Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Mar 14, 17 Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

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Right before I left Goa I was looking for someplace to eat off the beach and stumbled across a restaurant called La La Land not far from Neptune Point – how could I resist? Plus it was a very nice set up with a lovely courtyard and a reasonable menu. I was feeling adventurous so I ordered hummous and a glass of Chenin Blanc....

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Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

Mar 13, 17 Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

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Vallone Vineyards  is one of India’s first boutique wineries and was started in 2009 by Indian wine industry veteran, Shailedra Pai. His aim was to produce French style wines in the Nashik Valley. Vallone is a neighbour of Grover Zampa, who I wrote about here, and they share similar terroir. Like most other vineyards in the...

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Grover Zampa Sparkling Wine – A Bubbly Delight

Mar 13, 17 Grover Zampa Sparkling Wine – A Bubbly Delight

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While I was at Grover Zampa, I also got the opportunity to try their sparkling wine. Having spoken to quite a few producers now, the consensus is that sparkling wine definitely has a place here in the Nasik Valley. However, apart from Chandon (more on them later), the grape of choice for sparking NV is Chenin Blanc and for rosé,...

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Grover Zampa, Indian wine from the hills of Nasik

Mar 13, 17 Grover Zampa, Indian wine from the hills of Nasik

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Driving through the dusty back roads of the Nashik Valley, only the hills in the distance topped by strange formations gave away the fact that I was in India’s wine country. I was on my way to visit Grover Zampa, one of the more well known wineries in the region. Accompanying me was my guide for the region, Manoj Jagtap. Manoj...

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Postcard from India, Madera white wine

Mar 06, 17 Postcard from India, Madera white wine

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Just a brief note on the first Indian wine I’ve tried so far. I’m in Goa at the moment and despite there being plenty of alcohol shops around,they don’t sell a lot of wine.  It is pricy in relation to other alcoholic beverages. For example, a large bottled beer costs about 100-110 rupees (roughly £1.20)in...

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Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions

Feb 14, 17 Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions

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Who doesn’t love wine? Wine is a big part of my life and I don’t just mean drinking it. I am passionate about uncovering the story of wine as well as tasting and finding the best wines and places to drink them for my readers. Especially wines that are undiscovered and need a light shone on them. Which is why I’ve...

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