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Regional Cuisines, Hyper-Local Sourcing, Millets and Moringa, Home Cooking, Traditional First-Press and Unfiltered Oils Top Godrej Food Trends 2018 Report

Posted: February 2, 2018 at 5:55 pm   /   Wine News

LESS THAN a month back, food writer, blogger and consultant Rushina Munshaw Ghildyal, Managing Director, A Perfect Bite Consulting, and the thinking person’s chef, Ranveer Brar, got some of the best-known food writers, bloggers, chefs and industry insiders together in Mumbai to understand which way the country’s flavour map is moving. Even as we were […]

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Sassicaia Stories: A Le Cirque Lunch With the Princess Who Speaks to the World for the Prince of Super Tuscans

Posted: November 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm   /   Wine News

WHEN YOU meet Priscilla Incisa Della Rochetta, you are at once reminded of the old adage, “Old money doesn’t have to shout to make itself heard.” I met her over lunch at Le Cirque, The Leela Palace New Delhi (where Chef Diego Martinelli, who will be bidding goodbye to the hotel very soon, was at […]

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It’s Time to Drown Wine Snobbery & Get People to Drink the Damn Thing. Are the Wine Gurus Ready to Bite the Bait?

Posted: October 16, 2016 at 8:07 am   /   Wine News

This article is inspired by the Fine Wine Affair, organised by Madhulika Bhattacharya (better known as Madame La Cave, after her smart wine boutique at the Select Citywalk, Saket) at The Oberoi Gurgaon. Brilliantly curated and flawlessly presented with just the right kind of finger food prepared by Manish Sharma and his team, the event, […]

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delWine Excellence Awards Goes National as ex-Wine Programme Head of ITC Hotels Sonal Holland Joins Organisers; Next on Agenda: Mumbai Round & India Wine Awards

Posted: August 12, 2016 at 11:20 am   /   Wine News

THE organisers of the delWine Excellence Awards — Indian Wine Academy President Subhash Arora and yours truly — have joined hands with the country’s most qualified wine sommelier and beverage consultant, Sonal Holland (she’s the first Indian to qualify for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust-WSET‘s diploma and to enroll for the prestigious Master of Wine Programme). The three together, at a media briefing […]

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Sula’s Kumbh Mela Gambit: Getting A Holy High in Nashik

Posted: August 2, 2015 at 3:52 am   /   Wine News

The Kumbh Mela, which will be held after 12 years on the banks of the Godavari in Nashik, has opened up a wine tourism opportunity with an Indian twist. KUMBH MELAS have traditionally been holy spectacles where the headlines are dominated by the masses of humanity that converge for the events and the stark images […]

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With India’s Largest Pool of WSET-Certified Professionals, ITC Hotels Bets Big on Wine: New List, Private Labels & Exclusive Experiences with Top Houses

Posted: July 22, 2015 at 3:44 am   /   Wine News

ITC HOTELS has the country’s largest number of professional hoteliers – “close to 75” – to be certified by the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). The hospitality chain, which has more than 90 hotels in 70-plus destinations, is also licensed to provide WSET courses and certificates. The task of conducting the courses is […]

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The Slave From Bengal Who Became South Africa’s First Woman Wine Maker

Posted: September 12, 2014 at 3:38 am   /   Wine News

By Sourish Bhattacharyya HISTORY has a strange way of connecting people. I was at The Wine Company, the most successful restaurant at Cyber Hub, Gurgaon, a couple of evenings ago. It was spilling over with people at 8 in the evening, the music and the buzz made conversations a tad difficult, but I was there […]

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The Wine List to Beat All Wine Lists: Spice Market’s Sumit & Chiquita Gulati Get It Right

Posted: June 13, 2014 at 3:31 am   /   Wine News

SUMIT GULATI has hospitality in his DNA, which is why it is a pleasure to be invited by him. And if the dinner is in the company of Sumit’s fellow Les Roches alumnus Samrat Banerjee, whose guest management skills were as much responsible for Indian Accent‘s success as Manish Mehrotra‘s wizardry with the ladle (and […]

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Marks & Spencer Selects Sula’s Jewel of Nasik Trio As First Indian Wines On Its Portfolio

Posted: May 23, 2014 at 3:27 am   /   Wine News

JUST A couple of days back, Sameer Sain, Managing Partner of the Indian and South-East Asian private equity fund, Everstone Capital, was quoted by The Times of India waxing ecstatic about Sula Vineyards Founder-CEO, Rajeev Samant, after exiting Nashik Vintners, the wine brand’s parent company, with Rs 114 crore on an investment of Rs 37 […]

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An Afternoon With Chateau Margaux: Marriage of Kebabs & Fine Wines Isn’t Fated to be Doomed

Posted: April 20, 2014 at 3:22 am   /   Wine News

VILLA MEDICI, the rooftop banqueting space of The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, came alive on Saturday afternoon with one of the world’s finest wines, the warmth and conversations that only such pleasures can inspire, and the re-ignition of an old debate in food and wine pairing. Can Indian food, which can be as complex, […]

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