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 Bangalore, we tried this and it was amazing. FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, APR 05 2014. 12…

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Music, Wine, Stories

Listening to Ann Patchett’s “storytelling” interview on Fresh Air with Teri Gross. Doing a storytelling lecture for a friend’s firm in a couple of weeks so prepping. Listening to Flamenco mixed with Bhimsen Joshi’s Mian ki Malhar on iTunes Radio– available in India, who would have thought? Drinking a fresh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and…

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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 wines would you put together for an office party? Shoba Narayan Mail Me Wines, economy…

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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 the greatness of the 2009 vintage. For the average person you might as well be…

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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 did you drink this morning—coffee or tea? What did your tea smell like? What did…

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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 issue, I had written about wine and food pairings, which is why– I think– their…

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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 available at my local Madhuloka is….er… pathetic.  Thank God for kind friends who raid their…

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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 in town the other day to suss out the Indian market and showcase the wines…

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