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Launch of Rosé by Celebrities Sara Jane Parker, Kylie Minogue and Post Malone
Covid-19 has not stopped the enthusiasm of three Celebrities- actor Sara Jane Parker (SRJ) of Sex and the City and Divorce fame, who launched a Sud de France Rose to add to her Invivo X label while Kylie Minogue launched her Rose labelled as Kylie, both under $20 even as the American Rapper Post Malone launched Maison No. 9, indicating that Rosé wines are becoming increasingly popular in the US, UK. Europe and the time is ripe for Indian importers and also wine aficionados star celebrities to introduce their own labels in India
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Classic Zenato Wines from Valpolicella partners with Vbev in India
Zenato, the premier wine brand from Valpolicella launched in Mumbai a couple of months back, motivated our writer Sheetal Kadam to gather more insights on the Venetian brand and she interacted with the producer Nadia Zenato who revealed interesting stories behind the making of Zenato wines and the activities during the Pandemic and shares her affinity for Zenato wines with our readers and talks about the distribution in India by Mumbai-based importer VBev
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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione might find Competitor in Chianti Gran Selezione
I was quite disturbed last November reading a report saying that Chianti docg would also introduce a Grand Selezione category to implicitly compete with Chianti Classico Gran Selezione introduced in 2014 as the highest quality in the hierarchy, and I went to attend the annual Tuscan Marathon this year bewildered and amused, says Subhash Arora who was glad to learn that no formal application had been made so far and now Chianti Classico Consortium is reinforcing its efforts of ‘Separate Together’ with the release of the New Online Catalogue yesterday
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Italian Wineries facing Covid-19 with Bravado
Italy has been the first European country to be gripped with coronavirus and affected the most in the ongoing battle with Corona Virus but the food and wine companies have been fighting hard to adjust and survive, writes Michele Shah from Tuscany who feels that Italy will rebound as it has from the previous calamities before
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Nascent Wine Industry in India
Wine culture is nascent but slowly catching on in India-known for its hard liquor drinkers with the modern day wine production pioneered by the now defunct Champagne Indage with foreign collaboration in the 1980’s but varietals pioneered by Grover and Sula in the mid-late 1990’s, but the bureaucracy and government policies are a hurdle to its progress with the government treating wine at par with liquor which has a social stigma attached to it, writes Subhash Arora who wrote the Article initially for a print magazine SPS India
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Tuscan Tasting: Brunello 2019 gets 5-Stars at Benvenuto Brunello 2020
Benvenuto Brunello 2020 (Welcome Brunello!), the final leg of the Annual Tuscan Tasting Marathon which concluded on Sunday 23 February, was attended by journalists and professionals in large numbers as earlier years, despite fears of Coronavirus, reports our guest writer from Tuscany, Antonio Sferlazzo who was in Montalcino to represent delWine and taste the 2015 vintage released earlier on 1 January, 2020 and where the 2019 vintage was officially awarded 5-stars
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Chianti Classico Collection 2020: Hail to the 2019 Vintage
Chianti Classico Collection is a 2-day Tasting organised by Consorzio Chianti Classico every year at the old Stazione Leopolda in Florence and the 2020 edition was similar as a part of what has come to be known as Tuscan Tasting Marathon, on February 17-18 when John Salvi MW who celebrates 50th year of completing Master of Wine examination in 1970, visited the various stands on both days extensively to learn about the features of the latest vintage 2019
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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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Prowein 2020: Bubbles from Champagne and other Regions
Fine bubbles from Champagne have enjoyed reputation as the elite top tier of the global sparkling wine hierarchy. With sparkling wines representing the fastest growing wine category in the last 25 years, they have delivered complex flavors that justified their stratospheric prices at times, but with an existential threat because of climate change and the frugal hedonist attitude of millennials shaping the market, delicious alternatives have begun emerging from the glitzy shadow of their cousins-on display at Prowein from 15 to 17 March 2020
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Sicily: Determined Brave New forces of Innovations in Etna
New wines made from old grape varieties are emerging during the Renaissance in Sicily, and in particular Etna, by a new crop of enterprising investors who are ready to harness the profound truths and wisdom from the ‘old’ generation, writes our South African guest writer Yegas Naidoo who visited several established and nascent producers in Etna last month as a member of the press trip arranged by Vinitaly International Academy and Taormina Gourmet
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Festa Italiana 2019 sparkles with a Masterclass for Italics Wine Club
The 12th edition of Festa Italiana 2019 was celebrated in Mumbai recently with several activities organised by the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (IICCI) which also organised a Masterclass on Italian Sparkling wines on November 27 conducted by Luca Bernardini and Cavaliere Subhash Arora at the newly opened VIVITALIA, center for exhibits and other activities relating t in Urmi, Lower Parel. This was followed by the well-organised annual event with dinner on the lawns of Taj Lands End n Bandra on November 29
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SETTE- First Indian Super Tuscan celebrates 10 Years
Sette is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that took a few years to stabilise in the composition and proportion of grapes in the blend. Fratelli Vineyards has been celebrating 10 years of its maiden harvest since 2009 and the Italian Director from Tuscany, Alessio Secci is in India taking the 4 vintages available-2009, 2010, the ubiquitous 2015 and not-yet-bottled 2017 to various cities for a vertical tasting, writes Subhash Arora who was invited to the Tasting Dinner at Le Cirque, Mumbai on 23 November
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Business France: Tasting France at the French Embassy’
Business France organised an interesting wine tasting evening with Vignobles Boissonneau, Champagne Leopoldine, Chateau Franc Cardinal and Les Roques de Cana participating in the event with H.E. Emmanuel Lenain addressing the audience and mixing informally for a long time, writes Subhash Arora who loves such events at the embassies but is rather pessimist about their finding distributors with the present excise policy of the Delhi government, with the exception of perhaps Vignobles Boissonneau
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Global Warming: Times they Are- a- Changin’
Never before was the need to understand the impact of global warming so urgent as today and as the song by Bob Dylan suggests, ‘you better start swimming or you will sink like a stone’ but winemakers are putting their minds to solve the problem by going to cooler areas, canopy management and using different strains of yeast, with a very interesting experiment being conducted by New Zealand to make a low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc successfully, writes Subhash Arora
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IWA 2019: Think Amarone, Drink Ripasso in India
Results of the recent India Wine Awards threw up a few surprises but not for the two of my favourite wines from my Valpolicella, Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore 2015 and Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso from two iconic Amarone producers that won the Best in Show Trophies, giving credence to my long professed suggestion that in India we should think Amarone but drink Ripasso, the Baby Amarone- an excellent, younger, similar value-for-money wine, persists Subhash Arora
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