Category Archives: Wine

Indian Wine

The wine club that I belong to is informal and wonderful. We meet, drink good wine and talk about life. Below is a wine we drank recently. Just kidding. That was a gift from my wine-collector brother-in-law. At the Oberoi … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine

I wanted to meet two sisters in the food and wine business. Their elderflower juice was so aromatic. FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, DEC 14 2013. 01 18 AM ISTHOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE Wines, economy and culture preservation What kind of … Continue reading

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Wine Palate

Wine wisdom: figure out your palate The problem with wine-talk is that unless you are in the company of oenophiles, no matter what you say, it sounds pretentious. You can blather on about the bouquet of a good Frescobaldi or … Continue reading

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Sauvignon Blanc

I am drinking a 2009 Le Grille Sauvignon Blanc. It is fragrant and full of floral and honeysuckle fragrances. I usually dislike New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs even though they are much praised. I don’t like the grassy smells. But the … Continue reading

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Cognac

My recording at Soundcloud here Sat, Apr 06 2013. 12 12 AM IST A very nosy memory Blending great cognac is all about olfactory memory Shoba Narayan Pierrette Trichet, the cellar master of Rémy Martin. Photo: Courtesy Rémy Martin. What … Continue reading

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Krsma Estates Sauvignon Blanc

Krsma Estates sent over a sample of their 2012 sauvignon blanc. Produced in Hampi Hills, this wine is not yet available in the market. Its producers, Uma and Krishna Chigurupati were featured in Mint’s power couples issue. In the same … Continue reading

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Wine and Indian food

I have been house-bound these days and have spent a lot of time boning up on an old pursuit: wine.  Reading, talking, listening and sampling.  The amount of material available on the Web is phenomenal; and the amount of wine … Continue reading

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Chateau Haut-Brion

How to sell old wine in new bottles Indians like irreverent mavericks. We don’t know what to do with the too-polished ones Shoba Narayan Prince Robert was in Bangalore to showcase Château Haut-Brion. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint. Prince Robert of Luxembourg was … Continue reading

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Links to stories

Here are some of my earlier wine stories. Robert Parker is obsolete; wine is in vogue Are you a wine philosopher? Behind every successful oenophile is a bootlegger Wine’s new tipping point Culinary Conference speech about wine New Zealand Cheese … Continue reading

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Master of Wine

I don’t know that I’ll ever become a Master of Wine (MW), but that is a pipe dream.  As a result, and in the interest of furthering my knowledge– yes, really– I’ve been sampling a lot of wines.  I thought … Continue reading

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