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WBWE Asia: World Bulk Wine Exhibition heads to Yantai China on May 30-31
After celebrating 10th anniversary at RAI Amsterdam in November, 2018, the two- day Exhibition is ready to enter China, hosting a similar Exhibition christened as WBWE Asia in Yantai (Shandong) at the Yantai International Expo Center on May 30-31, with more than 130 wineries from 17 countries participating and buyers expected from China and across Asia, writes Subhash Arora who has been visiting the Show in Amsterdam for several years and finds it a unique Show focusing on 40% of world wine business
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Prowein 2019: Move Over Burgundy... Germans are Coming
German Pinot Noir, known as Spätburgunder, has been making thumping progress in quality during the last couple of decades and today Germany t is considered one of the countries producing high quality Pinot based on its terroir and offers good value as compared with the Burgundy reds, writes Subhash Arora who tasted a dozen variants at a Tasting curated by a German wine expert, Romana Echensperger MW at the Nägler’s Fine Lounge Hotel in Oestrich- Winkel in Rheingau and loved the wines enough to visit at least one such region on his next trip to Germany
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Climate Change Leadership Conference projects a Scary Scenario
In the northern coastal Portuguese city of Porto the world of wine gathered to discuss and offer solutions to mitigate climate change as they took to the stage to share best practices from the vineyard to the consumer. Opening the conference, Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor
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Anteprime Toscana 2019: PrimAnteprima kicks off the Marathon at Fortezza da Basso
The 9-day Grand Tuscan Marathon always starts with PrimAnteprima at the massive 100,000 square metres, 14th Century Fortezza da Basso, in the Cavaniglia Pavilion and this year was no different with 10 appellations outside the Chianti and Chianti Classico regions showcasing their wines to the journalists and professional visitors on February 9. Our Correspondent John Salvi MW was at hand to assess and report the current 2018 vintage as always
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Grover Zampa: Unstoppable Ravi Viswanathan buys Charosa, Four Seasons & Myra
The maverick French investor of Indian origin, who is a partner in the 7 year old VisVires Capital Singapore, entered Indian wine industry quietly by buying shares of Grover Vineyards and within 5 years also invested and exited from Sula and helped Grover buy Four Seasons, Charosa and Myra Vineyards besides a winery in Burgundy and getting a controlling interest, writes Subhash Arora who believes his entry has brought stability in the industry, a vision and potential threat to Sula as the industry leader
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ProWein 2019: Spate of International Wine Shows to visit every Month from Jan-May
There is one major wine show every month starting from January to May, where one can keep abreast about the wine industry by visiting Enofusión (Spain) in Madrid Fusion, Wine Paris (France), Prowein (global), Vinitaly (Italy) and Vinexpo (France), writes Subhash Arora who recommends Prowein if you want to have maximum contact with the global industry but Wine Paris for the most central location and the excitement of its maiden appearance
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Top ten 2018: Popular Jacobs Creek makes Pernod Ricard Top of the Leader Board
Despite several hurdles and road blocks on the way making wine marketing a big challenge for any honest businessman in India, the imported wines did make a reasonable progress last year with most of the complaining importers improving their sales and with Pernod Ricard breaking the 100,000-case mark and maintaining the No. 1 position in India’s Top Ten Importers List, writes Subhash Arora
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Soma Vine Village boosting Wine Sales through Tourism
Soma Vine Village, a division of Somanda Winery, situated about 3 kms from Sula Vineyards and owned by Pradeep Pachpatil, the former Vice President of Sula, started the winery in 2014 with the objective of keeping it a boutique winery and in a short time of 4 years managed the sales of 7,000 cases with around 35% being at the Cellar door, by promoting wine tourism from the very beginning, writes Subhash Arora who believes in his business model based on wine tourism where most other producers postponed it due to shortage of funds and suffered consequences
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BRWSC 2018: Terroirs are not so eternal
Although Terroir refers to land, soil and changes over the years since the 5000-year history of wine making terroir which is a result of high quality region but in fact it is not an eternal matter and the popularity can change over the years, says Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW from Canary Island in Spain who as a co-organiser of BRWSC 2018 gave the introductory Talk in Ningxia which has only in the last couple of decades has been recognised as a great terroir potentially reversing the fortune of the region, thanks to the efforts of a few individuals committed to the terroir
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India Wine Awards a Glittering Affair at Leela Mumbai
After an interesting tasting by 4 panels of 18 judges from wine, hospitality and blogging community that tasted and rated 353 samples with and without food over 18 and 19 January at the Leela Mumbai, the Indian Wine Awards on September 29 at the same venue turned out to be a glittering function attended by a vast majority of the wine and hospitality industry and socialites, writes Subhash Arora who was present on both the occasions
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Mundusvini 2018: Tread Indian Wine Industry Carefully
Demystifying the Indian wine market, Subhash Arora cautioned the audience at the first edition of Wine Export Meeting by Mundusvini in Saalbau- Neustadt, the venue for the Summer Tasting 2018 that Indian market was more complex and intimidating than they could comprehend and went out to explain the market which he believes could be lucrative in a few years if the exporters could cross the land mines spread by the government and the system in general
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Grover Zampa plans Ambitious Growth from Bangalore to Burgundy
Grover Zampa Vineyards, the second largest Indian wine producer based in Bangalore and Nashik, plans to grow at a much faster pace with new investments and making different alliances, writes Subhash Arora who chatted with Vivek Chandramohan who was promoted from COO to the CEO position in April this year and was in Delhi to meet the trade and journalists and share some of the vision of the current Board of Director, keeping in mind that they wanted to stay premium wine producer only
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Genesis of Wine Export from Australia to China (Part 1)
Australia has been the no. 2 country for importing wines in China during this decade, thanks to the foresight of producers and export promotion agencies and the desperate situation Australia was in about 8 years ago; but dark clouds are appearing due to souring political relations between the two countries during last year and despite the FTA signed in 2015, imports have run into a roadblock for the last two months with customs reportedly delaying clearing wine shipments from Australia. Subhash Arora looks at the genesis of their trade relationship in Part One of the 2-part series
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MUST Fermenting Ideas: Must-Attend Conference near Lisbon in June
The second edition of ‘Must- Fermenting Ideas’ Conference at Cascais, the beautiful coastal town near Lisbon, will take place again in the Centro de Congressos do Estoril, with a packed program and the List of global Speakers who are who’s who of the wine industry, beckoning wine connoisseurs to attend the Conference in the beautiful city of Cascais on June 20-22, writes Subhash Arora who was at the maiden edition last year and is attending again because of its super quality
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Behind every successful Wine is Terroir
The Northeast Italian wine region is blessed with excellent geographical location with diverse soils and cool and moderating weather that makes Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia excellent wine regions, writes our guest writer Ms. Sheetal Kadam, a Mumbai member of the Italics Wine Club, who was part of the group that visited Vinitaly and several wineries in these two regions of Italy last month and came back mesmerized
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