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Alok Chandra

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  • Clink the right glasses

    09-11-2018 20:48:00

    What is a 'proper' wine glass, and how does one go about choosing one?

  • What makes vintage wines

    26-10-2018 21:23:00

    Mind you, only a very small proportion of all wines will improve with age: most white wines should be drunk within two-three years and the reds at best within three-five years

  • Wine for thought

    12-10-2018 21:21:00

    Projecting a per capita wine consumption of 1 litre in 20 years would give us a market of 1.6 billion litres or 180 million cases - which meant a lot of opportunities to sell wines to Indians

  • One sip at a time

    28-09-2018 23:10:00

    Wine tasting is actually quite a lot of work: after the first few samples, both the nose and the palate start showing fatigue

  • 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