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French Health Ministry Warning infuriates Wine Producers

The warning issued by the French health authorities on Tuesday coaxing them to drink less wine and alcohol has not had any immediate impact on the citizens or the media hardly responding but it has infuriated the producers who feel that the warning is misdirected as wine lovers take wine as a food drink and that the Report interferes with the very basic of French life-liberty, fraternity and the pursuit of pleasure ..more

Saturday, 30 March 2019 12:31

Prosecco War between Italy & Australia carries on

Since Prosecco won the GI status from EU in 2009, defining the boundary of the Italian region from Glera grape then known commonly as Prosecco, making it mandatory for countries having trade relation with EU to desist from producing any sparkling wine and calling it Prosecco but Australia already producing this bubbly since 1999, did not fall in Line and even won the trademark case in Australia, but Italians are not backing off with a distinct chance that both sides may accept the wine nomenclature as Australian Prosecco during the current FTA negotiations. Cav. Subhash Arora feels this is the only workable solution acceptable to both the countries ..more

Tuesday, 28 January 2019 17:50

Watch before you stock Alcohol at Home or face Jail

Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli who hit the headlines due to his arrest by the Excise Police on December 20th for possessing 41 bottles of Scotch Whiskey- beyond the permissible limit at his residence in Mumbai, secured bail but has raised questions in the minds of people in Delhi whether the state laws to require a license to store liquor beyond a level have any logic when stocked for self consumption with friends in the house ..more

Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:55

State of the on- Trade Wine Market at MKT an Eye Opener

The recently opened upmarket restaurant MKT in the Chanakya Complex by DLF in Chanakyapuri has an excellent ambience, multiple cuisine dishes a majority of which would go very well with wines which are also available in temperature-controlled Enometic machines and are seemingly fairly priced in the heavily tax and multi-layered expense regime, but the sluggish sales is the reality that hits you on inquiry, writes Subhash Arora who rues the hurdles faced by the consumers and importers/producers alike today ..more

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:05

Australian Prosecco import to be banned in India ?

Prosecco DOC might have lost the legal case against Australia to produce Oz Prosecco sparkling wine which is being exported to India in small quantities with good potential for imports, but it has signed an Agreement with Indian authorities to ban the import into any Prosecco, other than the genuine Italian product, writes Subhash Arora who has learnt it from a reliable source ..more

Friday, 07 December 2018 12:42

Maharashtra to allow Home Delivery of Wine & Liquor

In what could be really a games changer the progressive government of Maharashtra is apparently planning to introduce a policy that will allow liquor being delivered home, making the online sales a distinct possibility at least in Maharashtra, especially since home delivery by vendors has been ‘de riguer’ for years, writes Subhash Arora who feels the petitioner against the move has crossed the line interpreting Article 47 of our Constitution ..more

Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:18

Amongst Confounding Statistics Ravi Viswanathan is the King of Indian Wine Industry

It is interesting that more reports are appearing overseas about the Indian wine industry with the latest being a lacklustre Report by the Drinks Business yesterday, parroting a summary of what has already been written in India but it is a good sign for the industry which has now woken up after slumber, but my conclusion is that Ravi Viswanathan from Singapore is emerging as the Top Dog of the Indian wine industry thanks to his intelligent analysis of the industry and pouring investments that will give his investors rich dividends in times to come ..more

Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:10

Prohibition in Bihar doing well- almost

The politicians of Bihar say with a straight face that the Prohibition enacted in the State on April 5, 2016 has been operating very successfully but in fact, strange cases of missing alcohol where police is suspected to be involved are coming to the fore, with the first case involving a possible smuggling big racket by or with the connivance of police and in other cases instances of missing seized alcohol where the blame is conveniently placed on rodents in the cells consuming big amounts of misplaced liquor ..more

Friday, 05 October 2018 07:18

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

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