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The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day

The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day is the largest painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It is currently held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, where it was identified as a Bruegel original in 2010. Like much of Bruegel’s work it depicts peasant life, in this case a festival known as St. Martin’s Day, which […]

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The Wedding Feast at Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana (1563), by the Italian artist Paolo Veronese is about the biblical story of the Marriage at Cana. It depicts Mary, her son Jesus and some of his apostles attending a wedding in Cana, a city in Galilee. In the course of the wedding banquet, the supply of wine becomes depleted. At Mary’s request, Jesus commands the […]

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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 […]

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HOLD IT LIKE BACCHUS

Bacchus (c. 1596) is an oil painting by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Caravaggio which shows a youthful Bacchus reclining in classical fashion with grapes and vine leaves in his hair, fingering the drawstring of his loosely draped robe. On a stone table in front of him is a bowl of fruit and a large carafe of red wine. He holds out a […]

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THE TRICK OF WINE

Throughout history wine has intermingled with almost all spheres of human activity and particularly so with Art. Here is one such painting created in 1640s which depicts an interesting anecdote. It is named as The trick of the wine, and done by the famous 17th CE Florence artist Baldassarre Franceschini, also known as Il Volterranno. The […]

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Cold Soak in Winemaking

As we know, during making of a red wine, the grapes picked from the vines are crushed to form a ‘Must’. This is followed by addition of Yeast to make wine by the process called as Fermentation. Often winemakers add a pre-fermantation stage too by means of a “Cold Soak”. Pioneered by the famed innovator […]

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EMERGENCE OF ADVERTISEMENT AS A MARKETING TOOL FOR CHAMPAGNE

Turn of the previous century or more precisely from 1870s to start of WW1 were heady times in France. It was peak of industrial revolution, economic prosperity and peace. Eiffel Tower was inaugurated, streets and homes had incandescent light bulbs, Wright Brothers flew their first successful flight. It were days of celebration too. Films, Moulin […]

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Sustainability in winemaking

At first there was purely natural wine – from the grapes picked and left overnight in a tumbler which got fermented by the natural yeast present on grape skins. Maybe this produced enough wine for consumption by a man and his family. But then may be driven by greed or sensing profit making, he planned […]

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Asti and Alba – The Prodigal Siblings

“Barbera d’Alba is an elegant woman with finesse that you can dance with whereas Barbera d’Asti is determined, powerful, intense, a woman you gotta watch out for…”, that’s the quote by the renowned winemaker Luca Vietti in an interview with the Wine Spectator magazine sometime back. These two wines happened to be in focus during […]

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My name is Marius, Marius Chapoutier

My name is Marius, Marius Chapoutier » sounds akin to the famous tag line of Mr Bond, however this was said by Mr Marius, the gentlemen seen on the label of the eponymous wine, many scores before Ian Flemming even conceived the idea of 007. He uttered it as a young boy, quite innocuously as […]