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Pink Prosecco ready for Release Finally
Although the Prosecco DOC Consortium gave its approval for a rosé Prosecco last year, legal issues were still to be dealt with before starting the harvest and production of pink Prosecco, the Italian Law has finally recognised the variant and the first shipment could leave for export on 1 January 2021, writes Subhash Arora who feels it may add 40-50 million bottles to the sales during the next 2-3 years
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Wine Excise Policy 2020-21 for Chandigarh extended with no Tax Increase
Union Territory of Chandigarh announced the extension of its policy for 2020-21 on Saturday, with no additional taxes due to Covid-19 even though the UT of Delhi had announced on May 4, the day it allowed the selling of alcohol in Delhi when it was flummoxed with the huge lines causing it to, impose a surcharge of 70% on MRP, allowing only about 125 of the 800 shops-only State owned, pre-emptying the sale through private shops, writes Subhash Arora
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Pragmatic Maharashtra allows Sale of Alcohol and Home Delivery
Whether it is the persistent demand from consumers, producers and importers of alcoholic products or more likely to fill the empty coffers of the treasury with the lucrative taxes collected from the sale of alcohol, the opposition run government in Maharashtra of Uddhav Thackeray has made a quick U-turn after banning the Sale on May 5 within 2 days, and pragmatically re-opened Sales with certain conditions, allowing also home delivery, writes Subhash Arora
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Supreme Court suggests Home Delivery of Liquor during Covid Pandemic
For the first time, a direction and positive suggestion from the Supreme Court comes today with the bench refusing to pass any order to ban liquor sales but recommending that States should consider indirect sale /home delivery of liquor to maintain social distancing, while rejecting a PIL to ban sales for this reason, writes Subhash Arora
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Liquor Shops in India to open with Conditions from May 4
With the 2-week extension of Lockdown in India for the third phase, starting from May 4, wisdom has dawned on the government of India and it has allowed a limited opening of liquor and wine shops, tobacco and pan shops in the orange and green zones, albeit with several conditions
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Pay License Fee for Extension in Delhi with Wine Sales banned
It appears Delhi government has been working very hard even during lockdown with the excise department shutting itself in a corner and issuing a Circular 2 days after the Notification by the Ministry of Health Affairs banning sale of liquor and a day before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterating continued the ban, and has come up with the directions for continuation of the License for 2019-20 for 3 more months for now on depositing license fee from April 1 on prorate basis
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Wine and Liquor Sales remain suspended during Lockdown
Since the lockdown declared in India on March 22 and subsequently extended on April 13 to May 3, wine and liquor shops have remained closed in almost all the States in the country, despite requests by the Indian wine producers and importers and demand from all sectors of wine and liquor industry, with the alcohol-addicts suffering and bootleggers and thieves and robbers keeping busy throughout in various cities, according to several media reports daily but now the government has totally disallowed it throughout India, writes Subhash Arora who particularly warns readers not to be conned by online lucrative sales offers
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Covid-19: Indian Wine Industry scrapes through Production but stares at No Sales
Corona Virus has hit the wine industry equally hard but the producers and importers are braving it out with the producers having just finished the harvest and the government taking a pragmatic view and allowing them to finish the crush and fermentation but negligible sales has made producers and importers vulnerable, with a few who might not be able to weather the tsunami, writes Subhash Arora who feels there would be around 10-15% loss in sales in 2019-2020 due to Covid-19 and the industry gaping at a bleak 2020-21
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Wine Label Registration for Chandigarh reduced to Rs.7500
The new excise policy for the Union Territory of Chandigarh 2020-21 announced recently, Governor of Punjab and Administrator U.T., Chandigarh aims to balance the aspirations of the consumers, manufacturers, wholesalers/ retailers and the Government, with the wine label registration charges reduced from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 7,500 making it possible to bring in more new labels, even as Delhi is reeling under unreasonably high cost of Rs. 60,000 a label, writes Subhash Arora
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ProWein 2020 postponed by one year to March 2021
The Prowein 2020 scheduled to have been organised on March 15-17, 2020 in Düsseldorf was postponed last week with new dates to be announced soon and now Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers have announced that it would be held on the regular trade fair dates of 21-23 March, 2021 which in effect means that the current edition has been cancelled and not postponed, writes Subhash Arora
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ProWein in March by Messe Düsseldorf postponed due to Coronavirus
Barely two weeks before one of the world’s biggest wine shows was to be held by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, it has announced postponing the trade fair ProWein because of Coronavirus scare from March 15-17 with new dates to be announced in close coordination with all partners involved, according to a Press Release by the organizers who have also postponed other shows in Europe like Wire, Tube, Beauty, Top Hair and Energy Storage Europe
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SulaFest 2020: Sula introduces Dia Wine-in-Can (WIC) bubblies
SulaFest 2020 introduced a brand new can-packaged Dia bubbly in red and white variants when India’s largest wine producer Sula Vineyards ‘officially’ launched the easy drinking, off-dry bubbly, becoming the first Indian winery to introduce Wine-In--Can (WIC), writes Subhash Arora who believes it has proved to be a good niche product, as confirmed by Dr. Robert Williams, Speaker at a Seminar organised at the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) held in Amsterdam on 2-3 December, 2019 where he talked at length about growing wine-in-can culture in the US
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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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