovered by the Sommelier India Tasting Panel in a blind tasting plus an introduction on reserve wines in general. Subscribe to Sommelier India and receive this special issue at your doorstep. Sommelier India is written by some of the best wine writers in the world and is for Indians who enjoy wine and the good life.

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Vinexpo Bordeaux 2015 sets its sights high

President Hollandr.jpgThe presence of President François Hollande (pictured) at the opening of Vinexpo this year was a strong indication of the importance the French government lays on the wine industry and Vinexpo's key role in contributing to what is recognised as a major economic sector for the region and the country.

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Moët Hennessy splashes out with Ice Impérial

Ice Impérial bottle.jpgThere's nothing better than a chilled glass of bubbly on a hot summer's day. But here's something you've never had before. Reva K. Singh was the first to get a taste of it in India. Moët & Chandon, the champagne house famed for innovation, has come up with a variation on an old theme - Moët Ice Impérial Champagne - drunk on the rocks. It's refreshingly different and served on ice! Packaged in an elegant, white lacquered bottle with a black tie and gold label, the recommended way to serve Moët Ice Imperial is in big red wine glasses rather than flutes.

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Coming soon, Prosecco in India by Constellation Brands

prosecco-shutterstock.jpgThe world's leading international marketer of beers, wine and spirits - Constellation Brands is all set to unveil a new wine brand, Prosecco, in India, in the near future. Here's the story. In the next five years, the company has estimated that India is slated to become one of the biggest wine markets in Asia despite the high tax challenge. So this move, it seems, is in anticipation towards that development.

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Negroni week in India all for a good cause

Negroni_resized.jpgThe Campari-based cocktail - Negroni can be your perfect poison on a hot summer evening. As Aspri Spirits - the distributors of Campari celebrate Negroni week in India, Bunty Singh shares the history of this bitter-sweet Italian appertif with Sommelier India readers. According to one version of its origin, the eponymous Negroni was invented by Count Camillo Negroni, who one day around 1919 playfully asked the bartender at Caffe Casoni (now called Giacosa Café) in Florence to replace the soda in his Campari with a dash of gin to add zest to his drink and unknowingly the Negroni was born!

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Q&A with Piero Masi on winemaking in India

jjjjjjjjj.jpgThe story of Fratelli Wines is well-known, a story of three pairs of brothers who came together with the common goal of producing wine in Maharashtra and went on to make a success of it. The seventh member of the Fratelli partnership is Piero Masi, who is perhaps less well-known here. Reva K Singh goes behind the scenes to discover what made him decide to come to India. Pictured, left: Kapil Sekhri, Piero Masi & Alessio Secci in the Fratelli tank room

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Glenn McGrath in India: Wine, cricket and life's lessons!

IMG_6728.jpgOne of the greatest bowlers of all time - Glenn McGrath was recently in Delhi as the brand ambassador for Hardys - an Australian company with 160 years of winemaking history. Affable and towering at 6'4'', McGrath fielded questions about cricket and wine as a bunch of enthusiastic journalists sat for a round table chat with the legend. Kanika Dhawan gives a commentary. Representing Hardys for the next two years, McGrath will be a part of wine launches, and attend media and trade events to promote Hardys wines which are distributed in India through Sula. Pictured: Glenn McGrath with the soon-to-be-launched Collector's Edition wine

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