Friday, August 7, 2015

Ageing Wine with Oak – Reserves

Oak wine barrels are easily one of the most recognizable symbols associated with wine, and probably rank just below grapes themselves. The history of how wine came to be stored and aged in these oak barrels however, could have easily been something that happened in Asterix comics.

For millennia, clay amphorae were the medium of choice for transporting wine. Around two millennia ago, the Roman civilization needed to transport not only weapons and food for its soldiers, but also wine. Wine was safer than water during those campaigns, provided calories for the malnourished troops and of course got them buzzed.

As the Romans moved further north into Europe, transporting clay amphorae became increasingly more difficult. Soon, the Romans encountered the Gauls, and discovered them using wooden barrels, often made of oak, to transport beer. The Romans quickly realized they had found a solution to their amphora issue, and oak barrels became popular for a number of reasons!

After transporting their wines in oak barrels for some time, the Romans and other societies after them, began to realize that these barrels imparted new, pleasant qualities to the wine. The contact with the wood made the wine softer and smoother, and with some wines, it also made it better tasting. As the practice of using oak barrels for transport continued, merchants, wine producers, and armies alike, found that the longer the wine remained inside the barrels, the more qualities from the oak would be imparted into the wine, and thus began the practice of aging wine in oak.

Nowadays, we have a lot of options in wines starting from the price range, type, category, quality, quantity and so on. However, oak-aged wine is one of the most preferred and among the most expensive in the world. Oak just makes wine taste better! During a wine’s contact with oak barrels, it will take on characters that are extracted from the wood. These characters are described as, smoky, char, vanilla, spice, clove, coconut, almond, caramel, buttery and burnt. As these aromatic compounds are extracted during the oak aging process, the compounds will become integrated with the wine aromas. Winemakers associate this with increased flavour complexity and the wines richness and suppleness. Oak staves, oak chips and oak cubes are smaller and can use all sides to add aromas to wine.

Every great wine maker agrees the best wines are made in the vineyards. To make great grapes, wineries focus on bringing down yields to ensure the wines are more intense. Oak is one trait of wine that one finds in most of the retail outlets and restaurants. Most of these 'super premium' wines are red - as 'reserve' wines are aged in imported oak barrels for a longer period for anywhere between 5-18 months, and reds benefit more from oak-ageing than whites. This wine is one of the few wines championing the use of much more locally sustainable Indian oak grown in Nasik. One day, the country's reputation will match the quality being produced, and India will be ready and waiting with a host of super-premium wines.

Although, the market for the high-end wine in India is minuscule compared to many other countries, there has been a growth for the last 5 years, and there are over 100 wine brands available in the market. Now, Indian wine consumers  are getting more sophisticated, educated and diverse in their wine choices and are open to spending up to two to three thousand for a bottle of super-premium wine. There are many Indian super premium wines priced above Rs. 800 and are definitely worth a try! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

WTF #30

From somewhere in "God's Own Country", Kerala.

Possibly explains Kerala's parallel film industry :P

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sheela Or Munni? #YouPrefer

Recently the 2 songs ruling the airwaves have been "Sheela Ki Jawani" from Tees Maar Khan and "Munni Badnaam" from Dabangg.

And I have heard a lot of people with strong opinions on both.

Lets meet Sheela:

And Munni:
And then some genius went and did this:
Sometimes being an MBA can be such a #FacePalm moment, no?
But as if this wasn't enough, there was this thing called Public Demand.
And now, this is the result :|

What next? For all you know, this will be the subject of some one's Dissertation topic. **shudders**

Monday, November 1, 2010

Roctober \m/

October 2010

An eventful month to say the least.
Personally it has been the ending of a few good thing and the start of a few new ones, which will hopefully be good too. A few good people I really feel made my month:

Rahul Fernandes & Anahita Mukherjee, Congratulations!
Rahul has been my room-mate and friend since Feb of 2010.
And while I have had my doubts about how good a room mate I have been to him, he has always been good to me. Thank you Rahul! For everything. And Anahita is a doll.She is almost perfect. If only she ate non-veg! I wish you both a really awesome life together. 20.10.2010 will forever be etched in my memory.

Deepak Gopalakrishnan aka Chuck:
With Rahul moving out, the great room mate hunt to help share the rent started. Chuck, at this time, decided to move in :) I couldn't have asked for a better roomie. I swear I will make and keep healthier resolutions this coming year!

Bisu & Gunjan
Friends, philosophers and creative powerhouses in their own ways, they have constantly been around and while I might have been occasionally caught up in my own issues, know that I will be around if you ever need to talk!

Love of my life, thank you soooo much for the bestest b'day ever. The only thing that could have made it better is if you were here in person.

Priyam Duttaroy, Kavitha Das, Shruti Deora & Charu Gupta:
Thank you guys, for keeping me out of too much trouble! And Vinnie the Pooh, if you ever read this, a big apology from my end. Am not as big an ass as I made of myself.

Nithya Ravi:
Master Chef Vakola edition winner :) Thankee!

Anyone else I have missed, please forgive me. I am growing older and my memory might need an upgrade!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

KlueLESS 5

If your name is not there in the list then don't get disappointed. The inner satisfaction that you get after completing any version of Klueless is unparalleled. So, start playing!!!

This is what the klueless team says in their hall of fame. 
Klueless 5 started on November 5,2009 9:00:00 AM IST. 

I have not posted explicit hints. I am posting **ANSWERS**. This is a spoiler warning, so those who don't want the answers, just close your browser tab/window at this point.

Level 1: Click on K5

Level 2: Change URL to Daze.asp

Level 3: Crusoe

Level 4: Beelzebub

Level 5: Slim

Level 6: Tantalus

Level 7: On

Level 8: David Beckham

Level 9: Horse (paste using mouse)

Level 10a: Remove "e" from 'extra'  in the URL

Level 10b: butlr

Level 11: little boy

Level 12: condescendingly

Level 13: peanut

Level 14: :-)

Level 15: wonderland

Level 16: veronica

Level 17: ritkhe

Level 18: minesweeper

Level 19: cruithne

Level 20: armstrong number

Level 21: economic bubble

Level 22: nike

Level 23: click on the coffins in order of 3157 and then on the wheel of the chariot (answer: salvation)

Level 24: thea (download the grid in doc form and follow the direction there after)

Level 25: FFE4B5(use respective Use RGB combo to get the first letters of the hex code)

Level 26: Wonder (qutab pincode+ letters)

Level 27: jai ho (get the movies)

Level 28: lustre

Level 29: adynaton

Level 30: delta

Level 31: jamaica

Level 32: phidias

Level 33: vendetta

Level 34: 22 july

Level 35: cameron

Level 36: blotto box

Level 37: nest

Level 38: leonardo da vinci

Had a great time playing it! Hope you have a great time too!
Link to play: Klueless 5

Friday, April 23, 2010

WTF #12

Kuchh Nai

How often have you asked a friend, who is visiting you in the evening,
"What will you have?" and been told " Kuchh nai"-- Kuchh nai ? ---  
  Especially --- from women?

And now, this Sikh gentleman from
England has come up with the appropriate response:
He promptly pulls out THIS bottle!!

Please note the name he has given his distillery!

P. S : Request you all to kindly keep one bottle of this at home, if you ask someone for a drink and if the answer is Kuchh Nai, then please offer them this drink

Thursday, March 4, 2010

WTF #10 The Cow!

The word "cow" as u can infer from the title, holds a special place in my life. I just had to had to had to put this up! Happy reading :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010