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Chennai Express: Sula Conquers Last Indian Bastion
If there was one positive news in the Indian wine industry undergoing an unprecedented and unexpected slowdown this year, it is Tamil Nadu opening the market by allowing sale of Indian wines through the elite stores of Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) which has given an order of 100,000 bottles to the leading producer Sula Vineyards with an order to Fratelli Vineyards and Grover Zampa being also in the queue, says Subhash Arora
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SulaFest 2020: India’s biggest Vineyard Music Festival cruising along
The recently concluded SulaFest has been a soulful but mixed bag of experiences, impressions and perceptions for Sheetal Kadam who has been visiting SulaFest for almost four years but second time as a Correspondent for delWine and feels that India’s biggest vineyard music festival hosted by Sula Vineyard is cruising along on a similar pattern every year but still giving new experience to the visitors
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50 percent cut on duty-free alcohol proposed in Union Budget
In what could be a major blow to the duty free shops at the airports and the returning travellers, the government proposes to reduce the duty-free allowance of wine and liquor from 2 bottles back to 1 liter each, with the possibility of a blanket ban on cigarettes, and the proposal may become a part of the Union budge to be announced on February 1, writes Subhash Arora who strongly favours 3 bottles of wine for each bottle of liquor because of lower alcohol content
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SulaFest 2020: India’s Vineyard Music Festival back on Feb 1-2
Celebrating 20 years of Sula {1999-2019), SulaFest- India’s first and the biggest music festival in the vineyard is ready to roll for the 13th time on February 1-2, 2020, giving an opportunity to not only listen and groove with some of the top Indian and international bands and taste the range of Sula wines in a charged yet relaxing atmosphere but also visit the nearby vineyards, writes Subhash Arora who has attended six editions and loves the experience every time
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Georges Duboeuf to live on through Mohan Bros. in India
Le Pape du Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf died on December 4 at the age of 86 but will be remembered for promoting simple red wines made from carbonic maceration of Gamay grapes in Beaujolais, helping farmers recover some of their investment through the world famous Beaujolais Nouveau Day on the 3rd Thursday of November- a concept popularised by him in many countries in the 1980’s including India where he will live on through his wines being imported by Mohan Bros
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Sliver of Hope for Lower Import Duties on EU Wines
With the current government taking a cautious stand that a section of Indian consumers is interested in higher quality wines, there is a ray of hope that when the FTA talks that began in 2007 and suspended in 2013-14 before the last elections, are restarted there is a good chance that the Agreement may result in lower import duties during the next few years, with the GOI agreeing to stick to only commercial issues
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Delhi Excise cancels all L-12 Licenses for Department Stores
With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Sandeep Mishra, Deputy Commissioner (Excise), signed the death warrant today of the wine and beer business of 118 Licensees that were given the L-12 Licenses to sell beer and wine in department stores, thus pressing the Delete button on one of the best decisions taken by the department since wine was introduced in Delhi and appreciated by the consumers, especially women and novices
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Curtain Raiser: 3rd Edition of Indian Wine Day
Curtains are about to rise for the 3rd edition of Indian Wine Day to be celebrated across India and London courtesy The Lalit Group of Hotels hosting a wine dinner on 16 November but this year a few stand alone restaurants have also joined the caused and made it a week-long special wine tastings with a special concluding dinner at The Wine Company in Gurgaon on November 20, writes Subhash Arora
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Strange Case of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione vs. Chianti Gran Selezione DOCG
Consorzio Chianti Vino dropped a bomb shell on Consorzio Chianti Classico on Monday morning by announcing that Chianti docg would also be introducing a top end wine appellation Chianti Gran Selezione and the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico is hopping mad and crying foul at this step which they say is nothing but copying and creating confusion in the world market where there is already enough, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is an internal matter but believes it being a trademark issue would invite an instant legal war in India
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Australia’s First Families of Wine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Book
Brown Brothers, Tahbilk, Campbells, Yalumba, Henschke, d’Arenberg, Tyrrell’s, Taylors, Jim Barry, McWilliams and Howard Park, the eleven family-owned high quality producers which banded together in 2009 to form Australia’s First Families of Wine, celebrate their 10th anniversary this year with a luxe coffee table book- ‘Australia’s First Families of Wine’ to be released on November 5, reports Subhash Arora
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India- EU Foreign Trade Agreement Talks might restart soon
When the Prime Minister of a country like India, Mr. Modi personally tells the visiting European Parliamentarians invited to visit Jammy & Kashmir, it is time to start thinking of the India-EU dialogue starting seriously once again, after the talks in the final round were suspended by the previous government in 2013, writes Subhash Arora who does not foresee any serious dialogue before the Brexit issue is settled and does not see import duties coming down for at least 3 years
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November 16 is Indian Wine Day in its Third Year
Indian Wine Day, the only wine event in India with a fixed date, will be celebrated again on November 16 at all the Lalit Hotels, a few restaurants, wineries and wine clubs joining in to cheer the improved quality of Indian wines adding to the growing wine culture in India, writes Subhash Arora who founded the Day on November 16, 2017 in conjunction with the Lalit Group in an attempt to catalyse producers come on a common platform for promotion
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After withdrawing from Prestige Torres takes Sula as Partner
After getting out of the partnership with Prestige Wine and Spirit that started in 2001 as a joint venture between the Spanish giant and Gautam Thapar a couple of years ago, Familia Torres has now decided to withdraw from equity participation in India and has appointed Sula Selections as its exclusive importer and distributor in India for its complete range of products with effect from January 2020, thus withdrawing completely from Prestige, writes Subhash Arora
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Cava and Corpinnat Sparkle at Spanish National Day
Spanish National Day was celebrated with the usual pomp and show on October 16 at the residence of Ambassador of Spain, H.E. Jose Ramon Barañano in magical ambience with plenty of gourmet food catered by The Park and excellent Spanish beer and Baronia wines from Rioja but the celebrations called for a sparkling wine and there was never-ending supply of Freixenet Cava and Gramona Gran Reserva 2013, soon to be labelled as Corpinnat, writes Subhash Arora
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Delhi Excise suspends Licenses of all 124 Department Stores
An unprecedented step by the Excise department of cancelling/suspending all the L-12/L12F licenses of all the 124 stores in Delhi and through another unprecedented step of Mr Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi signing the letter of suspension on 11 October shows the angst that he has gone through by personally checking out some stores, writes Subhash Arora who shares his anger but questions the role of excise department to let the licensees reach this level of dishonesty
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