Author Archive for Gagan Sharma

Gagan is much like a young wine in many senses; you have to spend time with him before he opens up. A certified wine expert and mixologist, Gagan pursued his love for beverages Down under, doing his Masters in Hospitality Management (specialising in wines) from Victoria University, Melbourne. He reserves a soft corner for Australian reds, German Rieslings and Gewürztraminer. As much as he loves to experiment with new cuisines, he also has a taste for adventure – paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving and playing squash. His interests include blogging, back to back movie spree, cooking for self and travelling. He is a music-fanatic and loves being left alone with his PSP. Beef steak and wine rate high on his agenda as also does a Bourbon and cola.

Australian Diaries
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Australian Diaries

“Wine is sunlight captured by water”, Galileo once rightly said. Fundamentally, this is what wine is – what nature gives and the earth captures to produce, only requiring little assistance from mankind, and at times not even that. Here’s a country that has all of that, abundance of bright sunlight and ample water to capture. […]

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Pillitteri Icewines For Christmas
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Pillitteri Icewines For Christmas

If a wine aficionado thinks of Canada the first thing it strikes thou is the liquid gold of Icewine (http://wi-not.biz/2010/04/icewine-a-royalty/) treasures the country possesses. It’s not where it originally hailed from but surely did take a dual citizenship there later. Icewines are a treat for those who like pampering their sweet-tooth in style. The luscious […]

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The Budding Gems At ISC 2011
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The Budding Gems At ISC 2011

The time of the year when the Armageddon calls all the hotels and restaurants to bring out their best armor to battle it out for the throne of the best wine-quotient in the business. Indian Sommelier Championship continues its legacy for the fourth year and makes it the best of the lot so far. With […]

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Chateaunuef-du-Pape Makes A Statement
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Chateaunuef-du-Pape Makes A Statement

To speak of the wines of the Rhone valley almost, to many a novice, seems to be a discussion of the wines of Southern Rhone, and more precisely, the wines of the region baptised Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CNDP). The recent masterclass in Delhi heralded a new beginning for these wines. We thought we knew something about them […]

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Valduero Comes To India
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Valduero Comes To India

A lovely little Spanish house recently brought their wines to India and presented the impressive array to a few enthusiasts. The wines were fantastic, coming from regions as diverse as Rioja and Toro, and of course their flagship, the Ribera del Duero. We stumbled upon Valduero when Magan was visiting a winery in Jordan and the […]

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Evan & Tate Comes To India
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Evan & Tate Comes To India

Grammatically and phonetically this name has caused enough internal debate. Arguments were presented as to whether it is pronounced “Evans” or “Ivaans”, to which the reply from the winery came, “Depends how posh you are; but Evans is fine.” I could further try and split hairs for the sake of argument, and agreement of numbers, […]

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Tbilvino Wines; Altering Indian Palates!!
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Tbilvino Wines; Altering Indian Palates!!

The slowly growing importance of Georgian wines on the global wine scene is a surprise not just to us Indians. And why wouldn’t it be so? India has awakened to wines only recently and the world is also still only distantly flirting with Georgian produce. But Georgia is no newbie. In fact, it is one […]

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York Vineyard’s Estate Reserve Shiraz

New and upcoming Indian winery, York Vineyard, showcases their Estate Reserve Shiraz.

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Tasting India’s Renaissance Chenin Blanc

Reviewing one of India’s older Nasik-based winehouses, Renaissance, and their easy-drinking style wines, Chenin Blanc.

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Tasting Georgian Bubblies: Bagrationi Wines
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Tasting Georgian Bubblies: Bagrationi Wines

Oldest winemaking country, over 7000 years, Georgia, has been making wines from when France, Italy, and Spain were not even born on the world wine scene. It still has its own dominance in the winemaking history. However, it has got restricted to only the north-eastern European countries and Russia. With international grape varieties emerging as […]

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German Riesling Masterclass
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German Riesling Masterclass

One country that never disappoints its vinous followers with its great wines is Germany. This cold-stuck country produces one of the finest, and surely the best, Rieslings in the EU. Sommelier India Wine magazine along with the German Embassy in Delhi hosted a showcase of 16 of the most discerning Rieslings from the country. German […]

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Bouvet Ladubay: Emerging Bubbly
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Bouvet Ladubay: Emerging Bubbly

The French Loire Valley, aka the valley of Kings, has been the land of origin of great wines. Robust Chinons, sweet Muscadets, dry whites of Saumur and Pouilly Fumé, and the rosés of Anjou that the world adores. But what puts envy in the hearts of many are their crisp, refreshing, minerally sparkling wines. Bouvet […]

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UncorkFrance: Making French Wines Easy
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UncorkFrance: Making French Wines Easy

Boys love their toys, be it their smart-phones, i-whichever, mp3 players, or even something as groovy as an X-Box (or PS3). The first person in the queue for the new iPad2 was a banker gentleman. No surprises there! But what distinguishes one from another is what applications and widgets these gadgets are loaded with. They […]

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Boutinot's French Extravaganza
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Boutinot’s French Extravaganza

There is a rush of setting up a wine-related venture in India. With a great growth potential and a huge market pie to dominate on all the biggies are also rushing towards it. Some of the leading producers have already spread their wings here, and the rest are keeping a close watch on the right […]

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DeVine French Twinkles
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DeVine French Twinkles

France is a synonym to many: culinary delights, literature, fashion epitomes, elegant wines, and much more. It has always been making consistent wines in their major regions like Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne. Best examples of these wines are today one of the most exquisite and expensive wines of all times. It is interesting to see […]

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