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Wine Articles By Subhash Arora

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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Zoom into Wine Future with Pancho Campo on 23-25 February 2021
After organising Wine Future in 2009 and 2011 in Rioja and Hong Kong when he was a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Pancho Campo has announced the 3rd edition of one of the most successful wine events in the recent wine history, on 23-25 February, 2021 but thanks to Covid this will be a Zoom edition in which many celebrity speakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Irina Bokova, Secretary General for UNESCO have already confirmed to address online, writes Subhash Arora
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GLERA- The Glorified Grape of Italian Bubbly Prosecco
For my Presentation on ‘Gaja and Glera’ for a Webinar on August 1, where I was requested to talk about an interesting anecdote and an indigenous grape variety, I chose Glera grape as it grown primarily in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in North Eastern Italy and 99% of the total world production is in this region alone, writes Subhash Arora who chose to open a bottle of Zonin Piccolo (200 mL) Prosecco for tasting as it is very convenient when only one person is drinking, especially at the Webinar where only a glass was enough
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Chance Encounter with Angelo Gaja and long Friendship
I had been requested recently by a wine club to address a Webinar and share some anecdotes during my 20-year wine journey; and what could be more appropriate than sharing my incredible, chance encounter practically as a novice, with the legendary Angelo Gaja who was the Decanter Man of the year in 1998, among several accolades he earned over his 50 years of winemaking experience at Gaja group of 4 wineries, writes Subhash Arora who first met him in 2002 and has become a good friend with him and family over the years
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WIC: Wines in Cans have 85-year old History
Sula in India introducing Wine-in-Can (WIC) at SulaFest 2019, to be followed soon by Fratelli might give the impression that it is a relatively new concept but it was first experimented 85 years ago, according to Allan Green, Competition Director of the International Canned Wine Competition, who traces the history and evolution of WIC since 1935, writes Subhash Arora who believes that the current entry level wine quality notwithstanding, canned wines might have a good market in India because of the convenience and lower costs of imported cans
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Unique Art of Wine Labels by Valentino Monticello
Italian born wine appassionato Valentino Monticello, not only honed his wine skills to become Head Sommelier at the legendary Harry’s Bar in London, but was an awarded and much sought-out artist who designed several unique works based on wine labels till he died in 2014, writes Subhash Arora who shares the background of the artist and his works, courtesy Valentino’s friend, Stuart George, Director of Ardent Fine Wines, London
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CMB: Concours Mondial de Bruxelles opens Unique Wine Bar in Mexico City
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB)-the well-known international wine competition has taken on an innovative project of setting up a unique Wine Bar in Mexico City to be launched this month in the business center where only CMB Award-winning wines will be stocked, with almost half the wines from Mexico and the balance from 54 countries participating in the competition, writes Subhash Arora who has been judging at CMB for over a decade and feels it is a brilliant business concept that can be replicated in several participating countries
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