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Analjit Singh a likely investor in Indian wine market

Analjit Singh who recently acquired a South African winery, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines now trains his sights on Nashik Vintners' Sula. Read TOI report.

Indian Wines at Vinitaly 2014

Indian wines are appearing increasingly on the international radar as they become known through exports or at international wine shows. Fratelli and Sula are appearing for the first time at Vinitaly 2014, reports TOI here.

Travellers and wine lovers visit India's wine regions

There's growing interest and curiosity about India as an emerging wine region. We have always advised afficionados to try Indian wines and see for yourselves. Read more.

Is Wine Production Going Down? Yes

If the report by Morgan Stanley is to be believed, but consumers' interest in wine hasn't. Chinese wine consumption, for eg, has doubled twice in the last five years. Read more here.

New Zealand wines sweep awards at IWSC, London

New Zealand wines are attracting international acclaim with their diversity of wine styles as seen most recently by the number of medals they won at the prestigious UK-based International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Read more here.

How much wine are you drinking?

What constitutes a single glass of wine? Have you any idea? Read more here to find out. Pouring a glass of wine is rarely an exact measurement, especially in a social setting.

Sula launches Nasika in Britain

In another first for Sula Vineyards, Laithwaites will be introducing a new wine from India to its UK customers. More here from the UK.

Moët-Hennessey launches luxury sparkling wine in India

First it was Argentina in 1959, followed by Brazil, the USA and Australia. And now - for the first time in Asia - comes a premium sparkling wine produced in India by the legendary Champagne House, Moët-Hennessey. More Here.

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VINITALY 2014 kicks off with high expectations

The 48th edition of Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirit Exhibition along with Sol&Agrifood and Enolitech opened on April 6, 2014, at Veronafiere. Extending over four days from 6 to 9 April 2014, the Vinitaly trade show is worth more than 12 billion euros in Italy, employs 1.2 million people and in 2013 posted exports worth more than 5 billion euros, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year, states an offical press release.

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Cigars - Better Than Cubans?

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Spring in New York City is a celebration. As someone who divides his time between India and New York, I always make it a point to be in New York for April's cherry blossoms. While the morning is crisp, the day warms up by the afternoon, enough to get a barbecue going with good friends, a beverage of choice and, most significantly, cigars. Nitin Madan makes a persuasive case for non-Cuban cigars.

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Le Club FICOFI - Haute Couture of Wine

Steven_FICOFI.jpgFICOFI is a French luxury company established by Bordelais Philippe Capdouze in 1990, specialising in fine wine and related services, as do many other companies, but none in anything like the same manner, writes Steven Spurrier, pictured left, at a Le Club FICOFI dinner in Paris.

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Bordeaux gears up to welcome tourists

Bordeaux_bridge.jpgNot too long ago the city of Bordeaux had little interest in wine tourism. The wine was sold through Bordeaux shippers and the wine estates did not encourage visitors. There has been a dramatic change since then. Today Bordeaux welcomes tourists from around the world with open arms. There are many places to visit, and new hotels, restaurants and shops abound. Pictured: Le Pont de Pierre, stone bridge over the Garonne river in Bordeaux

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The pinnacle of wine qualifications

Graduating StudentsAbout three years ago, I embarked on a journey that has led to my having a constant headache and a nagging feeling that "I should be studying!" writes Harshal Shah, who reports for India's premier wine magazine, Sommelier India from Australia, and was formerly SI contributing editor based in Delhi. Harshal entered the Master of Wine programme, while still in India, and calls it "an arduous, masochistic pilgrimage, leading to what some would regard as the pinnacle of wine qualifications." Left: MW graduates pictured at Vintners' Hall in London in early November 2013

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Q&A with an Indian Wine Importer - Neethu Sheth

Neethu-blog.jpgNeethu Sheth left her work at an investment bank in New York, when she married and moved to Mumbai. In 2007 she founded The Wine Rack, a company that imports wines from South Africa and New Zealand. Over the last few years she has seen many aspects of the industry change and in some ways become more difficult. Despite this, an innate passion for wine is what keeps her going. Edited excerpts from a Sommelier India interview:

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The Bangalore Black Tie Club

black_tie_bangalore.jpgThere's so much more to fine dining than the food itself, as The Black Tie, a gourmet club now in its 15th year, demonstrates. When Stanley Pinto - jazz aficionado, bon vivant and purist, with a partiality for all things French - along with his good friends Shawqi Sultan and Saleh Talib, (pictured, left) founded The Black Tie in Muscat, Oman, he was pursuing his own ideals of connoisseurship in fine dining, writes Kaveri Ponnapa.

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