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Domenico Clerico

One of the renegade band of winemakers known as the “Barolo Boys,” Domenico Clerico started his career as a progressive winemaker, breaking from traditional Barolo protocol to make terroir-driven, long aging yet approachable Barolo wines. Robert Parker Wine Advocate reviews this wine as…”the 2007 Barolo Ciabot Mentin is one of the greatest wines I have […]

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Nouveau Beaujolais Day

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Family bonding over Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Reserve

Une réunion de famille Empty nesters are what parents become once their children grow up and leave home to carve out a niche for themselves, often on a work assignment in a different city. Being one of the ilk we were delighted when our son joined us at home for a family reunion – une […]

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Indian Theatre, German Riesling and a rainy evening

The rainy in spell came unannounced. A week into October, the weather had been nippy already hinting at an early arrival of winters. It was pouring heavily by the time we reached the LTG Auditorium at heart of New Delhi. The watch showed half past three in afternoon. Still half an hour to go for […]

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Dante Di Fiorenza – a Chianti which pairs well with Indian kebabs and tikkas

For all those who are curious (or even suspicious) about pairing international wines with Indian grub, I recommend to please try out the wine and food mentioned in this post. But first let’s talk about the wine. Chianti The most commonly consumed wine in Italy, and interestingly, the most commonly consumed Italian wine in the […]

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A family visit to Grover Zampa Vineyards, Nandi Hills

If you are a wine person and you happen to be in Bangalore, India then a visit to Grover Zampa Vineyards (GZV) becomes a foregone conclusion. Unlock 3.0 provided one such opportunity which I utilised to put together a family sojourn to this renowned winery and its vineyards. Here I endeavour to record some of […]

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A champagne with notes of Indian spices

Reading through the review of the single-parcelled grower champagne by Megan Nunn on facebook sometime back, I happened to read about how she noticed the notes of Indian Spices in a champagne she tasted. Megan is a devoted enthusiast of small grower champagne houses with a keen interest in their wines, regions, cuisines and culture […]

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Indian Egg Curry Pasta with a Chilean Shiraz

I had kept the Shiraz in the cooler to be opened on the weekend – Friday to be precise. Today was egg curry for lunch. But getting impatient, I found myself opening the Shiraz and pouring in the glass. Initial whiff, sniff and a sip promised a wonderful wine. Impromptu decision next was to make […]

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Sula Sauvignon blanc paired with Indian homemade food

“What grows together, goes together” is the time tested mantra to pair food with wines. So here’s the earthy sauvignon blanc from the leading Indian wine house – Sula, paired with home made chicken pasta which we had for lunch today. It made a perfect Food-Wine pairing. Next was the black pepper cream chicken prepared […]

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HOW TO EVALUATE QUALITY OF WINE

As we progress in our wine journey, broader understanding tends to break into multiple layers, and this is where it gets both challenging and interesting. To illustrate, lets talk about the difference between ‘Appreciating a Wine’ and ‘Judging a Wine’. Many wine schools teach about the structured manner to appreciate a wine which primarily implies […]