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Subhash Arora Says:

My comments: Yes, I remember I was one of the speakers for the visiting delegation. But that event was only for wines not yet sold in India. Hopefully, next year will have the presence of unrepresented producers too. Subhash Arora

Posted @ November 16, 2010 12:53



The Chilean Embassy had organised a similar evening, two years ago, at The Oberoi, New Delhi.While reviewing it I had compared it to the proverbial Curates Egg - good in parts !! Well, if that was a semi-professional theatrical then the production at The Grand was a full-blown Hollywood extravaganza equally suited to the Trade, Expats, Diplomats and Socialites. Hence, I was rather underwhelmed by the "presence" of Hospitality Representatives at an Event that seemed tailor made for them. Be that as it may, this excellently organised evening gave me a chance to look good and hard at the Chilean Brands that I could profitably use at our Banquet Venues and Restaurants - two really different types of requirements. The only fly in the ointment, as Subhash has pointed out, was the lamentable show vis-a-vis snacks. For people like me who tasted well over 15 different pours the snacks are a very real professional requirement if one does not intend to get smashed !! Kudos to ProChile and the Indian Wine Academy for a very well produced Event and if this encourages other wine producing nations (the Aussies and the Italians have been doing an outstanding job in this regard) to do similar promotions, it can only be a major boost to Wine Appreciation in India. Cheers !!

Posted @ November 16, 2010 12:50


Subhash Arora Says:

Not only are you a TRUE connoisseur but a SMART connoisseur, Mian Mirza!!!!

Posted @ November 12, 2010 10:13


Rifaquat Mirza Says:

Will surely try this one ( always bet high on your recomendations !). Good to see the familiar full bodied critique with hints of acidic aftertaste but with the right amount of subtle humour on the palate...

Posted @ November 12, 2010 10:10


Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks, Rifaquat. I agree with you but I restrict myself to wine and a bit of food. One day? Yes, I hope during my lifetime! Subhash 

Posted @ November 11, 2010 17:53


Rifaquat Mirza Says:

This is so true of a lot of imports... why only wine ?.Hopefully your crusade will yield results someday. Well done.

Posted @ November 11, 2010 17:51


Subhash Arora Says:

Tony, I would be the last person to suggest goverment's hand in the 'Recommended Date'. With all the good intentions on the part of the government, any regulation flilters down as more corruption.This would have to be voluntary from the producers. The practical problem arises as the importer gets stuck with  'dead' stock he needs to palm off to the unsuspecting customer and won't be interested in this step either. As you agree, the crux is education. Many Australian producers who meet me on their visit to India tell me that the situation here is similar to what it was there 30 years ago. So I do know we shall be getting there slowly. My objective- mission really, is to shake people up as quickly and fast as I can so they get interested in learning. Frankly, there is so much quality material on the Net today that basic self-education is available at the click of a button. Hopefully, bringing out such examples by me or any neutral and objective journalist will go some distance. Subhash  

Posted @ November 11, 2010 12:07


Tony Devitt Says:

Hi Subhash, The most important points in this article were; (i) The bureaucratic limitations placed on wine importation, distribution and moderate (educated) consumption of wine in India is holding your wine industry and the appreciation of wine back immensely. (ii) Wine education is the single most important gift we in the industry can give to the wine trade and wine consumers. I have been wine educating for nearly 40 years (and I know I may sound like I am pushing my own barrow) and I am surprised, appalled, disappointed at the lack of knowledge about wine in many communities around the World who profess to be interested in wine. This needs to be adressed. Used by dates on wine bottles is not the answer as I can tell you that many wines just bottled are passed their used by date. Wine education, although a slower process will in time overcome many of these problems. Who is going to make the decision on the date? All you are doing is adding another level of bureaucracy. Loosen up and liven up, open the Indian market up and let people from overseas work with local educational institutions etc. to provide the much needed education, the Indian and many other communities need. Best wishes, Tony.

Posted @ November 11, 2010 12:06


kskarnic Says:

The facts revealed by Sri Subhassji is quite is total ignorance on the part of consumer which provides oportunity to unscrupulous suppliers to hoodwink them. The measures suggested may serve some purpose but education of the consumer would be best way to overcome such problems and make the wine live longer.

Posted @ November 11, 2010 12:05


Alok Chandra Says:

A very useful historical perspective, and one which one hopes the current incumbants in the IGPB seize upon. Part of the problem is a lack of "institutional expertise" - as officials are transferred every 2 - 3 years, and the new people rarely have a good brief on what's been done in the past. I was at the HK Fair last week - only 5 Indian companies participted, a really poor show.

Posted @ November 11, 2010 11:59


Nilu Singh Says:

I drink wine.please tell me detail for wine

Posted @ November 11, 2010 11:49


Subhash Arora Says:

True to my forecast, Lafites have started to pour in for a trip to China-No visa required, I presume. (Deliveries must be thru Duty Free Hong Kong!). An email from Roberson Fine Wine of London is offering 48 cases, apparently at a discount of 56% of the Sotheby's recent auction (prices not authenticated) price. The email reads, 'we are very pleased to offer a large parcel of the highly sought after Lafite Rothschild 2006: 48 cases Lafite Rothschild 2006 @ GBP 7,750 per case. Recently sold at the Lafite Rothschild ex-cellars auction on 29th October for GBP 17,511. Cheers! Gan bei! Subhash Arora

Posted @ November 04, 2010 13:00


Mr Prior Says:

Since their product launches in 2007 I have heard little of them. Are they still in the market place?.

Posted @ November 04, 2010 11:53


Subhash Arora Says:

I had to come back due to Diwali time! I don't know who all to visit but there are plenty of interesting possibilities-especially with the South African, Italian, French and Australian wines. But it would be improper for me to be specific. I can certainly advise you to take a ferry and go to Lamma Island one evening-they have delicious seafood there. Enjoy the Show.Subhash.

Posted @ November 04, 2010 11:49


Chris Pohl Says:

Hi Subhash, sorry i missed you, I arrived late yesterday evening - will be there tomorrow - anything I should look out for? Rgs Chris

Posted @ November 04, 2010 11:46


Michael Says:

Mark: You are right, fine wine is a good investment. Contact the team at Bordeaux Index in London, (google it) they specialize in creating wine investment portfolio's and have delivered supreme returns for me and my colleagues over the years.

Posted @ November 04, 2010 11:43


Neeta Says:

The show was indeed great! Wines were good to excellent. I wish to commend the effort of Vallonne Wines for their excellent produce across reds and whites.A very pleasant surprise !

Posted @ November 04, 2010 11:38


B.Shankaranarayan Says:

It gladdens our hearts to learn that our guests enjoyed the festival. Pune Gourmet Club

Posted @ November 03, 2010 13:00


Prathmesh Says:

Have tracked this festival since last year. This year the turn out was even better, wines as well as the consumers. Must say some wines were outstanding, Nine Hills entire range deserves a special mention. I thought output of Good Earth winery was also decent but unfortunately on the overpriced side.

Posted @ November 03, 2010 12:41


Mark Says:

I have been studying this market for a while and want to make an investment, it does seem like the chinese are buying all the lafite they can lay their hands on, does anybody have any advice on other wines which would make a good investment?

Posted @ November 03, 2010 12:38


Binti Sandhu Says:

The exhibition overall was a great treat for Wine Lovers...In particular Zampa had some Great Wine..!!

Posted @ November 02, 2010 13:33


dr mahendra Says:

Dear Subhash, u can have launch etc at Delhi Gymkhana Club

Posted @ November 02, 2010 10:56


Info Says:

Please contact Ms. Bindu Malhotra, President of Terroir one directly at

Posted @ November 01, 2010 16:10


Wine Says:

who can be a member of Terroir One? What is the membership fees?

Posted @ November 01, 2010 15:00


Salony Kane Says:

Dear Subhash, The Providore, in Pune endeavours to offer wine choices for both the Indian as well as the international wines. Best

Posted @ November 01, 2010 13:10


Mita Mehta Says:

Do you have a contact no for her in Pune?

Posted @ October 27, 2010 11:38


Raj Says:

Guys... you have to try the new Pause Wines. Its upmarket and better than the rest.

Posted @ October 26, 2010 17:15 Says:

good luck to all

Posted @ October 26, 2010 17:10


Subhash Arora Says:

Where do you propose to set up the unit. Usually you would need to apply to the excise comMissioner of that area. Arora

Posted @ October 26, 2010 16:52


Shikha Sharma Says:

hi, i want to know about the licencing authority for wine preparation and procedure to get licence for wine manufacture.

Posted @ October 26, 2010 16:50


Binti Sandhu Says:

I'l surely attend this cuz i love Zampa Wine..and i am happy to know that Zampa is a part of this festival..! :)

Posted @ October 26, 2010 13:45


Subhash Arora Says:

We occasionally cover this topic but we don't keep too much info on it. Arora

Posted @ October 26, 2010 13:30


Anu Appaiah Says:

do you have informations on fruit wines of india. does your newsletter cover this topic

Posted @ October 26, 2010 13:00


Melika Chown Says:

I am in my 60s I drink Wincarnis Ginger Wine when I am cold, when I need to walk that extra miles, when I cannot sleep, when my heart is not at rest. Thanks to Singapore Duty Free staff for recommending this wine to me.

Posted @ October 25, 2010 13:34


spsingh Says:

wants to know more

Posted @ October 20, 2010 15:54


G Finch Says:

"As late as in 2007, High Court in UK over-turned a ban placed by the UK Food Standards Agency on sales of the wines made using an unauthorized technique" (the 'spinning cone' method). " This is factually inaccurate. The High Court upheld the Food Standards Agency's decision and endorsed the action it had taken. It also accepted the Food Standards Agency's view that the product in question could be sold a "reduced alcohol wine based drink". However, that apart, it does not alter the view that reduced alhol wines should be more adequately defined.

Posted @ October 20, 2010 15:48


Raju Says:

No manipulation.Share prices always driven by expectations and not by reality.Everybody expecting a soothing of its problems ahead.

Posted @ October 18, 2010 13:10


Bhaskar Risbud Says:

Is it on sale? How company with such huge loss can run its activities and keep the share price surprisingly going above the loss leval.Yes manipulation.

Posted @ October 15, 2010 12:02


Subhash Arora Says:

Wine is not supposed to charge men, my friend. You are supposed to drink it slowly, enjoy its aromas, taste, after-taste-prefereably with food. It may give you a nice 'saroor' but that is what it is supposed to do. Subhash Arora

Posted @ October 15, 2010 11:58


Kailashgupta Says:

this drink have note astrong this drink not charge man

Posted @ October 15, 2010 11:56


Stephen Hyde Says:

Hello I am doing a wine tastingg early in 2011 to The Park Wine Tasting Society in Nottingham of which I am cofounder I am considering featuring Wines from India Is there anyone in the UK who you know who has done this already? If so would be helpful to talk Which organisations in the UK should I liase with etc Look forward to hearing from you Many thanks Stephen Hyde

Posted @ October 15, 2010 11:53


Farhad Bhabha Says:

Hi, We have 4 varietals of Yellow Tail available in Bangalore. The rate at the KSBCL Depot for supply to retail & restaurants is 998/- per bottle. In case it is for private consumption then the rate will be 1100/- per bottle vaialble at all leading stores like Madhuloka Wines, Bindu Wines, Spar Supermarket, Classic Wines. Our contact person is Ms Nadima Shaikh - 9980449551. Regards Farhad

Posted @ October 15, 2010 11:45


Nanjappa Says:

Pls send me the yellow tail distributors and contact person in bangalore , this wine available in depot

Posted @ October 13, 2010 16:50


Guy Webber Says:

This is indeed great news!

Posted @ October 13, 2010 16:45


Subhash Arora Says:

Hi Bojan, Thanks for the complimentary words. I will certainly take up your offer. The editor of Vino was a fellow taster at Vinitaly concorso in Verona early this year. She also invited me to visit. I will be at your winery pretty soon. Cheers. Subhash Arora

Posted @ October 13, 2010 13:00


Bojan Kobal Says:

Dear Subhash, I hope you remember me from Michelangello wine awards where we were tasting together. I was just reading your article in Vino magazine in Slovenia. Aalso I read your article in Meininger Wine business International. I have to congradulate you- it is always nice to see a known person in the paper. It brings back the memories on tasting in South Africa.  The  articles (in delWine) are great, usefull information, a lot  of new things I learned.I hope to see you maybe on some compete-tion or maybe in Slovenia some day,  you are welcome. Regards , Bojan Kobal -Winemaker Ptuj Winery

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:55


Subhash Arora Says:

Sorry, we dont know but hopefully someone who knows would read your request and comment or contact you directly. Subhash Arora

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:45


Michael Schauss Says:

Dear Sir / Madam, Is there a place in India where I can purchase 20 - 50lt wine balloons to frement my own wine? Regards, Michael Schauss

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:40


Ashish Says:

Wolf Blass premium range is also avalable in India with lables like Black Label,yellow Label,Gray Label,Gold Label,Red Label and Platinum Label.

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:37


Sonal Holland Says:

Hi Somrasiya, in response to your query. WSET has 4 levels. Level 1 is Foundation Certificate and Level 2 is Intermediate Cert, both of which are elementary. Level 3 is Advanced Certificate which involved tasting and theory papers. Level 4 is the Diploma which is a 2 year course, gets tougher and involved intensive blind tasting exams and multiple theory exams. The Diploma is considered a stepping stone to the MW educational program as the sylabus and format on the Diploma emulates to some extent the MW format. Hope this clarifies. Cheers, Sonal Holland

Posted @ October 13, 2010 12:30


Ron Andes MV Says:

Great to see more and more professionals in the trade! Ron Andes MV from Holland!

Posted @ October 12, 2010 12:05


Subhash Arora Says:

WSET has 4 levels- after which they would generally consider enrolling someone for the MW classification. Level1 and 2 are pretty elementary. Level 3 is Diploma that requires good amount of tasting. Level 4 is Advanced Diploma and is an excellent qualification to have and is doable unlike MW which is never guaranteed and is thus becoming increasingly prestigious. Arora

Posted @ October 12, 2010 11:55


Somrasiya Says:

Advanced and Diploma are two different courses or one?

Posted @ October 12, 2010 11:48


Alejandro Says:

Sparkling wines would always be low in alcohol. Would be interesting to know what's the alcohol content in WB's big premium reds. I doubt it's below 14%.

Posted @ October 12, 2010 11:46


Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks Omar. I am so envious of you guys. I was in Cape Town in August and the buzz created about South African wines at World Cup was amazing. Subhash

Posted @ October 11, 2010 15:40


Jardine Omar Says:

What a pity. An opportunity lost indeed! I for one, hosted many wine drinking South Africans in Delhi over the last week and was lost for words when asked about quality, availability, etc of Indian wines.

Posted @ October 11, 2010 15:30


Bhaskar Risbud Says:

It is of course a bold and beautiful idea to bring back the enicient Bharat to replace India of today and have the God and Godeses on earth.I myself make many more medicinal wines as herbal wine therapy ie Ginger wine,cinnamon,asafoetida, rose etc.

Posted @ October 11, 2010 15:21


Subhash Arora Says:

Excise department controls the issue of license. You may go to the excise office of your district. Ask your local liquor shop-they should be able to guide you for the location.

Posted @ October 09, 2010 11:00


Tejendra Says:

Dear sir, I am from Beed maharashtra, I want to know that can maharashtra government shop giving wine whop license ? I want to wine shop licision. I wait your valuable reply. Thank You Tejendra

Posted @ October 09, 2010 10:58


Rahul Says:

Indage has finally declared their financial results for 2009/10 (available on They have reported a loss of Rs.223 crores. There is a exceptional item of Rs.139 crores with no explanation in the notes to the accounts. Sales for the full year were just Rs. 18 crores. I remember attending their AGM in 2007 when they declared that they had 60% of Indian market with capacity of 7 million litres & they were expanding to 100 million litres & were going to be a global player in two years.There was no talk of how they were going to manage the growth & the working capital for the fourteen fold capacity increase.They also proudly declared that other wine companies operate at 2/3% margins while they operate at 15/20% margins. The management clearly misjudged the growth of the market & went overboard, which has led to this suffering to their shareholders & suppliers.

Posted @ October 08, 2010 17:00


Subhash Arora Says:

Coming from you, the compliment means a lot to me, Charles. Thanks very much. I appreciate it. Subhash

Posted @ October 08, 2010 16:45


Charles Metcalfe Says:

Dear Subhash, You are right. This has been an big opportunity missed for the Indian wine industry. The South Africans took maximum advantage of their hosting of the World Cup, both for visitors to their country, and evangelising in their export markets. Whether the blame lies with insufficient enterprise and energy from the bodies representing producers or the various Governmental organisations you are better placed than I to say. From an outside perspective, though, it has been an opportunity wasted.

Posted @ October 08, 2010 16:30


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Rajiv, Unknown to many people new to the wine trade, Mr Sham Chougule is a man of great vision. It is a pity his company has got into rough weather. Twenty years ago he would have done what I suggested single-handedly! Be as it may, pamphlets are ok but only when you have a glass of wine in your hands. Without that, they are meaningless especially to people who are not in business and who just need to be given a good experience with indian wines so they can talk about it in a positive way to dozens of people they come across when they go back. And again, the main issue to tackle was convincing the authorities that this was not a promotion for sale in Delhi but showcasing INDIA in the name of which the government has apparently spent Rs.70,000 crores!! Subhash Arora

Posted @ October 07, 2010 16:00


Rajiv seth Says:

Dear Mr. ARORA At this stage I would like to inform the viewers that prior to the CWG, I was asked to prepare a feasibility report for showcasing Indian wines in CWG village by none other, than the Chairman of IGPB , Mr. Chougule himself. At that point I cited L-49C, as one of the hurdle in going ahead with the plan. Later he asked me to come up with more Ideas so the wines can be showcased, since it could have been a good opportunity. After a considerable thought I conveyed to the chairman that IGPB can pursue the wineries to design educational Leaflets, (NOT PROMOTIONAL since it is not permitted) highlighting Indian grape varietals, Indian wine with Indian food, Indian wine producing areas etc. Which can be placed in CWG venues and some of star hotels. But the plan could not take off probably because it was too late to react.

Posted @ October 07, 2010 15:30


Subhash Arora Says:

Rajiv and Gianender, As you have rightly gauged and I have written specifically, the crux of the problem is excise department. I am sure they have their reasons-Gandhian or otherwise, to behave in this seemingly illogical fashion- by framing new policies at a tardy pace and then making them complex and impossible to follow. But we all have to constantly persuade them. In specific cases like at CWG, they could have allowed the tastings from producers without registration-provided the excise duty per bottle was paid. They do allow it for many events where foreign producers come for exhibitions or special tastings. The role IGPB could have played was to convince and cajole the department to allow this- specifically for the CWG. It HAD to be through a wine producers’ Association or an organisation like IGPB, whose charter is to promote Indian wines. You and I cannot pressurize the government but they could. As I said, I am looking at the big picture- INDIA and not the commercial angle of procuring and providing wine at the venue from a couple of suppliers-which has been done and would have been done anyway-even if there had been only Golconda or Bosca as Indian wines. Look at the positive side- the powers that be have allowed serving wine at the venue! I wonder if it was done in Asiad ’82. Subhash Arora   

Posted @ October 07, 2010 14:50


Gianander Dua Says:

I complete agree with you Mr.Arora that the Indian Wine World has left the clock behind by one CWG, but if all you have written a simple step by the Indian Grape Board should have leverged all the wineary by alloting them One single day to showcase there wines and taste with the Athletes would have not only given a differnt taste of the wines but also and equal oppertunity for the all the wines produceers to prve them selves at the International level. Pitty that there is no advise from so many legends in the wine board in India

Posted @ October 07, 2010 12:30


Rajiv Seth Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, Well said, you have raised an excellent point, on the other hand I will like to draw attention to some of most impractical rules which mindlessly being implemented by Delhi Excise department. Now consider this, Delhi Gazette part-4(finance) dated 12/4/2010 issued directives that License in the form of L-49C WILL BE GRANTED for liquor exhibitors for a fee of Rs.25000/- and other than this a vend fee may also be charged at the whims and fancy of the Excise commissioner, On top of that total no. of Brands and their quality shall also be approved by Excise commissioners, and last but not the least IMFL/IFL cannot be exhibited at all, and License fee is only valid for one event only. Now do you think that our wineries are capable of paying such hefty fees for just one event, consider CWG, where they will not be allowed to sell and only can display their Brands? Well I don’t think so. What is most amazing to me is that a no. of these stupid and mindlessly applied rules are routinely being disobeyed, may be in consideration of some underhand dealings. Take the case of Grant of L-56 License which is granted to Retail Vends of Foreign liquor and imported foreign liquor in shopping malls. If you go through these rules you will discover that it is mandatory for all the applicant that the proposed premises should be located 75 Meter away from (a) major educational institutions (b) Religious places (c) hospitals with 50 beds and above. Now I can cite a numerous places in Delhi where these regulations have simply been ignored. What was the interest? I am sure everybody understands

Posted @ October 07, 2010 10:55



Thanks for an eminently educative article. I have just returned from assessing a potential joint venture in Ludhiana (Punjab)and the sheer purchase power of the Locals as well as what is called the NRI belt of Doaba defies description. However, when it comes to culinary habits "Kukad - Shukad te Whiskey - Shiskey" reign supreme !! It is not that the palate here would not appreciate a Barolo (regardless of what others may think the only culture in Punjab is NOT Agriculture)but sheer lack of availability coupled with very little knowledge of the TASTE & FLAVOUR of Wine vis-a-vis Whiskey ensure that a vast market remains completely untapped. I happened to chance across two UB representatives during my day at Ludhiana - it was a completely unscheduled meeting - and the eagerness with which they greeted my proposal to do a Wine & Cheese Promotion at The Gold Souk Grande, Ludhiana, would have had any Event Manager salivating !! I am now convinced that India with it's plethora of Excise Laws, this being a State subject, will remain a WINE DEPRIVED COUNTRY unless the Central Government cuts the Gordian Knot. However, in a country where even TOURISM has no real Mai - Baap, this will remain a distant dream..

Posted @ October 07, 2010 10:50


Rahul Says:

UTV- Bloomberg has reported that under CDS scheme some creditors will recover their dues by selling wine stock which is reported to be worth Rs.230 crore at bookvalue. It will be surprising if they actually have that much wine in stock.

Posted @ October 06, 2010 17:20


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Jose Remoaldo, Dear Jose Antonio Remoaldo, Thanks for your comments. The article your have sent is very enlightening. My purpose of the Blog was to impress upon our ill-informed viewers in India that wine does not have to have cork as the closure to be a 'real' wine. Fine quality wines from Australia, New Zealand and many other countries using alternative closures have proved that. Even the wine producers in India are generally happier with screw-caps, especially for white wines. Before I comment on that article, I must confess I am a wine romantic who'd miss the uncorking of a bottle, especially fine wine.

I don't wish to comment on the article which is very well written, except that as an international judge in several world class wine competitions, I still come across 2-4% of wines as corked. The percentage has been coming down during the last 5 years- and  it is not possible for a judge to analyse whether the decrease is due to better cork or increasing number of screw-capped wines. I am very aware that Portugal (and specifically Amorim) and other cork producing nations are well seized of the problem and have invested heavily in quality improvement.

I know the quality has improved a lot- it is understandable that such a huge industry would not remain static and helpless. But I do believe that there are 2-4% cork taints even now. Perhaps, Robert parker and Jancis Robinson taste higher quality wines for which the cork was first to be improved. At any rate the vendors started using better quality cork and went for more stringent quality checks in the winery. I am referring to corking in the competitions where generally the samples entered are of lower quality.

I am sure cork will remain central as a closure but the real test would be to convince the producers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile etc to switch back to cork-it is after all, the most environment friendly closure available today-not to forget the romance of uncorking a bottle of fine wine. Please do keep us posted on the latest in the cork industry.
Subhash Arora 

Posted @ October 05, 2010 12:33


Jose Antonio Remoaldo Says:

Dear Mr. Subhash Arora, In a constructive educational perspective, allow me to send you some articles and link to a summary of international wine competition results that show some highlights on the current status of perceptive wine faults related to TCA. The 2-7% generally sensory defects does not show the reality of the present.

Posted @ October 04, 2010 17:20


Marfatiar Says:

The company has been crushed by its competitor - Sula in every segment except for the sub rs300 segment. It seems unlikely that they shall be able to survive in a market where companies like UB have entered.

Posted @ October 04, 2010 17:05


Farhad Bhabha Says:

Availability of 'Yellow Tail' in Delhi

Yellow Tail is the most important brand in our portfolio. It is available at Chittaranjan Suri or Ashok Gulrajani in New Delhi( approx 1300 per bottle).However Gurgaon will be a cheaper option to buy Yellow Tail ( approx 900 per bottle) In Gurgaon it is available at all Spencers Stores, SRS Stores, Galleria Mall, City Wine Retail . Our distributor is Veekay & Company who could also get it delivered. His number is 9711300000 - Mr Jatin Virmani.Thanks & Regards. Farhad

Posted @ October 04, 2010 15:09


Subhash Arora Says:

Availability of 'Yellow Tail' in Delhi

Its available in several shops-quite standard product. Try dsidc shop in cp or gk 1. My advice- don't stick to one brand. Try other similar products too. Arora

Posted @ October 03, 2010 13:18


Tripti Shrivastava Says:

Availability of 'Yellow Tail' in Delhi

I am a resident of Lucknow who just recently sampled this wine and loved it. I make frequent visits to Delhi and wanted to know whether you could help me in finding out where I can purchase these wines in the NCR area?

Posted @ October 02, 2010 15:02


B.Shankaranarayan Says:

Most interesting. I had heard but never tasted fruit wines from northern states. Went to their website but there's no email id to contact. Hmm. Must call their corp. office.

Posted @ September 30, 2010 12:00


Subhash Arora Says:

What you have is a Cognac and not Champagne. We are not in the business of buying or selling wine- so we cannot help you. Sorry- But you seem to have a winner. Arora

Posted @ September 27, 2010 17:35


Amit Srivastava Says:

Dear Sir, You are requested to provide details on selling 50+years old wine bottle. I do have a bottle of champagne which is 50+years old & i want to sell it out, hope for an instant reply from you. Details on bottle of wine are as follows:-
Courvoiser COGNAC
The brandy of nepoleon VSOP
Fien champagne (Produce of France)
(medailledor-paris 1889) 1582
your sincerely

Posted @ September 27, 2010 17:25


Nixon Dmello Says:

Dear Dr. Gandelman, Greetings from Grover Vineyards. We thank you for the interest shown in Indian Wines. Currently Grovers is in the process of re-setting up the Distribution Channel in the US market. We have tied up with a reputed Company and will soon have our products available in the US market. Will keep you updated as soon as our wines reach the US. Regards, Nixon Dmello- National Sales Director.

Posted @ September 27, 2010 16:35


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Kedar, Thanks for the comment. I wonder if your French contact would like to throw some light directly on the Blog. Subhash Arora 

Posted @ September 27, 2010 15:33




Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:35


Ashok Shah Says:

Good Initiative !

Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:33


Ashok Shah Says:

I hope this Book is Published in English Language and available for Sale in India.

Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:14


Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks niranjan. Could u send me your phone so I could chat with you . Arora

Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:09


Niranjan Thakur Says:

I was the one who opposed all the resolutions as they have not bothered to send an official intimation and we are unaware the the list of creditors and payable amounts.They have been very secretive with everyone,wonder what the gameplan is.

Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:05


Ashok Shah Says:

Even after debt restructuring will they be able to deliver quality wines?

Posted @ September 27, 2010 13:04


Kedar Bobde Says:

Dear All, Sorry to just cut you in but as a matter of fact one of my good friend and french national - respected nobel in hotel industry has a opinion that when you by wine and store them well in cellar they do better on palate with time to come..well he had lot more to say on wines as he is from France about hows and whys..etc..

Posted @ September 27, 2010 12:30


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Madan, I am sorry I forgot to react to your comments 'and none of the wine will improve in bottle  ... when they do bottling they will do process make the wine will be stable.' What you are saying apparently is that the wine does not age and get better in the bottle. This is far from truth and I wonder where you learnt about wine-when you don’t know this fundamental thing about wine aging. Of course not all wines improve and those that do have to be kept lying down at proper storage temperature of 13-15° C.

What you are referring to is perhaps the cold stabilization of white wines at -4° C or pasteurization which is heating the wine to 80° C and cooling in a flash within 30 seconds. Though used mainly to make kosher wines, it is used more for milk, cheese and beer, although the process was invented by Louis Pasteur in the mid nineteenth century for wines. I have not seen a single winery that uses this process-if you have ever been to one or know of one, please let me know.

Your knowledge of wines seems to be scarce and scary-especially as you say you are a sommelier. Where do you work and from where did you learn about wines? If you are around Delhi, I’d be willing to come and talk to you and your colleagues and remove doubts and myths, without any charge. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 27, 2010 12:21


Rakesh Dhaia Says:

Saumil, Obviously u did not attend the so called court conviened meeting that Indage held without calling on each invidual creditor. U along with others need to go to the high court and voice ur grevience directly. Indage was supposed to mail the meeeting deatils to each and every creditor, but have just given a news paper advert and hodwinked all ors, that is why u see only one creditor oppossed, a case of selective invite or back door voting. At least u may now get ur priciple back in 7 plus 2 nine yrs..:-(

Posted @ September 25, 2010 15:33


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Madan, You seem to be confused about the role of oak barrels and the cork and not up to date with the problems that cause for teh TCA. Firstly the article has nothing to do with Indian sommeliers- I sincerly hope you didn't refer to me as one! I am not a qualified Sommelier and my observation is based on visiting over 500 wineries globally, tasting over 12,000 bottles of wine and judging at around 15 international wine competions and studying and writing prolifically about wines-and only wines. My emphasis was not on the technical aspects but to stress that 'real' wine does not have to have cork as the closure. 

The problem of TCA comes primarily from cork and only in the last few years, it has also been attributed to the unhygienic conditions in the cellar, when a couple of Californian wineries were found lacking in the hygience and were landed with corked wine on hand. A recent study which we carried in delWine (this is perhaps first such study of this kind) blames the oak barrel for the problem-this has been denied by the French Tonneliers Association  (I do hope you know what the tonneliers are!).

Screwcaps have been in existence before you and I were born- they are no inventions. They have been modiefied for wine with a special plastic disc to avoid oxygen. It is just that since Australia and New Zealand became successful in licking the TCA problem by using the screwcap (which may have its own problems, by the way- I dont want to touch that subject here) so they went whole hog into it and other countries including India started following. Since they started using screwcaps, the cork taint problem has been practically licked. And they still use oak to age their wines- including white wines like chardonnay!!!

And who taught you that only great vintage wine is good? Good vintages can make great wines but even during poor vintages, the winemaker can make very decent wine-taht may not age as well but nevertheless drinks well. Surely, the vintage has a lot to do with the quality especially where rains, hail storms and exceptional heat etc influence the wine a lot-like in Bordeaux, Burgundy and many wine producing regions but good winemakers are sometimes able to make good wine even in poor vintages. But I am glad you brought out your viewpoint in the open for discussion. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 25, 2010 14:14


Madan Says:

Sir i don't kno where you learn about wines .. article is some thing is missing ... screw cap not invented not only bcoz of TCA ...TCA problem only when you do oak aging sir ... and non of the wine will not improve in bottle .. when they do bottling they will do process make the wine will be stable ... like you can say old wines means thats not really great wine ... only the great vintage wine you can say is good ... pls stop do this kind of aritical to damage indian sommelier future ... madan sommelier

Posted @ September 25, 2010 14:10


Avininder Singh Says:

As usual a brilliantly incisive article which gets to the heart of every matter without being tedious. Subhash ji you have really fine tuned your art of interviewing because the reader who wants information will hang on to each word. Kudos, again!!

Posted @ September 25, 2010 13:50


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Dr. Gandelman, My following mail to you bounced back.

'I am so glad you are interested in buying Indian wines online or thru some store around NY. I am passing your message, besides posting on the website, to the relevant producers of good wine and those I know are exporting to the US or selling online. I hope they will come back to you with the requisite info.Do let me know your experience- I hope you enjoy it and pass the good word around. Cheers.Subhash Arora. Editor, delwine' Could you please send your correct email address-in case the producers want to approach you directly. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 25, 2010 13:28


Dr. Ronald Gandelman Says:

Can you please tell me where I can purchase Indian wine in the US either online or in New Jersey. My internet search has produced no viable information. I know that a number of Indian restaurants in New York City serve the product, so it must be available somewhere. Thank you!

Posted @ September 25, 2010 13:20


Saumil Shah Says:

I am a unsecured creditor of Indage for about Rs.8 Lacs in Principal. There are a number of people like me, Can they go ahead with the CDR without taking us into confidence.

Posted @ September 24, 2010 15:28


Subhash Arora Says:

Thank you. It is good to know you liek the blog-in the evenings. I hope with a glass of wine!

Posted @ September 23, 2010 16:31


Silvia Says:

I am always excited to visit this blog in the evenings.Please churning hold the contents. It is very entertaining.

Posted @ September 23, 2010 16:10


Sanjiv K Singh Says:

You have not understood my comment, if a wine has a cork taint no self respecting wine maker would fill it in bottles. I stand by my comment which is neither harsh nor unfair. It is directed against wine makers bottling defective wine and no body else.

Posted @ September 21, 2010 13:02


Suprio Bose Says:

On behalf of the Embassy of Chile, I would like to express our most sincere appreciation and congratulations for this extremely successful event. The wines were perfectly paired with such delicately prepared dishes. Their presentation, taste, pairing and without doubt, the Top class service, made the evening quite unforgettable. It provided a great combination to the wide variety of Chilean wines available for tasting throughout the evening. This would not have been possible without your personal attention to details. I also want to express our appreciation for the excellent presentation you made about Chile, Its people, Its Traditions and its iconic wines during the dinner.  It was a lovely evening which was enjoyed thoroughly by all the guests of the Chilean Embassy and we sincerely congratulate your efforts for making this event unforgettable for all of us. I would proudly go forth and say that henceforth you are not only a CAVALIER of Italy but a CAVALIER of Chile as well. Nestor Riveros- Minister Counsellor Commercial, PROCHILE,  Embassy of Chile, Delhi

Posted @ September 20, 2010 16:47


Subhash Arora Says:

That is a very harsh and unfair comment. This is just one study and we have reported it. Results may or may not be valid. One cannot blame anyone-least of all for cheating. It is like cork which has been a debatable subject for decades. Similarly taint has been found to be in the winery cellars under certain conditions. Most people cannot even detect the cork taint. The article was intended as a source of information and should be taken as such. We will keep our readers informed on further developments. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 20, 2010 13:50


Sanjiv K Singh Says:

If the wine is getting its cork taint & musty taste from the oak barrel then wine makers are guilty of filling bad wine and cheating the trade.

Posted @ September 20, 2010 13:14


Nibir Says:

Bellissima is one of the work wine ever tasted. last wine I hated was Naka, but Big Banyan Reds and late harvests are the worst! I tried it in BIWF last summer and spit it out the moment it touched my taste buds. None can replace Sula and Grover in Indian category.

Posted @ September 16, 2010 14:00


Subhash Arora Says:

Please contact the Office of DC Excise in Bangalore at 080-22232792 or call JC's office at 080-22220302. They will tell you the procedure. S Arora

Posted @ September 16, 2010 13:50



i want to apply for wine license for mysore in karnataka, so could i know where and how can i apply , so i wanna know the procedure.

Posted @ September 16, 2010 13:45


Rengaswami Says:

Thx subhash for the kind message. I atleast hope that INDAGE shows us as a creditor for settlement. I hope they dont cheat us atleast in that. Since there absolute darkness in INDAGE office(black humor, instead of wine garden tour, they should organise indage offices tour), there are no employees, the people who are filing the affidavits and replies in courts, cvc, drp, etc are refusing to accept documents or be accessible. It is only our Prayers.

Posted @ September 15, 2010 12:02


Carlo Rossi Says:


Posted @ September 14, 2010 16:43


Satyarth Shukla Says:

Dear Sir, You are one of the exceptional. I wish to becom wine taster and taking classes from you would be my pleasure.

Posted @ September 13, 2010 18:00


Ravi Gurnani Says:

Rajiv, surely the recession in the global wine industry is not to blame for the ill-fated international acquisitions. They were simply bad buys. Moreover they did not have the money to buy those companies and hence took on debt that was not serviceable. I think it was more a case of trying to enlarge the balance sheet and showing growth for the sake of growth since it is a listed company.

Posted @ September 10, 2010 10:34


Subhash Arora Says:

Rajeev, diversification does not justify adventurism. People in Australia sniggeried when they bought the second winery- at much higher than the market price. The company insistied they would close the deal when they had no funds.Employees were not getting salaries when they were on a buying spree on credit to be arranged from uncertain plans. How come Sula has been increasing its sales despite the recession? (OK, Indage helped them some!) We are giving a lot of 'credit' to the recession for their downfall. Surely it was a catalyst. Its interesting for example, that one always thought Indage House was owned by Indage but it turns out it was bought by someone else and the management claims it was only a tenant-so the benefit of real state appreciation are taken by someone else. There are stories one has heard for over 20 years that would make an interesting non-fiction but would lread like fiction- even though I take them with a pinch of salt as they are from ex-employees. I still hope the company stays intact and let the shareholders decide the Board. But it is impoant for the industry to have fair and strong competition. We don't want the current Sula to become arrogant as some of our readers claim, and go astray too. Subhash

Posted @ September 09, 2010 15:50


Rajiv seth Says:

Indage is an extremely diversified company having interest in many businesses. Stretching up to recent foreign acquisitions in wine industry, they seemed to be on the right track until recession hit the wine industry internationally. Public should remember that the chairman of the company is man of extremely high stature. He has been the chairman of the Maharashtra economic development council and is the chairman of Indian Grape Processing Board. His personal stakes are too large ,not only financially but otherwise also. So before passing a negative judgment on the credibility of his company and team members they should not only be careful but also supportive of the  efforts of the company to stage a comeback so that the flag of this Indian wine company may fly high once again

Posted @ September 09, 2010 15:25


Subhash Arora Says:

I can feel your pain, Rakesh. I was the first one in India who brought out the imminent downfall when many people practiclly abused me for saying so. It is later that the main financial press got the gist of what I was saying. I still hope the company does not go bankrupt for the sake of the future of the industry and people like you who are suffering. Don't forget I am talking of the company and not shareholders. What prevents the bankers and other shareholders to remove the exisitng office- bearers and instal a new Board? There is a rumour that there is a meeting called by SEBI on 15th or 16th of this month with banks for discussions on the course of action. No, I don't know about the 20p to the Rupee offer. For your information, I have nothing to do with Chougules to be in their good books or bad-I simply write what I feel is right. For your info, I met Mr. Sham Chougule twice in my life and have never met the sons-though I have been occasionally in touch with Ranjit through emails. Moreover, to the best of my knowldege both Mr Mallya and Rajeev are not interested in the takeover or perhaps they are awaiting the time when it can be sold for the token Re.1- only time and the events that unfold will tell. Subhash

Posted @ September 09, 2010 15:15


Rakesh Dhaia Says:

well Done Subhash, Its time to get on the good side of the Chougle's for old times sake. Are you aware they have asked all Creditors to settle for 20 paise?? If that is not Bankruptcy then what is that. Indage UK Ltd filed for Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in that country. In the UK, CVA is a deal between an insolvent company and its creditors that places a ring fence around the company to keep creditors at bay.Insolvent/Banckrupt is it not the same. This is nothing but a case of total mismanagement and wanting to get full control of the Company after loosing majority Shareholding cause of open market sale of their shares by the secired crediotrs whereby the Chougles holding came down to 21%. Since 2008 July no new grape has been purchased by Indage in Maharashtra. They are even today selling 2008 wine in the market ( old wine in new label bottle ) by changing the bottling date old wine does not become new, and trust me this is not old matured wine, it is old reprocessed wine. Its high time Chougles realised that making others ( employees, suppliers, Bankers, etc etc ) pay for their mess it is better to handover the company to Dr. Malaya or Mr. Rajiv of Sula, so creditors like us small frys don't go Bankrupt with them.

Posted @ September 09, 2010 15:12


Goldschmidt Jürgen Says:

Dear Subash Arora, thank you very much for your visit and this wonderfull report :-)
I hoped you enjoyed it and you will come again! Best greetings. jürgen goldschmidt

Posted @ September 09, 2010 12:58


Subhash Arora Says:

I totally agree with you, Rajiv. But let us not forget that the same factors were in their favour earlier too. There may have been opportunists here and there- but you find them in every company and it is for the management to check them. There are loyalists and there are sycophants- it is for them to identify. But I do agree and hope that they can rebound- and they will, provided they are honest in cleaning up the cancerous mess and make genuine efforts to pay off the creditors. I do know that they are already back in the market (and therefore are NOT bankrupt-as I have said in my blog) with more prudent policies.  Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 09, 2010 12:55


Rajiv seth Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, Firstly, one must not forget that Indage has solid Brand support in its basket, secondly Chougule’s are technically very sound, thirdly inherit infrastructure of the company is very strong, fourthly indage has huge capacity to make a fast come back and gain lost ground, and lastly, since opportunists have already left, the company is surrounded by loyalist group and right now they seem to be working overtime for their turnaround plans so hopefully the Indian wine world will witness a lot of action in its foremost wine company again and that too very soon.

Posted @ September 09, 2010 10:48


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Rangaswamy, You'd agree that only if the company does not go bankrupt will the lenders, growers, suppliers like you and employees will have any hope of getting the money due and unless they pay up, they can't rest in peace. As I said, it looks tough but it is important the company does not go bankrupt. Believing in God will give you the strength to wait and hope that it would be fine at the end. At the end, if they don't take drastic steps, bankruptcy cannot be ruled out, leaving all creditors in the lurch. Good luck to you and all those suffering because of the adventurous practices of Indage. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 09, 2010 10:17


Ashwin Valecha Says:

It was high time the authorities sat across the table with producers to try and resolve the issue of irrational duties and taxes on wines, especially inter-state. An important first step in the right direction.

Posted @ September 08, 2010 19:13


Rengaswami Says:

Hi Subhash, For all the plaudits showered on Indage and the past, the fact still remains that Sham, Ranjit, Vikrant have presided over the collapse of a corrupt empire which they built. They have not paid dues to workers, government and small vendors like us. Top The above with arrogance, lack of Humility, Sensitivity, Empathy and courage to settle the dues and gain respect, You know their current situation. We are only praying to GOD that we get our settlement. Regards Rengaswami K

Posted @ September 08, 2010 18:58


Gloria Smith Says:

I suspect that it is more to do with outstanding debts and all debtors being referred to an administrator that is the reason, not the High Court decision. If Indage are in business why would they be referring the debts they have to an administrator??

Posted @ September 08, 2010 14:17


Thierry Peret Says:

sir we are based in bordeaux france we would like to export wine to india could u pls tell us the procedure etc regards

Posted @ September 08, 2010 13:47


Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for the comment and information, Dave. I realise that, but I have written about the company as an entity. Patient is terminal but not dead. Miracle cures have happened in history!!! Subhash

Posted @ September 08, 2010 13:40


David Rowe Says:

Thanks Subhash. Apologies for the misleading subject line in my message. I had also meant to write to you about Indage, regarding your recent article pointing out that they are not bankrupt. In the UK, Indage UK Ltd is bankrupt leaving a lot of people out of work and a string of unpaid bills up and down the country. For this reason, Indage is not taken seriously any more in the UK. Kind regards David

Posted @ September 08, 2010 13:34


Alok Chandra Says:

Well said, Subhash - I heartily second the sentiments expressed, and knowing both Sham Chougule and his son Vikrant hope and expect that they will take the 'harsh' decisions required to put the company back on its feet. All the best to the pioneer of winemaking in India.

Posted @ September 08, 2010 13:30


Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Avininder,thanks for your comments. My interview was not as much about wine as about the man and the vision he had about finding clean, down-to-earth, simple wines which would be so reasonable that they could well stand up to the onslaught of lower priced wines from countries like Australia,Chilea, Argentina, South Africa and even Italy. It is of course important to understand that due to ridiculously high taxes, wines like GCF, if priced reasonably and without fat margins by the importers, are what the Indian customer will buy and increase consumption. Subhash Arora

Posted @ September 07, 2010 15:49



Mr.Joseph Helfrich is truly an awesome person and your interview, Subhash ji, made him come alive for me. Lovely piece. I had the good fortune to pick up one of the Alexis Lichine wines the other evening - if I remember correctly it was a Cab. Sauv.- from the excellent wine store at Savitri Complex; I was carrying it to a friends place where I had ben invited for dinner. I had been dithering between a Jacobs Creek and this wine - same price range,Rs.850/=. In the end this turned out to be an inspired choice even though as a 2009 vintage and at the price mentioned one would not have expected anything more than "cheap and cheerfull"!! A full bodied bouquet, very easy on the tongue, and a boisterous, almost rollicking finish - my mate and I both enjoyed the bottle immensely. So, a wise choice Amit and I personally feel a wine brand that I would actively promote. Keep up the good work.

Posted @ September 07, 2010 11:54


Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for the comments Charles. And congratulations for crossing that magical number. Your competition is still the tops, I think. Many smaller competitions I have been keeping an eye on have faced the reduction due to recession. Subhash.

Posted @ September 07, 2010 11:15


Charles Metcalfe Says:

Interesting piece, Subhash. But not all international wine competitions have falling entries. The UK-based International Wine Challenge had more than 10,000 wines entered this year, the most we have ever had.

Posted @ September 07, 2010 11:08


Pushpak Vaish Says:

J.P.Chenet is indeed a very good value for money wine, with its unique tilt shape bottle, its surely an attraction wherever kept. Infact its no wonder that it is the best selling french wine brand in the world !. I personally congratulate all the team of the Chenet group for this truly world rewarding e ffort and creating such an masterpiece of art and spirit. J.P.Chenet is available through us in the Northern Region of India. We are the authorised marketing agents for J.P.Chenet in the North India. Contact us at Vaish Agencies, Flat No 3, 40, hanuman lane, Cannought Place,ND 01. Mob : 9810902826,9555683088

Posted @ September 07, 2010 10:59



As a judge at MUNDUSVini this year and a visitor to the Arthur Metz Winery I thank you Subhash for capturing our enjoyable moments there and for highlighting the visionary insights of the man who made it happen together with his capable and enthusiastic son

Posted @ September 07, 2010 10:54


Amit Agarwal Says:

Very good article. Alexis Lichine wines are available in India through Hema Connoisseur Collections in Delhi

Posted @ September 03, 2010 17:00


Alcohol Abuse Help Says:

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Posted @ September 03, 2010 16:56


paul Says:

The Tasmac shops are Pathetic, Filthy & Stink with Urine from Drunk men. If you walk into a wine shop at Bangalore its a heaven for a drinker. You can see so many brands available and lots to choose from including wine and foreign beers like Budweiser, Carlsberg & Tugo. Beer cans are also available and you get all the brands. In chennai its pathetic, you cannot get a chilled beer anywhere , not even a beer can, The only brand that decent is KF. What is the govt doing about this,Once they took over things have become worse.

Posted @ September 03, 2010 16:52


Ranjit Singh Says:

I want to know about which wine brand is good for health & in cheep cost.

Posted @ September 03, 2010 14:05


Cathy van Zyl Says:

In Germany! Well, guten morgen. Hi Malcolm; yes, the Cape does wonderful things with Bordeaux and Rhône (so-called Rhône?) varieties. So, too, does California, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, etc etc etc. What I enjoy most about the world of wine is its variety; so I shall rue the day they grub up any grape simply because it doesn't appeal to the majority's palate.

Posted @ August 30, 2010 15:16


Malcolm Says:

A pity Perold failed! Burgundy with Rhone? Rip out all the Pinotage and replant with Rhone varieties or Bordeaux varieties. This is SA Wines future. Ask Andre. I do have a great respect for Beyers Truter. Soldier On!

Posted @ August 30, 2010 12:55


Gunjan Mubayi Says:

Its great to see Indian Wines get such an impetous.Well done to The Duty Free to ack Indian Brands.

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:49


Subhash Arora Says:

This was definitely my article-in entirety but based on the minutes of the meeting of the Association. As usual, I try to analyse rather than just publish the letter like this issued by the Association. In a hurry, i forgot to put my name to it. By I take all the responsibility. Subhash

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:40


Wendy Vallaster Says:

Subhash, was this your article? It's great reporting, and I would love to hear more about imported wines, and the challenges that they face in entering the Indian market, whether it be taxes, excise duties, or variations in regulations between different state governments in the country... hope you are well!

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:37


B.Shankaranarayan Says:

A level playing field is essential for the Indian wine industry to make the big leap forward. Let's hope the MH and KA Govts. have the good sense to work together.

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:31


Subhash Arora Says:

Congratulations to you and the members of your club, Subhasis. Keep up the momentum. Subhash

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:31


Subhasis Ganguli Says:

The Calcutta Wine Club also held it's 2nd Annual Dinner at La Cucina, Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on 20th August. Italian wines were matched with italian food and the evening was a great success. Regards, Subhasis Ganguli, President, Calcutta Wine Club.

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:29


Subhash Arora Says:

My problem and limitation is the same, Avi. We do not take members in the club from wine trade. Perhaps I should bring up to the notice of our executive committe that after 8 years of this rule, we could perhaps relax a little. By the way,I think your chances would have been more if you had threatned us  that you would dance naked at Rajpath, swearing you won't stop until you were made the member of the Delhi Wine club!!! Cheers. Subhash Arora

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:25



Congratulations, Mr.Batra - a beautifully written article; made the evening come alive for me. More power to your pen !! It's apparent that the Leela Gurgaon is really surging ahead with it's culinary offerings and since the President, at Leela, Rajiv Kaul, is a batchmate from my Oberoi days, I naturally applaud it's success. Must go and try out the food - wish we had Bring Your Own Wine options in this Country !! Now, Subhash ji, what exactly do I have to do to finally become a Member of the Delhi Wine Club? Dance naked at Rajpath? I'm game if you are. Ciao for now.

Posted @ August 28, 2010 11:13


Jean Albert Says:

Hello Subhash, Great to read more things from you about Chile, and interested in finding new things. Congratulations about it. I am hapy to learn about us from you, and hope to keep on having news from you. Regards, Jean Albert

Posted @ August 26, 2010 17:16


Bharat Deshmukh Says:

At last some logical thinking by MAH Govt.This will give level field to all quality players.Good for Grovers & all Mah wineries going to B'lore.

Posted @ August 26, 2010 17:00


Subhash Arora Says:

Hey Thanks, Asha. No one called me a Wine Hero before!! Subhash

Posted @ August 26, 2010 15:20


Asha Singh Says:

I'm looking forward to working together Subhash....I think I might call you the Wine Hero, if I may!

Posted @ August 26, 2010 14:40


Cathy van Zyl Says:

Hi Martin, your point about pinot/colour is valid; however, nearly 100 years ago, the Professor was working with very different clones, especially here on the tip of Africa! The Steytler pinotage is a very good wine, Decanter confirmed that; I simply listed others that I know and like. Cheers

Posted @ August 23, 2010 11:32


Yegas Naidoo Says:

Your newsletters contributions to winelovers around the world are outstanding, timeous and informative. As an up to date source of vinous information you are on a par with even the most grandiose wine journals. I try not to miss every copy and will always look forward to future editions

Posted @ August 23, 2010 11:29


Martin Cahnbley Says:

You mention that the colour comes from the pinot noir. Surely pinot noir has a much lighter colour due to its thinner skins - just look at Burgundy. How can you not, in an article on Pinotage, mention the Steytler 2006 which won the Decanter Trophy for best single varietal red wine over 10 pounds (money not weight).

Posted @ August 21, 2010 11:41


Petronella Salvi Says:

Dear Subhash, Sincere congratulations to you particularly, but also to your family for supporting you and making it all possible. I do not always follow the details of your enewsletter, but it makes interesting and informative reading. I know so little about Indian, and only what I have learnt from you about the wine world of India. I always see you very active when our paths cross and you deserve all compliments for hard work and perseverance. Sincerest warm regards, Petronella Salvi VINO FINO Wine In Style

Posted @ August 20, 2010 13:59


Subhash Arora Says:

Relax-fLooks like it affects women only.

Posted @ August 19, 2010 12:08



Anything that one ACTUALLY LIKES always turns out to be IMMORAL, ILLEGAL or FATTENING !! Now we can add PSORIASIS too - Jeez, give us a break !!

Posted @ August 19, 2010 12:06


Maureen Kerleau Says:

Well done Subhash. Your Delwine Newsletter has always been the only unbiaised lifeline to the Indian Wine Market and a valuable source of information. Although things may not have progressed a lot in the market itself, you have done a great job in keeping all of us readers as up to date as possible and I hope, given newcomers to the market a far more realistic perspective, thus helping them to avoid many, costly mistakes. Thanks again for your committment - Maureen

Posted @ August 19, 2010 11:59

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