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Wine Articles By Subhash Arora

The Story of Gaja in Montalcino
Angelo Gaja of Piedmont is known for iconic Barbaresco, Barolo and their single vineyard wines like Sori San Lorenzo, but within a relatively short time after he bought in 1994 and refurbished Santa Restituta di Pieve in Montalcino, his well-respected single vineyard Rennina and Sugarille labels are already making waves, with the generic Brunello di Montalcino being a great buy especially in the years when the single vineyard wines are declassified and used to make Brunello di Montalcino. Angelo Gaja shares his passion and beauty of hilly Montalcino
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Valdivieso to Launch Caballo Loco Blanco No. 1 in October 2023
After taking a decision to launch a white equivalent of the Iconic Caballo Loco wines using Solera System, the project that started in 2017 is coming to fruition with the wine bottled and resting, ready to be released in October this year, according to Christian Sotomayor, Import and Export Director of Valdivieso and Brett Jackson Senior Winemaker who were in Delhi earlier this week to meet the hotel F & B managers and brought an unlabeled bottle of Caballo Loco Blanco No. 1 to taste with Subhash Arora
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Antinori buys total stakes in iconic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley
In a twist of events and thanks to his love for Napa wines, Piero Antinori has announced complete ownership of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, even as it already had 15% stake in the winery whose Cabernet Sauvignon 1973 beat the famous premier Bordeaux wines at Judgment at Paris organised by Late Steven Spurrier in 1976, writes Subhash Arora who believes his company Marchesi Antinori is a leader as a Tuscan producer with maximum participation in production in the global arena, especially Napa Valley.
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ProWein Business Report: No-Low Alcohol Wine Market Expanding fast globally
In a survey conducted among 2,500 wine experts from 47 countries about their plans for the current year by the recently published ProWein Business Report 2022, 46% of wine producers and merchants wanted to adapt their portfolio to market trends while 27% would like investing in innovative products such as the dealcoholized wines and found the ‘no-low’ category among the fastest growing beverage segments. Subhash Arora reports
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Chateau Loudenne – Historic Journey of the Bordeaux Chateau sold under Court Order
To most people wine is only what’s in the Glass but there is often history and several stories- especially with old wineries in Italy, Germany and France-especially Bordeaux Chateaux –one of which is Château Loudenne which has recently been sold to Christophe Gouache through commercial court order. Our Bordeaux expert John Salvi MW who turns 85 on 6 April 2022, has a vast experience of the region and has been following Loudenne for over 60 years and shares the outline of its intriguing history and fascinating story in his own words
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Story of Wine in Russia and Ukraine including Crimea
Russia has criminally assaulted Ukraine in the 10-day war (so far), but wine, as always, has always been a story about peace and comradery, as narrated here by John Salvi MW, our Bordeaux Correspondent, who has been frequently traveling to these parts on wine expeditions although he was declared a persona-non-grata in Ukraine, being guilty of connivance with the usurpers of Crimea.
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Champagne records thumping Sales of 322 million bottles in 2021
After a poor 2020 which saw a drop of 18% in Sales over 2019, Champagne has seen a reversal in its fortunes with an estimated growth of 32% over its 2020 sales, at 322 million bottles netting €5.5 billion compared to € 4 billion in 2020 when only 245 million bottles were sold, writes Subhash Arora who notes the cautious optimism suggested for 2022 by Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC)
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Gordon Ramsay launches own Italian Wine Collection
After launching Ramsay Signature Wine brand in the U.S. earlier this year, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay has launched his own range of Gordon Ramsay Italian Collection in UK, crafted in partnership with the world famous- Chianti-based winemaker Alberto Antonini and UK-based Distributor Benchmark Drinks, writes Subhash Arora who regrets that Chefs and Sports or Bollywood celebrities in India have not yet paid attention to this treasure trove, except Los-Angeles based Vijay Amritraj
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Naidu Wines: Lady Naidu charms the participants at the Zoom Webinar
After a highly appreciated Article in delWine about Raghni Naidu as perhaps the first Indian woman wine producer in California, there was a request from many of our readers who wanted to ‘meet’ her on a Zoom chat and therefore a Webinar was organised on 26 May at 10 pm IST to talk to her about background, tastes, interests and plans for future and her wines, writes Subhash Arora who conducted the interview
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Newly Born Pink Prosecco faces Shortage of Pinot Noir
While the Pink Prosecco DOC became a reality last year with several producers announcing the launch of the moniker with 10-15% Pinot Noir, it is already proving to be an unprecedented success with producers predicting a shortage due to the lack of availability of eligible Pinot Noir grapes, writes Subhash Arora who has found so far, a lukewarm interest from Indian importers who are reeling under the back-breaking Covid Crisis, despite the immense popularity of the Brut and Extra-Dry styles of Prosecco
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Petrus 2000: World’s Most Expensive Wine from Space at Rs. 75 Million
A bottle of Petrus 2000 produced from Merlot grapes in Pomerol- adjoining Saint-Emilion, and which spent 14 months in orbit, covering a distance of 300 trips to moon, as part of a privately funded research study on food and agriculture, will be available to a private buyer at an expected price of $1m (Rs. 7.5 Cr/ Rs.75 million), according to an announcement by the auction house of Christie’s in London yesterday
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Frost- The Catastrophe Agricole in Bordeaux
The French winegrowers may be accused of crying Wolf in most years to extract extra money from the buyers, with a notable infamous incident in 1981, but France has been very badly hit by frost on April 6-9, destroying up to 100% of the crop writes our Bordeaux Specialist Contributor, John Salvi MW though he believes the exact loss will be known only in end- May
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Obituary: Piemontese Pio Boffa leaves Legacy Behind for Pio Cesare
Two weeks of hospitalisation due to Covid, could not save the life of 66-year old Pio Boffa, 4th Generation Managing Director of the 140- year old winery Pio Cesare, founded by his maternal great-grandfather in Alba, and he died on 17 April, leaving behind his wife and daughter Federica Boffa who has the onerous task of protecting the Legacy left behind by his father, writes Subhash Arora who had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions in India, Italy and other countries
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Punjabi Woman owns Naidu Wines in Sonoma California
Naidu Wines launched in 2020 by Raghni Naidu and her husband, claims to be the first female (Punjabi) Indian owned wine brand in the United States that has been successful despite being in the midst of the Pandemic. Based in Sebastopol Sonoma, Naidu Wines is a boutique winery that crafts high quality wines, specializing in Pinot Noir and named after her husband’s family name from Chennai, and conveys the essence of her family and belief in the freedom to create one’s own path by following one’s dreams and passions, writes Subhash Arora
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Space- travelled Petrus 2000 unravels Flavour changes
Twelve bottles of Petrus 2000 sent to Space in November 2019 returned to earth after spending 14-months on the international space station, withstanding the constraints of preparation and travel, and the first analysis by the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du (ISVV) carried out by a panel of 12 experts including Philippe Darriet, Director of the Institute’s Oenology Research Unit, identified some differences in smell and taste, as well as colour, but these varied according to each taster’s sensitivity, reports Subhash Arora
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