Napa Women winemakers

My column in Sommelier India about women winemakers of Napa Valley is uploaded in this PDF. My column is on Page 16.

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Heritage Spirits of India

A panel I moderated on Indian spirits

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Wine: 100 Point Dinner

An amateur taster’s notes from the 100-Point dinner in Bengaluru, which featured some top-reviewed wines

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Mogra & Merlot: what a lovely title

Encompassed two important aspects of my life. Home » Leisure ‘Mogra’ and Merlot From Kerala ‘kasavu’ saris as tablecloths to ‘mogras’ in banana- leaf cones as centrepieces—is there an Indian way of entertaining? Last Published: Sat, Feb 24 2018. 04 14 AM IST Shoba Narayan ‘Mogra’ adds the perfect Indian touch and perfume to any home. Photo: iStockphoto…

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What’s cooking, Gaggan Anand?

The 39-year-old chef’s Bangkok restaurant Gaggan, which claimed the top spot in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row, is all set to close in 2020.

Shoba Narayan brings to you a taste of his new avatar

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Coconut Toddy for Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

GOURMET’S DIARY OF A FOODIE DRINKS: THE GOLDEN AGE OF SPIRITS PRODUCED BY WGBH AND ZERO POINT ZERO PRODUCTION INC. 02.09.08 The part where I am featured begins at 7:30 here EPISODE 40   Come along as we travel the globe to discover the exciting and flavorful world of spirits, looking into the slightly wacky world of mixology…

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Napa Valley wines

Inside Napa Valley wineries: part II In theory, making organic biodynamic wines is simple; just let nature do its job. Let the grapevine dance with the moon, dodge the sun, discover the stars 4   Shoba Narayan Napa’s Screaming Eagle. Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Beyond the blue yonder where chocolate-coloured grapevines stretch as far as the…

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Napa Valley. Wine. Sonoma Valley. Part 1

People in America, California particularly, have access to a ridiculous amount of great wines, many sold direct from wineries through wine clubs.  Here is a sampling.  Naturally, this being written for an Indian paper, there is an Indian angle.   Inside Napa Valley wineries: part I An Indian winemaker gets the best out of California…

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Can you smell and taste through cyberspace?

Technology has conquered two of the five senses: sound and sight. What about the other three? How do you describe a wine in words? Shoba Narayan suggests we reach into our own heritage: A Chenin blanc could be called “Insipid, like Aunty Maria’s pork vindaloo” The killer app, at least in the fields of wine,…

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Can wine be described well?

Lots of nice wine tastings coming up in Bangalore.  One with Food Lover’s Magazine. How best can you describe a wine? KRSMA Estates has invited me to a tasting of their wines next week, and frankly, I am a little nonplussed. Not because I dislike their wines, which I don’t, but because there is this…

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