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California Wine Festival 2018

15th Annual California Wine Festival (CWF) is being held Santa Barbara, California from 19th to 21st July 2018. One of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state, CWF is a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun at the beach and is voted the Top Food & Wine Festivals by Trip Advisor. A […]

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6 Interesting Croatian Wine Facts

Croatia, which is located astride the Adriatic Sea (across Italy) is a diverse and a beautiful country. It enjoys 2715 hours of sunshine a year. It is home to one the world’s popular dog breed Dalmatians. The hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed here. World’s famous inventor Nikola Telsa was born in this […]

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Wine and the French Revolution

Alcohol has been an integral part of the social, economic, cultural and political fabric of nations throughout history. Often all these have converged and led to landmark events in history of nations where alcohol played an important catalyst. French Revolution is one such striking example.The French Revolution, which was a period of intense social and […]

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Champagne Taittinger- Official Champagne for FIFA 2018

Champagne Taittinger released a limited edition bottle of its Brut Reserve NV to celebrate its association with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The brand, which is the official Champagne for the championship, released a souvenir bottle presented in a blue and siver box with a cosmic design to reflect Russia’s achievements in space. The bottle […]

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Indian Summer in United Kingdom – a boon for English Vineyards

“English have a miraculous power of converting wine into water “  – I’m not exactly sure what Oscar Wilde meant when he said this, but I imagine turning wine into water could mean converting something as great as wine into something as common as water. Pic – Google Given that Oscar was one of London’s […]

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International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) elects a Brazilian as it’s president

  Regina Vanderlinde, a Brazilian professor of biotechnology, has been elected as the president of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) for the next three years. Holding a doctorate in biological sciences with a focus in enology from the ‘Université de Bordeaux’ Regina has been a member of the Brazilian delegation to the […]

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Run up to the Bastille Day

Wine had become a daily item of consumption in pre-revolution France In this post I return to the original theme for the fortnight and that is the “Bastille Day” – which as I wrote earlier, falls on 14th July and commemorates the storming of Bastille fort by revolutionaries in France in 1789. Now its not […]

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Wine powering the Metal way of life

・・・ Another super successful edition of the Bangalore Open Air – a heady mix of metal music, energy and talent concluded at Bengaluru, India yesterday. World over Heavy Metal is increasing getting associated with Wine which is now seen as a healthier alternative to hard drinks. Many renowned metal bands have launched their own wine […]

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Australian wines driving Chinese wine import segment

Imported wine sales in China have been showing a steady growing with present figure reported to be 40% of the total wine sold. Although France still holds its status as the largest exporter to wines to China however, as per recent reports the growth is being driven by Australia. In time period of an year […]

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Run up to the Bastille Day

Bastille Day, which falls on 14th July, commemorates the storming of Bastille fort by revolutionaries in France in 1789. Over next few posts I will be bringing out how WINE was a major catalyst in events leading up to the French revolution and beyond, so do watch this space. As of now lets admire this […]