President : Subhash Arora
                        Editor : Sourish Bhattacharyya
    e-Magazine No. 2 - February 1-15, 2006
  EDITORIAL:   Duty Exemption Is Discrimination Against Brand India

The duty exemption debate is warming up, although the Union Commerce Ministry is expected to unveil its 2006-07 Exim Policy only on March 31. Last year, this would have been dismissed as a canard spread by  ... more

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  INDUSTRY VIEW:   Reduce Duties, Roll Back Exemption For Hotels

Indian wine producers are pushing New Delhi to withdraw, in the interests of wine grape growers, the customs duty concession being granted to five-star hotels, but they are being fair and are equally vehement about a     ... more

  WINE & CINEMA:   Bollywood's New Heroine Savours Her Glass of Wine

"If you consider that movies mirror society, ten years ago you never saw the heroine (in an Indian film) with a glass of wine or a cigarette. You still never see her with a cigarette, but now you often see her with a glass     ... more

  BIG INTERVIEW:   Chateau Latour's President Frederic Engerer

He's a graduate of France 's premier management institute and a former executive of the Boston Consulting Group, yet Frederic Engerer hardly talks like a man who's grown up with P&L statements and company balance sheets. Chateau Latour's President cannot afford to be a bean counter and number cruncher. For, it is passion,    ... more

  WINE COUP:    Orient Express to Unveil India's Most Ambitious List

As Orient Express, the most prestigious European fine-dining restaurant in India , turns 20, it is preparing to unveil a wine list that promises to set new benchmarks in quality and pricing in the country.        ... more

  GLOBAL VIEW:   India Will Become a Major Wine Export Destination in 3-5 Years

Encouraged by favourable reports on the increasing wine consumption in India, and ever-prepared to open Viña Santa Marina to new markets, we decided to exhibit at IFE-India for the first time in December 2005.   ... more

  WINE & FOOD:   South African Wines Sizzle With Kebabs & Achari Chicken

The ever-hospitable Reshma Punj, who's married into a prominent industrial family of Delhi, has a passion for wine and a table that is forever brimming over with surprises. In the city's hyper-hierarchical society,  ... more

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