Kerala's Own Wine Brand "Nila" Set To Hit The Markets
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India is slowly becoming a country that is embracing the new trends in alcohol and beverage industry. We have several whiskey, ram and gin brands Dada great quality and very popular. Other than that, our regional alcohol variety is like toddy or handiya are also loved. So, it is obvious that a country with such rich tradition of local alcohol would like new local brands coming up. Hence, Kerala's own wine brand, which is called Nila, is set to hit the shelves soon.

Oenophiles In India are going to taste delicious, good quality fruit wine from the state of Kerala in the form of Nila. It has already received approval from Sul wine yard, which is India's leading wine manufacturer and based in Maharashtra. It has also got an approval from the grape and wine board of the Karnataka government. the first 500 bottles of Nila has mostly been sent to ministers and other VIPs before its official launch in the market.

The wine has been developed by the Post-Harvest Department of Kerala Agriculture University, India becoming the first university in the state 2 get a wine making license from the excise department. After the entire completion of whatever formalities are left, the bottles of wine would be sold through the Beverages Corporation. The fruit wine is being prepared in flavours like banana and pineapple and they will be available at an affordable price.

While we eagerly wait for the wine to hit the market and to taste the footy flavours of the beverage, here are some of the tips you can follow if you have a bar at home and you need to preserve your alcohol.

  • Unlike wine, most spirits should be stored upright. Keeping the bottle cap tightly sealed prevents the alcohol from interacting with the cork and helps maintain the integrity of the seal.
  • Exposure to direct sunlight can cause spirits to deteriorate quickly. Store your bottles in a dark place, or use dark glass containers if possible.
  •  Air is one of the main factors that can degrade the quality of alcohol. Ensure that the bottles are sealed tightly to prevent evaporation and oxidation. For partially empty bottles, consider using wine preservers or nitrogen gas systems to remove oxygen.
  • Ensure that the caps, corks, or stoppers on your bottles create a tight seal. Invest in quality bottle stoppers to prevent air from getting in.
  • Spirits are susceptible to absorbing odours from their surroundings. Store your alcohol away from strong-smelling substances, such as cleaning products, spices, or perfumes.
  • Try to consume your spirits within a reasonable time frame, as they can change over extended periods. Older bottles are more susceptible to changes in flavour due to oxidation.
  • If you have a significant collection of wine or liqueurs, consider investing in a wine cooler or cellar to control temperature and humidity levels more precisely.
  • Avoid crowding your storage area as it can make it difficult to access and handle bottles, potentially causing accidents or damage. Leave enough space for easy access.