Heritage Spirits of India

We had a sold out event.  Took us two months to put it together–  Jenny Pinto and I.  Thanks to our panelists who flew in for the event.  Thanks to Jenny for the after party 🙂 where we tasted Desmond’s Mahua in her beautiful Bangalore home.  Visit her website for the lovely paper lamps that she makes.

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Wine: 100 Point Dinner

Dining with the perfect wine An amateur taster’s notes from the 100-Point dinner in Bengaluru, which featured some top-reviewed wines Last Published: Sat, Jun 23 2018. 12 49 PM IST Shoba Narayan The Wine Connoisseurs at the 100-Point dinner. Photos: The Wine Connoisseurs (TWC)   The first wine of the evening is a 2010 vintage M…

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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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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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