Beverage News

Bira 91, After Successful Outing at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Fest, All Set to Enter Hyper-Competitive NYC Market

Posted: April 29, 2016 at 2:43 am   /   Beverage News

WHEN Ankur Jain, now synonymous with Bira 91, attended the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival, a Robert DeNiro-Jane Rosenthal enterprise, in New York City in 2002, little could he have imagined that he would go on to create a brew that would one day be the official beer partner of this landmark cultural event. And the […]

No Comments read more

Bartending with Belvedere: As Cocktails Grow Up, New Natural Ingredients & Fresh Fruit Edge Out Sugar Syrups

Posted: March 20, 2016 at 2:38 am   /   Beverage News

MANY YEARS have passed since the then barman at Ricks, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Rishi Raj Singh (who’s since exchanged his Boston shaker with Excel sheets as he goes up the ITC Hotels corporate hierarchy), surprised me with a tamarind martini that tickled the palate as much as the imagination. James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming, […]

No Comments read more

The Young Dreamer Who Put Indian Wines on the World Map, and Made Nashik Our Own Napa

Posted: October 25, 2015 at 2:34 am   /   Beverage News

I wrote this article first for Man’s World and I am reproducing it as a tribute to the 15th-anniversary celebrations of Sula Vineyards. In a little while, the sparklers will be uncorked at the St Regis, Mumbai (I hope the bottle of Sula Brut are sabred in the St Regis tradition), and the man who’ll […]

No Comments read more

Janus All Set to Rewrite Rules of India’s Burgeoning Brandy Market

Posted: August 21, 2015 at 2:28 am   /   Beverage News

AMONG THE many legacies of the British Raj, none has grown as much as our love for brandy — or found a greater fan following, next only to the English language. It is said that no southern prime-time soap is complete without a main character arriving in life and showing it to the world by […]

No Comments read more

Why’s Everyone Getting So Worked Up About An ‘Old’ Monk News? And Why’s India’s Grand Old Rum Limping Behind?

Posted: July 14, 2015 at 2:25 am   /   Beverage News

THE REAMS of ‘listicles’ (articles in the form of lists – the latest wave to hit online media) on the ‘disappearing’ Old Monk, triggered by an insightful piece on the subject by Bhaichand Patel in the Times of India, has caused an outpouring of nostalgia. As if India doesn’t have any other story to get […]

No Comments read more

Sula Extends Global Footprint to Jamaica, Australia Next; Sula Selections to Add Popular NZ and South African Labels to Ramp Up Portfolio

Posted: June 13, 2015 at 2:21 am   /   Beverage News

CECILIA OLDNE remembers the time she first joined Sula Vineyards eight years ago, she would go abroad and somehow convince people in the trade to taste the wines she represented, and they would do it just to oblige her, with no intention of buying a drop, or to savour the novelty of sipping a different […]

No Comments read more

Bond’s Vodka Martini Will Now Come with A Polish Twist

Posted: January 13, 2015 at 2:18 am   /   Beverage News

But Agent 007 was essentially a whisky quaffer IN Dr No, James Bond, who was last seen quaffing Heineken beer in Skyfall, had famously made his vodka preferences clear – Russian or Polish. He has drunk Smirnoff, a ‘Russian’ vodka made in America, and has flirted with Finlandia, but finally, in Spectre, he’ll get to […]

No Comments read more

Rare & Special: Ten Most Expensive & One-of-a-Kind Alcoholic Beverages Served in Five-Star Hotels Across India

Posted: January 3, 2015 at 2:13 am   /   Beverage News

From a Sidecar that can set you back by Rs 1,30,000 plus taxes to a Bacardi bottle carrying a Rs 3,00,000 price tag, a recce of ten drinks you’d like to have if you were to become a billionaire overnight. IN 2004, WHEN Remy Martin released 786 bottles of the Louis XIII Rare Cask 43,8 […]

No Comments read more

Atul Tiwari of The Leela Palace Tops Indian Sommelier Championship, Gets Ticket to Penfolds ‘Immersion Trip’

Posted: November 12, 2014 at 2:09 am   /   Beverage News

ATUL TIWARI, whom you may have seen at Megu at The Leela Palace New Delhi, Chanakyapuri, topped the 7th Indian Sommelier Championship and won himself a ticket to Australia, where he’ll be hosted at the spiritual home of Penfolds and the birthplace of the Grange, Magill Estate. Tiwari returned to the country’s foremost competition for […]

No Comments read more

Grover Zampa Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Makes History at Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Posted: October 22, 2014 at 2:06 am   /   Beverage News

IT’S TIME for Grover Zampa to raise a toast to the good times (sorry, Dr Mallya!). A day after Vijay Amritraj flew down from Los Angeles to join the company’s founder, Kapil Grover, and CEO Sumedh Singh Mandla at The Leela Palace New Delhi to officially launch the ‘collection’ named after him, the Grover Zampa […]

No Comments read more