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MundusVini 2023: The Spring Edition with a Flying Start
The 32nd edition of the Grand International Wine Award MundusVini concluded the first leg of the 6 day competition, split into 2 sections of 3 days each with over 7500 entries from 45 countries, including 1 from Afghanistan, writes Subhash Arora who was the loan judge from India, with a field of 242 judges from 46 countries.
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Grandi Langhe 2023: MGAs of Barolo and Barbaresco
As an Italian wine lover, you are familiar with the acronyms IGT, DOC and DOCG but a new acronym used to define soil and sites of their top-ended wines, Barbaresco and Barolo, Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva since 2007 and 2010 respectively, would interest you even though it complicates the understanding of wines from these top DOCG Appellations of Italy, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Masterclass at Grandi Langhe 2023 in Torino and feels they may be only of academic interest to most connoisseurs in India but highlight the passion of winemakers and importance of soil in the complexity of flavours and bouquets of these wines
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Sula Tropicale Brut enthralls Delhi Wine Club members as perfect Condiment at Pluck Brunch
The New Year celebratory Brunch at Pluck Restaurant at the Pullman Aerocity on 21 January was very successful despite many members unable to attend due to pre-engagements, with the generously poured Sula Brut Tropicale acting more like condiment with most of the 60-plus delicious dishes served to members, writes Subhash Arora.
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Col Fondo: The Funky Style of Prosecco on the Rise
All Proseccos are made with basically Glera grapes (85%) using Charmat/Martinotti Method in which the second fermentation is done using stainless steel tanks known as autoclaves but the bubbly is barely of quaffable quality though growing in demand nevertheless but a new breed of young winemakers are experimenting with Col Fondo Prosecco, the style that was very much in use after the second world war and produced wines that expressed terroir much better, writes Subhash Arora.
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Wines of Hungary showcased at Vinexpo India Masterclass in Delhi
Hungary has a history of winemaking of over 3000 years and makes delicious and diverse wines with around 34 indigenous and international grape varieties with Tokaj as its star wine for centuries, but it has not been exporting much wine to India.
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Australian Premium Wines getting ready to woo Indian Market
With the Indo- Australian FTA known as Australia-India Economic Commission and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) signed in April, 2022 and cleared by their Parliament on 22 November with both sides confirming completion of all formalities on 29 November, the doors are open for the Treaty to become operative on 29 December, with the prices of premium wines coming down substantially, bringing some Cheers to the wine producers, importers and consumers market, writes Subhash Arora
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Ashwin Rodriquez: Man with a Mission from Rio and Casablanca
Ashwin Rodriguez, the founder Director of Good Drop Cellars Pvt Ltd is a man with the mission-besides being the Sparkling wine specialist making a full range of wines from Rio to Casablanca, he wants the industry to be democratised and believes in advocacy with the government in various states
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Vinexpo Mumbai 2022: Camaraderie & Premiumisation on Show
The second edition of Vinexpo India was held on 18-20 August 2022 at The Leela Sahar in Mumbai. Ruma Singh DipWSET, founder of ‘Between the Wines’ and the Guest Writer presents a virtual walk-through and in-depth of the Show with a special focus on the Keynote Address by Rajeev Samant, Founder CEO of Sula Vineyards and her impressions of the maiden edition if the Show in Mumbai
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Gerard Basset Foundation sponsored Wine Scholarships includes Indian Awardee
In what could be a momentous occasion for the wine fraternity, the Gerard Basset Foundation-sponsored four ‘Dom Pérignon Golden Vines Master of Wine & Master Sommelier Scholarships’ were announced earlier this week, along with 10 Golden Vines Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships one of which was won by Amrita Singh DipWSET, Bordeaux based Indian business woman
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LWF 2022: Indian Wine Producers pleased with Response at the London Wine Fair
In an effort to exclusively promote Indian wines for exports, APEDA took the initiative, for the first time, by renting the pavilion space at the London Wine Fair (LWF), which took place from June 7 to 9 at Olympia Park and from the comments by the participating producers- Fratelli, Grover Zampa, Sula, Good drop Wine Cellars, KLC (Virgin Hills), Soma Vine Village, Hill Zill, Resvera, Plateaux Vintners and ASAV, it gave the group an opportunity to showcase Indian wines to the visitors, writes Subhash Arora
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Angelo Gaja: Driving Italian Wines was not easy
Today, Gaja is a Brand, a household name in Italy and the rest of the world where connoisseurs lap up his Gaja wines from Piemonte, Tuscany (Bolgheri and Montalcino) and even from Etna in Sicily) but his initial years were not a cake walk, as he shares with connoisseur like Subhash Arora who marvels at his efforts in not only making Gaja a super deluxe collectible brand but has also helped bring Barbaresco on the world map
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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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