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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.

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.

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An Indian Coup in the Winelands of the Cape

analjitsingh2014.jpgMichael Fridjhon explains how Analjit Singh of Max India struck gold by buying into Mullineux Family Wines, one of South Africa's top wine producers. Pictured above: Analjit Singh and Chris Mullineux embrace after signing the agreement between them while Andrea smiles approvingly. Article appeared in issue 6, 2014, currently in circulation.


Sommelier India Issue 6, Dec-Jan 2015 Released

si_mag_dec_jan2015.jpgThe end of the year is a time for reflection about what has been accomplished and what more can be done. Sommelier India is now in its tenth year and what a great decade it's been! Your enthusiasm and interest as a reader has fuelled our achievements and kept us committed. So thank you! Our advertisers, too, are extremely important and we'd like to thank our primary advertisers, such as, in alphabetical order, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Fratelli, Four Seasons, Grover Zampa, KInvah, KRSMA, the Oberoi Group, Pernod Ricard, Reveilo, Riona and Sula.

Read Reva K. Singh's note which discusses the contents of the latest issue of Sommelier India Wine Magazine. 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. For iPad or Android subscriptions, go here.


The Indian Wine Industry stays the course

Dec 26, 2014: It is something of an aphorism that the wine industry in India occupies much more "mindspace" than is warranted by the actual size of the business which is tiny - around three million cases in 2013/14 compared to over 200 million cases in China. In consumption, even countries like Kazakhstan, Ghana, and The Ivory Coast overtake us! Looking back on the year gone by, Alok Chandra offers a general overview of the Indian wine industry which is staying the course despite various roadblocks.


Sommelier India tastes India's finest wines

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.


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.


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.


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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