For The Love Of Fratelli Wines

One-On-One Session With Wine Sommelier, Craig W. Wedge

09 Dec, 2016 by Phantom

The Indian premium wine company, Fratelli, is slowly gaining recognition for its quality wines. They are setting new standards for Indian wines all over the world. Craig, the brand director of Fratelli, is a result driven, self-motivated and skilled wine professional with a 25-year international wine background; he has worked on projects in Australia with additional experience in Southern and Central Asia. His background includes completion of technical qualifications in wine sciences, wine marketing and wine education, with additional professional qualifications in commercial cookery and hotel operations. With beginnings in some of the world's most noted 5 Star hotel properties, to some of Australia’s pre-eminent fine wine agencies and then throughout the markets of Asia and now India, from bordeaux to biryani, he has eaten and drunk his way through some of the world’s most dynamic developing wine markets. Passionate about wine and its rightful place on the Indian table, his new mantra for 2017 is  'one glass per capita consumption is all we need.'

Fratelli brings a special treat for all wine lovers. Learn more about wines as Craig answers some of the most common questions that haunt every wine enthusiast  – 


 Q. What is the best way to store wine?

A. Under your bed, in the cupboard or in a wine cabinet, it really does not matter as long as the temperature is not too high or too low and there is no extreme fluctuation of either. Spend the money and buy a wine cabinet and save yourself a headache.


Q. Which grape varieties yield the best wines?

A. You cannot make good quality wine out of bad quality grapes. Any good quality grape variety will offer the wine maker the potential to make great quality wine regardless of its pedigree or lineage. Sometimes the wine maker gets it wrong.


Q. What is the difference between old world and new world wines?

A. Old world denotes those mostly European countries where wine has been made for millennia and the new world denotes countries making up the remainder of the world's wine producing countries. The so-called newcomers.


Q. How to read a wine label correctly?

A. This gets confusing in some instances. Always look for the vintage (What year made) and grape variety/country of origin. The rest will just eat your mind.


Q. What is Rosé and how is it made?

A. Rosé is quite simply wine made from red grape varieties with minimal skin contact during fermentation thus imparting a lighter colour in the wine and more delicate features. Because it looks girly does not mean it is, real men drink rosé!!!

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