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Live and Let Live in the World of Wine

Internationally renowned cricketer Gautam Gambhir approaching the Delhi High Court yesterday against a resto- bar chain using his name as a tagline, since he is a teetotaller and fears damage to his name, brings to the fore an important issue of strong divide between drinkers and non-drinkers who consider drinking a ‘sin’ and whether one should encourage teetotallers to drink wine for health, lifestyle or other reasons ..more

 Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:21

Why can’t the Indian more like Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump is a teetotaller like PM Narendra Modi, yet the POTUS served wine-albeit only American, at a dinner before the start of a summit between him and President Xi JinPing at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach Florida on Friday April 7. Earlier, he had served Californian wines at his Inauguration in January, making us wonder once again, why we cannot serve Indian wines at events like State Banquets, promoting ‘Make in India’ Concept globally, writes Subhash Arora ..more

 Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:06

IGPB Revival may be on the Cards

After being declared shut down a year ago, it appears that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is ready to plead the case of the vine growers and wine makers with the central government to revive the Indian Grape Processing Board, if the industry is willing to play ball, writes Subhash Arora who believes that IGPB is an important government-blessed body to help the growth of the industry that has a big scope for creating jobs in the rural sector and making India a wine super power one day ..more

 Saturday, 18 March 2017 14:26

Cola more harmful than Wine for Breast Cancer?

Almost all the studies conducted since 1990 when the term French Paradox was coined, suggested that moderate wine drinking was good for the heart but a few also conceded that the risk of breast cancer could go up by 10% by even one glass of wine, but a recent study in Los Angeles concludes that teenagers with a poor diet of soft drinks and red and processed meats and low in vegetables may be at increased risk of 35-41% of later developing breast cancer ..more

 Saturday, 04 March 2017 10:28

Two decades on Wine is still Liquor in India

As the year comes to close, It is customary to reflect on the prevailing trends in the wine industry, but with over two decades of wine being in the Indian market, it is sad that wine is still equated generally with liquor, making the industry move ahead only by fits and starts although the consumption and the number of people imbibing is steadily on the increase, writes Subhash Arora ..more

 Friday, 30 December 2016 17:24

Blog : A Wine drinking Teetotaller

I have been teetotaller for so long in my early formative years that most people I know overlook the fact that now I am passionate wine aficionado for various reasons, although I drink wine moderately and do not drink any other alcohols including beer and hard liquor. I have in fact even coined the term ‘Vinotaller’ for people in my shoes and hope more would join this club, says Subhash Arora ..more

 Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:02

Excise Quagmire in Delhi and India

A piquant situation arose in Delhi last week when the excise department started levying restaurants and hotels additional duties of 20/30% on imported wine and liquor despite the excise policy announcing no change in the taxation. As expected, this was rolled back yesterday but brings back the perennial question and fear that if customs duties are withdrawn after a possible EU-FTA agreement in a few years, the excise departments in different States might misuse their powers and increase excise duty and neutralise most of the positives ..more

 Saturday, 05 November 2016 14:29

WS Wine List Awards- Why this Kolaveri, Kolaveri Di!

After the song ‘Why this Kolaveri Kolaveri di’ sung by the Tamil star Dhanush was released in November 2011and took India by the storm, every time I watch the ‘Three Glasses’, ‘Two Glasses’ and ‘One Glass’ awarded to the wine lists globally by Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, it reminds me of the popular song- occasionally also of the popular Italian Wine Guide Gambero Rosso which awards the coveted ‘Tre Bicchieri’ to the top wines of the year. ..more

 Friday, 26 August 2016 18:46

We support GST for wines also

Although from the looks of it, GST is not applicable to alcohol and petroleum in the foreseeable future since alcohol and petroleum t were excluded from the start of the dialogue, the plea from the All India Wine Producers Association (AIPWA) is very legitimate and hopefully one day the government realises that we should promote extended food products like wine for the export potential this industry has and the job creation in the long term, writes Subhash Arora who believes GST ought to include wine and beer ..more

 Saturday, 06 August 2016 12:53

Another Wine Society in Financial Trouble

As we are getting ready to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Delhi Wine Club at the 258th wine event, on 20 July at Neung Roi, the best Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Delhi NCR, comes a disturbing news that the oldest Wine Club in Australia celebrating its 70th anniversary is fighting for its continued existence with mounting debts of A$5 million at present, writes Subhash Arora who wonders whether the losses are only due to pressure from supermarkets as claimed by the management or are inbuilt in the business model ..more

 Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:27

Taking Red Wine with a Pinch of Salt

It is fairly well established through various studies during the last 4 decades now that red wine is healthy for heart health, and several journalists have gotten on the gravy train writing about Resveratrol, Flavonoids and the anti-oxidants that are good for heart health, but in their enthusiasm they have started going overboard in singing paeans for it while going slow on Moderation as the Mantra when it is actually harmful for many cancers in any proportion and especially breast cancer, and this enthusiasm needs to be checked in the novice journalists who ought to know how to hold their wine ..more

 Thursday, 07 July 2016 15:13

Blog: Retailers Rejoice 24/7 but Wines Will Wait

The recently announced Model Shops and Establishment Law, allowing shops to remain open 24x7, will be a boon for consumers as well as businesses that can become more flexible in their hours, does not mean that malls, shops, restaurants or cinemas need to open at all odd hours but wine and alcohol retail may have to wait in line behind restaurants since they are both controlled through local excise laws which are expected to be eventually realigned to allow extended hours for restaurants and retail store timings but no change may be forthcoming in the short term ..more

 Saturday, 02 July 2016 11:57

Blog: Blue Wine for Men in Blue

Despite the initial hype and hoopla created intelligently in the media by the Spanish producers of blue wine, it is not aimed at wine connoisseurs and is likely to remain a fad and fizzle out faster than a sprint, marginal niche market notwithstanding because of a large population of novices on the sub-ground level, it’s reminiscent of Pepsi Blue which was introduced in India with much fanfare to take advantage of our cricketing men in blue and the hundreds of thousands of fans, created a lot of buzz initially but was withdrawn ..more

 Friday, 24 June 2016 14:55

Blog: A Wine Bet I Hope to Lose

Chinese MNC, Tiens Group, is set to launch an e-commerce portal in India, where it would reportedly sell specialty products from 119 countries including Bordeaux wines from France, according to a media report but I am willing to bet a hamper of 12 top Indian wines with anyone that it would not be allowed to sell wines from its portal, writes Subhash Arora ..more

 Friday, 20 May 2016 11:27

Blog: Need of an Oenosanctuary for Wine Lovers

The excise laws for storage of liquor in the house have been restrictive in India because of correct reasons so far as the low-end booze is concerned but they need to be much more liberalised in case of high quality wines which invariably mature in a bottle and are a thing of beauty not only for the palate but also joy for Collectors of all types for whom they may be like pieces of precious jewellery ..more

  Tuesday, 23 February 2016 18:20

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