After over a decade as a journalist with one of India’s top newspaper groups in New Delhi and then Bangalore, it was time to move on to do my own stuff. Maybe even write a book. But first, I wanted to start my own website, writing about wine, a newly discovered passion. Although I continue to write for several noted select publications on the subjects of wine and food, I have had a yen for creating my own little space.
My interest in wine developed gradually over several years, and the Bangalore Wine Club, India’s oldest, then in its infancy, played a major role. Here, I learned a lot, especially during my year as president (2008-9), accompanied by four other women, each of them super-accomplished. (Were we the first ever all-women’s committee for any wine club anywhere? I’d like to think so!)
The learning over the years has been organic: tasting, appreciating, discarding and picking up little nuggets along the way, even as the India wine story has itself been developing. Travel was also a great teacher – some memorable journeys have been made to Italy, Spain, Austria, England and many, many of France’s wine regions. (Still so many wine worlds to conquer!) Now, after some WSET exams, a bunch of on-the-job tutelage and meeting some of the amazing people that the wine world inevitably throws into the mix – from vintners to doyens of the world’s top brands – I am hooked. I love the mystery of uncorking and discovering a little more about the living, breathing thing that is wine.
And the advantage: there is always so much to learn. The world of wine is a growing thing, much like wine itself. New stuff happens every day. As Steven Spurrier once said during an interview, “There is no such thing as an expert on wine. There is something new to learn about it every day. Each one of us is a beginner.”
With this blog, I am putting down my thoughts, my experiences, my interactions with people from the world of wine and food, and my exposure to the subject. Here will be articles, features, interviews, travel to wine regions, memorable wine and food experience. Along with comments and opinions. And plenty of India perspective as well. There’s so much to talk about here. And my views in my articles and blogs are much like myself – very independent and totally honest.
My family – husband and 2 sons – are very supportive and give me my space to do my thing. Of course, my sons would agree – there are advantages of having a wine writer in the family – how many youngsters can start out their wine journeys tasting vintage champagnes from top champagne houses, or classic Brunellos sitting right in their own lush, Tuscan vineyards?
Ruma Singh is a former full-time journalist, now a full-time writer and columnist on wine. She also dabbles in writing on food, travel and doing interviews with fascinating people with something to say. She also writes features and columns for a bunch of wine, travel and food publications like Glass of Bubbly, Sommelier India, Mint Lounge, The Hindu Weekend and a handful of mainstream publications and wine websites with whom she feels an awesome synergy with. She is also a wine blogger right here in her own little domain, Between the Wines. She’s dabbling with the audio-visual with a new fun wine chat series on YouTube: Talking Wine with Ruma Singh.
Ruma is also a member of the exclusive London-based Circle of Wine Writers. This is especially inspiring for her as several of her wine heroes – critics, educators and writers – are part of this group.