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Blog : Wine is about Experience, not Knowledge

Despite better availability and affordable wines in India there are numerous potential drinkers who avoid it as they are overawed due to lack of knowledge, fearing being shown up, with the result that they stick to beer or hard liquor, their propensity to drink to merely get drunk notwithstanding. But one should understand that wine is about experience and not knowledge though the desire for knowledge as you gain experience would automatically increase and can be suitably addressed ..more

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:26

Blog : Don not Discard your Champagne Flutes- Yet

Although the saucer type wine glasses for champagne (coupes) have been finally out of style in India after overstaying their welcome by a couple of decades, the flutes that were advised by experts are also going out of fashion and being replaced by tulips or white wine glasses, thanks to the experts changing their views due to the perceived limitations of full aromas in the flute which is likely to be replaced by different designs based on the tulip shapes ..more

Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:23

Prosecco 1754 or Frizzante 1593-or Fynes 1593

While writing an earlier Article on the Prosecco Vans in the UK, I was happy to note that the contentious issue of not allowing serving Prosecco from kegs, which is not allowed by the Italian rules, was resolved by the UK merchants but it left me wondering why they would call the fizz Frizzante 1754 and I am happy I could solve the mystery- if there was one, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Friday, 18 August 2017 14:45

Do You Drink too much Wine

Health benefits of drinking wine in moderation with few harmful effects are well documented but it is moot how many can drink within the safe limits and it’s possible that, you could get addicted to wine as any other drugs or alcohol and turn alcoholic as reaffirmed recently by a Master of Wine admitting being a recovering alcoholic and having no qualms talking about it as he has been sober for the last 25 years and only sipping and spitting wines at tastings, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Friday, 11 August 2017 12:30

Prosecco Van in the London Land

With Prosecco becoming ever-increasingly popular in UK, novel ways of marketing the Italian bubbly have sprung up, one of them being a mobile service van which serves it from the tap like draught beer, despite specific EU law followed by UK, that prescribes that it may be served only from the traditional bottle, but it is unlikely that the practice will be allowed to continue with Prosecco on tap to be named as Frizzante 1754 ..more

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:28

No Tryst with Destiny for Wine as clock strikes GST tonight

All types of alcohol, including wine, beer and liquor, petrol/diesel products, and electricity being outside the purview of GST regime that marks its debut tonight as the clock strikes 12, life will go on as usual tomorrow, day after tomorrow and the next, hopefully with no ramification on the inputs which may not be set off ..more

Friday, 30 June 2017 15:58

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 Politicians...be 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

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