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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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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Memories are made of buttermilk

It is hot now in Bangalore, which, I guess, is what prompted this piece. Memories are made of buttermilk   My first memory of buttermilk is warmth and darkness.  I must have been five or six years old.  Still confused by the mists of sleep, I walked into my grandmother’s kitchen, drawn by a comforting…

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Madras to Mumbai

I was conflicted about writing this, because I don’t think people should define themselves so narrowly.  In terms of the “land they sprung from.”  But I cannot deny the fact that such an identity exists.  So I wrote it.  Tried to keep it light. The psychology of a Matunga Tamil I grew up in Bombay,”…

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Wine glasses

How to balance multiple readerships is my challenge. Wine one week; heritage conservation, the next; and wildlife, the third. How to make wine glasses palatable for the activist so that they don’t dismiss it as frou-frou? I often think of narrowing down my writing to one topic. Just can’t figure out which one will sustain…

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Spirits of India

Cocktails have an intrinsic problem. Unless they are well made/well balanced, they are too sweet for my taste. MISSING THE INDIAN SPIRIT By Shoba Narayan Korea has soju; Japan has sake; America has bourbon; Mexico has tequila and mezcal; Germany has schnapps; Scandinavia has aquavit; France has wine; Greece has ouzo; Britain has beer; Portugal…

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