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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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En Primeur: Primer on Bordeaux Vintage 2019
Despite cancellation of En Primeur for 2019 vintage this year because of Convid-19, delWine continues the tradition of analysing the latest vintage with our Bordeaux weather specialist John Salvi MW, a qualified oenologist, analysing various factors and concluding that dry white wines would have some GREAT wines but the red wines will be only GOOD and not fine or great, with sweet wines being pleasant, getting ready for earlier drinking but not meant for laying down
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Commendable Fruit Wine Conference in Maharashtra
Priyanka Save and her husband Nagesh Pai, mechanical engineers from New Jersey USA set up a fruit winery at the Hill Zill Wine Resort in Bordi, a small town, about 150 km north of Mumbai, built by her father Shrikant Save. She organised a successful Conference on fruit wines and allied topics on November 22-23 at the Resort, writes Subhash Arora who likes to promote Indian fruit wine industry too, especially when Maharashtra has practically eliminated Excise Duty
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Soul Tree UK first to import Bulk Wine from India
Apparently flush with funds raised from crowdfunding and a new partner Kingsland Drinks, The Soul Tree of London has re-launched the label with a fresh category of Indian wines imported in bulk to be bottled there in UK, reducing in freight charges and carbon footprints and putting India on the map as a bulk wine producer, writes Subhash Arora who has just returned from the Wold Bulk Wine Exhibition in Amsterdam and is amused that instead of becoming an importer of bulk wine for private labels, it has officially become an exporter
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3rd Indian Wine Day on November 16 inches ahead with wider Participation
The third edition of Indian Wine Day was celebrated by the Lalit Hotels at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore Kolkata, Goa, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chandigarh and London with wine support from Sula, Grover, Fratelli, York, Reveilo and Big Banyan on November 16 and enthusiastic participation by 6 restaurants with many requesting to join in 2020, writes Subhash Arora who is nevertheless disappointed with the lukewarm response by the very industry which Indian Wine Academy and the Lalit Hospitality Group have an ambition to promote
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Dijon International Gastronomical Fair thru GVZ eyes
The two- week international gastronomic fair of Dijon held on October 31 to November 11 this year at the Exhibition Center and Congress Dijon is the largest fair of its kind in Burgundy, since 1921 in the modern avatar but this yea India was honoured as the Guest of Honour country, with Grover Zampa Vineyards showcasing around 25 labels impressing the visitors, writes Ravi Viswanathan practically representing the Indian wine industry
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BAS: Mullineux Platter’s Top Winery of South Africa for 2020
The 40th edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide released on November 8, declared Mullineux and Leeu Family Estate, partnered by the Indian billionaire Bhai Analjit Singh (BAS) and Chris-Andrea Mullineux, as the Top Performing Winery of the Year for 2020 due to maximum labels winning the 5-star category (95 points and higher), writes Subhash Arora who congratulates them for the record 4thtitle in 2014, 2016 and 2019 and now 2020
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Prowein 2020: Not only India, the World is going Dry
Adventurism by various States to make India look like becoming a Dry country with zero alcohol consumption may not succeed but due to a variety of reasons, some of the world’s top sweet wine regions like Sauternes, Mosel and Tokaj are tilting towards Dry with zero residual sugar, according to a Report by Prowein which will showcase some of these wines at its 26th edition to be held in Düsseldorf on 15-17 March, 2020, writes Subhash Arora
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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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