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India to Resume Talks with EU for FTA after 8 years Gap
India and the European Union have agreed to resume talks for a balanced, ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement and also launch negotiations for a stand-alone investment protection pact, according to a Statement by the External Affairs Ministry yesterday after PM Narendra Modi invited European Union to support the proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines
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Haryana: Progressive Excise Policy will benefit Wine Consumers
Although there is not much change in the Excise Policy of Haryana for wines, liquor prices will be marginally increased and due to quota increase of 150% for wines, there will be more availability of labels and a wider possibility of ‘Special Sales’ this year, writes Subhash Arora who has noticed a distinct positive change in the wine policy since monopoly experiment was canned 3 years ago
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Breaking News: York Winery to merge with Sula Vineyards
Wine producers have been busy during the tough Covid-19 period, not only making and trying to sell wines, but also looking at the possibilities of buying out smaller wineries or merging with the bigger ones, writes Subhash Arora who reports after confirming with Rajeev Samant, Founder CEO of Sula Vineyards that their neighbouring York Winery has agreed and decided to merge with Sula Vineyards, making it a win-win situation, not only for both the wineries but also the Indian consumer by giving them a wider choice
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Vallonne and Charosa win Silver at London Wine Competition
Results of the 4th edition of London Wine Competition held on march 15 and organised by the U.S.- based Beverage Trade Network (BTN), were announced yesterday with Nashik- based wineries Vallonne and Charosa awarded a Silver medal each scoring 83 points for their Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and Chenin Blanc 2019 respectively, writes Subhash Arora
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BMC allows Wine Home Delivery during Lockdown in Mumbai
As the Corona cases spiral in Mumbai and partial lockdown is in operation, good sense has prevailed over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which issued an order on Friday allowing home delivery of wine and liquor in Mumbai, though restricted from 7am-8 pm and with the delivery executives strictly following Covid protocols, writes Subhash Arora
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Chandon introduces new Design for its Labels in India
Chandon India is set to introduce a brand new, chic label for its sparkling wine, ostensibly for the first time since it was launched in Mumbai in October 2013 and introduced Pan India in 2014, with an updated, attractive packaging that is as palatable to the eye as the bubbles within, writes Subhash Arora based on the Press Release yesterday on 01 April, which says that the new labels will be available at the Retail stores Pan India from this month onwards
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Australia may approach WTO against China Wine Duty Hike
With increased political tensions between Australia and China which announced extension of the increased taxes on wine to up to 220% for another 5 years on Friday a couple of days ago, Australia is likely to take the matter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) just like EU had done against India almost 2 decades ago, forcing it to reduce the customs duty from around 260% to 150% in July 2007 as had been agreed between the two in the 1990’s
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Delhi introduces Excise Reforms with Legal Drinking Age reduced to 21
As predicted by delWine last month the legal drinking age has been reduced from the existing 25 years to 21 in the new excise policy announced by the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who expects an increase of 20% in its excise revenues due to streamlining the distribution business, with the government deciding to move out of the retail shop business due to marked corruption, writes Subhash Arora
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Steven Spurrier: World Loses a Gem in the Wine Necklace
The 79-year old Steven Spurrier, a wine merchant known best for organising the historical Judgement of Paris 1976, but later as a prolific writer, judge, critic and a winemaker with his Bride Valley English Sparkling Wines, collaborating with Fratelli to craft M/S labels with Piero Masi and Chairing the now defunct Wine Society of India since inception, lost his brave battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at his home in Dorset yesterday morning, writes Subhash Arora
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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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