24 January 2016

Entertaining With Wine




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri- An evening of entertainment at your home should involve good food, good wine, good people, good music and stimulating interaction among your guests. You, the host have a responsibility to ensure that all of the requisite ingredients are present and that one ingredient does not overshadow the others. I have attended many […]

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24 January 2016

Ordering Wine in a Romantic Restaurant




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Ok, with the Valentine’s Day around the corner, you’ve finally decided to take the special woman in your life to a fancy restaurant and have made a dinner reservation ahead of time for Valentine’s night. You know she likes wine and you want to impress her but you know absolutely nothing about […]

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24 January 2016

Bubbling Beauties for the Festive Season




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri As simple as that sounds, sparkling wine is anything but simple. From the cheapest, artificially carbonated “bicycle pump” fizzies, through to the super-expensive, luxury cuvées from Champagne, sparkling wines bubble and sparkle in a myriad of styles throughout the world. These come in various shades of white, pink and red, in both […]

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24 January 2016

Wine World Uncorked




(Photo: with legendary Winemaker, Professor Denis Dubourdieu) –By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Not long ago, one of the first things they taught you at wine school was that, if you wanted to evaluate the quality of the wine in front of you, first of all you must check its provenance. In other words, before making a judgment […]

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24 January 2016

Champagne with a Capital C




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Nothing sets the tone better for the festive season of Christmas and New Year than Champagne, or one of Champagne’s bubbly cousins such as Prosecco or Cava. But should you serve and drink Champagne or another sparkling wine at Christmas or New Year? And what is the difference anyway? Real Champagne, that […]

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24 January 2016

FAQ about wine




( Photo: with Tim Mondavi) -By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Learning about wine is as much about gaining experience as it is about gaining knowledge. It is about sensation, feeling, the occasion, the food as well as about memory. Wine appreciation is the experience of all these things. For the appreciation of wine, there are some skills […]

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23 January 2016

Perfect Match – Marrying Food & Wine




(Photo: with Celebrity Chef Ken Hom OBE) -By Ranjith Chandrasiri- As a matter of fact, food – with –wine is about as simple an issue as boy- meets-girl. Fortunately, what happens between food and wine is not haphazard. Certain elements of food react in predictable ways with certain elements of wine, giving us a winning […]

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23 January 2016

Wine Tasting Etiquettes




(Photo: with Baroness Philippine de Rothschild) -By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Wine tasting events are popular because they override the limitations of sampling wine alone, at home. How many wines can you taste on your own unless you don’t mind throwing away nine tenth of every bottle? How many wines are you willing to buy on your […]

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23 January 2016

Cool wines for fiery Asian food




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri- Fortunately, what happens between food and wine is not haphazard. Certain elements of food react in predictable ways with certain elements of wine, giving us a fighting chance at making successful matches. With Asian food though, wine is not a traditional match but it is not an impossible one. What it takes […]

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23 January 2016

Yoga – An instant energy booster




– by Chitra Chandrasiri – Feeling tired? Yoga may not be the first thing you turn to when you are tired but an invigorating Sun Salutation or some other energy boosting yoga poses could be exactly what your body needs to fight fatigue. Back bending yoga poses are excellent to reduce fatigue and you can […]

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