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Wine Future 2021: Well Curated International Virtual Conference
The 4-day/evening virtual wine conference organised by Chrand Events between 23-26 February through Zoom, was an interesting experiment where around 80 wine professionals, academics and journalists from across the globe presented and discussed their views about various relevant topics, writes Subhash Arora who was one of the Speakers presenting Indian wine market and how it had reacted to the Covid pandemic
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Luxury: LVMH partners with 50% Share in Armand de Brignac Ace of Spade Champagne
The luxury group LVMH-owned Moet Hennessy has bought 50% share in Armand de Brignac, a Champagne house owned by rapper Jay-Z, upping its presence in the luxury market and entering the hip-hop culture, sealing further the bonds of friendship between the owner-rapper Jay-Z with Alexandre Arnault, the 28-year old son of LVMH’s billionaire founder, Bernard Arnault, writes Subhash Arora
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Curtain Raiser for Wine Future Virtual Conference on 23-26 Feb
The 3rd edition of the Wine Future Conference is all set to take place virtually for 4 days on 23-26 February, 2021, with over 80 Speakers, including celebrities like Actor Matthew Goode, Francis Coppola, Golf legend and wine producer Ernie Els, David Farrell and John Smit promising it to be a Conference full of ideas and discussions on the Future of Wine in the post-Covid era, writes Subhash Arora who was a Speaker in the previous edition in Hong Kong and is invited again
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CMB 2021: Changes Venue from China to Luxembourg
Uncertainty surrounding the future development of the current health crisis due to Covid-19 has prompted the organising committee of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles to postpone the event CMB 2021 originally slated to take place in Yinchuan in Ningxia till next year. The decision was reached by mutual agreement with the competition’s Chinese partner, according to a Press Release today
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Delhi Excise receives Feedback from 10,000 Denizens
Delhi Excise Department has reportedly received a good response to the recommendations that were uploaded on their website and people invited to give their comments by 21 January about recommendations like lowering legal age, late opening hours of bars, allowing terraces to serve wine and liquor and again allowing department stores to sell wine and beer, by January 21. The feedback comments are being analysed and a Report will be sent to the Delhi Cabinet for approval for 2021-22 excise policy
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Progressive Excise Policy for 2021-22 in UP
The BJP-run Uttar Pradesh government headed by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced last night a progressive Excise Policy for 2021-22, which will bring down the prices of wine, beer and liquor, encourage responsible alcohol drinking and still have revenues increase of Rs 6,000 Cr, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the dictum of lower taxes encourage higher revenues and lower smuggling will be in play in 2021-22
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Ipsita Das promoted as Managing Director of Moet Hennessy India
Moet Hennessy India, a part of French conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), announced on Wednesday, the appointment of Ipsita Das as managing director, of Moet Hennessy India with the outgoing Managing director, Stephane Albert Sylvester Meurville Rol moving on to the Californian subsidiary, Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley after 4 years managing the company in India
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Reforms expected in Delhi Excise Policy for 2021-22
It appears that Delhi has seen the worst of regressive liquor excise policies with a Committee formed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in September this year making practical recommendations to make the procedure simpler and increase the depleting tax revenues, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the nadir has been now reached where people are happier buying their requirement of wine and liquor from the nearby States which have streamlined their policies
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La Cave opens Wine- Only Retail at Bangalore Airport
La Cave Fine Wines and Spirits, founded by Madhulika Dhall Bhattacharya in conjunction with her importer husband Aman Dhall, Director of Brindco, opened a new Retail store in the prestigious retail and F&B plaza at The Quad by BLR outside the Arrival lounge of the Bangalore Airport, earlier this week exclusively selling premier wines, reports Subhash Arora who feels that such stores will help promote wine culture and consumption and differentiate it from liquor
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NFHS Survey: Prohibition fails to reduce Alcohol Consumption in India
Although most States in India use Article 47 of the Indian Constitution which implores them to go for prohibition and authorises them to independently determine their sales, pricing and tax policies, to increase taxes at will as Sin Tax, the first phase of the recently-released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) 2019-20 reveals that the Dry State of Bihar has a higher percentage of people consuming alcohol than Maharashtra, writes Subhash Arora where he says most people unknowingly break the law as they don’t have a drinking permit, the government license required to consume alcohol as per the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949
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CMSA Board reconstituted to refurnish its tarnished image globally
Rocked by an unprecedented sex scandal in high places of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, and in an attempt to save the reputation of the elite institute, the Board has been reconstituted with minor changes and banning sexual encounters between the mentors and female students, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is too little too late to salvage the situation and the institution needs a complete overhaul which might not be palatable to the echelons accused of sexual improprieties in a big way as the current action is not likely to stem the rot
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ProWein 2021 postponed by a Year due to Covid-19
ProWein, world’s leading and most relevant trade fair for wines and spirits, that was planned to be held from 19 to 23 March 2021 in Düsseldorf has been cancelled with the next one to be organised on 27-29 March, 2022, on account of the Covid-19 related restrictions, writes Subhash Arora
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Australia China Tussle hits a High with 200% Import Duty on Wine
China has declared Australian crackdown by announcing punitive action against Australian wine imports by imposing anti- dumping duty of over 200%, despite the Free Trade Agreement that called for duty free imports from last year, making it the biggest market for Australian wines with about 37% of its wines exported to China and assuring one Aussie job out of 13, writes Subhash Arora
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Alpana Singh Resigns as Master Sommelier Due to Sexual Harassment Scandal
Alpana Singh, the Indo-American born to Fiji Indian parents and a Chicago-area restaurateur and host of “Check, Please!” has renounced the highly prestigious MS title after over 20 women accused male members of the group of sexual harassment in a New York Times article, reports Subhash Arora who feels that the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) Americas was not directly involved but many of the senior members took undue advantage of their position, resulting in a significant dent to its prestige and reputation
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China Bans Wine and Imports of several Products from Australia
Government of China has raised the stakes in its economic campaign against Australia, with several importers receiving directives verbally to stop import shipments of Australian wine this week, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the move is political and meant to punish Australia for taking a stand against China as the source of Covid-19 and now joining the Quad exercise by the navies of US, Australia, Japan and India which is perceived as a threat to its wishful supremacy in the region
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