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Blog: Delhi Excise -Thy Name is Enigma

You may not need a Ph.D. in excise laws to understand them in Delhi but it needs a person with an attuned brain to comprehend or make sense of local wine policy, with just one example to illustrate that if one organises a wine and spirits festival or Show in an exhibition ground one needs to apply for P-11 license for display and tasting only for the labels not registered but if you organise it in a hotel, only the labels already registered may be opened for tasting, diagonally apart, says Subhash Arora ..more

Monday, 27 December 2021 09:48

Blog: Delhi Government ushers in Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in style

Next Chapter of the Delhi government’s latest Excise Policy on wine and alcohol unfolded yesterday, just in time to celebrate the 152nd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the beloved Father of the Nation, who abhorred alcohol so much that that he had Article 47 inserted in the Constitution, gifting the powers of determining the marketing policies and taxation to the States with the hope of encouraging and enforcing total Prohibition in the country, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Saturday, 02 October 2021 00:25

Delhi Excise 21-22 Policy means more Obfuscation

Delhi Excise Department has issued a circular dated 10 September, 2021 which has generally extended the date of existing licenses for distributors, government retails shops, restaurants and clubs etc till 16 November 2021, but apparently has not extended the licenses of private shops beyond 30 September, casting doubts about the availability of wine and liquor in Delhi till Diwali, pushing the locals to Gurgaon for their booze requirements and help the market which has been booming thanks to non-availability of wine and spirits in Delhi, making it an Obfuscation, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Saturday, 11 September 2021 15:07

Top Ten Unsuccessful Indian Wineries

Indian wine industry in its current Avatar, came into being in mid-1980’s through the pioneering efforts of late Shamrao Chougule, followed by Madhav Rao More, and Kanwal Grover in the 1990’s and has gone through several ups and downs but is currently ruled by Rajeev Samant, founder CEO of Sula Vineyards. But most wineries are still struggling with a few having bitten the dust. Subhash Arora has selected 10 wineries that showed excellent potential but nosedived and have either closed down or are gasping for oxygen ..more

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 23:50

Masterclass and Master of Wine about an Impossible Dream

Sonal Holland Wine Academy had organised Zoom Knowledge Summit 2021 earlier this month, starting with a Masterclass with a panel consisting of Ravi Viswanathan (Grover), Gaurav Sekhri (Fratelli) and Subhash Arora (Indian Wine Academy) with Sonal Holland MW moderating on How to grow the Indian Wine Industry to INR 5000 Cr by 2026. Arora presents his personal views only some of which he could share due to paucity of time and were a part of his notes for the Masterclass ..more

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:22

Covid Vaccine Certificate might supplement Adhaar Card in India

According to a Poll conducted in Britain by YouGov, a majority of Brits polled, agreed that Drinkers might not be allowed to visit bars and restaurants unless they carry a vaccination certificate, writes Subhash Arora who already felt international travel would be affected drastically when Covid-19 hit the world and knowing several countries in Europe with Greece being in the forefront taking such step, feels we should soon be expecting an email from MyGov, the government founded platform in India, making it a supplement of Adhaar card required in every walk of life ..more

Sunday, 14 March 2021 15:27

Delhi Excise getting ready to improve Wine and Liquor Policy

The excise committee set up by the Delhi government in September 2020 to recommend changes in the excise policy for 2021-22 to increase the sagging tax revenues from the sale of alcohol, has been now put up on the website of the excise department for public to respond with suggestions by January 21, 2021 after which it will be rectified within 24 days to be put up in front of the Cabinet for approval and formulation of policy, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Sunday, 03 January 2021 23:26

Confusion called Nashik Valley Wine-One District One Product

Nasik has long been touted as the Wine Capital of India but unknown to many, its wines were already accorded the prestigious Nasik Valley Wines (NVW) the Geographical Indication (GI) Status in 2008, but the recent ‘One District, One Product’ campaign under the PM’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme is expected to boost wine marketing from Nashik, writes Subhash Arora who feels that not much has been done to promote wines but the government seems to have woken up now and might actively help them boost their sales ..more

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 22:44

India’s Old Normal is World’s New Normal in Wine

India’s Old Normal is known to have most wine consumption before dinner and without food but the initial study by the London-based Wine Intelligence suggests that there was an increase in tendency of consumers drinking wine outside the mealtime but despite closure of online trade the overall consumption has remained fairly constant, writes Subhash Arora who suggests that the wine consumption in India has been badly affected in India, primarily due to choked supplies, making it a disastrous year for wine sales ..more

Friday, 02 October 2020 23:58

Any Price Increase would be suicidal for Indian Wine Industry

Indian wine industry has suffered a serious jolt with practically no sales due to the overall ban on alcohol products in April followed by limited sales with generally higher taxes, putting the fragile industry on an even more precarious condition but the rumoured price increase at this point would be really suicidal, feels Subhash Arora who finds a strong support from producers for maintaining the price line despite media reports that price increase is imminent, a suicidal step at this point ..more

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 13:48

The Wine Paradox

Wine is an interesting subject-on one hand it is merely a food product-like a condiment that gives synergy to food for a gourmet and on the other you could immerse yourself in this vast subject so much that one lifetime is not enough to learn all about it, making it the Wine Paradox, writes Subhash Arora who believes one can evolve from being a novice enjoying the journey to the other end with extensive learning throughout his or her life, without being anxious about how much more there is to learn ..more

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 20:48

Blog: My Journey with Sula and Samant

I learnt about Rajeev Samant, Founder Director of Sula Vineyard in 2001 but got to meet him only in 2003 at a DWC Tasting, followed by innumerable meetings and events at various places, watching his vision and the Rise and Rise of Sula Vineyards closely as he took the company from 4000 cases in the first year to one million cases a couple of years back, reminisces Subhash Arora who feels that with various PE investors his hands seem to be slightly tied now, despite the millions he made personally ..more

Sunday, 31 May 2020 23:30

Aldi Budget Wine Cooler- A Product Idea for Atmanirbhar Bharat

If one sat down and tried to estimate the bruising of all the wine locked up in warehouses that switched off the air-conditioning, one would be inclined to pull his hair, but at least those who possess a wine cooler in the house or wherever, would not lose the quality of the liquid inside, and with the Government of India, extending facilities to manufacture products under the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme, some entrepreneur would surely like to emulate the budge wine cooler being launched in Australia by Aldi for only Rs. 13,500 ..more

Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:50

Alcohol Sale becomes a Darling Topic for Media

Since the new guidelines during Lockdown 3.0 by the government allowed opening the sale of wine and liquor in States that so desired, there has been a mixed reception by the States that allowed selling in a controlled fashion and following social distancing, the thirsty alcoholics and pleasure seekers thronged the wine and liquor shops ahead of them opening and throwing all caution to the winds, reports Subhash Arora ..more

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 18:15

Air Dolomiti- Italian Wine Culture in the Sky

Most airlines give a rather shabby treatment when it comes to wine, with most ordinary wines generally served in plastic bottles and with not many options, but Air Dolomiti, the regional subsidiary of Lufthansa, serves Italian wine culture during short flights from Frankfurt/Munich to cities in Italy as Subhash Arora discovered during a flight from Florence to Frankfurt, where they served 3 wines- all of good quality and were available in plenty for the passengers in the 128-seat aircraft which was neat, clean with lively colour and punctual with very courteous service ..more

Thursday, 12 March 2020 07:26

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