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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.

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.

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KRSMA founders ascend new heights

My friend Krishna Chigurupathi is a stubborn ol' coot, writes Stanley Pinto, in his imitable style. No gauntlet thrown at him, no matter how unlikely, is too crazy to be picked up and dealt with. And like all Indian wives, his beautiful Uma dutifully supports him in every mad quest.


Dheeraj Bhatia, Chief Sommelier at Peninsula Hotel, HK

Dheeraj Bhatia with his Bad Boy wine.1.jpgDespite a stunning view of Hong Kong harbour and the island from Felix restaurant atop the Peninsula Hotel (, Chief Sommelier Dheeraj Bhatia makes sure his wines hold their own against the vista outside. Bhatia was born in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and raised in Dubai before studying hotel and tourism management in Gujarat. SI contributor, Carol Wright met this enthusiastic Indian sommelier (pictured, left,) in Hong Kong.


Not just peri-peri at Barcelos, Khan Market

¼ Chick, Chips, Salad & Can.jpgDelhi with its overwhelming love for chicken recently welcomed a new restaurant known for its flame-grilled peri-peri chicken. The restaurant launch in Khan Market was attended by the owner of the Barcelos chain from Pretoria, South Africa, Costa Mazzis with his son, Jared, and the South African Deputy High Commissioner, Malusi Mogale. Kanika Dhawan gives you the lowdown...


Nagpur Wine Lovers visit Four Seasons Winery

Members of the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club at Four Seasons Winery, Roti, Maharashtra.jpgSix members from the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club in Nagpur visited Four Seasons Winery at Roti Village near Baramati, Maharashtra, about 70 kms from Pune at the end of February to experience first hand the 2015 harvest season and better understand the wine production process, writes Brinda Gill who happened to be there on an independent visit.


Fendant wine, Fondue and Films - A First!

gabriel_stefan.jpgLast year Sommelier India did a story on Saas-Fee, a charming Swiss mountain village and its neighbouring high altitude vineyard, Visperterminen describing its prize winning wine, Heida. It was also the year of Saas-Fee's first film festival, writes Renu Chahil-Graf Left: Festival co-organizer Gabriel Zurbriggen and Artistic director Stefan Fichtner


The Great Grover Wine Festival

SUN_6241r.jpgThe Great Grover Wine Festival's inaugural event in Bangalore on February 21 drew an enthusiastic crowd of people who were out for a good time. There was plenty of activity to keep almost everybody entertained, including the ever popular grape stomping.


SulaFest 2015 rocks Nashik!

SulaFest 2015 - Festival Line-Up of The Year.jpgIt was bigger and better! The SulaFest 2015 drew a lot of people as they celebrated food, wine and music at the Gourmet World Music Festival. Here's what you missed... On the first weekend of this month more than 11,000 people flocked to attend the eighth edition of the SulaFest at the Sula Vineyards in Sawargaon, a small village in Nashik.

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