Wine Gifting Tips

If you are planning to gift a bottle of wine this festive season, read the following tips. 1. Know the recipient – Whether they drink wine at all, whether they prefer a red, white, fortified or sparkling wine? Are they into wines from a particular country or region? All this can help you greatly inContinue reading “Wine Gifting Tips”

Wine Flaws

Wine is a living thing and it continues to change all the time, even while in the bottle. ⁠And like any living thing, they may come with some flaws! These wine flaws are easy to detect by their unpleasant or ‘off’ smell and most retailers or restaurants are happy to take the wine back ifContinue reading “Wine Flaws”

Wine Cocktails

While wine is best had on its own, I don’t shy away from making cocktails out of it either! Sangria, of course, is the go-to cocktail but there are sooo many more. Sharing some of my favourite wine cocktails here. FRENCH 75 The picture does not do justice to this cocktail. No matter what angleContinue reading “Wine Cocktails”


Viognier has had an interesting journey and has been re-discovered by the wine world in the past decades. This full-bodied white wine grape that most probably originated in southern France had less than 100 acres of vine under cultivation in the 1980s. Now it covers about 5 times more across Europe, South Africa, Argentina, India,Continue reading “Viognier”


Nebbiolo wines are not your everyday wines. Known for their complexity, aromas and flavours these wines are aged for years in the barrels and can further age for decades in the bottle. From the vines to the bottles, each step requires great care and attention. They may be expensive but are worth every penny spent.Continue reading “Nebbiolo”


One of the most versatile grapes which is widely grown across major wine regions, Grenache or Garnacha (as it is known in Spain) produces spicy, fruit-forward, full-body wines with high alcohol content. On its own, Grenache grape, sometimes, lacks the acidity and tannins but is used in many notable blends, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone GSM, Priorat, RiojaContinue reading “Grenache”


Albariño is the famous white wine from the Riax baixas DO in Galacia region of Spain. One of the first wines I tried from the tank in a winery was an Albariño. And even that that stage, with super sharp acidity, I knew I would always love this wine. It is one of those refreshingContinue reading “Albariño”

Grüner Veltliner

This difficult-to-pronounce Austrian grape variety is also called Gru – Ve or Groovy! Not a tongue twister now, is it? The name Grüner Veltliner translates to Green wine of Veltlin. Veltlin was a region in the lower Alps and is now known as Valtellina in Italy.The ‘green’ flavour referred to here is often the pepperyContinue reading “Grüner Veltliner”


Tempranillo is the most well-known grape variety from Spain. It makes a range of wines and is used in many blends, most notably being the Rioja (pronounced Ree-o-ha) where it is the dominant grape of the region. A fairly neutral grape with moderate tannins, it is usually blended with other varieties like Grenache, Graciano andContinue reading “Tempranillo”