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The Old Wine Pairing Rules Don't Work Anymore

With a nine-course tasting menu, you can still pair wine in the traditional way, but as eating habits have changed so should wine pairing. Read more here.

Was it fine and rare wine or a homemade witches brew?

Rudy Kurniawan, once celebrated in the world of fine wines, concocted fake rare vintages in his kitchen and sold them for tens of millions of dollars. Read the story in the London Telegraph

Liquor companies and social media

Liquor advertising at best is a grey area. Does a tweet or a FaceBook post about alcohol constitute advertising? Read more here.

The Wine World Cup - Riesling vs Malbec

If I'd read this article earlier, I'd have watched the match with greater interest! Read on for the wine metaphor.

The Power 100 - Top spirits & wine brands, 2014

Only 24 of The Power 100 have witnessed volume declines over the past year. Click for detailed report by Intangible Business. This new found stability is significant for a highly competitive industry.

Fruit wines grow in popularity in India

Kiwi wine is the latest entry in Pune based fruit wines specialist Rhythm Winery, says Michael Gonsalves. Read more here

Torres expands in Chile

As SI editor-in-chief leaves Barcelona after a very fruitful and rewarding time spent visiting Torres's vineyards in Spain, here's news hot off the press about the company's latest investment in Chile. Read more here.

Veuve Clicquot's Cellar in the Sea

Veuve Clicquot has submerged a selection of its Champagnes into the Baltic Sea as part of a 50-year ageing experiment, writes Patrick Schmitt. Read more here.

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Sobering season for liquor importers

Monday,September 1: The long drawn out drama of new labelling regulations shows no signs of abating. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for imported foods and alcoholic beverages to list all their ingredients on the label, in Devanagari or English. The new labelling requirements, however, are not feasible for many international wine producers for whom India is a small market, observes Reva K. Singh. As if this were not enough, an imported wine also requires to be tested in "approved labs" in India.


Cava vs Champagne blind tasting

1 Sept-Gramona Cava.jpg Vishal Kadakia of Wine Park, a wine merchant in India with a penchant for importing high quality hand-crafted wines, recently put to test the blind tasting prowess of Indian wine and beverage professionals, over a flight of eight sparkling wines including five premium Champagnes juxtaposed alongside three Cavas from the House of Gramona of Catalonia, Spain. Sonal Holland, member of the SI Tasting Panel, reports


The US market for wine sees exponential growth

August 28, 2014 - It is a well-known fact that the US wine drinking market is the largest in the world. And, with growing consumer confidence and an increasing number of drinkers switching from other drinks to wine, the market is reaching new heights. According to Wine Intelligence, over a quarter of Americans are buying wine in the off premise costing over $15 per bottle.


BWC organises Indian Wine Village in Bangalore

The Bangalore Wine Club (BWC) is all set to unveil the next edition of the Indian Wine Village on August 31, 2014 at the ITC Gardenia. As the event is taking place after a gap of a few years, Aslam Gafoor, BWC vice-president sees it as the Club's commitment to Indian winemakers and companies. He shares the details with Sommelier India


Prohibition proposed in Kerala, India

24 Aug-Liquor permit r.jpgSaturday, August 24 - Print and digital publications are abuzz with news about prohibition in Kerala. A few days ago, the Congress-led United Democratic Front government finalised the excise policy proposing to make Kerala alcohol-free in 10 years, according to a Times of India news report. "The UDF has come out with a unanimous decision for a liquor ban in the state to achieve total prohibition,'' chief minister Oommen Chandy was quoted as saying after the meeting. Once the UDF recommendation has been ratified by the state cabinet it will become policy.


September-California Wine Month

If you have never visited California's wine country, Sommelier India's three-part series by Mira Advani Honeycutt will put sand in your shoes (as the saying goes) and make you want to visit! September also happens to be California Wine Month, so don't waste any time. Start planning as there could be no better time to visit and enjoy the state's bounty.


Torres Towers Over The Rest

21 Aug-resized.jpgThis June my husband and I spent four memorable days touring the vineyards of Bodegas Torres in Catalonia, Spain. I've enjoyed Torres wines on numerous occasions and met Miguel A Torres, patriarch of the family, many times but there's nothing quite like a firsthand experience, writes Reva K Singh, pictured, left, with Miguel A Torres and Bunty Singh

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