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Burgundy Vintner, Anne-Claude Leflaive, Dies at 59

Anne-Claude Leflaive, proprietor of one of Burgundy's most storied white wine estates will be sorely missed by her friends and associates in the wine industry. Read Eric Asimov's tribute.

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

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Trade News - Drinks Business Awards 2015

DB mags.pngIf you are in the alcoholics drinks industry you may be interested in news about the db Awards 2015. Now in its 12th year, the db awards are an authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the drinks industry, states a company release.


Sula is the big daddy of Indian wines

victorpetit_ceciliaoldne_sapnaknij.jpgWines of Indian origin are getting better known around the world - the names that come readily to mind are Grover Zampa, KRSMA, Fratelli, Reveilo, Four Seasons and, of course, Sula - the big daddy of them all! writes Reva K. Singh. Pictured: Victor Petit, Cecilia Oldne and Sapna Knijnenberg


A Stellar New Release from Querciabella

Quercabella-r.jpgIn recent news from Milan, Querciabella's 2011 Riserva is making waves in industry circles. The last time Querciabella released a Riserva, it was the 1999 vintage, writes Reva K. Singh. Since then, the estate's focus has been on harnessing the greatness of the Sangiovese grape through lot-by-lot selection.


Sommelier India Issue 2, April-May 2015 Released

si_cover_aprilmay2015.jpgWe present here a fresh new issue of Sommelier India. Going by what I hear, each new edition is awaited with eager anticipation. And when our courier or postal system fail us, as they do occasionally, we receive irate calls and emails about not having received the magazine! This is the kind of positive feedback that has kept SI coming out six times a year ever since the first issue rolled off the EIH Press. To my surprise and gratification, it was recognised by The Limca Book of Records as the first and only Indian magazine on wine in 2005. The 60-plus issues published since then contain a wealth of material, which will soon go online. As part of SI's 10th anniversary celebrations, our archives are being digitalised so that we can make them available to you.

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.


Cellar Night at Courtyard by Marriott, Pune

A Cellar Night 66666.jpg"We want to showcase how wines can pair with Indian cuisine," said Pradipt Sinha, Executive Chef, Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre. Chef Sinha was sharing his thoughts at A Cellar Night, a wine dinner hosted along with Pune-based wine consultant Sujata Patil, at a smartly-set long table at the hotel's rooftop Evviva Sky Lounge (pictured left) on 20th March 2015, reports Brinda Gill, SI correspondent in Pune.


KRSMA founders - Crossing new frontiers

krsma_krishna.jpg 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 wife, Uma (pictured left) 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.

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