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South Australia plans to further penetrate Indian Wine Market
According to a Media Release on 29 September 2021 by Stephen Patterson MP on the official website of the government of South Australia which makes over 60% of the country’s production including the ubiquitous Jacob’s Creek, has launched a 12-month long South Australian Indian Wine Expansion Program that will feature education and assistance to South Australian wineries that already export or want to enter Indian market, writes Subhash Arora who feels it might be a tedious journey ahead for most but rewarding for a select few
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Delhi Government ushers in Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in style
Next Chapter of the Delhi government’s latest Excise Policy on wine and alcohol unfolded yesterday, just in time to celebrate the 152nd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the beloved Father of the Nation, who abhorred alcohol so much that that he had Article 47 inserted in the Constitution, gifting the powers of determining the marketing policies and taxation to the States with the hope of encouraging and enforcing total Prohibition in the country, writes Subhash Arora
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Celebrating Grenache Day and remembering Steven Spurrier on 17 Sep
Celebrated on the 3rd Friday of September, the Grenache Day which falls on 17 September, was conceptualised at Grenache Symposium organised by Steven Spurrier and the French journalist and author, Michel Bettane in June 2010. It is also a day to remember Spurrier who passed away in March this year, writes Subhash Arora who believes this warm weather grape that has done so well on both sides of Spanish and French Pyrenees mountains, is a favourite of Indian palates and has good potential for India where The Source Grenache Rose by Sula has been a runaway success
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Delhi Excise 21-22 Policy means more Obfuscation
Delhi Excise Department has issued a circular dated 10 September, 2021 which has generally extended the date of existing licenses for distributors, government retails shops, restaurants and clubs etc till 16 November 2021, but apparently has not extended the licenses of private shops beyond 30 September, casting doubts about the availability of wine and liquor in Delhi till Diwali, pushing the locals to Gurgaon for their booze requirements and help the market which has been booming thanks to non-availability of wine and spirits in Delhi, making it an Obfuscation, writes Subhash Arora
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Jancis Robinson sells her website to US Digital Media Company
The well-known wine critic and much-awarded wine writer Jancis Robinson MW has sold her company JancisRobinson.com to Recurrent Ventures, a U.S.-based Private Equity digital media company for an undisclosed amount, with no change in the staff strength foreseen and helping her to focus more on wine tasting and writing, writes Subhash Arora
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Delhi Govt. Defends Lower Drinking Age in High Court
Perhaps for the first time since Delhi Excise Policy was formulated, the government has taken the stand always advocated by delWine that if the voting age can be lowered to 18, why should the drinking age not be 18 years too, after first reducing it to 21. Subhash Arora defends the stand taken by the AAP government in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court where a petition is being heard against lowering the drinking age from 25 to 21 years
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Whopping Jump in Tax Revenue assured for Delhi Excise in 2021-22
The eBids from the 32 new zones of Delhi and other receipts under the New Excise Policy are expected to fetch a whopping Rs. 10,000 Cr in the government kitty, even as several petitioners have filed a case in the Delhi High Court which has ruled that the process initiated by the government is subject to its judgement, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the government has beautifully skirted around Article 47 of the Constitution to augment its revenues by 35% that might result in higher prices for the consumer, wipe out small traders and shift control to the rich and powerful cartels
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TILT Rosé from Fratelli harvests Two Gold Medals at ICWC
The third edition of the International Canned Wine Competition (ICWC) organised in California by WICresearch last month, speaks volumes for TILT Cans from Fratelli, with TILT Rose bagging a Gold Medal in its first attempt, and importantly, also winning a Gold for the can design, writes Subhash Arora who had predicted last year that Rose was the best of the TILT Collection and the packaging design deserved a top medal in any international wine-in-can (WIC)competition
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Penfolds introduces two new Australian Superblends
Treasury Wine Estates-owned Penfolds has introduced two new Superblends using blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes from different Australian regions, the difference being the use of American oak for Bin 802A and French oak for 802B, to be showcased at the annual global release slated for August 5 when Grange 2017 will be the protagonist on the 70th year of the iconic Australian wine, writes Subhash Arora
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Top Ten WOMEN Indian Winemakers in India
After a successful 3-part series of Top Ten Winemakers in India that was highly commended, delWine has brought out a List of Top Ten Women winemakers in India, including fruit wine and mead makers, compiled by Subhash Arora who encourages women to enter the industry to promote gender equality and wine culture in India. ; they are not ranked but are given in alphabetical order
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SIAL India to launch Vinexpo India in Delhi on 9-11 December
The leading global wine show Vinexpo spreads its wings and joins SIAL India to bring the all-important Show to India for the first time, on an annual basis, in collaboration with Inter Ads Exhibitions with years of experience of successfully organising over 100 trade shows including wine shows in the Capital, writes Cavaliere Subhash Arora who feels this would be the defining moment for the wine shows in India with the humongous Show totally backing the Show and will attract exhibitors and participants from pan- India
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Late Steven Spurrier Recognised by Gerard Basset Foundation
The industry legend Steven Spurrier, a former wine merchant known for organising the Judgement of Paris 1976, who became a prolific writer, judge, critic and a winemaker and passed away in March this year, was honoured last night by the Gerard Basset Foundation with The Oeno Golden Vines Honorary Award given to his wife Bella Spurrier for his extraordinary achievements at a dinner hosted by Liquid Icons, reports Subhash Arora
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Russia ready to roll out its Own Champagne
In what could be considered a kick-on-the-butt for European businesses or a bout of protectionism, Russian parliament passed on Friday a legislation that prohibits any sparkling wine including Champagne to be called a Champagne unless it is made in Russia, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is totally unjustified and would be the biggest talking point in the wine world during the next few days, with Moet Hennessey threatening to suspend supplies and a distinct policy of the whole of Champagne region boycotting Russian market unless the legislation is rolled back
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Government issues eTenders for Liquor Retail License in Delhi
Although the Delhi Excise has still not clarified the new policy, it has shown exemplary urgency for collecting the revenues as it floated the eTenders for retails sales for liquor in the Capital through tenders for L-7Z and L-7V licenses for Indian and foreign liquor on Monday, while ensuring that the old licensees can operate till 30 September, writes Subhash Arora who expects an Oligopoly-like situation in Delhi, giving business in the hands of the big operators from India
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Australia knocks at WTO door against China on Wine Duties
After a 6- month consultation with Australian winemakers and various associations regarding the duty increase up to 218% by China last year, the Morrison government has decided to knock at the door of WTO and has filed an application against China for imposition anti-dumping duties on Australian wine exports, writes Subhash Arora who is reminded of a similar action by EU against India in 2007 resulting in reduction of customs duty from 266% to 150%
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