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Wine Articles By Subhash Arora

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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Wine in India in UK to sell only Wines from India
Inspired by the increasing global interest in Indian wines, especially in UK, a new start-up called ‘Wines in India’ has been floated by Chris Holland, Mayank Gupta and Nilesh Kamble with the stated objective of importing wines exclusively from India, with wines selected from six producers already there in the first tranche, writes Subhash Arora who wonders why the two top and the oldest producers, Sula and Grover have been excluded
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Interview of JC Boisset with Winemaker Stephanie Putnam
I had met Stephanie Putnam during my visit in December, 2016 to the Raymond Winery which Jean Charles Boisset (JC) had bought in 2011. There was a wine tasting at the JCB Lounge where JC had also joined us.
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Italy ascending in the Fine Wine World
If one goes by the quality of fine wines and the price factor, tracked annually by the Liv-Ex Power 100 Index, that ranks 100 top wines of the world, Italian wines are ascending, with 4 of the Top Ten in the List released recently-GAJA winery at no.3 making the top of the List, followed by Sassicaia (4), Ornellaia (6), and Masseto (9), writes Subhash Arora
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Gaja and Graci: Etna Collaborative Wine Project still Work-in-Progress
The much talked about Etna wine project started by Angelo Gaja in partnership with Alberto Graci in 2016 has produced both the Etna Red and Etna white wines which have already drawn international excitement and attention since the first Release in 2019 of the Etna Red 2017 and subsequent Releases of Bianco 2018 and 2019, but according to the legendary Angelo Gaja of Barbaresco and the ‘Prince of Piedmont’, the project is still a Work-in-Progress. Subhash Arora reports
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Record number of Prosecco DOCG produced in 2020
Despite Covid-19 and an anticipated drop in demand for Prosecco, the prestigious Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG clocked a record 92 million bottles in 2020-same as in 2019, writes Subhash Arora who feels this feat may not interest Indian Prosecco lovers fed mostly with the cheaper, ubiquitous doc version that sells over 400 million bottles and is imported due to lower costs and high import duties but is steeped in culture, history and of course unique land
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(Le) Pin-up models and the dirty labels of 1982
One of the most sought-after and expensive red wines in the world, Le Pin is the original “garage” wine, so-called because it was made in the basement of a very plain farmhouse in Pomerol. Our guest writer Stuart George traces the history and how he is mesmerized by 1982, the most expensive and perhaps counterfeited vintage
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Amorim to end TCA from Corks Completely in 2021
Amorim has developed cost-efficient technology to remove detectable TCA from all its product lines at no extra cost from 1 January 2021, if one were to believe the recent Report in The Drinks Business, but it appears the date has been pushed back to 19 March 2021, writes Subhash Arora who has visited the world’s biggest cork producer a couple of times and meets Chairman Antonio Amorim at various platforms across the globe
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OIV: Webinar to highlight Natural Wines with International Experts
After a successful webinar in September about Wine Tourism, The International Association of Vines and Wine (OIV) conducted a very successful webinar last week with a focus on Natural wines, moderated by its Oenology Head of Unit, Guido Baldeschi, who discussed with 5 international experts with different profiles and wealth of experience in the wine sector, reports Subhash Arora
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ProWein Study (Part 1): Slow Recovery with further Losses in 2021 expected
A study conducted by the Geisenheim University has concluded that the Covid-19 Pandemic has caused severe disruption of distribution channels with hotels, restaurants and exports hit hard and unfortunately the recovery would be slow with further losses in 2021expected though digitisation and structural changes are taking place at accelerated pace, writes Subhash Arora who wonders who could feel the impact more than ProWein which has had to cancel the Show in 2020 as well as 2021 and will be back only in March 2022
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Terre Alfieri: Another Red and White DOCG Wine from Piedmont
After a 10-year process, which began in 2009 with the achievement of the DOC, from October 2020, Terre Alfieri in Piedmont (Piemonte) under the tutelage of Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato in
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Trivialisation of Amarone on the Cards
Veneto Region, known for Amarone, one of Italy’s top wines in the quality hierarchy, has authorized earlier fermentation of raisinated grapes used for the production of Amarone and Recioto, ostensibly at the request of the Consorzio of Valpolicella and Amarone, writes Subhash Arora feels that this will further bring the quality of Amarone a couple of notches and make his preferred Ripasso even more attractive because of the value-for-money advantage that it enjoys
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Austrian Reds also gaining Global Recognition for Excellence
Austria has been known as an excellent white wine producer, especially Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, but after the infamous scandal of 1985 that was followed by strict wine laws and creation of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), a lot of emphasis is also being placed on red wines, resulting in the superlative quality, writes Subhash Arora who feels that they might not be at their pinnacle yet but are fast competing with the best of Bordeaux, Burgundy and other high quality red wines
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OIV: Fall in Global Wine Production expected in 2020
Based on information collected from 30 countries, representing 84% of the world production in 2019, the world wine production in 2020 is estimated between 254 and 262 mhl, with an estimated average of 258 mhl, a slight drop from the 2019 level but significantly lower than the exceptional high production of 294 mhl in 2018, according to Pau Roca, Direct General of OIV, who held a web conference on 27 October to announce preliminary estimates. Subhash Arora reports.
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