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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.

The Wine World Cup - Riesling vs Malbec

If I'd read this article earlier, I'd have watched the match with greater interest! Read on for the wine metaphor.

The Power 100 - Top spirits & wine brands, 2014

Only 24 of The Power 100 have witnessed volume declines over the past year. Click for detailed report by Intangible Business. This new found stability is significant for a highly competitive industry.

Fruit wines grow in popularity in India

Kiwi wine is the latest entry in Pune based fruit wines specialist Rhythm Winery, says Michael Gonsalves. Read more here

Torres expands in Chile

As SI editor-in-chief leaves Barcelona after a very fruitful and rewarding time spent visiting Torres's vineyards in Spain, here's news hot off the press about the company's latest investment in Chile. Read more here.

Veuve Clicquot's Cellar in the Sea

Veuve Clicquot has submerged a selection of its Champagnes into the Baltic Sea as part of a 50-year ageing experiment, writes Patrick Schmitt. Read more here.

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Torres Towers Over The Rest

21 Aug-resized.jpgThis June my husband and I spent four memorable days touring the vineyards of Bodegas Torres in Catalonia, Spain. I've enjoyed Torres wines on numerous occasions and met Miguel A Torres, patriarch of the family, many times but there's nothing quite like a firsthand experience, writes Reva K Singh, pictured, left, with Miguel A Torres and Bunty Singh


Dine at "London in the Sky" pop-up restaurant

20 Aug-london r.jpgOver the years, the word "gastronomy" has seen the most dramatic transformation. Simple food has become a science, art and wizardry. Even staid places that serve fancy fare are no longer boring. There's an element of excitement attached to dining out, says Kanika Dhawan, like pop-up restaurant "London in the Sky" that takes dining to a new level - literally.


Indian Sommelier Championship 2014 Bigger & Better

17 Aug_DSC0321-r.jpgThe 7th Indian Sommelier Championship, the authoritative platform for wine professionals to showcase their skills is back. Conducted every year by the Institute of Wine + Beverage Studies - India's first and only recognised wine and beverage training facility, the Championship is slated to take place in October this year. Pictured: Pankaj Balachandran, winner of the 2013 Indian Sommelier Championship and Simon Cant, Ambassador, Penfolds Winemaking


Relishing Indian reds

16 Aug-Indian reds 2r.jpgFollowing the Indian white wines that the Sommelier India Tasting Panel brought to you in the last edition, this time it was the turn of the reds. The vintages we tasted ranged from 2011 to 2013, which means they were young wines although a few had been aged in oak and were from the producers' reserve selection. The SI Panel, comprising Rukn Luthra, Craig Wedge, Sonal Holland (who had to drop out of the tasting at the last minute) Gagan Sharma and Reva K Singh, tasted the wines blind, in flights according to the grape variety, followed by a discussion when the wine brands were revealed.


Comment - What has wine got to do with it?

PK poster-r.jpgWine, an innocuous alcoholic beverage with the best associations around the world of the finer things in life, celebrations and camaraderie, routinely gets a bad name in India with the wrong connotations. The misrepresentation is often because roadside kiosks or thekas/ठेका selling all manner of alcohol save wine are known as wine shops.


Wine Primer: Opening a bottle of Fizz

Fizz-clipart-r.jpgUntil recently, the storage and service of liquor was my husband's domain, at least until we moved from spirits to wine when I took over. However, I have to admit, I still prefer that my husband open our bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine, which he does with great aplomb, says Reva K. Singh. Doubts and hesitation about opening a bottle of sparkling wine exist in many quarters.


Liquor Prices expected to rise in Tamil Nadu

Liquor prices in Tamil Nadu are likely to rise by 15% to 25% according to recent news reports, due to the fact that Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac), the monopoly liquor wholesaler-cum-retailer, is all set to increase procurement price in response to lobbying by manufacturers. In the process the state government stands to benefit by additional excise revenue from liquor sales.

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