In less than a year of its existence, Indian Grape Processing Board organised the first National Conference on wine, inaugurated by the Minister of Food processing Industries, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai at Hotel Ashok, Delhi, where the potential and challenges were discussed by a host of representatives of various governmental bodies and other stake holders, writes Subhash Arora who was invited as one of the speakers.
Vineyards India Mr. Rajeshwar Rao, the dynamic Joint Director of MOFPI and the Vice Chairman of the Board and his team must be congratulated for organising the business like conference at the newly refurbished and refurnished Hotel Ashok which seems to have regained most of the past and lost glory in its new Avatar.
India Vineyard Informing the audience that they had studied the similar Boards of France, South Africa, Italy and Australia-some over 100 years old, he said that the decision had been taken at the ministry level since 2006 that the proposed Board should be industry driven and hoped that in 3-4 years the Indian wine industry would take over, under the ministry guidelines. He announced that technical committees will be soon formed to strengthen the board. Saying, ‘branding Indian wine is our biggest challenge,’ he admitted that ‘not all issues can be solved today’. Yet it was commendable that the Board under the direct and active support of the MOFPI could organise a national conference where not only wine producers but a cross-section of people including journalists, consultants, sommeliers and reps from the hospitality industry had been invited.
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Valley residents will have the chance to visit dozens of area wineries and taste a wide variety of offerings. Tickets are still available for the fourth annual Passport to Sonoma Valley, taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at wineries and vineyards throughout the Valley.
India Winery From food and wine aficionados to those looking for a unique, close-to-home "travel" experience, Passport to Sonoma Valley swings open the cellar doors of Sonoma's food, wine and arts scene.Visitors to the Valley-wide open house will be issued a "passport," providing them access to the wines and wineries of California's oldest wine region, including exclusive wine offers.
Vineyards India Wineries participating are Anaba Wines, Arrowood Vineyards and Winery, Ashton Vineyards, Atmosphere Wines, Audelssa Estate Winery, Bartholomew Park Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Blackstone Winery, Bonneau Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Buckliln, Canihan Wines, Charles Creek Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Clarbec, Dane Cellars, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Emery Estate Vineyards, Enkidu Wine, Eric Ross Winery, Fichtenberg Vineyards, GlenLyon Vineyards and Winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Haywood Winery, Highway 12 Winery and Vineyards, Imagery Estate Winery, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate, Larson Family Winery, Ledson Winery and Vineyards, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Loxton Cellars, MacLeod Family Vineyard, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Mayo Family Winery, Mulas Family Vineyards, Muscardini Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, Paint Horse Winery, Paradise Ridge Winery, Ravenswood Winery, Roche Carneros Winery, Roessler Cellars, St. Francis Winery and Vineyards, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, Spann Vineyards, Tin Barn Vineyards, Ty Caton Vineyards, Valley of the Moon, Viansa Winery and Marketplace, VJB Vineyards and Cellars and Westwood Winery. Tickets are $90 for the weekend, $70 for Sunday-only and $25 for designated driver when purchased in advance or $100 for the weekend, $80 for Sunday-only and $25 for designated driver when purchased at the event (subject to availability).
i-List takes you to a different country each month. In May, we visit Macedonia focusing on changes shaping the country's economy, culture and its social fabric.
Wine Society Of India Demir Kapija, Macedonia -- Jordan Trajkov was a successful banker studying for an MBA when he visited Napa Valley in California.
India Winery The visit inspired him to go back to his roots and start a winery in his native Macedonia. Trajkov's father had owned a vineyard, but when Macedonia was part of socialist Yugoslavia he was not allowed to produce his own wine.
May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Alejandro Fernandez, one of Spain’svisionary winemakers, is serenading me with an old folk song inhis tasting room.
Wine To India It is 25 years since his Tinto Pesquera red gave Ribera delDuero a future as a serious wine region and he has openingbottles to prove it.
Wine Society Of India La Ribera, a high rocky plateau bordering the Duero river90 minutes’ drive northwest of Madrid, produces bold, savory,long-lived reds from the tempranillo grape with vivid fruit,dense structure and scents of leather and tobacco. Though hometo collectible Vega Sicilia, the region was little-known untilcritic Robert Parker called Pesquera “the Petrus of Spain’’ in1985, triggering a wave of interest.
Wine Notes by Heidi Cusick Dickerson "If any grape would be at home in the pose of the femme fatale -- smoke curling from its lips, long, irresistible legs crossed as another winemaker is sent to his doom -- it would be Pinot Noir," writes New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov in his foreword to "Passion for Pinot" by Jordan McKay.
Red Wine India If the implications in this quote pique your curiosity, Mendocino County's upcoming Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival next weekend May 14-16 has explanations. The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association presents three days of Pinot immersion with 16 winery open houses, a couple of afternoon tastings, winemaker dinners and a technical conference all about Pinot Noir. One of the speakers at the conference is "Passion for Pinot" author McKay.
Wine To India As a Pinot Noir lover myself and as someone who worked at Handley Cellars, where one of Anderson Valley's famed Pinots is produced, I find Asimov's quote compelling and right on. There is a common perception that Pinot Noir is a sensual wine. It has a range of aromas from berries to beets, mushrooms to black olives. At its best it is full bodied, leaving delicate glass-hugging streams (known as "legs" in wine lingo) from swirling the wine in the wineglass. It goes with a wide range of food, from pasta with wild mushrooms to anything grilled.
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