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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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Bizarre Rule for Hotels and Restaurants announced by Delhi Excise
The new policy announced by the Delhi Excise Department today forcing hotels and restaurants to clear their stocks within 3 days after releasing from excise store is so bizarre and ludicrous that if implemented it will totally ruin legal business and bring in speakeasies into fashion without prohibition being officially declared, writes Subhash Arora who understands the implicit logic but feels this is a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater
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Wines from Grand Duchy of Luxembourg make Grand Entry in India
Bubblies from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are ready to make a grand, historical entry into the Indian market, joining countries like France, Italy, Spain, Chile and Australia, with Hema Connoisseurs bringing three bubblies from Bernard- Massard, writes Subhash Arora who was invited to a small, exclusive dinner on Friday 9 August, with the visiting Managing Director, Antoine Clasen presenting four wines including a Schengen Riesling at the residence of H.E. Jean Claude Kugener who has been a matchmaker and a very pro-active supporter
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Delhi Excise Policy 2019-2020 announced with few Changes
After the usual delay of 4.5 months the excise policy for Delhi was announced online toady with hardly any changes, including status quo on the label registration charges on wines that was increased 600% last year and a new clause making it difficult for importers to bend the rules regarding cheapest prices, writes Subhash Arora who feels it is a blow to the wine connoisseurs seeking more variety since the number of labels will remain choked
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Pisco Punch for Peru, Pisco is Sour for Chile... for Now
Pisco Punch and Pisco Sour are two of the most delicious cocktails that can be crafted out of this Latin American brandy-like spirit introduced by the Spanish settlers in the 16th century along with wine in Peru and Chile, but its increasing popularity and huge potential in India, predicted by delWine in 2003, has the two countries fighting over its GI registration in India, with Peru finally winning the GI tag last month and Chile bracing up to continue the fight in the High Court
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World’s First Canned Wine Competition in California
Over 200 wines-in a-can entered the first International Canned Wine Competition held on July 24 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in California where wines from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and England competed with producers from all corners of the United States, with 37 Gold medals awarded, writes Subhash Arora who is not a fan of can but concedes that they have a niche market and eventual entry into India is inevitable with millennials attracted
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Australian Wine Exports increase in Value decrease in Volume
The value of Australian wine exports has continued to grow in the 12 months to June 2019, increasing by 4 per cent in value to $2.86 billion. China continued to drive growth and the United States of America (USA) also made a welcome return to growth, though there has been a drop in the UK Market, according to a Media Release by Wine Australia today. Subhash Arora reflects
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OIV: World Viti-Viniculture Status 2018
OIV Director General, Pau Roca, presented the much respected annual overall Report on the global wine sector at the 42nd World Congress of Vine and Wine in Geneva, Switzerland, covering the area under vines, grape production and consumption as well as wine trade volumes in 2018, with the US and Italy maintaining the top position as consumers and producers, reports Subhash Arora stressing the need for India to take more benefits from its membership in the inter governmental body that puts India at a higher position at no. 7 as overall grape producer and 3rd in the table grape production in the world
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Prosecco Hills designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene, popularly known as Prosecco Hills, in the meandering mountainous 27 kms stretch between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in Italy where Prosecco docg has been produced since 2009 (earlier it used to be mostly Prosecco DOC in the area) was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site On Sunday the 7th July, 2019 by the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Capital of Azerbaijan where the Indian pink city of Jaipur was also included in the list which has now 1121 sites in 167 countries, writes Subhash arora
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Lalit Delhi organises WSET Training Course for Only-Women Staff
The Lalit Delhi, a part of the Lalit Hospitality Group, organised WSET –Level1 course only for their women staff, primarily from their super deluxe Restaurant OKO; a first for India, with the course conducted also by a woman, Sovna Puri WSET Dip, writes Subhash Arora who compliments the hotel and the Corporate Sommelier Charles Donnadieu as it will bring women a stop closer to rendering outstanding service to customers, so necessary to promote wine culture
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