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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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Fratelli may soon lead Wine-in Can (WIC) Segment in India
With a small sales base of $2 million in 2012, the global wine-in-can (WIC) segment has jumped over 90 times in 8 years with sales of about 1.8 million cases recording a jump of 68% last year alone, making Indian industry also take note with Fratelli bringing out 5 variants in a couple of weeks from Akluj and Karnataka plant while Sula already pioneered with two variants of Dia bubbly launched last year at Sulafest and more may be in the offing, writes Subhash Arora
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European Union keen on FTA with India despite Protectionist Policies
The 15th edition of the India-EU Summit, scheduled for Brussels on March 13 but postponed due to Covid-19, was held yesterday through a virtual meeting with PM Modi also addressing the meeting and despite EU pointing out India’s protectionist trade policies, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) could have a far-reaching impact, writes Subhash Arora who feels with little progress since 2013, it is improbable for an Agreement before the next General Elections in 2024, with lower duties on foreign wines and cars being a big obstacle
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50 Best Vineyards 2020 of World : KRSMA makes the Cut at No. 46
Hampi Hills-based boutique winery KRSMA Estate in Karnataka was the first-ever Indian entry that made the 50 World’s Best Vineyards List at the first Virtual Awards announced live last night at 9:30 pm through the YouTube Channel, by Andrew Reed, Managing Director, Events of William Reed Business Media in partnership for 2020 with Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), with the two top winners of 2019 Zuccardi Valle de Uco and Bodega Garzón holding their ground, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Presentation
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Sula: Wine Tourism Limping back in Nashik from July 10
After a complete lockdown since March 24, Nashik has taken the first baby steps to open wine resorts with the stipulated restrictions on hygiene and social distancing with Beyond by Sula being the first to open tomorrow, followed by The Source at Sula next weekend at the statutory 33% capacity with no wine tasting or restaurants to open, writes Subhash Arora who agrees with Rajeev Samant that for now the safety of visitors and the staff is more important than Sula’s famous wine experience
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Covid-19: Vinexpo goes Digital with First Wine Webinar with IWSR
Organisers of Vinexpo have gone digital with a webinar on Wine: The New Normal-Opportunities and Challenges for the Global Wine Industry up to 2024, conducted by Mark Meek, CEO of IWSR and introduced by Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexpo, writes Subhash Arora who attended the first of four such quarterly discourses planned and found it more interesting and insightful than those conducted traditionally in Pre-Covid times and is sure this would become a trend with the Bordeaux-based exhibiting company
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Move Over Cans- Here comes Paper Bottle for Wine
There has been a sharp fall in the use of cork as closures in the last 20 years and now the wine industry may soon witness a paper bottle made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food-grade liner called the Frugal Bottle, already introduced by an Umbrian winery, Cantina Goccia, writes Subhash Arora who feels it might compete with the niche categories like plastic bottles and aluminium cans
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Review: Tale of Two Online Wine Courses by Sonal and Magandeep
During the Covid-19 Crisis there is nothing much meaningful to do or a lot, depending on whether your glass is half full or half empty. But for wine novices flipping websites on internet and getting confused, here are two new Online Courses designed by two Indian wine specialists, Sonal Holland MW and Magandeep Singh with years of teaching experience and at a reasonable price of Rs. 2200/Rs. 2500, that will help you with wine appreciation, years after the Covid Crisis, writes Subhash Arora who reviews them for readers thirsting for wine and knowledge
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Online Wine and Liquor Sales in India on the Horizon
Our bureaucratic system did not allow online sales of alcohol for 20 years but it may soon become a reality, thanks to the long queues outside liquor shops on May 4 and 5 when the government allowed sale of liquor at these shops during the pandemic, with West Bengal taking the lead and soon to allow the likes of Amazon and Big Basket to start selling online, paving way for other States to follow suit, writes Subhash Arora, a strong proponent of online wine sales
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Richard Betts MS : Resigns from Court of Master Sommeliers America
Richard Betts, Master Sommelier from the American arm of the Court of Masters Sommeliers (CMSA), resigned from one of the most prestigious institutions in wine as he raises the issue of racism and gender preference and feels the organizational values have been at odds with his own for some time, according to a Post in Medium.com
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True Italian Taste: Discover Italy and True Italian Taste through its Culinary Traditions
Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (IICCI) has collaborated with International School of Italian Cuisine (ALMA) near Parma to showcase to the gourmets in India True Italian Taste by conducting six-part weekly FREE webinars on various constituents of Italian cuisine, starting with Pasta on June 25 at 6 pm, to be inaugurated by H. E. Vincenzo de Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India, writes Cavaliere Subhash Arora
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