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CM Sangma: Meghalaya hopes to become Fruit Wine Capital of India
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma launched North East Wine Incubation Centre at Mawdiangdiang in Shillong on Thursday, where he said his Government had put a robust policy in place that would hopefully make Meghalaya as the fruit wine capital of India, writes Subhash Arora who had met him at the North East Food Show in Shillong in May 2022 and was impressed with his passion and vision to harness the variety and quality of local fruits of North East and in particular, Meghalaya to make quality wines.
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MUNDUS Vini: Guided Tasting of Albariño Wines from Rias Baixas by ICEX
One of the benefits offered by MUNDUS Vini International Wine Competition is several Tastings in the evenings offered to the judges and a visit to BASF Gesellschaftshaus in the nearby Ludwigshafen was just what the doctor ordered for the evening on 2 September, where a dozen Albariño wines had been lined up for tasting in collaboration with ICEX- Wines of Spain, writes Subhash Arora who is quite enamoured with these Galician beauties
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VINEXPO DELHI on 7-9 December to change Venue to IICC Dwarka
The 4th edition of Vinexpo India to be held in Delhi on 7-9 December has announced a change of venue from Pragati Maidan to the eagerly awaited and esteemed India’s new International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) located in Dwarka, to be inaugurated by PM Modi on September 17, writes Subhash Arora who feels it might sound inconvenient at first instance but is technically and practically much more advanced and will offer an enhanced experience to the visitors and exhibitors alike
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Fratelli debuts at MUNDUS Vini cracking Gold for Sette 2021
Fratelli Wines, the second largest Indian wine producer was the first Indian winery to submit wine samples to Mundus Vini in its 33rd edition, and created history of sorts by winning a Gold Medal for Sette 2021in the first outing and also a Silver Medal each for Gran Cuvee Brut and Master Selection Red 2022, writes Subhash Arora who is a regular judge at the prestigious competition since 2007 and feels it will encourage more producers of quality wines to participate in future
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Australian Wine Lake Swelling
Efforts and assurances by Australian politicians that the trade talks between Australian and China are progressing, with the end of the tunnel in site, comes the 2023 Wine Quarterly Report from Rabobank that even if the trade were to resume soon, there will still be glut in the market with an oversupply of 2.8 billion bottles, writes Subhash Arora who believes a global price fall is inevitable and the Indian importers should negotiate hard and get lower prices, the Indo-Australian Treaty benefits notwithstanding and pass on the benefits to consumers.
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Priyanka Save of Hill Zill appointed Fruit Wine Ambassador of Meghalaya
Priyanka Save, Founder Director of Hill Zill Wines in Maharashtra, has been appointed “Fruit Wine Ambassador of Meghalaya” for two years to promote fruit wines and this industry of Meghalaya, taken under its wings by the Meghalaya Farmer’s Executive Commission (MFEC) for the national and global platforms and attend meetings and events on its behalf, writes Subhash Arora who feels that it is a feather in her cap and a step in the right direction to promote the nascent industry with a bright future
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PATEL Wine at MODI State Dinner at White House
PM Narendra Modi is a teetotaler, but the State Dinner hosted in his honour at the White House today will serve 3 American wines- the prominent one being a Red Blend of Merlot Cabernet from Patel Winery in Oakville, Napa Valley, even though the PM and perhaps his entourage will raise a Toast holding a glass of water as is now a tradition, prompting Subhash Arora to raise the issue yet again to allow serving Indian wines at the State Dinners for the foreign dignitaries in India, a taboo so far
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DWWA 2023: No Gold but 8 Medals for India at Decanter Awards
The 20th edition of Decanter world Wine Awards (DWWA), has announced its results for 2023 with India winning 8 medals-with Sula leading with 4, followed by 2 for Moet Hennessy (Chandon) and one Bronze each by Fratelli and Big Banyan which enters the Awardee List for the first time, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is unfortunate that India has not been able to crack a Gold in this award so far but only inching closer every year
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India-Australian Wine Regulatory Forum- a Step Forward for Wine in India
Following the implementation of Indo-Australian FTA, the Australian Grape & Wine organised a two day Conference, at Hotel Leela Palace on May 31 and June 1 to discuss Regulatory issues in India and Australia and have a dialogue with the Indian stakeholders by The Australian Grape & Wine, writes Subhash Arora who was a special invitee and marveled at the precision and efficiency in which it was organised, giving also the visiting Australian experts a first-hand view of the issues faced by the producers in India
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WineGAI: Wine Growers Association of India formed by Producers
‘Wine Growers Association of India (WineGAI) is the new Association of Indian wine producers, formed apparently in April with 7 founding members, claiming not to be a rival of the existing All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) but complementing it by members focusing on the wineries with established brands selling Pan India and having different problems to tackle, writes Subhash Arora who met Ashwin Rodrigues, the Hony. Secretary of the Association at the India- Australia Wine Regulatory Forum held at Hotel Leela on 31 May- 1 June
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CMB2023: Sula bags a Silver at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
‘Sula Vineyards has opened an account for India at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles- CMB2023 by bagging a Silver Medal for The Source Chenin Blanc Reserve 2022 at the 30th edition of one of the largest international wine competitions and the biggest travelling competition, held recently at Provec in Istria Croatia, writes Subhash Arora who has been a regular judge since 2009 and was in attendance again.
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Haryana Policy for 2023-24 more liberal for Wine and Spirits
‘Employees in the large corporate offices in Haryana will be allowed to consume low-content alcohol drinks such as beer and wine at the workplace, the state’s 2023-24 excise policy says. Approved by the council of ministers on May 9, the policy will come into effect on June 12, writes Subhash Arora.
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Delhi Excise crosses Last year’s Revenues
‘Despite the problems faced by the Delhi Excise Department in changing Course midway last year, the Delhi government collected Rs 6,821 crore (Rs 5,549 crore as excise and Rs 1,272 crore as value-added tax) in the 2022-23 fiscal in comparison to Rs 6,762 crore in 2021-22, which included Rs 5,487 crore of excise duty and Rs 1,275 crore of VAT, writes Subhash Arora
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Sula Ship cruising smoothly in a Choppy Sea of Indian Bourses
‘Four months after Sula Vineyards, came out with the maiden Public Issue, facing some turbulent weather in the volatile Indian stock market, the share has maintained its price comfortably above the issue price of Rs. 357, thanks to the sales growth reaching record levels in the last quarter of FY2023 (Jan-Mar 2023) with its own labels crossing the sale of 1 million cases for the first time, with its elite and premium range accounting for 500,000 cases capturing 60% share of that segment, writes Subhash Arora
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Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia 2023 Dinner focuses on the impact of AI
‘At the annual wine dinner organised by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, at Teatro Ristori in Verona, on the first day of Vinitaly 2023, the 4-day wine show on April 2-5, the topic of discussion was whether AI (Artificial Intelligence) would diminish or even eliminate the role of wine sommeliers and experts, writes Subhash Arora who was nominated as the Best Foreign Wine Journalist 4 years in a row and whose website www.indianwineacademy.com was chosen as the Best foreign wine website in 2011.
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