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Sula: RASA shines brightly in New Avatar
Sula has recently introduced the improved version of Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel with modernistic, chic packaging, with RASA Cabernet and Zin being in the Bordeaux style bottle and Syrah (Shiraz) in the wider Burgundy bottle design- claiming entry into the Indian world of high-ended top wines, keeping prices about the same, with the wine in its new Avatar shining better than ever, writes Subhash Arora
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Tasting: Raising a Toast to Industry at Sula Monsoon Tasting
Thanks to the cancellation of Sula Fest 2021 this year because of Covid, Sula came up with the novel idea of Monsoon Tasting for the trade last month when the green foliage is the best throughout the valley, but it had to be restricted to professionals mainly from Maharashtra due to Covid, though they enjoyed the Tasting in the company of Rajeev Samant, the Founder CEO of Sula, with Karan Vasani and Rupali Bhatnagar conducting the masterclasses following all the Covid norms, writes Subhash Arora
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Le Grand Noir: Numero Uno French Wine Label in India
Marketing of imported wines in India may be tougher than climbing Mount Everest, but Sula Selections, with its eye for value-for-money quality wines, has made Le Grand Noir from Languedoc region in South of France, popular enough to become arguably the best selling French wine brand in India within 5 years of import, writes Subhash Arora who is quite impressed with the Reds and the Rosé variant
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DLC: Della Leaders Club Launches 15 Wines, Spirits and Cigars Chapters globally
Della Leaders Club (DLC) that was launched globally on 7 August 2021, Virtually launched the 15 Chapters of Wines, Spirits and Cigars in the first of 8 phases, during which over 100 new honourary members from across the globe were officially introduced, 4 of them from Delhi being by Cav. Subhash Arora who is the Chairman of the Delhi Chapter and reports
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Top Ten WOMEN Indian Winemakers in India (Part-1)
After a successful 3-part series of Top Ten Winemakers in India that was commended, delWine brings out a List of Top Ten Women winemakers in a 2-part series and includes Rupali Bhatnagar, (Sula Vineyards), Saritha Mishra (Grover Vineyards), Priyanka Save (Fruzzante), Vrushali Gorade (KLC Wines) and Yoginee Budhkar (Cerana Meads) in Part-1, compiled by Subhash Arora who encourages women to enter the industry to promote gender equality and wine culture in India; names are not ranked as before
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Chianti Classico announces Terroir-based Sub-zoning UGA for Gran Selezione Wines
While many Indians still cannot tell the difference between a Chianti Classico and the ubiquitous Chianti, the Chianti Classico (Black Rooster) Consortium has announced the terroir- based sub-classification of 11 areas called UGA for the top quality Gran Selezione using these sites on the labels while other wines may be allowed in the near future, writes Subhash Arora who feels this may create further confusion in the minds of novices but the terroir-driven connoisseurs would appreciate the Burgundy- type of sub-zoning and will progressively consume more as the availability improves
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Wine Feature: Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40 (Part-3)
After initiatives like Top Ten Importers, Top Ten Producers, Top Ten Indian Women of Wine (WOW) and delWine Excellence Awards, Indian Wine Academy is proud to take the lead in recognising India’s young winemakers, the backbone of quality winemaking, and introduces the biennial ‘Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40’,, with this Article featuring the last 3 winemakers in no particular order, writes Subhash Arora who feels the 3-Part series was necessary to do justice to Rupali Bhatnagar, Yogesh Londhe and Abhijeet Shendage
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Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40 (Part-2)
After initiatives like Top Ten Importers, Top Ten Producers, Top Ten Indian Women of Wine (WOW) and delWine Excellence Awards, Indian Wine Academy is proud to take lead in recognising India’s young winemakers, the backbone of quality winemaking, and introduces the biennial ‘Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40’, with this Article featuring the next 4 winemakers in the List in no particular order, says Subhash Arora who feels that the 3-Part series was needed to do full justice- featuring Karna Vasani, Mahesh Awate, Sanket Gawand and Chetan Arekar in Part-2
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Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40 (Part 1)
After initiatives like Top Ten Importers, Top Ten Producers, Top Ten Indian Women of Wine (WOW) and delWine Excellence Awards, Indian Wine Academy is proud to take lead in recognising India’s young winemakers, the backbone of quality winemaking, and has introduced the biennial ‘Top Ten Winemakers of India under 40’, with this Article featuring first three winemakers in the List, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the 3-Part series was needed to do full justice- featuring Kailash Gurnani, Kaushal Khairnar and Vrushal Kedari in Part 1
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Chandon heading for Premiumisation with higher Prices
After the 7-year itch, the 7-starred Chandon has decided on an image makeover with the launch of Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose in Mumbai next month at Rs. 2500 each, as a part of the global strategy to premiumise the bubbly produced in 6 countries including India, writes Subhash Arora who feels that though the price is almost Rs. 1000 higher than the existing labels and a challenge to withstand the Covid heat, Moet Hennessy hopes to capitalize on its brand image and the marketing prowess
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Dia Wine Sparkler- India’s First WIC turns One
Launched at SulaFest 2020 where young millennials could be seen drinking the Dia Red and Dia White Wine Sparklers in a Can (WIC), the low cost, low alcohol Frizzante was another first from Sula Vineyards known for its pioneering status in many segments of the Indian wine industry, especially in introducing varietals, wine tourism, screwcaps and sustainability. It has paved way for other producers to introduce WIC, writes Subhash Arora who feels it has opened a new uncharted territory that will help expand the wine market
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Caballo Loco Grand Cru- Like Father Like Sons
Caballo Loco by Valdivieso Winery in Chile, is their top-ended wine, made by Solera system used in making Sherry and has established itself as one of the favourite wines for Indian wine connoisseurs. But the four Caballo Loco Grand Cru variants from vineyards in Limari, Maipo, Apalta and Sagrada Familia, using same grapes as in Caballo Loco but in specified vintages offering different flavours and costing almost 60%, are ‘Like Father-Like Sons’ and have a great potential in India, feels Subhash Arora who is impressed with all four but warns that the present excise policies are a hurdle
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SEKT- German Four-Letter Word for Sparkling Wines
While the world is drinking Champagne, Cava and Prosecco bubblies, Germany is the biggest consumer of sparkling wines with over 400 million bottles flying off their shelves annually, is the fourth largest producer of the ubiquitous bubbly known as Sekt and the prestigious association VDP has only recently evolved standards through VDP.SEKT.STATUT that would soon be available in the market for high quality Sekts, writes Subhash Arora who has visited several Sektkellerei and believes they can compete with the best of champagnes and are unique with Riesling varietal
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WineFuture 2021: A Virtual Zoom Conference on 23-25 February 2021
After a successful first edition of WineFuture in Rioja in 2009 and following up with another historical edition in Hong Kong 2011, Pancho Campo, President of Chrand Marketing and Events is planning the Virtual Zoom edition on 23-25 February, 2021 with wine star-studded cast of Speakers, writes Subhash Arora who was invited to the Hong Kong edition and was overawed by the quality of Speakers, Tasting and his organisational skills
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Caballo Loco 17: Crazy Horse from Chile for Wine Connoisseurs
The Chilean super premier wine Caballo Loco 17 is a unique wine as it is made by Solera method but primarily with Bordeaux grapes and at the Retail Price of Rs. 8000-10,500, it is an excellent food wine for connoisseurs, writes Subhash Arora who has seen its evolution in India for 15 years and had an occasion to taste the wine recently
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