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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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Wine Origin Alliance organizes Wine on Earth Taste-a Thon on June 17
Wine Origins Alliance, a collective of 31 wine regions in 11 countries is organising the first ever Wine on Earth Taste-a Thon which will feature tastings organized online by producers and trade associations from 16 wine regions representing 8 countries, including Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, reports Subhash Arora
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Mumbai Gears up for smooth Home Delivery of Wine and Beer
Keeping in view the immediacy of the problem of sales during the Covid-19 times, retailers in Mumbai are honing the art of home delivery with organised Retail like Nature’s Basket including them in their mobile Apps and importers like the Wine Park and Gusto, focusing on easing the ordering and delivery procedure, even as stand-alone retailers like Juben Wines, reinforce their delivery service as USP for improving sales, writes Subhash Arora who opines that this would be a fit case of making it a permanent feature, even at nominal additional cost
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Delhi decides to Roll Back Corona Cess of 70% on Alcohol
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has decided to come down from their high horse and decided to roll back the ridiculously high Corona Cess Tax of 70% on MRP with effect from June 10, thus also ringing bells of trouble for the neighbouring Haryana which created a ‘lootpaat’ with the Retailers jacking up the prices to fleece the hapless customers who are addicts or in any case had pent up demand after the lockdown on March 23 did not allow them time to collect and store their booze requirement
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Bordeaux starts Release of En Primeur at 33% cheaper over 2018
The well-known Bordeaux En Primeur was cancelled last month due to Covid, but two of the Growths, Chateaux Pontet-Canet and Palmer have disclosed the prices of 2019, at almost a third discount on the 2018 vintage, even as our Bordeaux expert John Salvi MW in his analysis of the Vintage, predicted a fall, not only because of the Pandemic but also because the Vintage was GOOD but not GREAT as some have being insisting, writes Subhash Arora
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Bombay High Court disallows on-Counter Liquor Sale
Bombay High Court refused to quash the order of Bombay (Brihanmumbai) Municipal Corporation (BMC) prohibiting over-the-counter sale of liquor in the city when home deliveries and e-, stating that it was the civic body policy decision to do so amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Report by Press Trust of India
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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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