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Wine Articles By Subhash Arora

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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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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