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Blog: Is any Quantity of Wine and Liquor Harmful

While a vast majority of Studies in the last 30 years have indicated that moderate drinking of wine and even alcohol is good for heart and health, a new Study conducted based on 694 Surveys in 195 countries and recently reported in Lancet has shot down the benefits of moderate drinking and claims that no level of alcohol consumption improves health, writes Subhash Arora who believes the Study is too generalised and has lot of flaws and still recommends up to 2 glasses of wine a day for men and a glass for women everyday with a possible break of a couple of days in the week ..more

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:36

Blog: Studying Wine in Adelaide University -Chinese Style

Wine education is an important part of wine industry in any country and while India floundered 10 years ago with Sham Chougule unable to carry on with the project, Chinese with big appetite for wine education and thousands of students already studying in Australia in various universities including Adelaide, a Shanghai University has tied up with Adelaide for various programmes for collaboration, writes Subhash Arora who still feels it is better and cheaper in the long run for Indians seeking quality education to study at Adelaide University ..more

Thursday, 09 August 2018 23:05

Sweet Wine Symposium in Australia Slightly Sticky

Australia’s first sweet wine symposium to be held on October 20-12 in Margaret River region and celebrating the diversity of sweet stickies produced in Australia, might focus on several styles but it ought to also discuss ways to popular it especially with foods, writes Subhash Arora who feels that despite their popularity in Australia, sales of sweet wines are either stuck somewhere and not growing globally due to various reasons ..more

Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:05

Blog: So you think you are Wine Expert from India

I have often said that there are no wine experts yet in India and that one lifetime is not enough to know everything about wine but it is heartening to know that Jancis Robinson MW who is moons ahead in terms of wine knowledge, tasting experience and expertise, is modest enough to air my views in public after over 40 years of full-time extensive wine tasting, writing books like Oxford Companion and lecturing globally about various aspects of wine, says Subhash Arora ..more

Monday, 07 May 2018 15:16

WSET finally gets WET and SET from August 2019

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revamped its flagship diploma qualification programme as part of several changes to its educational schemes that will also see the launch of a level 3 spirits course, with effect from 1 August, 2019, writes Subhash Arora who refused to do the courses since Spirits tasting was mandatory and still believes they should lower rates for countries like India to educate many more people ..more

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:26

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

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