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  • Fruit of labour

    14-09-2018 21:47:00

    Wine grape harvesting was done by hand till advances in technology enabled machine-harvesting to increase the harvest speeds by up to 100 times

  • Wine and aphorisms

    31-08-2018 22:03:00

    "Life is too short to drink bad wine" (anonymous). Absolutely true, and something I like to put into practice

  • Where the spirit is freed

    17-08-2018 21:50:00

    To increase demand, you have to make it easier to import or produce wine, as well as make it easier to sell the stuff

  • Join the club

    03-08-2018 21:03:00

    Over a period of time, most wine clubs tend to become fairly exclusive

  • Wine matters and money

    21-07-2018 02:25:00

    Wine consumption in India should by now have jumped to at least 50 million cases

  • Wine snobs

    06-07-2018 22:03:00

    Imported wines cost two to three times more in India than in international markets

  • The art of ordering the right wine

    22-06-2018 21:06:00

    We Indians tend to look at the right-hand-side of the wine list, with the well-heeled ordering the highest-priced wines, while the more economically-minded go for the lowest-priced bottles

  • The writing on the bottle

    09-06-2018 01:05:00

    Here are some of the best wine magazines

  • For the love of Pinot

    25-05-2018 20:36:00

    Pinots have been planted in cool wine regions around the world, principally in the US and New Zealand's South Island

  • The tapas bars of Andalusia

    11-05-2018 21:17:00

    Tapas is a snack that may consist of bread with various combinations of cheese, olives, veggies, ham, fish and egg

  • The perfect 100-point wine dinner

    27-04-2018 23:18:00

    Michel Chapoutier is one of the most famous vintners in France and one of the first in the country to convert to biodynamic viticulture

  • The clique of wine drinkers

    13-04-2018 23:34:00

    Interestingly, while Bengaluru has nearly five groups of wine and food societies or associations that meet regurlarly, Delhi has only two and Mumbai none at all

  • Celebrating the harvest

    30-03-2018 21:39:00

    While you may have missed the festivals this year, get a headstart with the 2019 wine calendar

  • The 8,000-year-old history of wine is replete with instances of fraud

    17-03-2018 05:55:00

    The Phylloxera epidemic devasted vineyards in Europe in the second half of the 19th century such that wine production in France fell from 8.45 bn litres in 1875 to only 2.34 bn litres in 1889

  • What are principal wine regions of France, and what do they produce?

    03-03-2018 05:56:00

    French wines rarely give the name of their grapes on the label