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.

Dinner With Bird In Hand Wines
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Dinner With Bird In Hand Wines

Seldom is it enquired whether Delhi is geared up for a sustainable culinary culture? Would the greasy food and whisky-loving metropolis be ready to accept fine dinner with accompanying discerning wines? From the recent turn of events it would seem that not only are Delhiites ready for it, but they also know how to enjoy […]

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Crushed Brands
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Crushed Brands

California is a relatively small area on the U.S.A. map but a major identity in the wine world. This source of highly reliable and consistent wines has been having the wine-aficionados dwelling in its produces for long now. Not only a great den of simple and amicable wines like Robert Mondavi and E. & J. […]

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Tasting Quinta De La Rosa Wines
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Tasting Quinta De La Rosa Wines

Of all the wines that the lovely winemaking country of Portugal has to offer, we know only of Port (the sweet red fortified wine, usually known as an after-dinner drink for the old and fuddy-duddy) and a sweet pink fizzy little number called the Mateus Rosé (in its atypical shaped bottle). But tasting two Port […]

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3rd Indian Sommelier Championship, 2010
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3rd Indian Sommelier Championship, 2010

It was again that part of the year when wine professionals roll up their sleeves and get ready for competition time. The 3rd Indian Sommelier Championship was organised by Wi-Not Beverage Solutions Pvt Ltd at the International Food and Drinks Expo, 2010, on the 3rd of December 2010. Numerous discerning candidates from over 10 prestigious […]

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Flametree Wines Visits India
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Flametree Wines Visits India

Think of New-World countries and see which one strikes first. Chances are you’d land in the country of the Kangaroos, Bundaberg Rum, BBQ shrimps, and Bondi Beach – the Down Under. Australia has a vast variety of wine regions producing practically every wine style possible with their viticultural and vinification expertise. Be it the international […]

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Make Way For Georgian Wines
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Make Way For Georgian Wines

Wine, much like the other members of the alcohol family, came in to being by accident. Sitting by the riverside buried in earthen pots, stored grape juice resulted into alcohol. Not just any accident but one of the most fortunate sour deals known to the human kind. Minus the mysteries that wines can wrap you […]

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Fratelli Wines: Mambo Italiano
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Fratelli Wines: Mambo Italiano

Barely a day goes by without something new developing in the Indian wine industry. Fratelli Wines is the current hot topic around wine town. This Indo-Italian venture is the result of a partnership between three families from India and Italy. The Secci brothers – Alessio and Andrea – from Italy, are already well known in […]

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Tasting Watershed Wines
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Tasting Watershed Wines

Australia has emerged as a producer of discerning quality wines. It is not only south-east Australian reds that are turning heads, (all for the right reasons mind you), but also certain other regions in the country. Though they aren’t that easily seen, at least not in India, but some have the calibre to compete with […]

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Indian Wines Meet Japanese Palate
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Indian Wines Meet Japanese Palate

On their trip to explore and study the Indian wine market (as also take in the local sights and sounds), Japanese connoisseurs: Sake Master Kenichi Ohashi with his ever-so-elegant wife Kumiko, winemaker Yuki Hirayama, and Wine bar magnate and sommelier Takeshi TSUBAKI, also visited Wi-Not’s dugout.  After learning all about Sake from them, we had […]

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Sud De France Wine Tasting
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Sud De France Wine Tasting

On a yet another shiny and a sun-bursting fine morning, the Wi-Not team tasted some selected Sud de France (South of France) wines. Here are the tasting notes. Cremant de Limoux ‘Grande Cuvée 1531’ Sieur d’Arques: Magan: Nice pale bubbly, an extremely expressive forward mineral-fruity nose. I can smell chalk and I can rarely smell that so […]

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Super Tuscans: Italian Super Hero!!
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Super Tuscans: Italian Super Hero!!

If Chianti or Brunello are the only wines you have heard of from Tuscany, then grab a wine glass and get discovering.  Take a look at its rather less-heard colleague. Super Tuscans are the hidden gems of Tuscany that once almost replaced Chianti in its slack period. Super Tuscans comes from the coastal area that […]

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Beaujolais: Rising From The South
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Beaujolais: Rising From The South

Burgundy has gifted many world renowned wines from its pouch. However, the region south to it has another star to offer, the Beaujolais wines. These wines have always been the talk of the town for all the right reasons. Its distinctive grapes, unique production process, light wines in this heavy bulky wine style country, and […]

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French Fiesta: Aperitif à la Française, New Delhi
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French Fiesta: Aperitif à la Française, New Delhi

The third Thursday of June every year is celebrated as “Aperitif à la Française” day all around the globe. A French wine and culinary fiesta allows the connoisseurs and amateur lovers to spend some quality time enjoying French products, all in an effort to highlight how French produce is considered one of the most commendable […]

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Reveilo's New Offering: Italian Bonanza
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Reveilo’s New Offering: Italian Bonanza

Nasik based Vintage Wines have been keeping the ‘desi’ wine lovers excited for all the right reasons. Their Italian winemaker, Andrea Valentinuzzi, with his idea of producing un-Indian wine styles is faring well. To this effect, they released their new gems on the 30th April in Mumbai. These Italian varietal wines, Nero d’Avola (red) and […]

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Chianti: Tuscany's Own Son
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Chianti: Tuscany’s Own Son

The most reputed red wines from the Italian region of Tuscany (Toscana) are the Chiantis (pronounced as ‘Ki-an-ti’). The wine stands for the tradition, elegance, and stature of the region as it has won them more accolades and fame than any other wines. The fame came not only from the wines but also from its […]

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