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BEATEN FF THE O ACK TR Oz looks at some of the more unexpected wine-producing countries around the world PICTURES: Getty Images A re you old enough to remember Omar Khayyám? No, not the Rubáiyát, but the Japanese sparkling wine that you could buy in British supermarkets in the 1980s - and quite remarkably, it was made from Chardonnay. I'm not sure when it disappeared off the shelves, but now that a Japanese wine created from the local Koshu grape has won a Regional Trophy at the prestigious 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, perhaps a brave supermarket wine buyer will think about stocking Japanese wine again. In fact, there are plenty of countries with no tradition of winemaking that are now giving it a go (some more successful than others). Take India, for example, it speaks volumes that trendsetter Laithwaites has started selling Indian wines. 046 CHEERS Croatia t One to watch keenly because the country has a strong viticultural heritage and the potential to make good wine is rising as more money is poured into the industry and more international varieties are planted. There are numerous indigenous grapes (most of them unpronounceable) and, of these, the one to look for is Plavac Mali for gutsy reds. Burma This is a curiosity because all the textbooks will tell you that vines do not thrive in a tropical climate - and yet I have in my possession a bottle of Burmese wine! This was made at a winery in Pyin Oo Lwin, 3,500 feet above sea level in the Shan Highlands, though it's still hot and damp. Now all I have to do is summon up the courage to open it! Belgium and the Netherlands Vines are now flourishing here (although not in north Holland) and the wine industry is undergoing something of a revolution, albeit a small one. Chardonnay-based wines can be tasty and Belgium also produces some decent fizz. India In general, India's climate is wholly unsuitable for the cultivation of vines. Although, as with all rules, there are exceptions. There were just six wineries here in 2001; this number has now risen to more than 50. Of these, Chateau Indage and Sula Vineyards, India's leading premium wine brand, both found high up in the Maharashtra hills east of

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
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