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James Suckling and High Ratings

I am swamped with mails from producers around the world, who send me their commercial emails with prices and almost always ratings of wine critics-most of them from James Suckling who is riding high in the world of Ratings after Robert Parker cooled off and when I got to know of an Italian fine wine in India rated 99 points I decided to do a bit of research and share with the readers my findings, writes Subhash Arora ..more

Friday, 25 October 2019 15:21

Incomprehensible Excise Policy makes Restaurants run out of Wine and Whisky

The incomprehensible excise policy 2019-2020 is not only hurting several businesses but also resulting in a dip in excise collection during the current year as there has been practically no sales of wine or liquor by the importers since the fresh current excise policy was declared on August 14 and has made distributors go into a wait mode with nobody applying for a renewal, writes Subhash Arora who feels a continuous dialogue between the department and stakeholders is necessary with all the stakeholders to remove the current impasse, especially for the spirits industry ..more

Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:16

Scrapping of Article 370 in Kashmir bodes well for Wine Industry

By all accounts, Article 370 in Kashmir will soon be scrapped after the constitutional formalities are completed and after initial resistance that might last for weeks, months or even more; denizens of Kashmir are expected to accept the new dispensation, paving way to new industries coming up and the better quality of wine that can be produced in the cooler climate region of Kashmir Valley, will be one of the realistic possibilities, say Subhash Arora ..more

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 16:53

Plethora of Health Studies to confuse and use for Sales Pitch

Studies on wine and health have picked up pace with both sides of the coin thrown at you at a constant pace putting you in a spin on what to believe and what not to, even as there is a website that merrily describes the unproven and implausible health benefits of white wine without adequate emphasis on drinking in moderation, encouraging hapless consumers to drink more with potentially disastrous effects, writes Subhash Arora who feels producers may be accused of encouraging excessive wine drinking for their benefit by making tall and unsubstantiated claims ..more

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 11:49

Blind Tasting vs. Brand Tasting

The complex word of wines gets even more complicated when one sets out to choose which wines to drink- there are so many brands available and a much higher number of not so well-known brands that are cheaper and more enjoyable. It is a matter of brand tasting or simply blind tasting that helps evolve your taste and the excitement is to taste wines blind and choose for yourself. I advocate constant experimentation through several blind tastings and look for the occasional gems at much less price ..more

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 11:12

French Health Ministry Warning infuriates Wine Producers

The warning issued by the French health authorities on Tuesday coaxing them to drink less wine and alcohol has not had any immediate impact on the citizens or the media hardly responding but it has infuriated the producers who feel that the warning is misdirected as wine lovers take wine as a food drink and that the Report interferes with the very basic of French life-liberty, fraternity and the pursuit of pleasure ..more

Saturday, 30 March 2019 12:31

Prosecco War between Italy & Australia carries on

Since Prosecco won the GI status from EU in 2009, defining the boundary of the Italian region from Glera grape then known commonly as Prosecco, making it mandatory for countries having trade relation with EU to desist from producing any sparkling wine and calling it Prosecco but Australia already producing this bubbly since 1999, did not fall in Line and even won the trademark case in Australia, but Italians are not backing off with a distinct chance that both sides may accept the wine nomenclature as Australian Prosecco during the current FTA negotiations. Cav. Subhash Arora feels this is the only workable solution acceptable to both the countries ..more

Tuesday, 28 January 2019 17:50

Watch before you stock Alcohol at Home or face Jail

Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli who hit the headlines due to his arrest by the Excise Police on December 20th for possessing 41 bottles of Scotch Whiskey- beyond the permissible limit at his residence in Mumbai, secured bail but has raised questions in the minds of people in Delhi whether the state laws to require a license to store liquor beyond a level have any logic when stocked for self consumption with friends in the house ..more

Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:55

State of the on- Trade Wine Market at MKT an Eye Opener

The recently opened upmarket restaurant MKT in the Chanakya Complex by DLF in Chanakyapuri has an excellent ambience, multiple cuisine dishes a majority of which would go very well with wines which are also available in temperature-controlled Enometic machines and are seemingly fairly priced in the heavily tax and multi-layered expense regime, but the sluggish sales is the reality that hits you on inquiry, writes Subhash Arora who rues the hurdles faced by the consumers and importers/producers alike today ..more

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:05

Australian Prosecco import to be banned in India ?

Prosecco DOC might have lost the legal case against Australia to produce Oz Prosecco sparkling wine which is being exported to India in small quantities with good potential for imports, but it has signed an Agreement with Indian authorities to ban the import into any Prosecco, other than the genuine Italian product, writes Subhash Arora who has learnt it from a reliable source ..more

Friday, 07 December 2018 12:42

Maharashtra to allow Home Delivery of Wine & Liquor

In what could be really a games changer the progressive government of Maharashtra is apparently planning to introduce a policy that will allow liquor being delivered home, making the online sales a distinct possibility at least in Maharashtra, especially since home delivery by vendors has been ‘de riguer’ for years, writes Subhash Arora who feels the petitioner against the move has crossed the line interpreting Article 47 of our Constitution ..more

Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:18

Amongst Confounding Statistics Ravi Viswanathan is the King of Indian Wine Industry

It is interesting that more reports are appearing overseas about the Indian wine industry with the latest being a lacklustre Report by the Drinks Business yesterday, parroting a summary of what has already been written in India but it is a good sign for the industry which has now woken up after slumber, but my conclusion is that Ravi Viswanathan from Singapore is emerging as the Top Dog of the Indian wine industry thanks to his intelligent analysis of the industry and pouring investments that will give his investors rich dividends in times to come ..more

Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:10

Prohibition in Bihar doing well- almost

The politicians of Bihar say with a straight face that the Prohibition enacted in the State on April 5, 2016 has been operating very successfully but in fact, strange cases of missing alcohol where police is suspected to be involved are coming to the fore, with the first case involving a possible smuggling big racket by or with the connivance of police and in other cases instances of missing seized alcohol where the blame is conveniently placed on rodents in the cells consuming big amounts of misplaced liquor ..more

Friday, 05 October 2018 07:18

Blog: Is any Quantity of Wine and Liquor Harmful

While a vast majority of Studies in the last 30 years have indicated that moderate drinking of wine and even alcohol is good for heart and health, a new Study conducted based on 694 Surveys in 195 countries and recently reported in Lancet has shot down the benefits of moderate drinking and claims that no level of alcohol consumption improves health, writes Subhash Arora who believes the Study is too generalised and has lot of flaws and still recommends up to 2 glasses of wine a day for men and a glass for women everyday with a possible break of a couple of days in the week ..more

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:36

Blog: Studying Wine in Adelaide University -Chinese Style

Wine education is an important part of wine industry in any country and while India floundered 10 years ago with Sham Chougule unable to carry on with the project, Chinese with big appetite for wine education and thousands of students already studying in Australia in various universities including Adelaide, a Shanghai University has tied up with Adelaide for various programmes for collaboration, writes Subhash Arora who still feels it is better and cheaper in the long run for Indians seeking quality education to study at Adelaide University ..more

Thursday, 09 August 2018 23:05

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