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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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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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