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Wine Articles By Subhash Arora

Rise and Rise of Chenin Blanc in South Africa
While previously grown almost exclusively in South Africa and France, Chenin Blanc is now cultivated in 23 countries including India and has become the world’s 26th most planted variety, covering about 33000-36,000 hA. With 17,000 hA in South Africa and this year’s winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge in that country, provide ample evidence of its major advances with the variety, including vinifying a variety of styles at different price-points so as to please every palate and pocket, writes Cathy Van Zyl MW a South African resident and ardent follower of the variety
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Prestige Wines Restructures to make it Asset-Light
Prestige Wines and Spirits Pvt Ltd, the erstwhile joint venture between Gautam Thapar and Torres of Spain, now owned by the former’s family is undergoing a major structural change that includes outsourcing the distribution in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa and adding more labels that are needed in the Indian market and also adding new food products and more spirits to make it a sustainable business in the long term and getting the Managing Director of a group company on board as Advisor, writes Subhash Arora
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Saint Emilion Saga of 2012 Classification continues in Court
Bordeaux Classification 1855 might be stable as a rock for over 160 years with only one addition of Chateau Mouton Rothschild but the right bank St. Emilion classification saga that started in 2006 took a further legal turn in 2012 and still remains unresolved, and will finally go to court again next year, as a Bordeaux magistrate finds the owners of Angélus and Trotte Vieille of interference in the legal process
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Smattering Portuguese Grape Varieties unworthy to Doom
Hidden gems of Portugal was an amazing Tasting with an attempt to apprise the world with the medley of Portugal vinhos, sparkling enough to tune in to the undiscovered, exotic varieties native of the land of diversities, writes Sheetal Kadam who attended “Wines of Portugal- a world of difference” at the 3rd edition of MUST Fermenting Ideas 2019
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Fete des Vignerons: Swiss Maha Kumbh Wine Mela inaugurated in Vevey on July 18
The 12th edition of Swiss wine producers’ festival, Fete des Vignerons, held once in 20 years, continues with the centuries-old tradition and is being celebrated since July 18 till August 11 in the town of Vevey on Lake Geneva, receiving tourists and wine lovers from Switzerland and across the world. Subhash Arora who visited the Canton of Vaud (region) earlier in May during a visit to Aigle Switzerland during judging at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, writes
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World’s Best Vineyards to Visit announced in London
Wine experts, foodies and travel industry insiders from around the world gathered in London Banqueting House on Monday night for the inaugural Best Vineyard Awards of World, created to honour the finest in modern wine tourism, where South America dominated the top 10, with awards going to two wineries from Argentina, two from Chile and one from Uruguay. Chile was the biggest winner of the night, with eight vineyards placing in the top 50. Subhash Arora reports
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Ravi Viswanathan of Grover Zampa dazzles Delegates at India Wine Summit
In what started as a mild Address, the speech delivered on Sunday at the at the India Wine Summit by the Keynote Speaker Ravi Viswanathan, a French citizen of Indian descent, living in Singapore but controlling the Grover Zampa group which has seen incredible changes in the last couple of years, became the highlight of the Conference at the delWine Summit & Excellence Awards with hard-hitting facts about the industry and possible solutions, writes Subhash Arora who decided to publish the Speech with minimum edits to keep it soulful
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Guide to Storing Alcohol in Homes in India
The plethora of wine laws is applicable not only for importers, producers and distributors, retailers and restaurateurs all of whom come under the umbrella of licensing but the consumer in every State has to follow laws for the storage of wine and alcohol as Aruna Chawla, our guest writer points out that every state has its own specifications of ‘permissible possession’ and makes an attempt to decode the major ones for our readers
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Srilanka bans Women from buying Wine and Alcohol-Again
Within days of reversing a 39-year old sexist law of 1979 that banned women from buying alcohol or working in places that sell or manufacture liquor, the Sri Lankan Cabinet yesterday took a U-Turn and decided to reverse the decision and re-impose the law, among other reformist decisions, because of the strong opposition from several groups, according to a report by PTI
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Chilean Wine Star Eduardo Chadwick
Eduardo Chadwick, President of the Chilean wine estate Viña Errázuriz and the man on a mission-to prove that Chile has a unique terroir and makes some of the best wines in the world has succeeded, what with his top wine Viñedo Chadwick being already the most expensive Chilean wine fetching $585, writes Subhash Arora who visited Viña Errázuriz and the iconic Don Maximiano winery in Aconcagua Valley and had an exclusive chat with him over lunch at the Los Leones Golf club in Santiago and later at his office, during his visit to Chile to judge at Chile- by- CMB Wine Competition
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CMB 2018: Concours Mondial de Bruxelles goes out of Europe to China
After traveling to several European countries since 2006, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB), one of the most prestigious international wine competitions is heading beyond the European borders and heading towards China for the 25th edition to be held in 2018 from May 10-13 in the Haidian district of Beijing, writes Subhash Arora who has been also invited to judge for the 10th consecutive year
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Drappier to Release the Submarine Champagne
After experimenting with under-water ageing for 4 years Champagne Drappier is ready to release next month a couple of twin packs-each having one bottle matured naturally and the other matured under sea to compare the taste difference, with a choice of Brut Nature twin pack containing 100% Pinot Noir ( €90 ) or the iconic Grande Sendrée 2008 twin pack with a single-vineyard blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay ( €190), writes Subhash Arora who explores the phenomenon at different places in the world
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WBWE 2017: Another Successful Edition of World Bulk Wine Exhibition
The 9th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) held on 20 and 21 November 2017 at RAI Amsterdam with around 220 exhibitors and over 6,000 visitors from over 60 countries participating, concluded successfully even though the amount of business conducted might have been less because of huge increase in the prices of bulk wine due to lower production in many parts of the world, writes Subhash Arora who feels this Exhibition is very relevant to the Indian producers and importers besides representing 38% of the world production
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Dear KRSMA Wines Maturing Gracefully
KRSMA is perhaps the only Indian winery where the emphasis is on increasing age-ability and maturity of both red and white wines along with their approachability as seen once again when delWine organised an impromptu tasting and comparison of two vintages of two labels, with Mr. Krishna Prasad, the Hyderabad-based owner of KRSMA Estate, bringing Sauvignon Blanc (2013 and 2016) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 and 2012) for a private, exclusive tasting to see the evolution, writes Subhash Arora
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Nazaaray kay Nazaaray at Australian High Commission
Three Wines from Nazaaray Estate in Flinders, a small town south of Melbourne, Victoria were poured at a special dinner organised by the Deputy High Commissioner Chris Elstoft last Thursday to welcome and recognise Paramdeep Singh and Dr. Nirmal Ghumman whose cool climate Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 won the People
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