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A professional course in wine management

If you are looking to make a career in wine, it's a good idea to undertake a serious course of study in all aspects of wine management. Read on for an MSc in wine management offered by the School of Wine and Spirits Business, Gropue ESC Dijon -Bourgogne, France

Indian wineries learn from the French

Indian wine producers stand to benefit from scientific and viticultural research carried out in Bordeaux in their quest to make better Indian wines. Read more here

Beychevelle to showcase winemaking with glass-walled winery

Chateau Beychevelle is to build a winery housed almost entirely by glass to allow visitors and passers-by to see behind the scenes at the fourth growth St Julien estate. Read more here.

Wine by the Glass Goes High-End

Wine drinkers looking to order by the glass usually have limited choices, especially for high-end or hard-to-find vintages, but hotels are expanding their single-serving pours because of the Coravin, a wine preservation tool introduced last year. Read more here.

The Best Christmas Wines

The holidays are the perfect time to pull out your favorite bottles. Wall Street Journal wine columnist Will Lyons puts together his case for Christmas. Read more here.

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.

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Sommelier India tastes India's finest

Sula.JPGDec 2014:The SI Tasting Panel reconvened last month to taste a selection of India's finest wines. Indian wines have improved noticeably and are garnering awards around the world. Given below are the new releases, arranged by producer & wine style. Experiment freely. These wines are among the best examples of Indian wine.

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In Conversation with Sommelier Erin Ryan White

Kaveri_ErinWhite1.jpgErin Ryan White (pictured, left) is the sommelier at August, the contemporary French restaurant owned by award-winning chef, John Besh in New Orleans. With 33 years of far-reaching experience, White brings her highly approachable and informed style to pairing wines from a cellar that has put August on the list of "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants" by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Kaveri Ponnapa spoke to White in a freewheeling interview on behalf of Sommelier India.

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A great success! The Nagpur Wine & Food Festival '14

The 2nd Nagpur Wine and Food Festival drew more wine lovers than the year before, the festival's chief promoter Sharad Phadnis noted with understandable pride. That the two-day event, which concluded on November 23rd was a great success, was amply clear by the simple fact that almost all the wineries had exhausted their stock by 10 pm.

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Champagne Rendezvous at the ITC Grand Chola

IMG_0060.JPGDecember 2014 - Napoleon would have approved of the special Champagne evening at the ITC Grand Chola last month where Chennai's wine and champagne aficionados were introduced to the art of sabrage. Almost all the legends of 'sabering' a bottle of champagne - slicing the neck of the bottle with a sabre leaving the bottle intact, can be traced back to Napoleon's reign, writes Ashwin Rajagopalan.

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UNESCO honour for Pantelleria low bush vine

There's reason to rejoice for the Italian island of Pantelleria in the Strait of Sicily, known for its scenic beauty and complex Ben Ryé or Passito di Pantelleria dessert wine from the Donnafugata winery. In November this year, it was awarded heritage status by the General Assembly of UNESCO for its agricultural practice of Alberello Pantesco - the low bush vine of Pantelleria with a place on the Representative List of "The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".

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Top 10 Wines Revealed. What you should be drinking

leeuwin2014nov.jpgWine Spectator reveals its Top 100 wines of 2014. While no Indian wine is on the list this time, there are certainly some other interesting selections. Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. For any wine enthusiast, the list is worth a scan. Leading this year's list is Dow Vintage Port, with a Leeuwin Chardonnay, a Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a Concha y Toro Cabernet and a Chateau Leoville Las Cases from St. Jullian all making the top 10 too. Read more here.

Yellow Tail Founder Charged in Drug Ring

yellowtailnov2014.jpgOne of the founders of Yellow Tail has found himself in a spot of trouble. Marcello Casella, the youngest brother in Australia's largest family-owned winery, Casella Wines, is alleged to be part of the criminal syndicate that produced, distributed and sold commercial quantities of cannabis and methylamphetamine. This operation was based in New South Wales, Australia.

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