September 8, 2008


Posted in Indian Wines, wine tagged , at 12:25 am by agnesjoan

The white burgundy wines are the utmost popular trend of Indians. Chardonnay the world’s most legendary white wine is now making each and every party stylish. The recognition of this wine has immensely grown within the span of last forty years.

The Chardonnay is a pocket friendly and reasonably priced wine. It has the perfect blend with Indian taste buds and food. It can go best with poultry, red meat and cheese dishes.

Indian wine lovers have chardonnay as their foremost choice, as it has a wide variety of flavours like sweet, sour, heady or mild. The typical flavours are apple, lemon, melon, lime and oak. The taste of chardonnay mostly depends upon its fermentation and cropping style.

On the contrary, the world’s most expensive and popular dessert wine Sauvignon Blanc is now the ideal choice of rich Indians. This wine was earlier most desired wine of Americans and people preferred to have this in sweet style.

It has a sharp and aggressive smell, which distinguishes this wine from others. Through barrel fermentation process, there is a possibility to modify the aroma of Sauvignon Blanc.

Sauvignon in dry style is very versatile and has perfect ‘Chemistry’ with foods prepared with tomatoes, bell peppers, raw garlic, smoked cheeses and other tangy flavours that would spar many Chardonnays and mostly all the other dry whites. Sauvignon Blanc is certainly the best dry white wine, which can be served with the greatest variety of Indian foods.


September 4, 2008

A Peep into the history of Wine in India

Posted in Indian Wines, wine tagged , , , at 8:26 am by agnesjoan

If you thought that Wine is a gift of West to India and its something new to the Indians, you cannot be more wrong. If mentions of ‘Somras’ and ‘Madira’ in the Hindu epics are no solace, the history as per records suggests that wine in India was made as late as 5000 years ago! However, unlike France, where wine is literally a common household kitchen item and an inseparable part of the daily food menu, India is still a rather shy consumer of wines.

It is estimated that the wine industry in India was groomed by the Portuguese in the 16th century, when they ruled over Goa as their colony for some time. The Portuguese also gave India its famous recipe of Vindaloo, originally derived from the word Vin d’Ail. The sailors from Portuguese used to store meat soaked in barrels full of wine and garnish of garlic cloves. This when mixed with Indian spices gave birth to the dish called Vindaloo, which is still popular in Indian restaurants that serve wine.

The Portuguese, during their reign, improved upon the crop of wine and its making to make it suitable for their own consumption. This, in turn, saw more quality wine being produced in India through the 21st century and beyond. Today, Indian wines are produced across India, especially in vineyards at Nashik (or Nasik) in Maharashtra and Bangalore in Karnataka. According to a reliable estimate, Indian vineyards sprawl over 1,23,000 acres of land, of which hardly one percent is actually used in production of wine.

August 30, 2008

In Pin Safety Pin, In Pin Out – Which Wine is Healthy and Which is Not!

Posted in Indian Wines, wine tagged , , at 5:51 am by agnesjoan

Now here’s the health factor for you. The ‘healthy wine’ tag always belonged to the red wines. Many surveys have proved that red wine is very good for people suffering from acute heart problems. Drinking a measured quantity of red wine regularly minimizes the chances of getting a heart attack. Some other direct benefits of regular consumption of red wine are:

• It reduces the possibilities of having Alzheimer’s disease
• It reduces the chances of having prostate cancer
• Helps in maintaining a perfect cholesterol level
• Helps in curing cough and cold
• Helps in decreasing fat cells in human body

Though White wines are never as such mentioned for good health, some recent studies have revealed that the whites are extremely good for human lungs. The higher percentage of flavonoids (a plant substance with antioxidant features) in white wines is responsible for its good effects on lungs. The radicals present in this variety are also good for increasing immunity in your body.

August 27, 2008

Red Wines and White Wines

Posted in wine tagged , , , at 5:20 am by agnesjoan

It’s true that white wines taste awesome and the reds are very effective for your good health, but the truth is not confined to these two facts.

Let us start with the popularity factor. General belief says that the white wines can beat all red wines on any given day. Pinot Grigio is one of them. It has flavors resembling the taste of pear or melon. Pinot Grigio is sometimes also available in honey or smoky flavor. Chardonnay is another most admired range of white wines. The best thing about this kind is that it can adjust to all climatic conditions.

Now, here is the best one for you, Champaign! It’s an extremely classy variety of white wines. The light savor and fizz of this drink makes it a perfect choice for celebrations and events. Champaign is generally  costly, but the cost is a perfect match for the quality of the drink.

The popularity of the white wines may have been established, but the reds are definitely not lagging behind. A glass of Red Seraph made from blends of Croix grapes is as popular as any variety of rich white wine. Cabernet Franc is also admired by wine enthusiasts from all over the world, especially when served with dinner comprising of delightful chocolate desserts. Red wines like Pedroncelli are equally popular.

You can define that the white wines are perfect for exotic celebrations, while the reds are the best for cozy dinners.

August 22, 2008

Wine Society in India: An initiative towards fine wine!

Posted in Indian Wines, wine tagged , , , at 9:30 am by agnesjoan


The Wine Society of America and their unique programs have led to the emergence of the Wine Society in India. Germinated in the last period of 2006 in Nariman Point, Mumbai, this society has set its goal towards the mission of fine wines. Educating people about the world of wine, conducting wine events and taking initiative in discovering quality wines at a lower price – these are the main objectives of this society. 


Four Seasons Wine Discoveries, offered by the Wine Society in India, is truly the most lucrative program for wine lovers. A home delivery plan has been devised within this program that privileges members to avail fine wines conveniently at their doorstop. Examining various vineyard areas around the world and discovering quality wines at an affordable cost range are the main parts of this program. The wines thus found under the program are suggested to the members for use. Besides, importing, distributing and selling of wines are also accomplished through this program.


The wine society in India offers membership facility and anybody can enroll for the Four Season Wine Discoveries program. Interestingly, you do not need to pay anything for the subscription! Your membership with this society will fetch a host of benefits for you. Some amongst them include a permanent status of your membership, the availability of a membership card including a vintage chart, free 7-part wine course for home study and program for visiting various vineyards amongst others. Just pay the shipment charges and the taxes and relish in the realm of fine wines.


To continue the free membership, minimum 2-6 bottles shipments are necessary. At the same time, the option of canceling the membership program is also there. Even more, if you are not satisfied with the wines, you may return the same and claim the refund!


August 19, 2008

Wine Society in India – vying to popularize wine among Indians

Posted in Indian Wines, wine tagged , , at 9:15 pm by agnesjoan

The other day, I went to my friend who is a Frenchman. He offered me wine. I casually said no to it. Later, I realized I committed a blunder, as it is quite impolite in France to turn down wine. I said no because I had never actually tasted Wine earlier and was apprehensive about it. Wine is not something that is consumed casually in India, especially among common households like ours.


Wine constitutes a vital part of any French feast. No meal is complete without a sip. In fact, wine is found more likeable by all, across the globe, and but naturally so. Unlike other alcohol beverages, which are preferred in a particular season, Wine is for all four seasons.


Citing the widespread ignorance on wines in India, the Wine Society of India came into being in the end of the year 2006. Modeled on the Wine Society of America, the Wine society of India has its headquarters situated at Nariman Point, Mumbai. The establishment of the society endeavors to achieve an assortment of objectives to eventually bring the grossly under-estimated wine industry of India to the fore, at par with the forerunners in the production of the best quality wines on the international map. To enumerate, few major objectives and courses of action thereof, as laid down by the Wine Society of India, are as follows:


  • Information and edification about wine with the help of few specially designed programs – Many online and offline wine education programs have been initiated by the society. The society plans to visit all vineyards in India, spread valuable information on wines through its newsletters and provide answers to all queries that may be forwarded to the society as a result of its awareness generation campaigns.
  • Organize Wine tasting events to enhance popularity of Wine – Such events not only provide showcase platform for hundreds of fine wines from various parts of India, all under one roof, but also allow wine lovers to get together, taste quality wines and rejoice.
  • Supply exquisite wines at modest prices, as determined by the Board of Wine Advisors. The society ensures supply of wine at the doorstep of the members of the Four Seasons Wine Discoveries program, which is a special program initiated by the Wine Society of India.  The smooth supply of wine is made possible with the help of a close-knit network of local retailers. These retailers store wine in controlled temperatures to ensure that the wine retains its best natural taste when it reaches the consumer.


With cutting edge planning and organization in place, the Wine Society of India is convincingly progressing in terms of its activities in India and even fetching substantial results already.






August 12, 2008

Online Wines in India and the best variants of wines:

Posted in Online Wine Storage tagged , , , , , , , at 6:33 am by winesociety

Buying wine online is hassle free. The shipping is a great convenience, purchasing is easy, satisfaction is guaranteed and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. There are many sites on the internet that sell wine so before you buy make sure to check for the following things:

Wine was one of the first fermented beverages, and a lot of its history can be traced through cultures the world over. Vintners as well as great winemakers and enthusiasts have been putting together flowers, grapes and many other fruits to produce a wine that can be served for celebrations, feasts, parties and the dinner table. Every region, winds up growing a very distinctive grape that when fermented and combined with different herbs or even brandy, compete the world over with flavor, taste, aroma, and texture too.

For wine lovers, the best part about having many wineries around is wine tasting. You can enjoy the best variants of wines in one or two visits to these wineries’ tasting parties; some even for free. Aside from such wine makers, there are also many hotels and restaurants that hold wine tasting events where you can have a sip of some of the world’s most famous wines.

August 11, 2008

Wine Market Growing in India:

Posted in wine tagged , , , , , , , at 9:20 am by winesociety

There are many different wine accessories that one can present to wine lovers and enthusiasts. While some need to be accompanied with wine bottles, others make for perfect gifts in themselves. Some of the wine related gifts include wine coolers, wine baskets, wine glasses, corkscrews, coasters, table mats and wine tasting accessories. Many wine stores stock such products in addition to different kinds of wines as generally people prefer to shop for all wine related items, under one roof. Certain specialty wine stores custom make wine products as per the requirements of the customer.

The wine coolers come in a variety of sizes, depending on how many wine bottles one wants to keep in them. As the dimensions and bottle capacity of a wine cooler increase, the price also increases. Usually, a wine cooler comes with a digital temperature control and a thermostat, which regulates the wine temperature.

Wine is so much more than just a grocery item; the stories, details and experiences associated with wine across the world mark it out as a very special product indeed. Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of grape juice. The wine store of today sells more than simply bottles of wine.

July 4, 2008

Wine Market in India Has Been Growing at around 30% Annually over the Last Ten Years:

Posted in Indian Wines tagged , , , , , at 11:01 am by winesociety

The ‘Wine Market Outlook in India’ report covers a brief overview of the Wine Industry in India. It will focus in detail about the dynamics of the Industry, the market size and growth rate, the segmentation of wine by price and consumers. The report also covers the market landscape covering the major wine grape growing regions in India and the key importers of wine. This will facilitate the client in analysing the potential opportunities of the wine market with the relevant facts and figures.

About the Industry:

The changing drinking habits of the people of India have changed the fortune of Indian wine market, witnessing a tremendous growth. Favourable and promotional government policies, higher disposable incomes and growth in foreign tourists are some of the reasons for such growth. Present consumption of wine in India is very low with the average per capita consumption at 4.6 ml. However, considering the fact that about a decade earlier markets for wines did not exist at all, the present developments are positive. Wine market in India has been growing at around 30% annually over the last ten years and is expected to have a positive growth in future.

Currently, the Indian wine industry is dominated by three large players who together enjoy over 90% of the total market share, although there is enough room for more players. To cater to this growing demand, some Indian wine makers have started importing foreign made wines and bottling and selling it here. Challenges for the industry include competing against global connoisseurs of wine in the Europe, improving the quality of wines in India, sustaining high growth rates and increasing consumption of wine in India.

Despite challenges, Indian wineries are promoting their produce across the globe by participating in global events. Positive outlook of the government towards this sector has tremendously helped to power growth in this sector. For instance, several Indian states, including Maharashtra, the largest producer of Wine in India, have started to provide duty exemptions that will boost wine consumption. In recent times, Maharashtra has also commissioned sanctioning of wine bars in order to promote domestic consumption of wine. Going forward, the industry is likely to witness entry of many local and foreign players which will help widen markets further.


June 6, 2008

The Wine in India:

Posted in Indian Wines tagged , , , , at 7:30 am by winesociety

The wines in India is basically as a new product in India which is being a demandable product in India. The popularity of wines in India is increasing, so various wine societies have created in India and launched their products in Indian market.

Wine making in India is not only a very economically viable activity but is also considered to be no less than any form of art. It is often referred to as an expression of one’s creativity and the maker is literally considered to be an artist.

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