24 January 2016

Wines of Thunder from Down Under




-By Ranjith Chandrasiri Australian wine makers have done wonders with the Syrah grape, locally known as Shiraz. The grape seems to thrive in the Australian soil and climate, and it produces one of the most robust and flavourful red wines in the world. The signature characteristic of wines made from the Shiraz grape is a […]

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24 January 2016

What colour is your taste?




-by Ranjith Chandrasiri- There is an important step between knowing how to taste wine and finding the wines that you like. That step is putting taste into words. There are two hurdles here; coming up with the words to describe what you like or don’t like, and then getting the other person to understand what […]

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24 January 2016

Judging a Wine by Its Label




(Photo: with Opus One’s Director of viticulture & enology and chief winemaker, Michael Silacci) -By Ranjith Chandrasiri- More people choose wines by their labels than anyone would like to admitting it. Novices reach for colourful eye-catching labels, snobs demand famous names. In fact, a wine label reveals a great deal about the flavours in the […]

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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

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

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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