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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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West Bengal lowers Wine and Liquor on Pricing Restructure
After increasing the price of wine and liquor across the board by 25% in April during Covid-19 Lockdown, the West Bengal government has reportedly agreed to practically withdraw the increase because of loss of revenues due to a crash in sales, introducing 22 new slabs for wine and beer across all categories after rationalising the price structure, effective November 1.
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U.P. gets first Modern Wine and Liquor Store Madira in Lucknow today
If it has always been predicted that Tier-2 cities will help bring wine drinking culture to next level and it is validated by the opening of MADIRA Store, a modern Retail Store being launched TODAY at the SRS (City) Mall in Gomti Nagar, with a good selection of Indian and imported wines and premium liquor including Single Malts, writes Subhash Arora with inputs from our representative Ambuj Srivastava who visited the store today.
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Import Ban on wines and Liquor in CSD Army Canteens
Backing up the Atma Nirbhar slogan and with an intent to stop the import of Chinese goods, Central Government of India which controls the Central Stores Department (CSD), the biggest Retail controlling 4000 army shops in the country, has ordered them to stop the import of all imported goods including wine whiskey and other liquor which sell at specially discounted prices, writes Subhash Arora which feels it will benefit the Indian wine industry to a limited extent.
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Jagdish Holkar back at the Helm of AIWPA
Jagdish Holkar, Chairman of Vinchur Park, Nashik based Flamingo Wines has come to the crease to bat for the second innings at the All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA), after having batted already for 2 years in 2010-2012 when he resigned to take over as Chairman of the now defunct IGPB (Indian Grape Processing Board) under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. He replaces Yatin Patil of Reveilo Wines who was at the helm for 5 years, writes Subhash Arora who feels the Association needs to have a national character to be effective and Holkar is capable of fitting the shoe.
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Welcome Reforms by Delhi Government for Restaurants serving Alcohol
After knee-jerk reaction during Covid including introduction of 75% Covid tax in May, 2020, the Delhi Government has come down from the high horse and has decided to be helpful to the wine and hospitality industry by taking several positive steps, like allowing the service of wine and food on terrace or lawn of the licensee, writes Subhash Arora who exhorts them again to allow selling of wine and beer through department stores that was banned last year due to irregularities discovered at a few stores
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Obituary: Kapil Sekhri of Fratelli Wines Passes Away due to Cardiac Arrest
The news is dark, shocking and unbearable for most people in and out of the Indian wine industry- KAPIL SEKHRI, founder director and the Force behind Fratelli Vineyards, is no more. He passed away last evening at Fortis Hospital after suffering a massive cardiac arrest, reports Subhash Arora who laments the death of the man with huge passion and dedication for wine and who wanted to take wine culture in India forward through high quality wines
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HKIWSC 2020: Show Must Go On for International Wine Competition
The 12th edition of Asia’s premier wine competition- Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HK IWSC) got underway today, despite the Covid restrictions, with a set of judges selected from the local hospitality industry and the competition organised in the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, writes Subhash Arora who has been a regular judge with 9 competitions under his belt
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JAI HO to Meghalaya for Legalising Fruit Wines
The passionate fruit wine makers of Meghalaya with abundance of fruits like grapes, Mandarin orange, mulberry, litchi, banana, pineapple, strawberry, Sohiong and Soh Phoh has reasons to celebrate during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with the State legalising fruit wine production, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Fruit Wine Conference in January 2011 and was touched by the enthusiasm of the amateur winemakers who have the potential of making Meghalaya, fruit wine capital of India
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Brad Pitt to release Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne on 15 Oct
Thanks to the celebrity status of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolly, their Miraval Estate having a JV with Famille Perrin and boasting consistent premium quality of Rosé, has become a household name, so it was natural that when Brad decided to produce Rose champagne, they chose Fleur de Miraval label in collaborating with a producer in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and announced yesterday the Release date of 15 October 2020, hopefully in time to celebrate the demise of Covid-19, writes Subhash Arora
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Obituary: Shamrao Chougule- Pioneer and Wine Visionary is No More
Shamrao G. Chougule, who ruled the modern Indian wine industry for over 20 years died in Mumbai this morning at the age of 86; the founder of Champagne India Ltd. And Indage Vintners, leaves behind his son Ranjit who cremated the body today in Mumbai and Vikrant who lives in London and could not be present due to Covid-19 restrictions, writes Subhash Arora who believes he was a pioneer and a true Visionary who put the Indian wine industry on the world wine map in 1986 with Omar Khayyam Brut and introduced over 60 labels exported to around 70 countries
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China Launches Anti-Dumping Probe against Australian Wines
China’s Ministry of Commerce announced an anti-dumping probe into Australian wine imports yesterday, causing worry to the industry already reeling under CoronaVirus, drought and fall in world economy, writes Subhash Arora who believes it is a political move by China which has India and the world turn against it in recent times and is facing a huge dent into its economy
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Drink Indian Wines from The Wine Park for Independence Day
Although a little late to order Indian wines for the Independence Day Celebrations, officially a Dry Day, it is encouraging to see an importer like the Mumbai-based The Wine Park, having a Retail License, selling beyond its own imports and adding Indian wines too- all under one roof, writes Subhash Arora who feels the convenience of ordering a wider range online and having them home-delivered, is a positive step that should become a permanent feature in Maharashtra and states like Delhi ought to adopt it for the convenience it offers, especially for women.
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Andhra may reduce Covid Tax on Alcohol
In their enthusiasm to collect higher taxes, the State governments tend to ignore the negative social impacts, as was seen with the Andhra Pradesh government increasing prices by 75% after liquor sales were opened in early May during lockdown. The astronomical prices pushed consumption of sanitizers and increased liquor smuggling, obliging the government to relook at lowering the prices now, writes Subhash Arora who feels increasing taxes indiscriminately is counterproductive and should be avoided.
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