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Subhash Arora Says:

Here is an interesting reportage from MoneyLife:http://www.moneylife.in/article/assocham-forecast-of-wine-industry-growth-exaggerated-says-wine-expert/15190.html Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 31, 2011 12:13

 

Carol Firenze Says:

I definitely agree. I my book, The Passionate Olive, 101 Things to do with Olive Oil, I suggest a teaspoon or two of olive oil before going out for a "night on the town."

Posted @ March 30, 2011 12:36

 

Vijay Says:

It seems that the ASSOCHAM or whatever wrote this report when they were on Highh(Cernatinly not by drinking wine)... Hardly any understanding of the Wine(Or they are confused what exactly is wine).. Government wasted huge money to get such pathetic studies conducted ..

Posted @ March 29, 2011 17:10

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Dear Raj, Thanks for your comments. Since we promote wine only, your comment has been posted after editing. I hope you dont mind. It is important point to note that the brand has a good recall value. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 28, 2011 12:52

 

Rajesh Shahani Says:

As a brand it has a good recall

Posted @ March 28, 2011 12:50

 

Saurabh Mishra Says:

Good Afternoon, I would like to subscribe to your weekly/monthly newsletter. Kindly assist me with the same, Thank You. Saurabh

Posted @ March 25, 2011 14:42

 

Gul M Says:

How about Supermarkets giving a part of their space with separate entrances to a sister concern on rent and try to sell wines. This way they can try to get away with the 15% rule for now, till the babus come with a proper correction to the rule.

Posted @ March 25, 2011 13:57

 

Gul M Says:

Atlast some reprieve (even though its little) to people like us who live in Maharashtra.

Posted @ March 25, 2011 13:50

 

Gul M Says:

Being an NRI returned. I have to tell you that I have been a regular drinker of Chateau d'Ori wines and buying the same from Godrej Nature's Basket Stores, (as the prices from their is better). Their quality has been consistent year after year and it is sad to hear that they are facing such difficulties. Wish government (State & Central) do something and quick to revive this industry. Maybe they should approach Airlines in India and give them at better prices as this would help get their brands known and help create a bigger customer base. They should also try to increase their PR, by arranging trips to their vineyards with lunch or dinner with stay. Indian Wine Consumer is very important for the Vineyards to succeed, at the same time all the consumers cannot pay the high prices (It could be because of Taxes, Exicse or Profits) we should have wines ranging from Low to High.If we need to increase the customer base. - Gul

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:17

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Any red wine you like is fine-Samara is ok too. Please drink 2 glasses a day- about 250 ml total, a third of the bottle- preferably with food. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:17

 

Arun Naidu Says:

I need 20 litre's/ month for my health. red wine. I am a senior citizen. I cannot afford too expensive red wines. Please suggest remedy. I am using samara right now.

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:15

 

Deepak Says:

when bharti retail is coming in nasik in maharastra

Posted @ March 18, 2011 17:32

 

Mayukh Dewan Says:

britain is facing a grim alcohol consumption future. binge drinking is a serious problem in the young circles there and this is prompting the governament to take steps. furthermore... alcohol companies have also vowed to reduce the alcohol percentage of their beers and eventually spirits. already heineken has reduces its alcohol percentage by 1 percent in GB and strongbow cider is next.

Posted @ March 17, 2011 14:41

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Well said, Bahman. But I can understand Greg's anguish. Perhaps, he misinterpreted the article and the gist. He is also perhaps too young to realize that the after effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki lasted for decades after the tragedy. Our hearts go to our Japanese brethern. But as I said and as you are endorsing, a couple of glasses of red wine a day cannot hurt anyone and if some one says it does-he is simply ignorant (based on several studies I have come across!), prejudiced or a victim of social mores or religious diktat which should be respected as well. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 17, 2011 14:16

 

Bahman Marzbani Says:

We all know that Resveratrol is an anti-oxidan, which normally are good for a person's well-being. So, irrespective of what Greg says, it can do no harm, if not any good, as Greg suggests. Greg, as they say, Faith or Hope can move mountains"...so, if someone has faith or hope in recovering from any situation, they will cling to that straw, and will survive if the person has great faith and a strong will enough will. The worst case scenario is that he will enjoy his resveratrol enhanced wine and relax.You statement does not call for a "WTF?!". Maybe you should start drinking red wines in moderation. It just might help you.

Posted @ March 17, 2011 14:12

 

Mayukh Dewan Says:

i agree with this article wholeheartedly.i would like to share a personal incident here... during the last christmas holidays 2010-2011 i came to india with quite a few bottles of Martini Asti for new year celebrations along with my wifes birthday (she enjoys the fruity sweet perfumy asti). most of the family members from both sides of the family (me and hers of course) were kinda confused with "Martini" firstly and secondle with me calling it a sparkling wine..... as a last resort i (feeling quite queer) resorted to call the spumante as a champagne (oh god!!!) so as to make all comfortable with the alcohol and appreciate it. cheers, Mayukh Dewan

Posted @ March 17, 2011 10:52

 

Vinaya Byndoor Says:

Hi, I would like to know how to obtain a Wine/Beer License in Bangalore. I am looking at starting a Steak House with Beer and Wine.Been hunting for information on this, for quite sometime now.Would be really helpful if you can throw some light on this. And i would also like to know, if there are any short term courses in India for Wine tasting, which i have been wanting to go for. THanks. Regards, VInaya

Posted @ March 17, 2011 10:38

 

James Says:

Wine alone does not contain therapeutic amounts of resveratrol. One must use a quality approved supplement for this purpose. The one used in most human clinical trials is biotivia bioforte. It has been shown to also improve cerebral function, and have chemo-protective effects agains the conditions associated with human aging.

Posted @ March 16, 2011 13:45

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Six key UK health associations including the British Medical Association and Alcohol concern have rejected the government’s new ‘responsibility deal’ on alcohol ahead of its publication today, according to Decanter. For reasons advanced, please visit
Decanter. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 15, 2011 15:15

 

Bernard Herbert Says:

Dear Sirs, as I read on your website about a blindtasting you will be organising, I wanted to inform you about winebottlesocks for blindtasting we are producting and delivering all over the world. Check our our website www.winesock.com and feel free to ask for a free sample. Also read the recent published articles in the Manila Standard. As a matter of fact I am having a tasting of DRC this week. Best regards, Bernard Herbert

Posted @ March 15, 2011 12:35

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Please believe me when I say that we feel devastated by the mishap and our total sympathies are with our Japanese brethern. But let me emphasise that we are not involved in any commercial wine activity, whatsoever. The article is a factual reporting of a research already conducted and the mention of a the then common advice-though without any scientific evidence, after the Chernobyl disaster. I also researched and mentioned an article of 1986 which debunked the theory due to lack of scientific basis. It was our intent and hope to catalyse someone in the world of research to take up more scientific study in this area. In any case, taking the two red wine glasses a day won't hurt anyone. The effect of nuclear radiation, unfortunately lasts for decades and goes way beyond what we are seeing today, as you may know from history. I am truly sorry it has hurt your sensibility. However, we do not remove any articles from our website but your comment and criticism is well meant and accepted graciously and published unedited. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 15, 2011 12:15

 

Greg Floyd Says:

This article is offensive and it's author has no rational foothold in reality, much less scientific evidence to back his claims. Please remove this article from your site as it is an obvious attempt to try and sell wine by exploiting a disaster. "Dying of nuclear radiation? Drink red wine." WTF?!

Posted @ March 15, 2011 12:05

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for your comments, Laura. I was also slightly perplexed but amused by the ‘classification’. But it does put a few of you on a pedestal and as you said, in good company. But knowing the Tuscans well, I knew there would be disagreements. I am sure many will react more vociferously against the concept. However, I must admit when the Brunello issue had come up in the USA in 2008, I had also suggested in zest that maybe the Brunello producers should consider producing a ‘Super-Brunello’ for the super Americans! Every time I visit Montalcino, I love to visit at least a few new wineries. I would keep in mind visiting you next time. Thanks for the invitation. Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 14, 2011 17:19

 

Laura Says:

Dear Cav. Arora, I just wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed your recent article about Brunello. I can certainly confirm that we were a trifle perplexed by the dubious honour of being in the "super second" category, though it must be said that we are in very good company! I was particularly interested in the insights regarding the Indian market, specifically "Think Brunello Drink Rosso" whch of course makes perfect sense. I couldn't help thinking about our 100% Sangiovese Rosso del Palazzone in this context. This wine is made up of a blend of potential Brunello and is extremely popular. I wrote about our most recent bottling 01/11 here: http://www.ilpalazzone.com/il-palazzone-2/rosso-del-palazzone-out-with-the-dt-and-in-with-the-r/ I would love to show you round the property when you are next in Montalcino.
We are very close to the town centre, just 1 km from the mosaic man roundabout... and we welcome visitors! Best regards,
Laura

Posted @ March 14, 2011 17:15

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Again got bowled.What a flow in reporting,specially on such a delicate and exciting subject as wine.Hats off!! Subhash. Not that I agreed on all points of your observations,I happened to be there too and we did exchange few moments, but the over all expertise and the deep rooted knowledge on the subject educate us,your readers.Regards..

Posted @ March 11, 2011 15:15

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Yes, I guess I left myself open to being unfairly branded an MCP. Which women's mag would be the equivalent , according to you? Subhash

Posted @ March 09, 2011 16:37

 

Yegas Says:

I suppose the play on the " PLAYBOY " if the pictures from Bordeaux Gourmet Publication featuring Top Chefs of the World  were that delectable is inevitable for a full red blooded male ! Yegas    

Posted @ March 09, 2011 16:33

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Actually there are many complex reasons, Bahman. Wine was not on our country's radar till a couple of decades ago. Liwuor has been always prevalent. Alcohol consumption has been considered a social ill due to a section of society doing the harakiri by drinking cheap alcohol to get drunk and in the process creating economic calamities on the family. Our Constitution has been explicitly against alcohol promotion. Unfortunately,  the lawmakers have lumped wine with the whole spectrum of alcohol and liquor, and have still not appreciated the health benefits of wine and the need to direct the liquor drinkers to this beverage. Obviously, the liquor producers are not keen for the wine to substitute their highly profitable product.
Lets hope things change for the better. But rest assured, the tourists would find some thing palatable at the retail shops or the hotel- at least some interesting Indian wines. Cheers, Subhash Arora

Posted @ March 08, 2011 15:16

 

Bahman Marzbani Says:

Wow!!!! Matybe that is just what the tourists need....an excuse to drop India from their tour itinerary. Is it possible that those who levy taxes on wines and liquors do not consume wines, etc. Maybe that could be another reason why NO wine or liqour is served at Govt. official functions in India. There is a need for India to re-inherit its wine culture. maybe wine should be classified as a health drink rather than an alcoholic drink.

Posted @ March 08, 2011 15:13

 

Siddhu Says:

when bharti walmart is coming to vijayawada(andrapradesh)

Posted @ March 08, 2011 10:57

 

Rajiv Seth Says:

Dear Mr. Arora In the recent past many industries have got a packeged deal. Aviation industry is one such example and kingfisher was one of the benifishries. if Aviation industry can get some relief I dont think why governament will have a second thought on Wine industry.After all we all know EU wine industry has been getting such deal packeges for years now then why not our poor farmers for what ever reasons.

Posted @ March 08, 2011 10:52

 

B.Shankaranarayan Says:

Wineries need to participate in wine tasting festivals to reach out to the consumer. Strangely, Chateau d'Ori has kept away from the biggest festivals(Pune & Bandra). How on earth will people buy their wine if they cannot taste it?

Posted @ March 08, 2011 10:47

 

Thomas Francioni Says:

Dear Arora, I read you article posted last Friday. I was impressed  of your perfect analysis of our Area, Town, Noble Wines (Vino Nobile), Easier wines to drink(Rosso di Montepulciano), The "ancient mistake" of Montepulciano Town and Montepulciano grape variety.Regards.Thomas Francioni, Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Posted @ March 07, 2011 17:34

 

Subhash Arora Says:

My sympathies are completely with the vine growers and wine makers and I agree that part of the failure is due to lack of marketing strength. For years, I have emphasisedand advocated that wine is like any other business where brand building, quality, pricing and other parameters are important. But unfortunately the enterprising farmers and producers were lured by the cost of Rs.60-70 a liter and sales price of Rs.400 a bottle- with immense profitability. To them all it meant was getting the grapes, fermenting them and pocketing the profits-sans the marketing skills required. Some got lured by their compatriots buying wine in bulk at Rs.30 a liter and making windfall profits. But don't forget that failure of Indage was not due to lack of marketing skills. Sula and Grover went about the job with passion that matches anyone else that I know of, but when Grover lost the whole year's production due to a small technical problem a couple of years ago, should the government have bailed them out? If Ch d'Ori makes a winery but cannot find enough market for its wine, should the government buy the winery from them or forgo the loans? I think not. Neither do they, I am sure. We may blame the government for some antiquated policies and archaic procedures but it would be counter-productive to blame them for a liberal and easier winemaking policy. The fact is that it is a greenfield industry and many are lured into it without adequate business skills-the slower than expected growth is no help either. But I think there are wine giants already in the making. Yes, the government must give a sympathetic look like restructuring the loans and perhaps allowing them a one-off opportunity to convert the wine in the tank into alcohol. The IGPB should be equipped to give a stronger helping hand to promote their wines. Subhash Arora    

Posted @ March 07, 2011 10:26

 

Rajiv Seth Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, As wine is a buissness of passionate people and some times pure finacial calculations does'nt work here.Unfortunately for Indian wine industry barring a few almost all wineries are at a brink of collepse due to Finacial difficulties. One of the major handicap of almost all small wineries here is the lack of marketing skills.Offcource govt.policies have played a big role for this mess.It is high time the indutry leaders should raise a voice in demanding a big financial package for either debt restructuring for all wineries facing difficulties or if possible a complete debt write off plans. Otherwise this mess is going to become deeper and deeper.- Rajiv seth

Posted @ March 05, 2011 10:24

 

Chef Vikram Vij Says:

Hello Subhash, 1984, i left Bombay to become a chef, i studied in Austria and got my chefs and sommelier papers from there. Since then i have run 2 restaurants in Vancouver under the name Vijs. I have worked with Michael in Austria and i have served his GV with my cuisine and i believe that GV goes very well with Indian food, good acidity and right amount of residual sugar makes this a great pairing. I am proud to see that Michael M. went to India and there is a market for it. I spoke to Rajeev Samant ( Sula) and told him about that. Ajoy ( winemaker) was looking into it. Hope the restaurants would do well with this great wine. Please visit my website www.vijs.ca if you need to know anything about me. Vikram Vij

Posted @ March 03, 2011 10:52

 

Subhash Arora Says:

I believe Dhur is still in the race. He has just taken longer time to refuel in the pit stop, maybe. Subhash arora

Posted @ March 02, 2011 15:10

 

Siyamalan Says:

OMG! its really shocking to read as I strongly believed that Ch d'Ori will be fore-runner among Quality wine-makers in India.

Posted @ March 02, 2011 15:05

 

Vijayakumar Says:

dear sir when the indage vinters start trading please inform .

Posted @ March 02, 2011 12:59

 

Basuuta Rashiidah Says:

am a ugandan i would like to attend that confrence so i request you to send me an invitation. my passport noB0842797 AM WORKING WITH JAGGWE J ENT LTD hope to hear from u soon

Posted @ March 01, 2011 16:40

 

Daniel Scheffler Says:

I am interested in exporting South African wines to India. If you could please assist me with some advice. Thanks so much, Daniel

Posted @ March 01, 2011 12:18

 

Thomas Burg Says:

Hello, I've heard that Austrian Gruner Veltliner is planted near Bangalore. DO you know anything about it. Thank you Kind regards, Thomas Burg

Posted @ March 01, 2011 12:12

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Can I get advanced news of Indian events please?

Posted @ February 28, 2011 15:50

 

Subhash Arora Says:

I think we need to compliment the karnataka government. They are very positive about wine promotion. They are ways ahead of Delhi and I believe Mumbai. I hope the trend continues. Subhash

Posted @ February 28, 2011 15:40

 

kskarnicSays:

The situation in United States and India are similar when it comes to wine marketting. However Government of karnataka is slowly opening to the idea of privitization through permitting individuals to open wine taverns in malls and very recently the permitted the Horticulture Produce co-operative marketing society to sell wines in one of its major branches during Annual Grapes Mela. Apart from this several wine taverns have come up in Bangalore city and in all probability taverns will come up in cities like Belgaum and Mangalore as well. Trust this trend will continue otherwise wine makers may have to close their wineries after strugling to find market for their produce.

Posted @ February 28, 2011 15:30

 

kskarnic Says:

karnataka is in lead in this aspect also. Major malls like Big bazar in Bangalore has been marketing IMFL and wine(all Indian brands)

Posted @ February 28, 2011 13:45

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks Sidd. I will be in Verona on 7th and 8th only. Subhash

Posted @ February 26, 2011 13:20

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks but a major correction is in order. I have been nominated only. Winning the award is like reaching the moon! Subhash

Posted @ February 26, 2011 13:13

 

kskarnic Says:

Congratulations Mr.Subash arora for having won the prestigious award for the second time. It is an uniqe achievement.

Posted @ February 26, 2011 12:48

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Congratulations!!Subhash.From our first meet at Bombay Wine fest2010, I considered you as one of my teachers in the fascinating world of wine.More I learn about you,more I am pleased for my decision that day. Trying to attend the session on Feiday,8th April at Verona.Wish you the best.

Posted @ February 26, 2011 12:33

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Romi. Thanks. Enough to keep me charged up but you are putting too much load on my shoulders. But I can assure you I will do my best to continue to help in steering in the right direction relentlessly. Subhash

Posted @ February 26, 2011 11:00

 

Romi Bhalla Says:

Congratulations Subhash it is rare and a privilege indeed to have a dedicated wine Journalist of your stature from India. I am certain the future of wine industry in India is in good hands.

Posted @ February 26, 2011 10:52

 

H R Ahuja Says:

Mr Arora, This change, howsoever small is significant because it has been brought about due to your reasoned and persistent campaign. I wish the Delhi Govt takes cognizance of your efforts in making them realise the grave injustice being done to domestic wine companies. You should make efforts and if necessary involve Indian Wine Producers Association to reduce the bond fee, licence fee and label fee for domestic wine producers. Ahuja

Posted @ February 26, 2011 10:23

 

Sucheta Dalal Says:

Thanks for this excellent and detailed article. It answers all our questions about York, which we saw, everytime we passed Sula to Beyond -- several times over in the two weekends we spent in Nashik recently. York has the more spectacular lake view and we were tempted to go there-- had we read your piece earlier, we certainly would have done so. One tip for Rajeev, If he can better the food at Sula (which will be easy even for a local dhaba) and focus on that with better frontage , he would have lots of people coming in to York!!

Posted @ February 02, 2011 17:10

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks Chetan. I believe you had your first vintage of Pinot Noir. Congratualtions and I hope the wine turns out to be great. First vintage is like first love for any winemaker or sommelier! Subhash Arora

Posted @ February 25, 2011 16:10

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks Yegas, I am glad you are ready with the flute. Champagne is a celebratory drink for all occasions and in either case, we can raise a toast and say as our non-gentile friends say, L'Chaim - to Life!

Posted @ February 25, 2011 16:00

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thank you Debra. Coming from a person of your stature, I take the compliments very encouraging and inspirational. Thanks for the incense at Man Mo Temple. I would need send you a carload of incense from India to make it happen, I think. But I am sure you would not have so much time. I sincerely appreciate the thoughts very much. Subhash

Posted @ February 25, 2011 12:16

 

Debra Meiburg MW Says:

Subhash, Congratulations! Fantastic! Anyone who can taste 200+ Chiantis with me and then get a column out that night deserves such an award (I went straight to sleep!). Will light incense at the Man Mo Temple for you (temple of knowledge). Good luck - more than deserved. Debra

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:47

 

Milind Pandit Says:

Many congratulations for being nomiated for the Best International Journalist’ award instituted by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia. All The Very Best !

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:44

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks Bruce. I'd love to attend this conference and will check it out. Subhash

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:35

 

Bruce Cakebread Says:

Congratulations for your nomination. As a top international journalist, I would encourage you to attend the annual Wine Writers Symposium in Napa Valley which happens the week before Premiere Napa Valley each year.Best regards Bruce

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:32

 

Chetan Shah Says:

Congratulations MR.Arora,for being nominated once again.All my best wishes for you.CADWISH VINYARDS.

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:29

 

Nainaz Shroff Says:

Way To Go Mr Arora !! and All the very best from us all. To us all you already are The Star ... Congratulations !!!! Very Happy For You.

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:25

 

MISS YEGAS NAIDOO Says:

Holding a flute out for you on the 8th of April Subhash, an accolade well deserved. May you succeed with this nomination !

Posted @ February 25, 2011 10:23

 

Subhash Arora Says:

I wish I were as optimist as you are. But this is nice enough and I am happy for getting the nomination. Subhash

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:14

 

Kaniraj K.Sivarajan Says:

Congratulations, we hope that you will win the award this time, this award as a reflection of your hardwork and your passion...

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:13

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Grazie mille, il mio amico Piemontese. Thinking of the white truffles has made me salivate. Their aromas and the delicious flavours in the food thanks to them, transports me to Alba once again. Thank you for the compliments and the kind words. Subhash 

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:11

 

Angelo Feltrin Says:

I follow your news letter with interest and every time I found very interesting news, but today I found a GREAT news, many, many, compliments for Your second nomination, I'm happy for You and I hope to meet You at Vinitaly or better invite You in Piemonte again, maybe for Truffel fair. All my best to a great "Friends of Piemonte"!! Angelo Feltrin

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:10

 

Sumedh Singh Mandla Says:

My heartiest Congratulations on being nominated for the ‘Best International Journalist’ award instituted by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia.  Best wishes for the same as always.Best Regards, Sumedh Singh Mandla -CEO Aspri

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:09

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Grazie Beppe. I will be visiting Vinitaly but this year I may not be judging at the competitoin. Subhash

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:07

 

Beppe Zatti Says:

Best Congratulations Mr Arora; I hope to meet you again in Verona for next Vinitaly wine challenge and congratulate You personally, See You Soon Beppe Zatti

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:05

 

ANIL MATHUR Says:

Unless relief in license fee and label registration fees the availability of consumers choice wine brands in Delhi remains a Dream. What ever reduction in EXCISE DUTY dose not bring new entrant except bringing down the price of brands already available in market. The main DETERRENT factor for new wine brands to come into Delhi is therefore reduction in entry fee by reducing license fee and registration fees. The small company who enter paying current fee once not sustain for next year due to volubility of business. The off take form outlets will remain low due to non availability of varieties in shop or that matter malls. Thus unless addressing to the root problem of license fee and registration fee the reduction in EXCISE DUTY remains a cosmetic relief bringing no change except loss in govt. revenues further. Hope good sense prevails to bring license fee and registration fee down which will increase new entrants and additional volume they bring to increase excise revenue.

Posted @ February 24, 2011 16:00

 

Arun Batra Says:

Congratulations Subhash - it's great to see the Italian Wine Producers recognizing your efforts. All the best for the 8th of April -hope your nomination wins!!

Posted @ February 24, 2011 13:07

 

Satwinder Pal Singh Says:

Good to know that wine manufacturing companies in India are getting certified for food safety standards like ISO22000. Pernod Ricard India P Ltd manufactures Nine Hills wines at Dindori, Nasik district. The winery received its ISO22000 certificate dt 18 June 2010 from DNV certification body. The certificate is issued under the accrediation from RvA (Dutch Council of Accretiation). The certificate is valid upto 18 June 2013.

Posted @ February 24, 2011 13:00

 

Jagdish Chander Says:

In India we are producing only table grapes (18 brix) which can make alcohol upto 6-7 %. We find that freshly fermentated grape juice is fortified. Additives are also used. There is no regulatory authority to ban illegal activities. Wine shops sell only liquors, wihsky,rum gin, vodhka, etc which are largely the bye-products of sugar industry. In the absence of any regulation enforcement agency for wine-making there is wide spread corruption in the country in wine-making. In Europe wine making is a long tradition and all regulated and its wines are made according to certain well defined practices. It is ironical to mention that we produce liquors/fortified alcoholic beverages and drugs so called indian wine industry. Wines are only made in vineyards and isolated villages. We have neither infrastucture nor the financial support for vintage wines. We should be only discussing about freshly fermented sweet beverage of grape fruit and how to improve its quality as tonic for fitness and health and get recognition as a natural produce instead of mingle it with alcohlism. Wineshop is a misnomer in India and represent vested interest of liquor industry. It does not help the wine trade. France produces vintage wines. By using aditives we cannnot make wine. We have to produce better grapes for producing better wines. We do not have viticulture experts nor possess oenological back-ground for producing any wine. Jagdish Chander

Posted @ February 24, 2011 12:37

 

YEGAS NAIDOO Says:

An extremely well researched and comprehensive article covering the diverse aspects relating to the production, technical requirements, labelling and responsible marketing of wine in the rapidly evolving, so called, New and Old World producing countries. Whilst some of the wine scams mentioned might not have been fatal they were executed with deliberateness and with blatant disregard and disrespect to the ultimate consumer who might still, today, be deemed to be somewhat uneducated and undiscerning.

Posted @ February 21, 2011 13:58

 

Atul Jagtap Says:

Sir Help Me in getting dealership in Wine and Beer Distubution in Solapur area. Plz help me

Posted @ February 17, 2011 16:03

 

RIchard Mendelson Says:

Please pass along my complements to Mr. Seth for an excellent article. I am a wine law expert in Napa Valley who spends a lot of time in India. Actually, I'm in India now for a month. I would like to meet Mr. Seth in person or to chat with him online. Please pass along my contact information: Richard Mendelson Napa, California RPMendelson@gmail.com cell 707-294-8989

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:20

 

Ronald Says:

This article is well overdue, well done Rajiv. I have recently been working as a winemaker in India and tried i vain to fid wine laws and regulations. It seems there is none. That is a very dangerous situation indeed because where profits are to be made producers will sometimes be dishonest. R. Solomon

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:15

 

Subhash Arora Says:

I totally agree with you. One of the benefits India will have is access and guidance to such laws and we look forward to a good collaboration between the IGPB and OIV to take this important aspect of wines forward. It would be nice to have OIV invite the Indian government for the International Assembly in June so the officials can exchange the ideas even before India becomes a member officially, hopefully in July this year.

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:10

 

Yann Juban Says:

Good global presentation. May I add that this need of wines laws will be also in conjonction with the adhesion of India to the International Wine and Vine Organisation (OIV) who is the reference body for wine and vine standardization in the world. Yann Juban Assistant Director General of the OIV Secretary General of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV)

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:06

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Play of words! Sorry if you were not ‘vehement’. But what we are trying to determine is the trend in the sale of so called Indian premium wines. Personally, it would be disastrous if we find that this sector is not growing fast enough when there is a move to bring out the higher end wines by many producers including Sula. Subhash Arora

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:04

 

Rajeev Samant Says:

Hi Subhash - Not sure when I "vehemently contested" anything... lots of statistics out there and the true figure is anyone's guess..

Posted @ February 17, 2011 15:00

 

Subhash Arora Says:

This is not Sancerre which is more complex, elegant and a lot more expensive. The company also makes Sancerre which is more than twice the price of this Sauvignon –made by the producer who seems to be looking to find various expressions of the Loire Valley grape. I twisted the importers to bring the price down so people can enjoy it. I would love to have the feedback from our readers who take benefit of the scheme (by the way-I have no interest in the scheme. When I find there could be a good value for the consumer, I get them a special price so I could recommend it-my threshold for daily drinking wine is Rs. 1200. Thanks Subhasis for the comment. Subhash Arora

Posted @ February 17, 2011 14:50

 

Subhasis Ganguli Says:

Dear Subhash, If I understand correctly, this is not a Sancerre, but a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Will there be many takers for a old world Sauvignon Blanc, without an appellation, price point not withstanding? It will be interesting to see... Subhasis Ganguli, President, Calcutta Wine Club.

Posted @ February 17, 2011 14:45

 

Nikita Trivedi Says:

Hello, How can I join the Mumbai Chapter of the Academy? Regards, Nikita Trivedi

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:30

 

Dr. D. P. Nerkar Says:

Sir, Scholle Company has developed a bag in box packages for 3 lts of wines This packge has a tap from which one can take any amount he desires and remaining wine remains in good condition till it is over (til 2 months) So such packaging will be useful for restaurants and regular consumers. Your comment on this is desirable.

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:26

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Wish to be know more of Delhi Wine Club's Mumbai Chapter activities.A brilliant report once again.Your reporting style swings me inside the events and I return wiser,probably.Congrats!!

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:16

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

It is always so satisfying to be around your pages.Thanks for such info in details.I wish to attend the international conference as a Press member.Your guidance please.

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:06

 

Subhash Arora Says:

U r welcome sidd- so long as u mention source. I am all about spreading the good word.

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:03

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

I wish to use some of your notes,articles,reviews etc. flashed here in our publications,'Anando Sangbad' the only of its type,bilingual(Bengali/English) community news monthly since 2004 and JNM(the trade news magazine since 2000).Need not to mention,source shall always be reveled.Hope I have your permission.

Posted @ February 14, 2011 16:00

 

Tarsillo Says:

Met Alessio last nite and asked him same question (it's really...yours?) getting same ...dry reply: I should hv read your comment earlier! I invited Alessio to taste together some of his wines when he will visit Delhi again: in fact I request Subhash to consider (within prevalent rules provision) a ‘private’ tasting session for core Members @ Flavors

Posted @ February 12, 2011 13:40

 

Sundar Says:

sir , can you guide where we will wine yeast and other chemicals - in india .

Posted @ February 12, 2011 13:26

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for the compliments, Behman. Your query re 'pay' is not clear though. Please clarify. I hope you are getting delWine which is complimentary. Subhash 

Posted @ February 12, 2011 13:20

 

Umesh Pathak Says:

Congrats at last u done it any help in distribution in nagpur pl let me know v 've started FL1 in nagpur recently all the best for ur new venture

Posted @ February 12, 2011 13:11

 

Federico Says:

Dear Subhash, You will also find a small write up on our OIV website: The Government of India, through the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, has officially made the request of adhesion to the International Vine and Wine Organisation last 12th of January. This application is the very positive result of one year of meetings and exchange of letters between the OIV and the Ministry and demonstrates the interest of this Country for the vine and wine sector as expressed by the Indian Ambassador, Mr Ranjan Mathai during the last OIV meetings in Beaune in October 2010. This membership ,which will be formally valid after a 6 month lapse of time, due to the diplomatic process of acceptation, will grant  the Indian delegation with the full powers to actively participate in the OIV Executive Committee, the Commissions and Experts Groups , as representatives of the 45th OIV Member State. Cheers. Federico

Posted @ February 12, 2011 11:24

 

Roopa Says:

want to be a member of the wine family

Posted @ February 12, 2011 11:12

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

The newsletter probably needs to flash national/international forthcoming events more prominently. Many events are read,rather attended.I am sure you shall assist.

Posted @ February 11, 2011 11:26

 

Umesh Natraj Says:

Best wishes to "Turning Point"....hope every wine lover meet his or her's turning point..like Ashwin did..!!!

Posted @ February 11, 2011 11:07

 

Rishi Vohra, CSW Says:

This article got me thinking. It's amazing how many inroads prestigious wines of the world have made into India. Unfortunately, due to the fact that India has banned the advertising of alcohol, wine consumers and potential adopters aren't aware of these fine wines. The Indian Government should understand that wine, unlike other 'alcohol' has tremendous health benefits and should allow at least print advertising on the condition that the advertisement also strongly conveys the health benefit to the consumer. This would also see the possibility of exclusive wine magazines in India, as this advertising would also support revenues. Wishful thinking, isn't it??

Posted @ February 09, 2011 11:15

 

Nikita Says:

i attended a conference on climate change adaptation at brisbane,australia.Iam doing masters in botany.I would like to be a part of this conference.Do post me more about it.

Posted @ February 09, 2011 11:07

 

Remie Says:

Keep up the good work of consumer education about the right approach to & real love of wine. Most other commentators/educationists speak about wine with "rupees/dollars" in their minds. Worse, praise mediocre wines, via white lies simply because the wines are sponsored for the talk. Have a great 2011 with Adil's upcoming wedding.

Posted @ February 09, 2011 11:02

 

Anand Mehta Says:

Dear Ashwin,I feel this is really an innovative thinking and of course you are capable of. I wish you all the best and wish almighty that it becomes a turning point for not better but best. Anand Mehta, Arizona Marketing Pvt. Ltd.

Posted @ February 08, 2011 13:17

 

kapil deo Says:

“ Why are you serving red wine chilled??” , “ You should allow red wine to breath more”, “ NO….this is not a real cabernet”, “Do you call it a merlot???”, “ Their sauvignon is quit fine”
These are few seldom found conversations in India, I was listening very often in Goa Grape escaped 2011. Few of them were even directed towards me ( or my wines) making me feel embarrassed at times, but this embarrassment was satisfactory. There was a satisfaction to find so many wine critics in India and for my surprise a large number of them were Indians. Finding critics is an indication of success. I could recall a dialogue from Hindi Movie Guru, “ Jab log tumhare bare mein bolane lage to samjho tarraqi kar rahe ho” ( “ If people starts talking about you that means you are making progress”) I have always tried to justified all Indian wines by saying these have their Indianess in its taste. But if people would look to match genuine varietal taste then it is a good sign indeed. I am not bothered if it will make me work harder on my wines but it will open doors for new opportunity.
The best part of Grape Escaped was the crowd. This was not the first time I came across genuine wine lovers. This is quit common to any wine festival. But I am certainly overwhelmed by the number. The crowd was phenomenal all four days.
The dazzling music and dance floor set up the mood and ray of different wines to match the food. The experience was certainly enhanced by plenty of gorgeous faces around to shine, but nothing could really overshadow the beautiful creation of human being termed as WINE !!

Posted @ February 07, 2011 13:34

 

Uday Gaur Says:

Dear Sir I am Dr. Uday Gaur working in Mountain climate change and teaching Biology in school. I have 600 students. My students really want to work in climate and environment issues. Can u organised any small conference for the students to sensitizd the local community regarding water, land and environmental issues. Thanks

Posted @ February 07, 2011 11:31

 

Bahman Marzbani Says:

Dear Subash As usual delWine is the best source of information we receive of the wine consumption trends, duties, and relevant information regarding new wine entrants into India. Do we need to pay so that we may consider of becoming a new entrant onto the Indian wine scenario? Please advise. Thank you. Regards Bahman Marzbani, JP Managing Director Zeeman Wines

Posted @ February 07, 2011 11:24

 

Camini Says:

I would like to know about how do we do the branding of wines in India as well what are the parameters to pair wine with food?

Posted @ February 07, 2011 10:16

 

Dan Shamir Says:

Hello, My name is Daniel Shamir. I am a third year law student at the University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California. This past semester I wrote a paper for my international trade law class on the Indian Wine Industry. I featured several articles from your blog, and I wanted to thank you for your fantastic insight and extensive and thorough reporting on the Indian wine industry. I wanted to email as to whether I could email the paper to your academy. Please let me know! Thanks! Daniel Shamir

Posted @ February 04, 2011 13:11

 

Kawaljeet Singh Says:

Dear Mr Arora A well written and factually redolent article..continuing the Delwine tradition The GTDC deserves to be praised for continuing with the tradition of Grape Escapade which is becoming an annual event, looked forward to by both wine companies and customers. The level of engagement, energy levels and festivities are true to the Goan tradition of merriment. I however request GTDCtotake it tothe next level by making this event more inclusive by promoting this as a Grape Escapade celebration week or fortnight and declare this event on various internationaland nationalcommunications of GTDC with participation from various hotels, restaurants, tour operators. Create and promote special menus, showcasing Goan cusine, involve more tourists, organize heritage walks leading to the venue. for wine companies to passon special prices and discounts to consumers to envourage morepurchases and indulgence in the healthy beverage, rationalization of stall rents to more easily affordable levels. Expansion of venue space,include more performances including classical dances etc couldbe considered. The ideas are aplenty and am sure Big Banyan and other wine companies would be delighted to brainstorm together on how to take this festival of Goan merriment to higher levels Regards Kawaljeet Singh Head Marketing Big Banyan Wines kawaljeet@bigbanyanwines.com

Posted @ February 04, 2011 12:45

 

Dharti Desai Says:

I wish Ashwin lots of luck and I am sure he will be successful given his solid experience in this industry and a very keen understanding of the Indian wine consumer. We need more people like him in the roller coaster wine industry in our incredible India:-)

Posted @ February 04, 2011 12:31

 

Vijay Says:

it's truly very nice ,there is tremendous scope in wine industry as concern with economy of local farmers as well as health also.I also belongs to this idustry.

Posted @ February 03, 2010 14:10

 

Somesh Chaurasia Says:

Hi Mr Arora, I am one of long term believer in Indage story and Chogule family.  When so much bad press is given to such pioneer company - I feel lot of pain.   I am long term investor in this company and have been trying to grab more shares in recent days. However I am worried somehow as there has been no comments from Chougule family as scuh..... I was really impressed by your blog on http://www.indianwineacademy.com/blog_54_404.aspx

What is your sense of what is in store for this company and whether I should hope for anything good from Mr chougule.Concerned investor and Indage fan

Posted @ February 03, 2010 13:48

 

Romi Bhalla Says:

Dear Subhash this is very interesting. First off all when it comes to wines irrespective of what it costs taste is paramount. What's the point of drinking a wine for merely a kick? You might as well drink some cheap hard liquor. It reminds me of the "kitna deti hai " ad of Maruti. Wine is not expensive we simply cant afford it. Yes the taxes are high but its the content that matters the most and not price. I think we should stop winching about high prices and concentrate more about the finer nuances of wine.Yes in context of other alcoholic beverages wines will always be expensive a worldwide phenomenon no matter what the taxes are. Why don't "Black Label" or single malt drinkers winch about prices, apparently they get a huge "sarur" after a few pegs which may not be the case with wines. The most important factor is afford ability pyramid people with less disposable incomes go for cheap liquors and higher incomes go for scotch and premium spirits. No matter how much the prices come down good wines will always be more expensive than spirits or cheap wines without any character vis a vie "sarur" to taste quotient.

Posted @ February 03, 2011 10:47

 

Rishi Vohra, CSW Says:

This is interesting. I frequent Walgreens and CVS (another drugstore) in Berkeley. Both these stores have a grocery and cosmetic section which is bigger than its pharmacy/drug section. Unless Colby Red is specifically positioned as wine with health benefits, it faces the threat of being one among the wine section that already exists on the huge wine shelf at these stores.

Posted @ February 02, 2011 15:31

 

Siyamalan Says:

Welcome Fruit Wines :)

Posted @ February 02, 2011 15:10

 

MD, Neramac Says:

Thank you Sir. I had made a glance on the Article, it is soothing & takes forward the message we wanted to voice through this seminar. We are thankful to you to come & share our forum & our cause. Warm regards. S Bhattacharjee -MD, Neramac

Posted @ February 02, 2011 10:15

 

Sidd Says:

What an exhaustive study,observation and analysis embedded within the report.For a new entrant certainly it was an eye opener.Hats off! Subhash!!Someday would like to accompany on such a tour/meet/conference to assist and learn.

Posted @ February 01, 2011 17:45

 

Sushma Sharma Says:

If you r intrested to open retail shop in my town Etah I can offer my land which is situated in an aria of 300000 squ yard.Etah badly needs a departmental shop my land is just in the heart of towm on Agra road just before the Banglow of district judge Please reply if you don't want to open sushma sharma

Posted @ January 28, 2011 10:22

 

Shruti Arora Says:

Hi, I am a wine drinker and extremely interested in increasing my knowledge about the same. Would love to be informed about wine sessions and tastings being held in Delhi.

Posted @ January 27, 2011 12:18

 

Carlo Says:

to whom this may concern we at wine web want to know if you are wanting any south african wines in your country?

Posted @ January 25, 2011 17:12

 

Patricia Timbrook Says:

Dear Grover Wines, Will you be sponsoring a 2012 wine label art competition? Thank you for your information. Pat Timbrook artist

Posted @ January 25, 2011 17:10

 

Ravneesh Garg Says:

Hello, Wish to get information on opening a Wine Bar in delhi .. would like to get intouch

Posted @ January 24, 2011 11:47

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Hello Aashish, Good to hear from you. I will be glad to come sometime and do it. I am in Shillong right now to Speak at a Fruit Wine Conference and be back on Thursaday. Call me anytime after that and let me know how you propose me to do it. Subhash Arora

Posted @ January 19, 2011 12:06

 

Ashish Says:

hi mr. arora since i am the email member of the IWA delhi , since i attended your workshop in jaypee hotel, i want to look for similar kind of workshop on wine in our university. looking forward for your positive response. ashish keswal faculty. HNB Garhwal central university srinagar garhwal, uttrakhand 

Posted @ January 19, 2011 12:00

 

Rapunzel D'Mello Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, We would like to clarify that Café Coffee Day does not serve wine at any café except at it’s outlet at the Mumbai airport, which is a round the clock café and serving wine is requirement of the for this café only. We would like to further clarify that Café Coffee Day is a coffee café and does not have any plans to serve wine as indicated in the article. We request you to kindly make the necessary change on your portal as it give the readers the wrong impression of India’s largest coffee café chain. Regards, Rapunzel D'mello,Senior Account Manager, Madison Public Relations, Mumbai

Posted @ January 19, 2011 10:32

 

Harshawardhan Apte Says:

So what kind of duties is this Haryana based Nirvana Biosys paying? Is it on juice or wine?

Posted @ January 18, 2011 14:58

 

Gul M Says:

Being a NRI would love to have Starbucks coffee and I am looking forward to see Starbucks enter the India market. Also their success would largely depend a lot on what price point they intend to come at. The reason Cafe Coffee Day is doing a robust business and is successful because their prices are not that high compared to other brands.

Posted @ January 18, 2011 14:43

 

dkraju Says:

In Chennai,Burma Bazar can get you any label but genuineness will depend on customer and it can be door delivered. An open secret but no one dare talk about it. Availability of genuine wine must be coming from bottling of bulk wine imported. If check posts turn a blind eye, any thing can go on. Speaking the truth I already got into problems with Customs.

Posted @ January 18, 2011 13:50

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks, Shankar. If you lay your hands let me have the info. I will try to get the info. Actually, it is quite cumbersome and expensive to get the figures of each port and then collate. Subhash Arora

Posted @ January 18, 2011 13:35

 

B.Shankaranarayan Says:

Subhash, Import data including name of importer, item, HTS classification, fob/cif value, quantity etc. for each port of import is available from many import-export websites like infodrive, cybex etc. Any business that subscribes this service can get the data. The Customs HS code head is 2204 and subhead for wine is 22041000

Posted @ January 18, 2011 13:29

 

Rajiv Seth Says:

Good as long as these cheap imports are not blended with Indian wines, as was the case with Russia where a lot of cheap imports from Argintina and Chile was used for blending and consiquently hamper the growth of Russian wine industry.Hope India will soon form its own wine regulations and impose restrictins on such blendings to protect its wine grape growers . - Rajiv Seth

Posted @ January 18, 2011 11:36

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Your guess is as good as mine, my friend. However, I hope some readers will throw some light on the issue. I plan to go for an RTI application and try getting info from Wine Australia too- whatever I get would be a matter of public record and facts. Cheers. Subhash Arora

Posted @ January 17, 2011 17:00

 

Rajeev Samant Says:

So where do you think that bulk is going, Subhash? Do share your unparalleled knowlege with us!

Posted @ January 17, 2011 16:47

 

Sanjiv K Singh Says:

100 cases of 12 bottles is 1200 bottles and not 12000 as reported by you.

Posted @ January 17, 2011 16:28

 

Sudha Pillai Says:

Hi Subhash, the piece has appeared in today's edition. Here is the link

http://www.bangaloremirror.com, Indian-to-sparkle-in-Hong-Kong.html

Thank you very much. It was a lovely piece. Here's looking forward to interacting with you further in future. Best wishes, Sudha Pillai

Posted @ January 17, 2011 15:34

 

Subhash Arora Says:

To the best of my knowledge there is no assistance from them. You will need to find some sponsors here only.

Posted @ January 13, 2011 12:35

 

Uday Gaur Says:

I am Dr. uday gaur working in mountain climate change science in Indian Himalaya from last 10 years. I want to join the conference. Have u any finiancial assistance for traveling and accommodation. thanks

Posted @ January 13, 2011 12:28

 

Vasant Pawale Says:

It is good that people go to produce the wine from all over India, like Haryana & Himachal "to become major wine producer country"

Posted @ January 13, 2011 12:00

 

Subhash Arora Says:

I agree with you Subhasis. Saint Clair is an excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Price is a factor for retail, though. Cloudy Bay is certainly an over-rated wine-at least in terms of its price. Honestly speaking I don't remeber tasting Palliser Estate-unless I tasted it blind. There are dozens of delicious Sauvignons from NZ-Martinborough not excluded. Thanks for sharing your views. Cheers, Subhash Arora

Posted @ January 12, 2011 15:13

 

Subhasis Ganguli. Says:

Dear Mr Arora, Recently I tasted St Clair Sauvignon Blanc in Kolkata. I found it to be excellent with the typical flavours associated with Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. My personal favourite though is not Cloudy Bay as most people would think, but Palliser Estate from Martinborough. Warm Regards, Subhasis Ganguli. Calcutta Wine Club.

Posted @ January 12, 2011 15:10

 

Adon Kumar Says:

Hi Subash.  Thank you for quoting Wine-Searcher on your latest blog post. I think NZ wines are a great buy at current prices despite the glut and economic conditions. It makes it affordable for Indian consumers. I was also a speaker at the Hong Kong Wine Expo. Sorry I missed meeting you there. Keep in touch and keep up the good work. Adon Kumar- CEO Wine-Searcher.com

Posted @ January 12, 2011 14:50

 

PAUL MUGO Says:

I am taking an Msc. Environmental Studies (Climate Change & Sustainability)in Kenya. I feel I would gain immensely from the conference. Please keep me posted.

Posted @ January 12, 2011 13:31

 

Antonella Gemignani Says:

I am in Delhi for 3 days with a selection of organic wines from Tuscany and i would like to meet importer. Can you help me? Thanks for your kind attention. Best for now, Antonella Gemignani cell.9718517803 .

Posted @ January 12, 2011 13:37

 

FPB Says:

While on the subject of wine corks, can anyone suggest what I can do with them? We have a huge collection of wine corks, both real cork as well as a few of the synthetic ones. It would be a shame to just throw them away.

Posted @ January 11, 2011 17:54

 

Ashim Kumar Das Says:

Sir, Some Italian wine makers express their interest for exporting branded wines to Indian market. Kindly let me know how they can do so. kind regards ashim kumar das +91 9993118656

Posted @ January 10, 2011 16:24

 

FPB Says:

Excellent information in the article pertaining to 2010 crop. I think we need to stock up on a few boxes of 2010 Bordeaux wines, as we did in 2003.

Posted @ January 10, 2011 12:37

 

Leonardo Visconti di Modrone Says:

I certainly share your favourable comments over the Italian sparkling wine PIGNOLETTO DI TIZZANO. The Italian Ambassador in Delhi is a real connaisseur! Leonardo Visconti di Modrone Italian Ambassador in Madrid

Posted @ January 10, 2011 12:08

 

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Posted @ January 06, 2011 14:30

 

Madan Says:

Dear Sir, This is Madan from Andhra Pradesh. I am looking for Banana Wine processing and technology. Kindly do reply me at the earliest along with the contact numbers. Regards, Madan Bangaru Director Lokeswari Solvent Oils Pvt Ltd 2-139, Penumadam Road PALAKOLLU-534260 West godavari District ANDHRA PRADESH Mobile:98481-25992

Posted @ January 03, 2011 11:20

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Rapid rise of wine consumption following large scale increase in interest in it, in India,makes it imperative to be cautious on its making,trade and distribution system.Much before such things touch our country let us formulate methodology and administrative control/checking system so as to maintain the pristine height the industry maintains today, is unhurt.

Posted @ January 03, 2011 11:17

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

Another master piece with subtle details.Shall please not only connoisseurs but also shall do good to upcoming wine enthusiasts.Thanks,IWA.sidd banerji,Mumbai

Posted @ January 03, 2011 10:23

 

Atul Aggarwal Says:

“Neeraj is an extremely capable person, full of thoughts and has a continuous thought process. His experience is invaluable together with his maturity forms the leader he is. He is a person who speaks his own mind and has his views. Nevertheless, he allows others to speak while he listens which makes him the leader he is. Only dead fish swims with the flow.....leaders are different...so is Neeraj.”

Posted @ December 27, 2010 17:32

 

Rohit Bajpai Says:

I had the pleasure of tasting Ammirato's Valpolicella. I think it is a great value for money for the price points which Chris is introducing them in India. Definitely worth it!! Go ahead try them out !!

Posted @ December 27, 2010 17:23

 

Mohamed Borboh Bah Says:

please our organisation well like to attend this conference we will like to know how to register

Posted @ December 25, 2010 11:53

 

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Posted @ December 24, 2010 10:13

 

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Posted @ December 23, 2010 17:50

 

NIRMAL KUMAR GHOSH Says:

I WANT TO IMPORT ALCOHOL AGAINST DUTY FREE LICENSE,FOR MY HOTEL AT DARJEELING.WHAT IS TO BE DONE '

Posted @ December 23, 2010 15:34

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for your interesting comments, Mayukh. I appreciate and endorese what you say, and also for giving more insight into WSET. I fully endorse your views and the industry needs the courses-as you said. However, as you might have read between the lines in the comments, there is a community at large out there which is wine-oriented, wine-specific and wine-enamoured; I am just a small dot in that space. And I am talking more from the wine consumer perspective. Incidentally, I believe and am already on record saying,' to all those who are Diploma Holders of WSET, I salute you for your knowledge on wines and the tasting capabilities.' I am already in the process of organising the Level 2 course for the interested members of Delhi Wine Club. But for me... I'd rather be WET! Subhash

Posted @ December 23, 2010 14:00

 

Mayukh Dewan Says:

i for one would like to go against the trend of this article and would preach doing the WSET course with both the fermented beverages (beers and wines) and Distilled Beverages (spirits). i am an intermediate level WSET holder and i feel WSET is a great way for people working in the Hospitality and Retail industry to have a grasp of the basics of the main wines and spirits in the world. alternatly i understand the comments of all the readers and Mr Arora as well regarding a seperate course in wines only. just to clarify that WSET London is not a Recognised Educational course by the Ministry of Education in UK rather is classified as a Professional Learning course (helping in facilitating the industry staff and people interested in wines and spirits). hope this helps. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Regards, Mayukh Dewan Malaysia

Posted @ December 23, 2010 13:26

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Charles, I agree with you. I am only surprised why it was not named SWET? Spirits guys have enough clout everywhere!! Thanks for your comments. Subhash.

Posted @ December 23, 2010 12:30

 

Tarun Says:

India offers great prospects for wine business. Where the growth in world wine industry is slowing down, wine industry in India is growing at a rate of 25% to 30% every year. Refer to the following report to get a comprehensive understanding of the wine business in India.

Posted @ December 22, 2010 17:20

 

Charles Metcalfe Says:

Could the clue be in the name, Subhash? It's the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. When you visit the headquarters of the WSET in London, there are ample signs of financial support from the Spirits industry. I'm not involved in the WSET, so don't know exactly how it was set up, but suspect it was a joint initiative by both wine and spirits industries. And not so long ago, the WSET courses were only open to people working in the wine and spirits industries. However, I, like you, would favour separate streams, for wines and for spirits. But it could be that lack of funding from spirits companies would then make it less possible to run wine courses.

Posted @ December 22, 2010 17:12

 

Debra Meiburg MW Says:

I like your thinking Subhash. The spirits chapters in the intro course were as much as I want to know about those critters. Spirits give me goose bumps! Debra Meiburg MW.

Posted @ December 22, 2010 17:10

 

Neeraj Sinha Says:

Want to have more details on investment options and path forward.

Posted @ December 22, 2010 10:41

 

Gul Malkani Says:

wow! that's a first with an intake of wine.

Posted @ December 22, 2010 10:32

 

MM Sharma Says:

As a practitioner in competition law, my comments are limited from competition law perspective. The current excise policy of demanding Rs.500,000 annual license fee and Rs.50,000 per label as registration charges,is certainly impeding competition in the wine market and amounts to creation of artificial "entry barriers" by the State Govt. of Delhi. , I feel that the policy is ,prima facie, having an "adverse effect on competition in the relevant market" and the policy is encouraging "market power" of the large producers which can be abused within the meaning of section 4 of the Competition Act or even promote cartelization amongst them . The Department of Excise, Delhi government being also involved in the activity relating to "control" of liquor and distribution of license therefor is also covered in the definition of "Enterprise" under the said Act and its decision to do so amounts to "limiting or restricting the market for wine manufacture and distribution services to the large producers",which is prohibited as an "abuse of dominant position" under section 4(2)(b) of the said Act. Competition Commission of India(CCI) is empowered to take suo motu cognizance of such anti competitive policy and if does not, an "information" can be filed by the small producers affected by such policy with the help of competition law experts to bring back real competition in this market. In fact the Delhi Govt should consider making a "reference " to CCI to give opinion on the effect of such policy on competition and whether it should be allowed to continue. MM Sharma, Advocate, Head-Competition Law Practice, Vaish associates, advocates. .

Posted @ December 20, 2010 16:48

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Ciao Roberto! Thanks for the comments. I am sorry we usually do not change anything in the article once it is published except for grammatical errors or adding/ altering photographs later due to practical constraints. In any case, the title is not about the wine but you and is used as your 'middle' name to make it interesting. And anything in the vicinity of 30-60 kms from Barolo may be loosely labeled as Barolo which is much better known than Cocconato or Asti- at least in India. Cin-Cin
Subhash 

Posted @ December 20, 2010 13:40

 

VICTOR OLAYIWOLA Says:

I wish to be kept posted on the conference details. I am a soil scientist, presently working with Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria. Thanks.

Posted @ December 20, 2010 11:18

 

Rishi Vohra, CSW Says:

Very interesting! Apparently, grape seed oil is also used for cooking in the U.S. because of its high smoke point (the point at which oil smokes) so is good for cooking/frying at high temperatures. From what I read, it preserves flavour and is high in omega 6 which helps the body burn fat and retain energy. I think I saw it on the shelves of Costco, America's popular wholesaler house known to stock widely used products in bulk.

Posted @ December 20, 2010 10:57

 

Roberto Says:

Buongiorno Cavaliere !It was great to see you again in India inspite of the short time available. A splendid  article,  thank you ! On the title it should probably be  “Roberto Bava’s Rosato from Nebbiolo” as it is not grown in Barolo but 50 km north.I am working for creating more and more occasions to link Bava and India . Ciao.Take care, Roberto

Posted @ December 20, 2010 10:23

 

Chris Pohl Says:

Dear Subhash, I would like to use this forum to thank you and everyone responsible for making the launch of our Ammirato Wines the success it was. Your open and unbiased opinion is much appreciated and valued. Our price to quality ratio is our strategy and with that we bring good quality wine to the people that enjoy wine for the first time, people that have been enjoying wine - and thus our wines can become their product of choice. From us all at the Ammirato Family in Italy, India and Sri Lanka a big THANK YOU! Best regards Chris Pohl

Posted @ December 17, 2010 17:00

 

Rishi Vohra Says:

It is great that WSET courses are becoming widespread in India and increasingly accessible. I am based in San Francisco, and was looking to certify myself in the field of wine while educating myself. While WSET is highly valued, another course- CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) is also highly regarded with only a handful of wine specialists holding the title all over the world.

Unlike some other certified wine courses, this is highly recognized the world over, even though it is not advertised or widely known. Unlike the WSET course, this is a self-study and very intensive course, taking about a year after putting at least a few hours daily. The exam is very challenging and tests one's thorough and in-depth understanding of wine. Exam centers are very selective- I had to travel to Los Angeles to give the exam, otherwise had to wait for three months.

Only 50% of people pass although almost all of them have immense prior experience in the wine industry. But on completing and passing the course, one truly feels empowered with wine knowledge and a thorough understanding of all aspects of wine. Of course, it's still a leg in the journey as one is always learning about wine. Rishi Vohra CSW.

Posted @ December 15, 2010 13:18

 

Rayan Soares Says:

Way to go Mario, the way you are striding forward it would be in the near future that we see you as "The Wine Baron For India"... Cheers to SpringField Winery...

Posted @ December 13, 2010 17:00

 

Arjun Dhall Says:

Its surely a rip off for the law abiding importers but what about the ones who manage to balance or make up for the extras by selling expensive liquor and wine in grey market? Is there no law for them or is it them who make and break the law as per their very own convenience ?? This is exactly the reason why people prefer buying from such people or other petty bootleggers since there is always a huge difference in prices! All must get together to take a stand on bringing down customs duty and other levies/taxes so that there is no difference in pricing between whats sold in licensed places as compared to whats sold in grey market.. Thats the only way I think the system, the providers and the consumers will be content and happy.. Grey market operations are destroying the confidence of us providers. You too need to bring such people to light..... BR.

Posted @ December 13, 2010 14:00

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Yes, thanks for keeping us up to date on the A+ initiative. Subhash Arora

Posted @ December 13, 2010 13:55

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Its a pity that there is no distributor in India so far. But I am told negotiations are in the final stages with a couple of importers and I will have the company post on the Comment section when they officially tie up with a partner so you may check back. Subhash Arora

Posted @ December 13, 2010 13:50

 

Amit Agarwal Says:

Well said....

Posted @ December 13, 2010 11:02

 

Tarsillo Says:

OUT OF RECORD I learned from (un)reliable source that in next policy, Importers licence will be granted ONLY to those having their own bonded warehouse, i.e. less competition and worse storing conditions. The Excise never consult anyboby before its decisions. It is not transparent and not efficient at all!

Posted @ December 13, 2010 11:00

 

Nanuk Says:

Dear Subhash, Are these wines from Spain already available in India? Thaks,

Posted @ December 13, 2010 10:20

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Sidd, as I said this was the second edition of IFDE which was held in Pragati Maidan, the official venue for a majority of major shows in different sectors. It could be termed as a sequel to a Bollywood movie except it should be called Lollywood; the script and direction have been from London.

A London-based company, Montgomery International brought in a food and wine show called IFE to the same venue about 6-7 years ago as a JV with an Indian company. Just as the Show reached a profit-making stage the partners had a falling out in 2009. As a part of the settlement, they agreed not to use the IFE name for 2 years- 2009 and 2010.

Another London company in the similar business-Taurus, apparently knew about  the agreement and immediately booked the space booked by IFE, for a new show with a similar name-IFDE, in December 2009. The Project Director of IFDE was previously doing the same job for IFE. Interestingly, another previous Director of IFE is now managing Taste, a similar Show but being held in Mumbai in January.

With the 2-year period over, it would be interesting to see what happens next and like the a Harry Potter series, we await the sequel. In the meantime, damage has been seemingly done by killing the golden goose that was IFE-recession has been no help either. For a related earlier article, read IFDE Show Marred by Recession, Confusion and Legal Disputes. Stay tuned for further developments to delWine-where we report news as it develops. Subhash Arora


Posted @ December 08, 2010 11:06

 

Antonio Says:

THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!!:) Congo's to the Springfields Team!!

Posted @ December 08, 2010 10:23

 

jatmdi Says:

It's interesting to know about your journey and start up which is innovative for indian Public and it is a pleasure to share that you are my alumni from MDI Gurgaon.

Posted @ December 08, 2010 10:19

 

Gaurav Anand Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, I agree about your comments with respect to wine at the show. Even being optimistic/charitable - it is hard to consider the wine part of the exhibition a success. I don't see importers (decision makers) coming in to the exhibition to look for suppliers (wineries) unless the number of exhibitors increases to more than a handful. And I don't see the exhibitors (wineries) coming in till the attractiveness of the market improves. So, frankly I'm not too optimistic that the picture for this exhibition will change next year. The foreign suppliers (wineries) are better off going to Vinexpo Hong Kong or similar shows overseas - where Indian importers are more likely to visit in search of suppliers. As for Indian wines, I visited the 'Indian Grape Processing Board' booth out of genuine curiousity to see what information I could gather about their activities. It was completely empty (no displays, brochures or information of any kind) - except for two guys sitting there and enjoying their non-veg thali! I decided not to interrupt their meal and walked on. You point out rightly that they probably got their booth for free and lacked the enthusiasm to do anything worthwhile with it. Gaurav

Posted @ December 08, 2010 10:10

 

Siddd Banerji Says:

IFDE venue? Was it in Delhi? Did I miss in my hurried search? Greetings, again for another newsletter with information and knowledge,reports and briefs.Yours in the wine world,sidd banerji

Posted @ December 08, 2010 10:01

 

Rafael from Dinastia Vivanco Says:

Dear Subhash, I sincerely appreciate all your kind words and interest shown for our Dinastia Vivanco wines and Museum of the Culture of Wine in Briones, La Rioja. Thanks a lot for becoming a great embassador for Spanish wines in your country. Best wishes and see you soon, Rafael

Posted @ December 07, 2010 16:20

 

Juan Carlos Llopart Says:

Dear Subhash: I would like to thank you for the article on the Spanish Food & Wine event at the Shangri-La hotel in Delhi. It was very detailed and well covered. I would like to  mention that our RIOJA BORDÓN brand has now arrived from our BODEGAS FRANCO ESPANOLAS winery to India through CONTINENTAL SALES EMPORIUM.
Our winery is now 120 years old and one of the most prestigious wineries in La Rioja (Spain) as well as one of Ernest Hemingway favorite wineries when in 1956 he came to our region to write "For whom the bells tolls".Best regards. Juan Carlos Llopart
Bodegas Franco Espanolas, S.A.

Posted @ December 07, 2010 12:08

 

mytravelindiaguide Says:

Good to see some alcohol is a talk of the show in Mizoram. A lot can be found about the Travel Industry on some of the good webpages. http://www.mytravelindiaguide.com/east-india/travel-and-tourism-guide-for-mizoram/

Posted @ December 07, 2010 11:44

 

Dolores Smith Says:

Fantastic article! One suggestions, extra virgin olive oil of the "intense" style/class is fine for shallow-frying (sauteeing) at medium heat. One would never do so with a delicate style such as Daur which is a finishing oil to add complexity, depth of flavour to foods, and help bring together different flavours in a dish as per one of the properties of olive oil. Also, some olive varietals are very thermally resistant, such as Picual, and are excellent for frying at just below smoking point. Olive oil inhibits the abosorption of excessive oil by the food when frying, creating a beautifully, crispy outer coating. Mediterraneans have been heating olive oil for many, many years. However, there IS technique and art involved in frying with olive oil.

Posted @ December 07, 2010 11:39

 

Sanjay Menon -Sansula Says:

The Revana St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was rated 97 points by Wine Spec and is the # 4 wine on the Top 100 List for this year!!! Sanjay Menon -Sansula

Posted @ December 03, 2010 16:30

 

Abimalek Says:

i am sure he must have got tremenduous experience in doing such actions when he was posted in Delhi as a diplomat!!!!

Posted @ December 03, 2010 15:40

 

Raquel Says:

Dear Subhash, Thank you very much. The article is very complete and fully detailed. Congrats! Regards, Raquel

Posted @ December 03, 2010 15:30

 

Rishi Vohra Says:

Interesting article! I would put the legal age of wine in line with the age for issuing a driver's license in a country. By allowing wine to be consumed earlier than other 'alcohol', a person would be incorporated into wine earlier on giving him/her sufficient time to appreciate it, and may dissuade him/her from the more unpleasant tasting alcohol later on, which would prove beneficial to his/her health in the long run. Also by being able to legally obtain wine in line with a driver's license, there may be less drinking and driving problems, as the state of inebriatednes from wine is known to be less detrimental than more severe alcohols (with wine being permissible there would be less of an attempt by minors to procure other alcohol).

Posted @ December 03, 2010 15:10

 

sidd banerji Says:

Wonderfully written article.The easy flow with glitters thru expressive words made a happy reading.Wine culture is making its sure and steady entry in Indian societies.A healthy signature on the society walls indeed.Greetings,IWA.sidd banerji

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:57

 

Wine Says:

Why does your Mumbai Chapter does not organise such events ?

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:53

 

Jackie Says:

It's not suprising that the top wines are from California!!

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:44

 

Sanjiv k Singh Says:

At No.52 we have The Beronia Reserva 2005, from the famous Bodega Beronia in Rioja. This bodega is a part of the famous Gonzalez Byass group, Spain's leading producer of Wine, Cava, Sherry, Brandy & other premium sprits. The local importer is Mohan Brothers (P) Ltd. SANJIV K SINGH

Posted @ November 30, 2010 13:40

 

Carol Firenze Says:

Congratulations on the opening of your wine bar. With a name like the Olive group, wouldn't it be wonderful if you also included Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your offerings. I am the author of The Passionate Olive - 101 Things to do with Olive Oil. Let me know if I can be of help.

Posted @ November 29, 2010 17:00

 

Subhash Arora Says:

Thanks for pointing out-it IS Mizoram- I wrote even an article on the wine production being allowed there now. We don't change errors/typos  like that once published-so it stays and we stand corrected.

Posted @ November 29, 2010 16:48

 

Rajesh Swarnakar Says:

it is a fact that we indians don't know the difference between the ill effect of gutka chewing and benefits of moderate consumption of wine.wine is considred a food according to my personal openion and should not be placed along side gutka , tobacco and spirits.i wish the authorities will one day realise this fact and lift all the unneccessary restictions on wine and clear the path for its development and awareness.by the way consumption of wine is not banned in meghalaya . its the state of mizoram which is a dry state and not meghalaya as stated. cheers !

Posted @ November 29, 2010 16:28

 

Chander Says:

@ Nibir, you maybe right about this wine. But amazed to see that mouthwash like Grover's is high on your list. Some of sula should be used for dying clothes. Please go out and drink some decent wines, spend a couple of bucks extra.

Posted @ November 27, 2010 12:56

 

Salvino Dsilva Says:

sir, i want imported wines name of red and white wines 2each from its country

Posted @ November 26, 2010 10:28

 

Goldschmidt Jürgen Says:

Dear Subash, in the Latest eNews of Delhi Wine eNewsletter- What a pity: Joel Payne did not mention our Franconian region with 6063 hectares wineyards, bigger than Nahe and Rheingau.
and with our Silvaner and Riesling! But of course Graf von Schönborn is at home in both sites: Rheingau and Franconia :-). Wonderfull greetings from germany. Goldschmidt Jürgen

Posted @ November 22, 2010 13:10

 

Bahman Marzbani Says:

It is always a pleasure to receive DelWine Newsletter. It provides a somewhat clear picture of the current wine consumer market in India at the elite level. We need to address and educate the masses on the benefits of Organic and REW wines. This is missing.

Posted @ November 22, 2010 10:57

 

Nibedita Says:

Hi Subhash, Which of the three would you recommend from a 3 - 5 year investment returns outlook - 2009 enprimeur Lafite, Latour or Margeaux

Posted @ November 18, 2010 11:43

 

Sidd Banerji Says:

I had the privilage to meet you at the inauguration of last Bombay Wine Festival,on 12th Nov. here in Mumbai.Let me congratulate you at your mission.Being an ardent wine lover,specially red, shall join always with my might, to spread awareness of the real goodness of wine drinking and to know wine well.Shall be glad to extend cooperation from my Mumbai office.Warm regards, sidd banerji,mg.ed.Castcon Group

Posted @ November 17, 2010 15:51

 

Suprio Bose Says:

Dear Mr. Arora .Great write up! Once again you prove that you are indeed a cavalier with words. Very good article. Indeed we need to brush up with our seafood preparations if we need to make a mark in this market.

Posted @ November 17, 2010 14:50

 

Sudeep Jindal Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, I 100% agree with you that it is time for India to understand the difference between HARD LIQURE & WINE and treat them as two different products. Even the Doctors recommend RED wine over Hard Alcohol after Angio-plasty. I share your passion on Wine. Wish you success in your GOALS. Your fellow IITian. Would love to meet you some time. Regards, Sudeep Jindal, 71 Tb 07 Kara.

Posted @ November 17, 2010 10:30

 
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